Valneva is a specialty vaccine company focused on the development and commercialization of prophylactic vaccines for infectious diseases with significant unmet medical need. Valneva has leveraged its expertise and capabilities both to successfully commercialize two vaccines and to rapidly advance a broad range of vaccine candidates into and through the clinic, including candidates against Lyme disease, the chikungunya virus and COVID-19.

Valneva has operations in Austria, Sweden, the United Kingdom, France, Canada and the U.S. with over 600 employees.

We have a new opportunity within our Process Development team as Deputy Head of Department to support with our ongoing vaccine manufacturing in Livingston, Scotland.


  • Ensure timely delivery of new vaccine products from development into clinical / commercial manufacture
  • Manage and lead delivery of new process introduction where identified for business required
  • Identify and manage delivery of process development / improvement projects, from conception to validation, with a view to increased process robustness, yield and success rate or reduced COGs to agreed timeframe
  • Ensure development Proposals, Plans and Reports are generated with adequately identified commercial considerations, impacts and milestones for delivery
  • Management of experienced scientists to ensure ownership and delivery of assigned project tasks, systems and areas of responsibility to agreed target dates
  • To deputise for the Head of Function or other departmental colleagues as required
  • Ensure consideration of risk and implementation of strategy
  • Ensure work plans are aligned with business requirements and site projects, goals & objectives
  • Deliver key critical data for the identification and mitigation of process risks or failure mechanisms through trending and escalation
  • Drive continuous process improvement and provide technical support to key site projects and business deliverables
  • Ensure the use of change management techniques and procedures for implementation where required.
  • Provide site wide technical expertise, key role in troubleshooting and lead key technical investigations / assessments, utilising critical trended data to support on time delivery of Quality Investigations
  • Support regulatory submissions by provision or review of technical reports and/or data
  • Manage and track on time delivery of department owned Quality Management System actions and documentation
  • Escalate deviations to compliance through senior site management
  • Represent the company to external contacts such as customers, suppliers and regulatory authorities for technical discussions
  • Ensure the required departmental training standards are maintained
  • Lead by example in the development and maintenance of an enthusiastic, supportive and collaborative environment within the team, across the site and between sites
  • Shift work and out of hours work as required
  • To undertake any other duties as requested by the line manager in accordance with company requirements


  • Degree qualification or equivalent experience in biological sciences or related discipline
  • Extensive experience of working within the Vaccine or Biologics Health Science sector, in Process Development, Manufacture or Analytical functions
  • Ideally experience of managing experienced Scientists
  • Strong GxP understanding and experience
  • Strong commercial awareness and demonstrable leadership
  • Good experience and understanding of protein chemistry and characterisation
  • Process / assay development experience of Biological systems, particularly viral products
  • Good experience of statistical data analysis and process trending
  • Experience of change management and risk analysis

Required Skills

  • Excellent communication and team management
  • Strong prioritisation capability in a fast paced environment with changing business priorities
  • Excellent Scientific understanding of vaccines or protein chemistry through development, manufacture or analytics
  • Concern for delivery
  • Analytical thinking
  • Team player with awareness of impact on people, process and systems

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