Project Manager - Drug Discovery

Project Manager - Drug Discovery

Job Title: Project Manager - Drug Discovery
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Cheshire
Salary: Up to £60k doe plus comission and excellent benefits
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: 16127 JH
Contact Name: James Hume
Contact Email:
Job Published: February 04, 2019 17:52

Job Description

A truly unique role has been created which has the potential to impact significantly on Biotechs, with innovative drug discovery technologies seeking to bring these through the challenging commercialisation process.  This role is to join a centre of excellence based in the North West with the purpose to accelerate drug discovery and associated technologies.  The purpose is to manage complex and diverse pre-clinical research programmes to ensure the technology being developed reaches the market.

The Company:
The company are a centre of excellence that is at the forefront of accelerating the drug discovery process to bring new technologies to the clinic.  They provide solutions to the challenges faced by academic and SME’s developing new technologies to enable these to reach the clinic.  A key area for them is the development of a UK wide network where knowledge is shared with them as the facilitator to enable companies to access technologies, guidance, resources and equipment.  They offer technical expertise centered on technology innovation bringing together biomarkers for precision medicine, drug delivery & pre-clinical imaging, complex cell models, target engagement & validation.  Across these areas they have their expertise, drug discovery complemented by state of the art medicines technology.

Their model is to look for those they can partner with to further expand their network or service offering as well as collaborate those with a new technology to provide guidance on how to bring it to the clinic.  Their other core focus is to enter joint collaborative funding projects using their scientific and technical expertise, or provide contracted fee for service projects.  They have expanded rapidly over the last 12 months due to the demand for their services which is a trend that is set to continue. 

The Opportunity:
This role is ideal for someone with a background in Drug Discovery who is seeking a role where you can leverage your scientific knowledge along with project management expertise in a broad and influential role.

The purpose of the role is to deliver R&D programmes to bring new drug discovery technologies to the market that accelerate this process or assess the potential of a new therapy to succeed at clinical trials.  Working on projects across their pre-clinical research streams (virtual, informatics, laboratory and discovery) you will be working on internal research, academic and collaborative projects with industry.  Managing projects from end to end working closely with the collaborator to set out the project scope to then manage this throughout the lifecycle to close out.  With involvement in the transactional process including handling of IP, grants, funding and contractual relationships.

This is a highly visible role where you will be working with senior members of the company and external stakeholders with growth in the role and longer-term career progression opportunities.

Desired Skills and Competencies:
For this role you will need to have demonstrable experience within the life science / pharmaceutical / biopharmaceutical / healthcare / biotech sectors with experience of managing research projects as a project manager.  You will need to have a degree or higher qualification in a relevant life science with experience that includes the management of 3rd parties or suppliers, grant funded research, with budget management experience.  If you have a project management qualification then this is advantageous to your application.