Associate Director, Research and Faculty Planning

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

This is an exciting new opportunity for a senior manager to work within the Director’s office of the Wellcome Sanger Institute. 

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a world leader in genomic research, with an expanding scientific programme dedicated to understanding gene function in health & disease.

The role of Associate Director, Research and Faculty Planning is a senior position in the Institute based within the Director’s Office. The successful candidate will provide high-level support, intelligence and counsel to the Director in all aspects of his role as Director of the Wellcome Sanger Institute and Chief Executive Officer of the Wellcome Genome Campus. 

You will facilitate and drive all aspects of the Institute’s research planning cycle ensuring delivery of the Scientific Strategy for the quinquennial review.  As the Director has overall responsibility for Faculty, you will work closely with him to lead and develop Faculty related matters alongside the science strategy and as such you will be a key figure in the senior management team. 

You will work independently and through others to help manage a complex web of interactions and interfaces, both inward and outward facing, and to ensure appropriate focus on key strategic and policy issues affecting the Institute. You will work across the Institute to co-ordinate input on many fronts, developing briefing material, positioning issues for consideration by the Board of Management who lead on developing and delivery of the science strategy, ensuring dialogue between relevant parties, problem solving and generally supporting the decision-making framework.

In summary this is a senior leadership role with considerable influence and impact within both a scientific and operational dynamic environment. The role requires an ability to challenge, negotiate and deal with confidential and complex matters in a diplomatic and sensitive manner.

Essential Skills

Scientifically trained (PhD) or having had substantial exposure to and experience of strategy development in a research environment you will have a good understanding of science and how it operates.  Having an understanding of genomic science would be an advantage enabling you to gain, quickly, a detailed working knowledge of the Institute's scientific portfolio.  In addition, it is essential that you are experienced in science management/policy and the provision advice and guidance at a senior level.   

Building relationships are a key requirement of this role; you will be an excellent listener, able to assimilate and communicate complex concepts and information, and influence and negotiate across a broad range of stakeholders.  Politically astute you will understand the drivers of senior academics and will be able to tap into these to achieve your operational objectives.

On a more practical level, you will have experience of managing and influencing others in order to get things done in a timely way.  You should be able to demonstrate that you have driven key operational activities including change management, be financially capable and deliver on multiple complex projects successfully.

Further details are within the full job role profile. For informal discussions and enquires please contact Julia Wilson on 01223 492357

Other information

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 solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges.  

Genome Research Limited is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to gender equality and promoting women’s careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award. We will consider all qualified 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. 

The appointment process will involve two stages with interviews being held within early February 2018.

Closing date for applications is 31st January 2018