Full time
Executive leadership

Job Title: Chief Executive Officer
Location: London
Job Type: Permanent 


Agencies: We will only work with recruitment partners on our preferred supplier list and will not engage with speculative CVs submitted. 

About the role

(view the full job spec here)

The Chief Executive will be responsible for refining LifeArc’s exciting new strategy at a pivotal time for the organisation.

As the principal ambassador for the organisation, the Chief Executive will play a leading role in shaping UK life sciences and delivering a strategy that has offers hope and delivers impact to patients, globally. This will involve working closely with partners across the life science ecosystem and playing an influential role in relevant policy areas.

This role is accountable for:
• Refining LifeArc’s strategy
• Representing LifeArc with key partners
• Financial and operational performance
• Ensuring LifeArc’s people achieve impact effectively
• Shaping and role modelling culture and tone

Candidate Profile
Whilst strong leadership experience is critical, prior CEO experience is not essential. We are looking for people who have most of the following:
• Commercial experience, with a background in the Life Sciences industry
• Proven Chief Executive or Executive level experience
• A transformative mindset, embracing change
• Ability to manage political landscapes and interactions
• Understand and quantify delivery and impact, not just profit drivers. Holding colleagues to account for
delivering against a range of impact criteria.
• Experience of strategic resource/asset allocation across an organisation, with experience of managing the risks associated with life sciences research.
• Built and led a highly skilled and driven team.

Personal Attributes
• An inspirational and visible leader with high drive, resilience, commitment, who leads by example
• The ability to attract and recruit top talent, motivate the team, delegate effectively, celebrate diversity within the team, and manage performance; widely viewed as a strong developer of others
• An entrepreneurial and creative approach to developing new, innovative ideas that will stretch the organisation and push the boundaries within the industry
• A skilled communicator with the ability to pitch a message to different audiences with different levels of knowledge
• An outward-facing ambassador who will inspire partnership across the life sciences ecosystem
• Networking and relationship building skills to maintain existing connections, and create new ones
• Comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty; the ability to adapt nimbly and lead others through complex situations.
• Self-reflective and aware of their own strengths and weaknesses, constantly seeking to learn and grow
• A measured approach to risk and the willingness to take bold action in order to deliver impact
• An execution focus and the ability to set clear and challenging goals which improve the organisation’s
performance; tenacious and accountable in delivering results
• Sets audacious sustainability goals, driving concerted action and investments, and stays the course in the face of setbacks or push-back from short-term oriented stakeholders

To apply, please contact our recruitment partners:

Clare Gumbley
Russell Reynolds Associates

Direct: +44-20-7198-1876
Mobile: +44-7825-880779


Apply now - and start translating your potential!

At LifeArc, we commit to advancing equal opportunities and building a diverse workforce by ensuring a fair, inclusive, and accessible recruitment experience for all. We employ individuals based on their suitability for the work to be performed and their potential for development, regardless of age, sex, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, disability, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion, or belief. Our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion includes creating a culture where everyone feels they belong, is valued for who they are and has the opportunity to translate their potential.

We want every candidate to do their very best. If you require special assistance or reasonable adjustments, please be sure to let us know in advance what will be most useful for you and/ or to discuss your needs.

We only work with recruitment partners on our preferred supplier list, and will not engage with speculative CVs submitted.

Please note we are actively recruiting, and the closing date may be brought forward if we find the right person for this role.

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