Head of Technical Development

A unique opportunity to join our world leading Scientific Operations team has arisen. We are seeking an experienced manager with a track record of managing people and complex projects to join us.

About the role:

As Head of Technical Development you will have primary responsibility for leading and directing development activities relating to High Throughput and Next Generation Sequencing Technologies.

As Head of Technical Development you will understand what scientific challenges are being faced and will be responsible to manage the teams development of solutions that address them using evidence led approaches to identify opportunities and justify resources.

You will lead a dedicated team of technical and scientific experts with a remit to scale and operationalise our high throughout sequencing solutions.
Delivering the portfolio by working across organisational boundaries, to build and harmonise professional relationships across the organisation for the benefit of our scientific delivery.
To keep pace with scientific changes you will ensure that you have the right structures, resources, skills and processes in place to deliver requirements.
About you:

Are you an established manager of people and processes?

Do you have experience delivering projects through the management of others?

If yes, this could be the role for you. Please refer to our application process and apply.

Additional information:



Essential Skills
Proven track record of managing & delivering multiple/parallel development projects to time and budget in a complex cross functional environment
Demonstrable leadership skills with experience of delivering change programmes.
Life Sciences background
Strong people management skills across a diverse range of people
Proven demonstrable experience of working in a technical development environment
Detailed knowledge of applied research methods (e.g. statistical analysis, experimental design, good research practice).
Excellent communication skills
A flexible and service-oriented attitude
Proven ability to deliver good quality solutions within fixed timelines
Appropriate domain knowledge for example: genetics and genomics; standard molecular biology techniques; nucleic acid sequencing methodologies
Ability to understand and apply new concepts quickly
Experience of dealing with rapidly changing priorities.
Highly developed problem-solving skills
Ideal Skills
Experience of large-scale production pipelines.
Other information
COVID-19 Recruitment Notice:
People remain at the centre of everything that we do, and that includes our response to COVID-19. The Wellcome Genome Campus is closed to all but essential functions and facilities. Our Campus Incident Management Team are continuing to monitor the Coronavirus outbreak, and advice from PHE and central government.

We are conducting all interviews virtually until further notice. You will be provided with further details at interview selection and should expect to be fully supported through this process. Thank you for your understanding.

Application Process:

Please apply with your CV and a cover letter outlining your suitability for the role using the criteria set out above and in the job description.

Closing date: 23rd May 2021

About Us
The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a world leading genomics research centre. Our findings are used to improve health and to understand life on Earth.

Our benefits:

There’s an attractive benefits package on offer at the Wellcome Genome Campus. We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family and carer-friendly policies. Plus a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement.
As well as the usual benefits you would expect, we go much further:

25 days annual leave (extra 1 day to a maximum of 30 days for every year you work)
Auto-enrolment into a generous Group Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, with enhanced company contribution (for more information, see our Pensions page)
Up to 2 days annual paid volunteering leave
Up to 10 days paid Emergency Carers Leave per year
Family friendly environment including options for flexible and part-time working, an on-site Workplace Nursery salary Sacrifice Schemes for pre-school children and Summer holiday club
Life Assurance is accessible on day 1 for all
Group Income Protection Scheme (if on a contract exceeding 12 months)
Enhanced maternity, parental and adoption leave
Access to substantial number of courses and training events onsite
Private Healthcare Scheme
Eyecare and Dental payment plans
Concessions and discounts from our corporate perks site
Being part of the Wellcome Genome Campus you will be part of the beautiful working environment with an impressive range of benefits, services and facilities also including:

Free bus service to and from Campus, covering various routes around Cambridge, Saffron Walden and surrounding villages
A car-share initiative
Free parking
A number of on-site venues where you can meet, eat and socialise with colleagues
A thriving Sports and Social Club which provides members with subsidised access to a gym, tennis courts, sports hall, fitness classes and a vibrant social calendar of events
In 2020 we were awarded an Athena SWAN Silver Award. We will consider all individuals without discrimination and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, where everyone can thrive.

Application Closing Date: 
23 May