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Program Development Leader, Oncology

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


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:

  • Lead the development and execution of the product strategy for one or more oncology pipeline projects.
  • Lead a cross-functional team to develop a range of strategic and tactical recommendations for program development, secure governance and budget approval, and secure resource for the projects.
  • Articulate the project goals, strategy, and the underlying science to internal and external audiences with clarity and credibility to enable effective program execution.
  • Take accountability for execution, monitoring and reporting of progress / issues for program.
  • Collaborate with other program leaders, scientific and clinical leaders, and external experts to develop integrated project plans & sound portfolio strategy.
  • Support strategic planning for early- through late-stage development programs.


Defines and articulates program strategy

  • Leads cross-functional product development teams responsible for novel oncology therapies from early- to late-stage clinical development.
  • Creates strategic and integrated product development plans aligned with business objectives and are differentiated from competitor products.
  • Derives and communicates recommendations for program strategy at governance meetings, and aligns with key stakeholders.
  • Ensures that there are robust processes, plans and data to enable senior leadership to make investment decisions and prioritise projects across the portfolio.
  • Facilitate strategic scenario planning discussions, and in partnership with project management work to identify critical issues, develop contingency plans.
  • Collaborates with other program leaders to ensure sound portfolio strategy and recognize synergy across programs.
  • Owns and drives planning for programs from late-preclinical through late-stage development.
  • Drives program-level registration planning and coordination.
  • Supports pull-through from preclinical to clinical for new portfolio programs – works with research to build robust data packages to support IND-filing and development.

Accountability for overall program execution

  • Effectively manages/mitigates/communicates project risks, makes decisions, and manages conflict and change.
  • Serve as the single point of accountability for the program team, and drive key program decisions through appropriate governance forums, where appropriate.
  • Builds high performing teams, ensuring adequate resources in place to support Program Strategy, and in partnership with Functional Leadership resolve any team performance issues, working with line managers to develop team members.
  • Ensures that the Product Team implements its plans and adheres to key development milestones.
  • Develops solutions for barriers to executing program strategy, taking into account specific functional needs.
  • Uses good judgement to ensure program moves forward swiftly – making decisions for program as needed, and raising issues when appropriate.
  • Drives team objective setting for program-related activities.
  • Collaborates effectively with functional leaders to ensure program alignment and develops an understanding of functional issues affecting the program, and then partners to create solutions.
  • Effectively manages collaborations/alliances/partnerships when appropriate & champions new collaborations that are important to the strategy of the program.
  • In collaboration with project management, monitors program financials, ensuring resources in place to support program goals, and escalate resource needs, where appropriate.


  • Excellent analytical and strategic abilities.
  • Minimum of 8 years in in biotech / pharma or related industry.
  • Deep understanding of the drug development process.
  • Broad understanding of the evolving oncology landscape.
  • Experience leading in a global matrix environment across a range of functions, seniority, and locations.
  • Demonstrated ability to collate and structure information from multiple sources to form a clear narrative and distil key issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to influence without authority and establish and maintain credibility with senior audiences.
  • Demonstrated organizational and project management skills.
  • PhD or MD highly preferred.
  • 8+ years’ experience in pharma/biotech or related.
  • Prior experience in R&D leadership positions within pharma/biotech or related.

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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