Deputy Director, R&D

Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) Multiple Locations, Global, - None Specified -

About the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI)

The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) is a global organisation with a mission to stimulate and accelerate the development of vaccines against emerging infectious diseases and enable access to these vaccines for people during outbreaks. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CEPI has taken a leading role investing in multiple diverse COVID-19 vaccine candidates and co-leading COVAX alongside Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the World Health Organization to develop, manufacture and equitably deliver 2 billion doses of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine by the end of 2021 to end the acute phase of the pandemic.

You can find further details on their website http://www.cepi.net.

Deputy Director R&D

CEPI is a global organization working to accelerate the development of safe and effective vaccines against COVID-19 and other emerging infectious diseases. The organization is growing at fast pace and seeks to strengthen the R&D Director’s Office to prepare for the CEPI strategy for the next 5 years (CEPI 2.0).
Reporting to the Director R&D, the Deputy Director is responsible for supporting the effective leadership and strategy of the R&D department. This includes ensuring key R&D initiatives are clearly defined and aligned with CEPI 2.0 strategies, including building and maintaining strategic partnerships.


  • Lead key strategic R&D initiatives for the department
  • Assist the Director in developing and implementing the Vaccines R&D strategies
  • Act as an interface with the rest of the CEPI organization and with external stakeholders
  • Ensure that all R&D activities and initiatives are aligned with the strategic plan for the next 5 years
  • Along with the Director maintain relationships with external scientific bodies, Advisory Boards and Key Opinion Leaders in Vaccine Development
  • Develop and implement annual work plans and budgets and ensure progress.
  • Facilitate the R&D Connect work, including strategies for partnering with Industry, Global Organizations, and Public Health Institutions
  • Work with relevant teams and ensure quality reports in a timely manner
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the Director

Education, Experience, Knowledge and Skills

  • MD or PhD in relevant field
  • Robust knowledge of vaccines development
  • Minimum 10 years in a senior position in the pharmaceutical industry or life sciences in a global environment
  • Well-developed open and agile mindset, can quickly adapt and take advantage of new situations and requests
  • Strong leadership skills, with the ability to build trust with partners and work with senior experts in an international environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills, able to work in different cultural environments, to reach consensus and develop effective international collaboration.
  • Strong communication skills, able to represent CEPI at international events and ensure the necessary flow of information with the different stakeholders
CEPI strives for diverse thinking and an inclusive working environment where each employee can contribute and grow.


This role can be based in London (UK), Oslo (NO) or Washington DC (US)

How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for this position, please complete the Application Form below on or before 25 January 2022. In addition, we encourage you to please attach a copy of the most recent version of your CV in English.

All information will be treated in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service.

If you have an initial query rather than an application, kindly email us at [email protected]

SRI Executive is exclusively retained by CEPI to undertake this assignment.

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