Programme Manager - Drug Discovery

Programme Manager - Drug Discovery

Job Title: Programme Manager - Drug Discovery
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Manchester
Salary: Up to £60,000
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: 16046 JH
Contact Name: James Hume
Contact Email:
Job Published: May 20, 2019 12:01

Job Description

An innovative Biotech who are leading the way in the development and identification of the next generation of drug discovery technologies and biomarker identification are seeking a Programme Manager.  The company is managing a collaboration made up of biotech, pharma, CRO’s and Charities with the aim to rejuvenate the discovery of drugs in psychiatric disease.  The is a particular focus on unmet needs to identify and validate novel drug and biomarker targets for psychiatric disorders. 

They are recruiting a Programme Manager with a scientific background and experience of managing research activities to deliver this new initiative.  The successful person will be responsible for the delivery of the programme and the collaboration objects which are: 

  • Engage the relevant academic and commercial communities by providing funding opportunities and access to commercialisation expertise in psychiatry drug discovery.
  • Identify novel targets and the strategy for these to treat psychiatric diseases.
  • Select and Fund academic collaborative research projects.
  • Validation of new drug targets and screening assays to commercial levels
  • Develop a package of in vitro and in vivo data to enable ongoing drug discovery programmes for each target.

Your role will be to lead the operational delivery of the collaboration working with the parties drawn from different sectors to deliver programmes.  As this is a new initiative you will be part of the set-up phase working with internal and external stakeholders to put in place the governance structure, finance, legal strategy to ensure the project is ready.  To then launch this by working with the relevant collaborators along with internal PR, communications and marketing to raise its profile.  Once launched you will lead the day to day management to ensure all collaborations are delivered using your project management and scientific expertise. 

Desired Skills and Experience:
For the role of Programme Manager you will need to have a PhD in a relevant Biomedical science and a background of neuroscience with working knowledge if psychiatry disease research is an advantage but not essential.  However, experience of drug dug discovery from either commercial or academic background is essential. You will need to have demonstrable experience in the delivery of large research programmes, preferably involving collaborators e.g. CRO’s, Academia, Charities, Pharma and Biotech

Please note the company are based in the Manchester area but this role can be remotely based e.g. in the London and South-East areas.

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.  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