Work Stream Manager - Global Alliance for Genomics and Health

We have a new opportunity for a Work Stream Manager to provide expert project management support to two to three of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) work streams.

About the role:

You will provide expert project management support for two to three Global Alliance for Genomics Health (GA4GH) work streams. In addition to supporting the assigned work streams, you will be expected to represent GA4GH at the national and international level, and represent GA4GH projects, teams, and initiatives in international collaborations and national genomics programmes.

Responsibilities include strategy development and implementation and programme management of several international task-teams and knowledge exchange projects from concept development through to external communications and continued development.

You will play a critical role in setting the goals and priorities of these groups, as well as the GA4GH Executive and Steering Committee.

About the team:

GA4GH is an international alliance formed in 2013 to accelerate the potential of research and medicine to advance human health. Bringing together hundreds of contributors working in healthcare, research, patient advocacy, life science, and information technology, the GA4GH community is working together to create policy frameworks and standards to enable the responsible, voluntary, and secure sharing of genomic and health-related data. Learn more at

GA4GH is supported by four international hosts: the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, the Wellcome Sanger Institute, EMBL-EBI, and the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR). Eight technical and policy framing teams (“GA4GH Work Streams”) drive the standards development work to meet the specific needs of real world clinical and genomics data sharing projects. GA4GH Work Streams collaborate with Driver Projects—genomic data initiatives that help guide our development efforts and implementations of our products.

Essential Skills:

Postgraduate degree in biology, bioinformatics, computer science or a related discipline
Demonstrable Programme/Project Management skills with experience in project coordination or management;
Proven experience to both develop strategic direction, and propose scientific, technical and programme solutions and make decisions within a team
Proven professional experience in a dispersed matrix team environment, in an academic or commercial setting plus an ability to work well within a team and with external parties
Ability to manage tasks involving multiple stakeholders and competing deadlines
Considers how others may respond to situations and plans the approach in order to achieve the best outcome, using appropriate content, level of detail and style
Identifies and pursues opportunities with other teams to generate and develop new ideas and evaluates
Introduces new skills, competencies or ways or working/thinking by developing individual team members, fostering cross-functional collaboration and knowledge sharing
Uses appropriate leadership and decision making style for each person in the team and situation, balancing task and relationship behaviours
Encourages and actively removes barriers to enable creativity and innovation
Analyses team effectiveness and recommends improvements to work practice
Is open and honest, showing consistency between words and actions and delivering on promises to other
Confident and enthusiastic presenter, particularly when communicating complex scientific and technical information to other audiences as well as promoting adoption of the tools and standards to external and internal users
Excellent analytical, problem-solving, organizational skills, written and oral communication skills (English);
Able to work flexible hours to manage work streams that include contributors from many time zones;

Other information:

Whilst the developments around COVID-19 continue to evolve, the Wellcome Genome Campus is closed for all but essential functions and facilities.

People remain at the centre of everything that we do and the majority of our staff are now working remotely to ensure continuity of operations, making use of remote communication and collaboration tools.

Interviews will be taking place virtually and the successful candidate should expect to be fully supported through remote on-boarding and working from home until the Campus re-opens to all staff. This approach may vary for individuals located overseas and/or where a visa is required and starting will be based on a number of factors, we will be able to provide specialist advice to those affected candidates

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 leave and parental 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 Instructions: 

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Application Closing Date: 
10 March