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Director of Scientific Operations

We are currently seeking a Director of Scientific Operations to lead the delivery of all of our scientific operations and high-throughput platforms to provide invaluable data and resources which are vital for our world-leading science.

The role will continually evolve services to embrace new technologies and the ever-changing demands of bold new scientific challenges. Driving a committed culture which embraces innovation and collaboration you will provide oversight and direction to a team of 300 people and represent the Institute on a global platform.

More than ever before, the Institute is at the forefront of genetic discovery and emerging real-life health benefits as a result of the research that we do. This is an excellent opportunity for a highly skilled professional to contribute to the leadership of our Institute and shape the direction of our operations to reflect the strategic requirements of our research programmes and the vision of the Institute for the future.

Job Reference
82806

Essential Skills

  • Strong leadership abilities, with the capacity to inspire, energise and empower others to achieve high performance.
  • Skilled influencer and negotiator able to identify and deal tactfully with sensitive and/or contentious situations
  • Experienced and skilled in managing significant change programmes
  • Experience of managing senior managers and a variety of teams/groups
  • Solid experience or working in a complex scientific environment, with the ability to engage senior academic or research peers.
  • An ability to carefully balance the interplay between academic research and corporate operations.
  • Skilled in coaching and mentoring – providers a supportive environment delegating and empowering managers
  • Proven ability to seize scientific opportunities in an agile way.
  • Able to make difficult decisions – utilising a resilient and determined approach.
  • Combines strategic thinking with consideration of operational management.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills – can identify the requirement for different approaches.
  • Technical understanding of one or more of the Institute’s major pipelines.
  • Demonstrates inclusivity and respect for all

Other information

The Institute is located on the stunning Wellcome Genome Campus. This growing and dynamic site is the British hub of genomic science. It hosts the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), Open Targets, a Biodata Innovation Centre and host Genomics England Limited’s 100,000 Genomes Sequencing Centre. The Campus is also home to Wellcome Trust Conference Centre and the Wellcome Genome Campus Connecting Science. Connecting Science inspires new thinking, sparks conversation and supports learning by drawing on the ground-breaking research taking place on the Campus.

Positions carry a significant core package of salaries and support backed by rewarding and flexible employment terms including excellent benefits and relocation support. For more information on our core benefits please visit: Sanger employee benefits.

We seek to provide a supportive family friendly environment to enable scientists at all levels to balance their professional and home lives. This includes options for flexible and part-time working, support and advice for staff taking maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave an on-site nursery, Campus summer holiday club and childcare voucher scheme.  

For a discussion about the role, contact Martin Dougherty in the first instance on: md21@sanger.ac.uk.

In your written application, please give evidence of examples of proven experience against each of the selection criteria listed in Essential Skills. Those candidates invited for interview will be asked to attend an assessment centre-based process on-site in September.

Closing date: 31st August 2017