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Bacterial Vaccines Project lead

Job Description

Leads/manages a discovery project under minimal supervision with defined business strategies and timelines. Leads a project core team consisting of members from the functional teams within Bacterial Vaccines.

Job Scope:


  • Manages a complex discovery project and ensures delivery of milestones.
  • Contributes significantly to defining elements of regional, functional, or new product strategies for R&D.

Degree of Supervision/Degree of Autonomy

  • Works under limited supervision with a high level of autonomy.
  • Directs/leads project core teams to accomplish tasks and project objectives.
  • Sets priorities aligned with departmental strategy


  • Analyzes whether innovative/new approaches/collaborations are a good fit for the project.
    • These can originate from the Tech Watch team or J&J Innovation (JJI)
  • May have interactions with JJI on innovative/new approaches/companies that could be interesting for the project.
  • Supports JJI in generating research contacts/agreements

Nature of Communication

  • Ensures communication of project goals and priorities to the core team members.
    • Explains and clarifies to influence or persuade others to accept new ideas, approaches, or concepts.
  • Represents the communication line between the project core team and the project sponsor (Head Bacterial Vaccine Discovery and Early Development)
  • Has interactions with line managersto plan resources needed to achieve project goals.
  • Will have interactions with Finance and Planning to budget the project and track the budget vs actuals.
  • Has interactions with Legal department concerning Intellectual Property to create/maintain a patent portfolio protecting the project intellectual property (IP).
  • May have interactions with compound development team when the discovery project is connected to an existing asset (life cycle management).
  • Communicates the project updates to the Bacterial Vaccines team by means of the bi-monthly reports and Bacterial Vaccines newsletters

Key responsibilities:

Area of Responsibility


(Potential) Degree of Responsibility

Conceptualization / Creation and Execution of Ideas

Can lead BacVac Braintrust and Governance meetings

Attends in-house seminars and participates in scientific meetings as appropriate to support team goals.

Information Management and Communication

Drafting, executing and serving as lead on presentations. Peer reviewing manuscripts. Supporting with patent filings.

Reviewing results provided by core team members

Attend meetings with external (outside Janssen or outside of BacVac) partners either alone or supporting core team members towards project progression

Interact and align with project sponsor. Act as the buffer between the core team and the sponsor.

Defining Final Project Objectives (FPOs) and Key Deliverables (KDs) with the core team (can be according to FPX)

Compile budget information provided by core team members

Integrate timelines from all core team members

Set priorities for project work to ensure milestones are met

Track budget

Track KDs/FPOs

Track decisions, risks and mitigations

Collecting and reporting information from the core team (minutes, bimonthly reports etc)

Practise continuous improvement in processes and procedures

Key final deliverable

Prepare and register NME declaration documents

Initiate transfer to development team and support early development

*R: Responsible, A: Accountable, C: Consulted

Johnson & Johnson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

  • Ph.D. on a bacteriology and immunology-related topic with experience in pharmaceutical industry is required
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to adapt effectively to a constantly evolving organization issues, structures and dynamics
  • Project leader certification is a strong plus
  • Experience with managing budgets is required
  • Influencing ability without line authority
  • Good communication skills with different stakeholders (English and Dutch)
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural, fast paced environment with and ability to establish strong relationships in a matrix environment/cross functional teams
  • Excellent time management skills
  • The following skills and competencies are required to be considered further: trusted, inclusive, integrity, independent, goal-oriented, sense of urgency, managing complexity and pro-active
Primary Location
Netherlands-South Holland-Leiden-
Janssen Vaccines & Prevention BV (8852)
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