Job Openings Head of Engineering

About the job Head of Engineering

Accelerate the vision of becoming a leading pure play vaccine company as the new Head of Engineering for Bavarian Nordic and take engineering excellence to the next level.

Strategically strong and able to set the direction

As the Head of Engineering, you will play a central part in the ongoing development of the engineering department. As the key responsible for engineering at Bavarian Nordic, you will be the visible go-to person in all relevant manners, and you will be responsible for the daily leadership of the managers within the department. As Head of Engineering, you will report to the EVP/COO, and lead an organization comprising 45 people with managers reporting directly to you, which is expected to grow and evolve in the upcoming years as part of an upscaling strategy. You will oversee the operation within the department, including the daily management of the tasks and critical issues within the department. Furthermore, you are going to ensure the managerial development of leaders in engineering as well as setting the overall direction of the department. Finally, the head of engineering is also a member of the supply leadership team, and as part of this team will contribute to the development and execution of product supply strategy at Bavarian Nordic.

Strong human-centric leader that knows what good looks like

We expect you to have a relevant bachelor's or master's degree in engineering, natural science, pharmacy, business, or similar combined with previous management experience from a regulated production environment within pharma, medical devices, or similar. Alternatively, you have experience from a senior role in a management/engineering consulting firm focused on pharmaceutical manufacturing and engineering.

You are a strong human-centric leader, who knows how to set the direction for your team and how to influence, motivate, and bring people together and encourage growth. Additionally, you are a clear communicator, who can influence stakeholders effectively, both internally and externally with outstanding presentation, written, and verbal communication skills. Personally, you are resilient, performance-oriented and you possess strong decision-making and problem-solving skills. Finally, you possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills in spoken and written English.

Persistent pioneering with innovative vaccine development

Join Bavarian Nordic and embark upon a transformative journey towards becoming one of the largest pure play vaccine companies by advancing in innovation, manufacturing, and commercialization. The recruitment process is carried out by Venaris Executive Search ( For more information regarding the position, please reach out to Executive Search Consultant Lars Nordlund Bidstrup on +45 3123 3018. All requests will be handled confidentially. If this position is for you, do not hesitate to apply by uploading your CV - it is not necessary to include a cover letter.

Bavarian Nordic

Bavarian Nordic is a fully integrated vaccine company focused on the development, manufacturing, and commercialization of life-saving vaccines. The company operates its own commercial-scale manufacturing facility in Kvistgaard, Denmark. At Bavarian Nordic, they strive to uphold their purpose of improving and saving lives by always ensuring that their DNA is present in every phase of the entire work process. By 2025, Bavarian Nordic aspires to be one of the largest pure play vaccine companies by investing in innovative vaccine development, commercial excellence and becoming the best-in-class manufacturer.