Preclinical Project Manager


Our client is a fast-moving biopharmaceutical company specialized in vaccines. They are currently initiating a new project on an HIV vaccine candidate which is currently evaluated in a preclinical phase, to rapidly move into phase I of the development. Additionally, they are developing a portfolio of other vaccines in clinical and preclinical phase.


You are looking for a professional challenge that allows you to work in a start-up environment in order to lead Preclinical Projects ?

Coordination of different partners (external/internal) in a research phase is a great opportunity and as an expert in Vaccinology you want to apply your competences in this field?

Plus One can offer you this great challenge:

Your key responsibilities:

    • Coordinate the preclinical toxicology study and CMC production for a vaccine candidate (HIV):
      • Execute the plan as it has been defined with extrnal partners (CMOs and CROs)
        • Monitor the progress of the manufacturing of the vaccine
        • Monitor the toxicology study
      • Monitor budget and planning and present to the Board of the project
      • Ensure proper compliance of the project, in coordination with the Quality Director
      • Write protocols, scientific reports and the IMPD (with mentorship of experienced writers)
      • Be part of the discussions with the clinical team (external and academic partners) that will submit the Clinical Trial Application and who will lead the clinical study
      • Report progress and results to company management

    • Coordinate various preclinical experiments done with external suppliers
      • Review the protocols and select the most appropriate suppliers
      • Visit the sites, to ensure compliance with the company standards (in collaboration with Quality Director)
      • Monitor progress and quality, as well as budget and planning
      • Recommend solutions in case of divergence


  • PhD Degree in Life Sciences
  • At least 5 years of relevant industrial experience in preclinical operations in Pharma, Biotech or CRO/CMO.
  • Previous experience in project management and/or in the coordination of various stakeholders is a must.
  • Experience in the therapeutic area of vaccination is an asset.
  • Experience in scientific writing, protocols, SOP’s and/or IMPD would be a plus.
  • Self-starter; able to work independently and within a multidisciplinary team in an international and multicultural environment
  • Problem solver, flexible, organized and proactive, pragmatic and with scientific rigor
  • Sense of urgency; able to manage multiple and varied tasks and prioritize workload with attention to detail.
  • Good communication, listening and negotiation skills
  • Fluent in written and spoken English at professional level. Knowledge of French and/or Dutch is an asset.
  • Willingness and ability to travel domestically and internationally is required, it is anticipated that this will be less than 20 % of work time
  • Advanced level in MS software platform


  • A dynamic and ambitious work environment in a high qualified and experimented small team
  • An attractive salary with extralegal benefits
  • Permanent contract, Full time job (Part-time could be feasible)
  • Location: Liège + 20% travels
  • Start date: ASAP

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Gaëlle Minet

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