Director, Commercial Packaging



San Carlos, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2024
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Vaxcyte is a clinical-stage vaccine innovation company engineering high-fidelity vaccines to protect humankind from the consequences of bacterial diseases, which have serious and costly health consequences when left unchecked. Working to eradicate or treat bacterial infections such as invasive pneumococcal disease, Group A Strep, periodontitis and Shigella is just the beginning. Our path to success is clear and well-defined, and Vaxcyte is set up to go the distance.
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*AIM HIGH: We embody our collectively audacious goal to courageously make the most complex biologics ever attempted to protect humankind.
*LEAD WITH HEART: Everyone leads at Vaxcyte with a kindness-first, inclusive approach to collaboration and vigorous debate that advances our business objectives.
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*MODEL EXCELLENCE: The magnitude of our challenge requires our shared commitment to demonstrating integrity, accountability, equality and clarity across communications and decision making.
Vaxcyte has an exciting opportunity for a Director, Commercial Packaging to lead all activities related to commercial packaging of finished goods for all the markets that Vaxcyte supplies. This role is responsible for ensuring that finished goods are available to meet all patient demand without any supply interruption. Will be responsible for building a team to support these activities.

Essential Functions:

  • Develop global strategy for commercial assembly, labelling, secondary packaging, and serialization.
  • Provide technical leadership and management of teams that ensure timely product launch and ongoing supply for both domestic and international markets.
  • Lead selection, contracting and qualification of packaging sites.
  • Select vendors for package and artwork design.
  • Lead packaging design and artwork creation and approval process.
  • Define strategy, select, lead implementation, and manage the operation of serialization system/program.
  • Develop and implement product security and anticounterfeit strategy.
  • Manage the performance of all vendors including packaging sites, design vendors, component suppliers and serialization vendors.
  • Develop and manage plans to launch finished goods in new markets in alignment with regulatory approvals.
  • Develop and implement strategies for make to stock and make to order.
  • Proactively identify potential supply risks and initiate actions to mitigate.
  • Collaborate with commercial to develop and execute distribution strategies.
  • Design and implement robust and compliant track and trace procedures.
  • Collaborate with QA and Commercial to develop recall SOPs.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders both internally and externally.
  • Lead recalls as needed.
  • Build and manage a team, providing mentorship, leadership, and growth.


  • B.S. / B.A. degree in supply chain, business, life sciences, or other related discipline. Advanced Degree (preferred).
  • Minimum of 12 years’ experience in pharmaceutical packaging design & packaging operations supporting global markets with a minimum of 6-8 years of successful people management experience.
  • A solid understanding of packaging materials and manufacturing processes and experience in global packaging standards for drug products is required.
  • Ability to strategically plan, organize and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Strong experience with Serialization.
  • Strong experience with Anticounterfeit Technologies.
  • Strong experience working with CMOs.
  • Strong experience with new product launches.
  • Strong knowledge of GMPs.
  • Experience with prefilled syringes strongly preferred.
  • Strong experience leading Cross-Functional teams.
  • Strong experience managing and building teams.
  • Excellent problem solving, communication and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated expertise in critical thinking, influence, negotiation, problem solving, strategic thinking, and leadership in a matrix environment.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Fluent in English.
Reports to: Executive Director, Global Supply Chain
Location: San Carlos, CA
The compensation package will be competitive and includes comprehensive benefits and an equity component.
Salary Range: $216,000 – $239,000
Send resumes to:
Vaxcyte, Inc.
825 Industrial Road, Suite 300
San Carlos, CA 94070
We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.