VP, Information Technology

bit.bio is an award-winning spinout from the University of Cambridge. Our breakthrough technology combines synthetic and stem cell biology for the precise, efficient and consistent reprogramming of human cells used in research, drug discovery, and cell therapy. At bit.bio, we are passionate about engineering human cells that will enable the medicine of the future. To do this we need talented and curious people who want to make an impact on the future of science and therapeutics.

As a team of individuals, we value science, collaboration, openness, curiosity and creativity. We are united by trust and respect for each other.

Location: Babraham Research Campus, Cambridge

Type: Full time, permanent

Start: Immediate

Salary: Competitive / Hours: 40 p/w

Office based position

Your role in our team:

The Vice President, Information Technology is responsible for spearheading the vision, strategy, planning and execution of all enterprise IT activities. This remit includes innovation in digital, data, cloud, and analytics across the bit.bio organisation. You will be accountable for creating and executing an enterprise technology strategy aligned with the company’s corporate strategic plans by providing a roadmap for its expanding global research and development programs and commercial efforts.

As a senior leader you will need to provide end to end machine learning tools and rally teams across the organisation to improve infrastructure and services in support of bit.bio’s ambitious vision to become a leader in synthetic biology for human health. This key leadership role will assure the Executive Leadership Team is aware and aligned with the IT strategy and updated as the strategy evolves. You will lead an effective deployment of information technology that can advance the company’s strategic objectives to use information, data and analytics as a competitive advantage optimising and accelerating how bit.bio develops and engineers cells for human health.

In addition, the VP, Information Technology will assure that IT follows all required compliance best practices and regulations such as SOX, GDPR and FDA 21 CFR Part 11, EU Annex 11, ISO 27001 and ISO 27002. This role will report to the Chief Operating Officer and manage a team focused on IT business solutions across the organisation (R&D, Bioinformatics, CMC, Operations, Commercial, Clinical Development) in addition to IT operations and Cybersecurity.

Your key responsibilities will include:

Develop an IT strategic plan and corresponding goals aligned with corporate objectives to ensure that the technology function supports and enables bit.bios’ growth
Build a competitive advantage for the organisation through the selection and application of information technology, data management and end to end infrastructure for data analytics
Create and actively share a compelling vision for the IT organisation, and build commitment amongst the executive team and board toward its execution
Lead, build and develop a high-performing information technology organisation to meet the needs of this growing company, and provide mentoring and career development for the IT leadership team
Establish the IT organisation as a trusted advisor and champion of cybersecurity, data integrity, data privacy, data science, and machine learning within the business functions
Build strong partnerships and relationships, across the organisation and externally, that lead to the highest levels of collaboration and effectiveness
Provide executive leadership to define and implement flexible, scalable, cost-effective, and secure business solutions that offer a competitive edge
Track emerging technologies to determine their strategic impact and applicability to the organisation’s objectives
Develop a framework to ensure that internal and external IT systems are secure and meet government regulations
Actively manage key vendor relationships and associated contract negotiations
Identify areas for improved efficiencies and implement automation and ML tools as needed.
Other duties as assigned


Have a Bachelor’s or Graduate degree in Business, Information Technology, or other relevant fields of study, or equivalent experience
Extensive progressive information technology experience, with significant time spent in a senior leadership role
Have superior presentation, written and verbal communication skills; the ability to communicate complex technology concepts to executive management and the user community in a way that is connected to business objectives
Have strong process orientation, including demonstrated performance in leveraging best practices for process improvement
Have a highly organised and self-directed approach to work, including the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and prioritise competing tasks in time-constrained situations
Have impeccable attention to detail
Possess excellent influencing skills and ability to influence senior executives as well as more junior team members
Are effective in challenging ideas to help provide alternative approaches to business problems
Have a consultative, collaborative, client-service, and team-orientated style

With essential experience in…

Success in leading an IT organisation for a rapidly growing company, preferably in a life sciences industry (biotech, pharmaceuticals, or medical device)
Prior responsibility for leading, or experience with, a multinational or global bio pharma information technology organisation
Demonstrated ability to create and implement a vision, strategy, and plan for information technology
Ability to effectively collaborate with the Executive Leadership Team to define IT’s role in supporting the business and enabling innovation
Positive, forward-looking leadership style, displaying personal courage while remaining flexible and sensitive to individual needs
Proven track record of building, developing, and influencing high-performing teams
High emotional intelligence, with the ability to solve problems, coach others, and take decisive action to rectify issues
The ability to guide the growth and development of the IT organisation to include leadership of the team, technical, and professional development, and collaboration on all talent and performance management practices
Keen focus on IT Operations and execution to assure proper service levels are maintained
Proven success at delivering a seamless, predictable, and reliable systems environment
Commitment to developing and managing technology standards and ensuring compliance
Strong financial and budgeting skills to align technology expenditures with business objectives

And Possibly...

CISSP (certified information systems security professional), CCSP (certified cloud security professional), CRISC (certified in risk and information managements systems control), or CDPSE (certified data privacy solutions engineer) is desirable

More reasons to join us:

bit.bio provides a vibrant and dynamic work environment in an exciting, fast-moving time for biology. We work with cutting edge technologies and with our world-leading scientific advisory board. We conduct pioneering work with real-world impact.

We trust our people to make significant contributions early on with opportunities to be involved in projects that are key to the success and growth of our young company. We invest in people, creating opportunities for personal development in an inclusive multi-skilled team with ambitious goals that provide opportunities to learn on the job from each other.

Creativity and open minds are encouraged for everyone to contribute to the success of the company.

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Application Closing Date: 
14 April 2023