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Assistant Director of Cord Blood Programme

Medical Devices

(£) Competitive
permanent Job Ref: 5591


A leading blood cancer charity has an exciting opportunity for you to join its leadership team as an Assistant Director of the Cord Blood Programme. As part of this world-class team you’ll work alongside leading specialists and highly-motivated people, passionate about saving lives.  As Assistant Director, you will be on the front line of their lifesaving work and need to have technical expertise, proven leadership and a passion for all things cell therapy.

Job Profile:

To provide leadership, management and coordination for all activities specifically designed to deliver their Cord Blood Programme.  You will be responsible for translating strategy into operational objectives across the Cell Therapy Centre based in Nottingham and the Cord Collection sites (London, Manchester and Leicester) and ensuring all activities are delivered to a high standard. To work with the Senior Leadership Team, Assistant Directors and Heads of Departments across the company to ensure joint planning and co-ordination of the Cord Blood Programme activity.

Key Responsibilities:

These include but are not limited to:


  1. Provide leadership, direction and expertise to drive forward 
  2. Translate strategy and the business plan into operational objectives and create a shared sense of purpose across teams by demonstrating how different work contributes to higher level divisional and organisational objectives. 
  1. Ensure A high quality, reliable and responsive service to achieve customer targets and turnaround times
  1. Support the Head of Innovation and Commercialisation by contributing to the delivery of commercial opportunities of the Cord Blood Programme.
  1. Ensure on-going compliance with legislation, quality, regulatory and accreditation requirements
  1. Build constructive and on-going relationships with key stakeholders.
  1. Represent the company when required 
  1. Create a culture of professionalism, openness and improvement across the Cord Blood Programme 
  1. Facilitate cooperation within and between teams and divisions and actively ensure relevant professional input from others is obtained where required.
  2. Lead and motivate the Cell Therapy Centre and Cord Collection Teams to achieve individual and team performance objectives and empower people by delegating responsibility appropriately.
  3. Prepare an annual budget and plan with forecasts and to report any variance and contingency planning as necessary.
  4. Monitor revenues and costs and consider alternative strategies and suppliers to maximise cost effectiveness and margin.
  5. Work closely with the Business Manager and the Procurement department to improve contract terms and KPIs with all customers and ensure accurate data collection so suppliers can be held to account.
  6. Address both current and likely future requirements, investigate ways to improve effectiveness, seize opportunities and anticipate risks.
  7. Recruit and manage staff with the appropriate skills 

Scientific and Quality

  • Ensure standards appropriate to Good Laboratory Practice and accreditation bodies HTA and Netcord- FACT are achieved and upheld. 
  • Present analysis of data from laboratories for publication and presentation at scientific and management meetings. 
  • Carry out research and development activities in cord blood banking and quality control. 
  • Assess technical demands of the processes and assess new technology and introduce as appropriate ensuring all validations are in place.
  • Ensure that third party agreements are maintained and that appropriate SOPs are in place.
  • Ensure that relevant third parties are made aware of, and furnished with, copies of all regulatory alerts and/or serious adverse reactions without delay.
  • Ensure that the establishment maintains the documentation and records required to ensure compliance with quality and regulations.

Experience Required

  •  A good Honours degree in Life Sciences
  • You must hold a Ph.D or be actively working towards attaining one within an agreed timeframe
  • Experience of working in the field of cell therapy, transplantation, cell storage, laboratory management
  • Extensive operations and service delivery management experience
  • Resilient and adaptable to be able to work under pressure
  • To be able to make difficult decisions and exert appropriate authority
  • Experience of driving process improvement
  • Experience of setting and delivering to targets
  • Extensive experience in management roles and building high performing teams.
  • Proven leadership capabilities, ability to inspire, empower and motivate others.
  • Sound understanding of how to communicate and manage internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent problem solving and risk assessment abilities
  • Proven ability in budgeting and forecasting
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to listen, learn and improve within the role, learn from mistakes and speak up when opportunities to improve are identified.
  • Openness and honesty and a willingness to positively accept constructive criticism

This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of something very special. You will have the opportunity to use your expertise to make a life changing difference to the lives of thousands of people.