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Preclinical Portfolio Manager / Project Manager

91 Park Drive, Milton Park, Oxfordshire, OX14 4RY, UK

Preclinical Portfolio Manager

Join a pioneering biotech with a collegial atmosphere and a passion for harnessing every individual’s unique set of skills in our fight against disease.

At Immunocore, we have a vision to transform the way we understand and treat the most challenging medical conditions of our time, including cancer, autoimmune disorders and infection. In January 2022, in the U.S., we launched the world’s first T-cell receptor therapy, built on a novel technology designed to overcome the limitations of our natural immune systems.

Joining us at the most exciting time in our history, you will be part of a team that values trust and innovation, and that cherishes different ways of thinking.

The role:

To provide project management support for Preclinical (Research) pipeline programmes.


  • Coordinate the delivery of Preclinical pipeline programs as assigned.
  • Work with Program leads to ensure effective progression, governance, communication, and planning of each of the programs in the Preclinical pipeline (from target nomination to candidate drug nomination),
  • Ensure program team meetings are run efficiently including scheduling, minutes, and action tracking.
  • Work with the Head of Research and Chief Technology Officer to plan Research Portfolio Committee (RPC) governance meetings.
  • Schedule, manage, facilitate, and provide minutes for RPC meetings.
  • Develop structured plans with timelines and resource requirements and use to forecast areas of potential delays/issues/operational needs within the Preclinical portfolio.
  • Support appropriate and timely communication of pipeline project progress and timelines to key stakeholder groups including senior management, research leaders, program teams (internal and partner).
  • Actively monitor and update pipeline program team rosters and ensure appropriate inclusion for communications and pipeline meetings.
  • Work with research scientists to update the research operating model ensuring that it reflects up-to-date processes, workflows, and timelines.
  • Provide administrative support for internal research programmes (e.g., folder management).
  • Provide support to partner programs both administratively (e.g., data transfer, database access, and project folder access,) and ensuring efficient management and documentation of partner meetings.
  • Ensure internal alignment of key scientific messages ahead of external (partner) communications (ad hoc, JPTs etc.)
  • Support the transfer of Preclinical programs to development by helping ensure the transfer of information to the development program lead / team.
  • Support proactive risk management across Preclinical pipeline program.s
  • Identify and aid implementation of opportunities to improve efficiency at both the individual project and portfolio level, in areas including scheduling, collaboration, data management, logistics and reporting.
  • Be part of the team that owns, champions, defines, and improves our project and portfolio management process. 

Experience & Knowledge:

  • Experience in an R&D Project or Product Management role in the Biotech industry.
  • Proficiency with MS Project.
  • Familiarity with PM tools and practices.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft environment (Word, Excel, Power Point, Visio, SharePoint, Teams).
  • Ability to build great relationships with key stakeholders and user groups and work with them to understand the scientific, clinical, and operational problems that need solving.
  • Excellent attention to detail, organisational, communication and stakeholder management skills.
  • Highly proactive in identifying risks, raising issues, and identifying solutions within the project and predict where opportunities for improving processes may arise in the future.
  • Exceptional relationship building skills to quickly understand the needs of all internal and external teams and collaborators.
  • Delivery-focused mindset, capable of scaling at pace, taking operational and practical ownership of projects.
  • Strong track record in a relevant scientific discipline.


  • Educated to BS/ BA level or higher in life science discipline or equivalent.
  • Desirable: Masters/ PhD/ PharmD/ MBA in related area of discipline.
  • Desirable: Formal project management training.
  • PMP certification preferred but not required.

Lead with Science and Discover What is Within:

  • We Value Entrepreneurship and Diversity
  • Respect, Trust, and Integrity
  • Competitive compensation
  • Private medical and dental benefits.
  • 25 days Annual Leave and Bank Holidays
  • 4x Salary Life Insurance
  • 5% Pension Match
  • Income Protection
  • Parental Leave


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