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Head of Operations - Parasites and Microbes Programme

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

Permanent/ Open contract

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is one of the premier centres of genomic discovery and understanding in the world. It leads ambitious collaborations across the globe to provide the foundations for further research and transformative healthcare innovations. Its success is founded on the expertise and knowledge of its people and the Institute seeks to share its discoveries and techniques with the next generation of genomics scientists and researchers worldwide.

The Institute is built around four research programmes, each supported by operational teams which play a vital role in enabling and supporting the science. The Parasites and Microbes Programme is currently looking for a dynamic, motivated, and skilled Head of Operations who can bring together a range of research support services across the Programme into a cohesive, service oriented team of approximately 30 people. 

Research services include: Informatics (software development, application management and data analysis), laboratory management and support, grant applications and management, financial management, and administration support.  Although it is desirable to have experience in at least one of these areas, we are looking for an individual who is passionate, hardworking and highly motivated with previous operational leadership of multiple, distinct and varied services.  Furthermore, the proven ability to lead people through change is also essential.

You will need to take a collaborative approach to your work, balancing the needs of the Programme against the Institute’s goals. You will likely hold a degree and must exhibit excellent communication and negotiation skills.  You will have a track record of building trusted and effective working relationships with teams, customers and other key stakeholders both within and outside of the Institute.

Please contact John Sillitoe for further information regarding the role.

Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • Proven history as an operational manager leading and developing a range of distinct services
  • Significant experience in building a service culture and implementing service processes
  • Successfully delivered change both within their area of leadership and across their sphere influence
  • Experience in successfully resolving a range of people related issues effectively, using formal and informal mechanisms
  • Highly developed communication skills, experienced at influencing people at all levels.
  • Able to work independently within own managerial direction
  • A team player, focused on what is best for the organization, actively contributing in leadership meetings and supporting peers
  • Experience of working in a constantly changing environment

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: 30th November 2018