Valneva is a specialty vaccine company focused on prevention against diseases with major unmet needs. Valneva’s portfolio includes two commercial vaccines for travelers: IXIARO®/JESPECT® indicated for the prevention of Japanese encephalitis and DUKORAL® indicated for the prevention of cholera and, in some countries, prevention of diarrhea caused by ETEC. The Company has various vaccines in development including unique vaccines against Lyme disease, chikungunya and COVID-19. Valneva has operations in Austria, Sweden, the United Kingdom, France, Canada and the US with over 500 employees.

An opportunity has arisen at Valneva Scotland for a Head of Supply Chain Management.

Job Summary

To ensure an integrated and compliant supply chain is managed, including the supply of all goods, services and material activities. Ensuring compliance with lower costs and best quality according to the business, performance and compliance requirements. Defined internal and external regulations with the aim to reliably supply the products, materials and services to the internal and external customers on time. Supporting Valneva Scotland Ltd and Valneva UK business requirements.


  • As part of the management team, contribute to the site performance as agreed through the performance management objectives
  • To leverage strategic procurement / contract management and cost drivers
  • Ensure that Supply Chain Management plans and activities are cross-functionally communicated and aligned and delivered to agreed sales and operations targets on time, are cost effective and according to the quality standards defined by internal and external regulations
  • Responsibility to control and deliver against an agreed annual Supply Chain Management budget and monitor monthly statistics and compare to projected figures
  • Oversee that all internal and external Supply Chain Management activities in respect of materials management and the MPS for manufacture of Valneva UK / Scotland products, are carried out in compliance with applicable cGMP standards, techniques and best practice
  • Ensure that all SCM staff are appropriately trained and competent in the procedures they are conducting and are in compliance with best cGMP working practices at all times
  • Be responsible for the development, collating and reporting of key quality and business metrics and use such metrics to drive a culture of continuous process improvement
  • Ensure that deviations to compliance (Quality and HSE) or business metrics are escalated to the Head of Corporate Supply, Planning & Logistics and managed through change controls, investigations and CAPA’s in an appropriate, timely fashion and in alignment with Quality Operations
  • Actively lead the development and maintenance of an enthusiastic, supportive and collaborative environment across the site and within the function
  • Develop a risk management strategy and maintain a business continuity plan to include dual sourcing of all outsourced activities and suppliers
  • Improve strategies for inventory control and stock management to ensure that both are highly visible and meet operational requirements
  • Integrate SCM activities and planning with other internal and external operational procedures across the site (e.g. BOM) to optimise materials usage, eliminate waste and reduce COG’s where possible
  • Manage external suppliers to ensure effective business relationships are maintained and translate into required level of service and best prices obtained
  • Managing external contractors to agreed terms of engagement and service level agreements, ensuring costing meets business requirements
  • To undertake any other duties as requested by the line manager in accordance with company requirements


  • Technical degree (BSc / MSc) or relevant experience
  • Relevant cross-functional work experience in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry regulated by FDA & EMEA, ideally in vaccines
  • Strong leadership skills and experience with the ability to motivate and drive an organisation through major change management processes
  • Excellent management skills and experience with proven track records on project and continuous improvement initiatives Commercial manufacturing experience, preferably in vaccines

Required Skills

  • Strong facilitation, communication and organisational skills
  • Self-motivated, energetic and value-driven
  • Clear communicator with strong leadership skills
  • Ability to motivate, influence and drive team delivery
  • Proven decision-making ability, whilst considering wider site implications
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