Head of Cellular Genetics Operations

Wellcome Sanger Institute
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Salary in the region of £70,000 - £80,000 (dependant on experience) plus excellent benefits
March 13 2018
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Salary in the region of £70,000 - £80,000 (dependant on experience) plus excellent benefits

Permanent - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND, UK

We are currently seeking a Head of Cellular Genetics Operations to pursue the full responsibility for the operational management of the Cellular Genetics Programme at the Wellcome Sanger Institute. Working strategically with the Head of Programme and the programme’s faculty teams, you will develop the operational structure of the programme to ensure the appropriate administrative and scientific support frameworks exist to expedite delivery of the science on a global basis.

We are searching for an expert scientist and manager with a substantial track record of scientific operational and strategic management related to areas of genomics and bioinformatics. A critical thinker who is adept at solving complex problems, you will be comfortable in setting strategic operational goals, handling budgets, providing progress reports and identify operational risks.

You will have an understanding of academic research groups, and how best to support them through administrative, IT and technology platform services. Experience of coordinating managing and mentoring administrative, scientific and computational staff, in research and/or scientific support contexts in academia or industry is also essential.

Key to the success of this role is the ability to build, influence and handle strategic and collaborative relationships with internal and external partners to increase the profile of the programme and its projects, including large international ventures. This will involve at times complex multi-party discussions within Sanger and with external global consortia to support the programme’s strategic vision and maximise success of its research goals.

  • Accountable for the operational management of the Cellular Genetics Programme.
  • Setting strategic goals, providing progress reports and identify operational risks.
  • Responsible for commercial discussions with procurement and legal within Sanger and with other consortium
  • Working with the Head of programme and Faculty team to ensure appropriate support frameworks exist to support delivery of the science.
  • To lead and inspire change and improvements within delegated area of responsibility
  • To contribute towards delivering the overall programme of research
  • Be involved in the presentation of findings to promote the WTSI and Cellular Genetics projects, and identify and build strategic relationships external to Sanger to increase the profile of the programme and projects.

Essential Skills

  • Proven and significant experience in a management role with line management responsibility of administrative as well as scientific staff.
  • PhD qualified, and postdoctoral experience desirable, with an understanding of genomics and bioinformatics
  • 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.
  • Excellent operational strategist, with experience of setting up an operational structure.
  • Demonstrates good network and relationship building skills
  • Able to work independently within own managerial direction
  • Proven organisational 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

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 acresthe 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.  

The Campus is a community of organisations working in genomic research, enterprise, education and discourse. It is home to some of the world's foremost institutes and organisations in genomics and computational biology, including the Wellcome Sanger Institute which is the largest organisation on Campus, the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), Open Targets and Genomics England.  Also located here is Connecting Science - its mission is to enable everyone to explore genomic science and its impact on research, health and society by drawing on the ground-breaking research taking place on the Campus.

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.

Please include a covering letter and CV with your application.  Closing date for applications: 8th April 2018