Director - Global Launch Lead

Director - Global Launch Lead

Bavarian Nordic

Remote, Europe

Launch of new product and team management.

Protecting our tomorrow.

At Bavarian Nordic, we aspire to save and improve lives by developing innovative vaccines designed to unlock the power of the immune system. We are a global leader in smallpox/mpox vaccines, and our commercial product portfolio contains market-leading vaccines against rabies, cholera, typhoid, and tick-borne encephalitis as well as an ebola vaccine, licensed to Janssen.

As part of our strategic development - becoming one of the largest pure-play vaccine companies – we have excelled in R&D innovation, manufacturing, and commercialization, and are looking for more talent to help drive the change.

To strengthen our Global Commercial organization, we are looking for a qualified: Director – Global Launch lead.

To excel in the role of our new Director - Global Launch Lead, your primary responsibility will be overseeing the launch of one of our products. This entails leading a cross-functional launch team, and this initiative comes on the heels of successfully concluding the Phase 3 program, with plans for regulatory submission in 2024. Your direct reporting line will be to our Executive Vice President - Chief Commercial Officer, and you will be an integral part of a commercial team comprising over 120 members. Our presence extends across various Bavarian Nordic locations, spanning Switzerland, Denmark, Germany, and the USA.

The position is remote working preferably in Switzerland or another European country where Bavarian Nordic is located (Germany, Denmark, Italy, or Spain). Additionally, anticipate approximately 30-40% international travel per year.

As the Director responsible for launching our product, you hold the key to our Strategy, Value Propositions, and the orchestration of the global roll-out. Your primary duty revolves around creating a comprehensive launch readiness plan and ensuring its successful execution across all functions. Your role is pivotal in guaranteeing the effective and synchronized implementation of this plan through the leadership of a cross-functional global launch team that spans various functions, including Medical, Marketing, Regulatory Affairs, Finance, Legal, and Supply Chain.

Our products are designed to optimize the benefits for both patients and healthcare professionals. This is achieved by ensuring that the functions align effectively, facilitated through clear communication, influence, and the timely identification of issues to facilitate the generation of constructive solutions.

The impact you and your team will make is of utmost importance for one of our most strategically significant products in the coming three years!

This is how your work matters:

  • Develop and deliver launch strategy, plans, and budget recommendations;
  • Lead the cross-functional launch team;
  • Ensure alignment to franchise and program strategy;
  • Provide oversight and ongoing direction to the launch team members;
  • Contribute to the long-term global strategy and ensure its execution within the Travel Health franchise and the Program team.

In this position, you will be responsible for energizing and guiding the organization through a transformation aimed at launching our product. This entails creating an inspiring vision, gaining the support of top-level management, turning the vision into reality, and ensuring that the entire organization is in sync with it. You will engage with functional management on a consistent basis to identify and address any issues and keep a close watch on our progress. One of the challenges you will face is promoting the development of a more advanced organization that places a strong emphasis on collaboration and constructive feedback.

Key Abilities and Competencies

  • Entrepreneurial mindset to support impactful leadership in a small to mid-size structure; identifies opportunities and delivers business results; continuously seeks solutions that capture and increase the value to patients and the organization;
  • Effective and inspiring leader who mobilizes the organization, identifies solutions and delivers against goals;
  • Inspiring communicator with gravitas to mobilize the organization, engage with global thought leaders, and align functions behind a shared vision;
  • Project Management mindset to ensure resources, quality, budget alignment, and on-time delivery.

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Demonstrated success and outcomes in cross-functional leadership roles in pharmaceutical/biotechnology/vaccine commercialization;
  • Track record of strong strategic thinking, coupled with effective implementation;
  • Hands-on leadership experience from at least 1 launch, preferably in vaccines;
  • Agility to operate in a nimble and global environment with a demonstrated knowledge of key markets, in particular the US, EU, Asia, and LatAm;
  • Possesses deep insights into launch management and commercialization, medical affairs, patient groups, policymakers, and regulatory and technical requirements;
  • Proven ability to grow a business and deliver results and flexibility to think in different scenarios;
  • MS/BS in science or business required, advanced degree a plus;
  • 15+ years of pharmaceutical industry experience required, at least 5 of which in a leadership position;
  • Experience in the vaccine industry is required.

We provide an opportunity to be a part of an international company that boasts exceptional technology and a determined team. Join our dedicated and agile global commercial team if you share our enthusiasm for vaccines and have a desire to create an impact. You can expect a vibrant and adaptable work environment that supports the growth of your personal and academic skills. Additionally, we offer an extensive benefits package and a competitive compensation package.

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JC May
Exe. Vice President, CCO

Founded in 1994, we have more than 25 years of experience in developing life-saving vaccines. We are a global leader in smallpox and mpox vaccines. Our commercial product portfolio contains market-leading vaccines against rabies and tick-borne encephalitis and an Ebola vaccine. We are a global company headquartered in Denmark with a state-of-the-art production facility and sites in Germany, Switzerland, and USA. Our values – our Bavarian Nordic DNA, as we like to call it – is what guide our actions every day. We act as persistent pioneers, embrace change, value being boosted by the team, and believe in protecting lives every day. If that is also a part of your DNA, we invite you to join us in Bavarian Nordic! Bavarian Nordic is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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