Director – Cellular Therapies

United Kingdom
​£91,004 - £104,927 per annum
07 Oct 2020
22 Oct 2020
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Location: National

An outstanding opportunity has arisen following the creation of a new organisational structure for a talented and inclusive leader to join NHS Blood and Transplant as our Director – Cellular Therapies, reporting to the Chief Medical Officer and Director of Clinical Services. We are searching for an exceptional individual who shares our passion, drive and commitment to improving outcomes for our patients.

Here at NHSBT we are dedicated to saving and improving lives and our 5,400 staff positively impact people across the country every day. We are an essential part of the NHS providing a wide range of services making the most of absolutely every donation – from blood and organs to tissues and stem cells. We stand for helping ordinary people do something extraordinary, saving and improving the lives of others with their valuable donations. Our teams deliver blood, and blood based therapies across England, organ donation and supply services for the whole of the UK and diagnostic and therapeutic services globally.

The post Director – Cellular Therapies is a key role in our new structure and will be critical to us achieving our ambitious future aims. The post is a wide ranging and influential one at NHSBT with direct accountability for a complex set of services which is likely to include:

  • Cellular and Molecular Therapies (CMT) including our national network of laboratories undertaking routine stem cell processing and the manufacture of advanced cell and gene therapies
  • Stem Cell Donation and Transplantation (SCDT) including the British Bone Marrow Registry and the NHS Cord Blood Bank
  • Therapeutic Apheresis Services (TAS) – subject to agreement

We are looking for an exceptional individual with significant experience in the delivery of therapeutics and a deep understanding of this fast-moving field, who has both the scientific credibility and strong influencing approach required to foster strategic relationships with key partners. The post holder will lead the development of an operational strategy in this area, aligned with the work of the UK Stem Cell Strategic Forum, for which they will be the NHSBT lead.   To succeed in this, you will need to demonstrate ambition, vision and a genuine partnership focused approach. To enable you to work effectively you will need to develop relationships with a range of stakeholders across the NHS, government, industry and academia.

You will have responsibility for continuously developing the scientific and nursing workforce in order to provide motivated teams to work across your business area. As this is a new post the individual will be expected to define and develop a senior management team structure to deliver this agenda. With a demonstrable commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, you will also have outstanding communication skills and an ability to build high performing teams.

In assuming this role, you will be taking on a highly visible and influential national role in the field of cellular therapies, with the opportunity to shape NHSBTs future cellular therapy strategy and improve patient outcomes. You will need to achieve high standards of patient safety and regulatory compliance, as well as delivering high performance while managing a budget of £30m. NHSBT is an exciting and welcoming environment to work in, and we consider this a rare opportunity to apply your skill set to the national stage.

For more information on the role and how to apply please visit:

For a confidential discussion on the Director – Cellular Therapies role please contact:

Thomas Patterson, Director or Alex Sweet, Senior Researcher on +44(0)2073331424 or +44(0)7545741333.

Closing date: 22 October 2020.