Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI)

CEPI is an innovative partnership between public, private, philanthropic, and civil organisations, launched at Davos in 2017, to develop vaccines against future epidemics. It has over 20 vaccine candidates against various pathogens in development. CEPI has also invested in new platform technologies for rapid vaccine development against unknown pathogens (Disease X).


CEPI’s 5-year plan lays out a $3.5 billion roadmap to compress vaccine development timelines to 100 days, develop a broadly protective vaccine against COVID-19 and other Beta coronaviruses, and create a “library” of vaccine candidates for use against known and unknown pathogens.

Role purpose

As the Deputy Director R&D, you will help strengthen the R&D Director Office to prepare for the CEPI strategy over the next 5 years (CEPI 2.0). You will report to the Executive Director R&D and will be 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.


You can find further details on: 20211202-CEPI-2_0-Programme-Document-v1_wl.pdf.


As Deputy Director R&D, you will be responsible for:

  • Leading key strategic R&D initiatives for the department
  • Assist the Executive 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 Executive 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 Executive Director


About you – Education, Qualifications & Experience

  • MD or PhD in a relevant field
  • Minimum 10 years in a senior position in the pharmaceutical industry in a global environment
  • Robust knowledge of vaccines development
  • Innovative, 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 and credibility 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 in multicultural, multi-lingual environments; able to represent CEPI at international events and ensure the necessary flow of information with the different key stakeholders (internal and external)
  • Excellent strategic thinking, always keeping in mind the bigger picture and understand how individual actions can affect the organization’s goals.
  • Proven ability to interact with internal and external stakeholders and strong management, negotiation, and advocacy skills
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a team environment and matrix structure is critical


Terms of Appointment

This is a full-time position. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. A benefits package is also included.


Role Location

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 07 October 2022. In addition, we encourage you to please attach a copy of the most recent English version of your CV.


All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.


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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