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Associate Director VMRD

Published: 8 April 2016


The Associate Director VMRD provides strong expertise in VMRD Biologicals.

He/she leads and manages R&D programs and species expertise for biologicals in compliance with appropriate regulatory and corporate requirements.


  • Responsible for providing leadership and expertise in Biologicals to move the VMRD portfolio forward.

  • Drives global/regional project activities required to license ZTS vaccines and to achieve team project milestones. 

  • Responsible for leading  VMRD studies, i.e. budgeting, site selection, animal sourcing, resource planning, timeline, legal contracts, protocol development, supplies, external study partners, monitoring.

  • Works in close collaboration with other partners like Commercial Development and Lifecycle Management colleagues and provides leadership within these teams.

  • Independently addresses difficult issues and makes complex decisions with innovative approaches.  Manages the work of other colleagues. 

  • Might lead multi-functional teams including Manufacturing, Regulatory Affairs, Lab Sciences, Marketing and Veterinary Operations.

  • Leads and manages multiple studies and/or multiple projects. Manages project resources including budget and timelines.

  • Leads teams within and across disciplines.

  • Might have people management responsibilities.


  • Species leads within Global GBR

  • Clinical Managers / Associate Directors within Global GBR

  • Commercial Development and Lifecycle Management

  • Management Shared Service Group (SSG) for Biometrics, Data Management, Quality Assurance, Document Systems and Archiving

  • Regulatory Affairs

  • External Contract Research Organisations (CROs) and Investigators in the field


Financial accountability: Ranging from 1-4 $M

Supervision: People management responsibilities


  • Veterinary medicine (or similar life science background)

  • Understanding of scientific research principles, preferably demonstrated by PhD or equivalent

  • Good command of English language


  • Minimum 10 years of experience in the animal health industry

  • Veterinary vaccine development

  • Practical technical skills (clinical and laboratory level)

  • Interpretation of research results

  • Interpretation and implementation of standard policies in relation to health in animals


  • Understanding of veterinary drug development (preferable veterinary vaccine development)

  • Active participation in scientific (preferably veterinary) research projects

  • Familiar with Good Clinical Practice for Veterinary Trials (GCPv)  and/or Good Laboratory Practice (GLP)

  • People management


  • Laboratory technics (e.g. virology, bacteriology, immunology)

  • Experience in the laboratory: conducting  lab techniques / animal studies

  • Good communicator (written and spoken English)

  • Good interpersonal skills

  • Competent with Microsoft Office packages including Powerpoint, Word & Excel

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Ability to multi-task, organize, plan and prioritise effectively

  • Able to give day-to-day directions to study participants

  • Qualified driver


  • Advanced computer skills (eg. work with databases)

  • Experience with MS Outlook

  • A second European language (French, Spanish or Flemish/Dutch) would be advantageous

  • Experience of training others to run studies

  • Able to write clearly and succinctly in a variety of settings and styles


  • Fully qualified driver and ability to drive

  • Ability to travel regularly and independently nationally and internationally

  • Able to be permanently based in the Zaventem, Belgium office

  • Willingness to work flexible hours

Interested candidates may respond by sending an application letter with CV to