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Head of Operations - Cancer, Ageing and Somatic Mutation

Salary in the region of £70,000 to £80,000 dependent on experience) plus excellent benefits

Permanent/ Open contract

The Wellcome Sanger Institute conducts cutting edge genomic research on an unprecedented scale and our operational teams plays a vital role in enabling and supporting our science. The Cancer Ageing and Somatic Mutation Programme is currently looking for a dynamic, motivated, and skilled Head of Operations to join the Programme, and our pioneering organisation, to oversee the leadership of the programme's operational team.

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic individual with proven translational leadership and strategic capabilities. There is a strong emphasis on the management of diverse teams, coaching individuals to be their best and ensuring delivery of objectives as well as on ensuring effective governance through working with our business partners to ensure organisational policies and procedures are implemented effectively.

The successful candidate will need to take a collaborative approach to their work, balancing the needs of the programme against organisational goals. They must exhibit excellent communication and negotiation skills. Candidates will likely hold a degree and will have proven experience of working within a research environment in an operational context. We are looking for individuals who can facilitate effective communication between the Programme, key internal stakeholders and external partners for the benefit of programme and organisational success.

Please contact Sarah O'Meara for further information regarding the role.

Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • Proven and significant experience in a management role
  • Minimum degree level qualified
  • Experience in successfully resolving a range of people related issues effectively, using formal and informal mechanisms
  • Highly developed communication skills with experience of dealing with people at all levels successfully.
  • Able to work independently within own managerial direction
  • Proven organizational skills with the ability to plan and schedule effectively
  • Excellent relationships builder
  • Experience of working in a constantly changing environment
  • Experience in successfully determining and establishing KPI’s
  • Demonstrable leadership skills
  • Complex problem solver
  • Solution focused
  • Calm under pressure
  • Critical thinker
  • Excellent operational strategist.

Other information

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a charitably funded research centre and committed to training the next generation of genome scientists. Focused on understanding the role of genetics in health and disease and a world leader in the genomic revolution, our mission is to use genome sequences to advance understanding of human and pathogen biology in order to improve human health. We aim to provide results that can be translated into diagnostics, treatments or therapies that reduce global health burdens. Our science is large-scale and organised into Programmes, led by our Faculty who conceive and deliver our science, and supported by our Scientific Operations teams responsible for all data production pipelines at the Institute.

Our Campus: Set over 125 acres, the stunning and dynamic Wellcome Genome Campus is the biggest aggregate concentration of people in the world working on the common theme of Genomes and BioData. It brings together a diverse and exceptional scientific community, committed to delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale and imagination to pursue some of humanity’s greatest challenges.

Our Benefits: Our employees have access to a comprehensive range of benefits and facilities including:

  • Group Defined Contribution Pension Scheme and Life Assurance
  • Group Income Protection
  • Private Health Insurance
  • 25 days annual leave, increasing by one day a year to a maximum of 30
  • Family friendly environment including options for flexible and part-time working, a childcare voucher scheme, Campus Nursery and Summer holiday club
  • Two days paid Employee Volunteering Leave a year
  • Employee Discount Scheme
  • Campus Gym, tennis courts, cricket pitch and sports hall plus a range of dining facilities
  • Active Campus Sports and Social Club
  • Free Campus Bus Service

Genome Research Limited is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. We will consider all applicants without discrimination on grounds of disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law. We are open to a range of UK-based flexible working options including part-time or full-time employment as well as flexible hours due to caring or other commitments.

Please include a covering letter and CV with your application. Closing date: 4th November 2018