Director, Global Health

Translational Science
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Full time

Closing Date:

5 August 2024

Job Title: Director, Global Health
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.

Are you passionate about making life science life changing and delivering impact for patients? We want to hear from you. 

About the role:

At LifeArc, we believe that bringing together promising innovations taking place across different areas of research will deliver breakthrough solutions for patients faster. As part of our Translational Challenges, we will work with others to connect and unlock the potential of scientific innovations to solve complex healthcare problems. In Global Health (GH), we are currently investing in three Translational Challenges: Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR), Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and Emerging Viral Threats (EVTs).

Within Global Health, we are making significant progress in building an exciting and ambitious portfolio of collaborations that aims to deliver significant impact for patients. 

In AMR, we have established PACE (Pathways to Antimicrobial Clinical Efficacy) in collaboration with Innovate UK and the Medicines Discovery Catapult, a new nationally coordinated program to advance translation in tackling AMR. Our vision is to contribute to renewing the pipeline of innovative antimicrobial solutions and actionable diagnostics to tackle unmet global needs in AMR. We will support academic and SME translation globally, creating a highly collaborative network and further mobilising the international scientific community.

In EVT, we are focusing on developing new therapies against future viral threats.   The initial focus is on flaviviruses, e.g. Dengue, but we are also collaborating widely to identify new opportunities e.g. the Infection Innovation Consortium (iiCON) run by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

And in NTDs, we have more of a diagnostic focus on diseases such as schistosomiasis and leishmaniasis, where effective diagnosis remains a block to treatment options. 

We now wish to strengthen our team with the appointment of a senior, experienced, and internationally recognised Global Health strategic leader to act as the main scientific lead across the GH portfolio to ensure strategy for the three translational challenges in AMR, NTDs and EVTs are successfully delivered. This is an exciting time for an exceptional individual, with a track record of high impact delivery, to join the organisation and contribute to the design and implementation of this large global portfolio.

About you:

  • Acts as the main Science lead for the GH area. Whilst the role is positioned in the Science organization, the Director Global Health will work extensively with colleagues across LifeArc and externally to build and deliver the GH portfolio. A key relationship will be with the Head of the Global Health area.
  • Leads a team of matrix directed science leaders to support the GH area. 
  • Proactively represents LifeArc’s GH activities at key external events including conferences and meetings.
  • Contributes to the development of LifeArc’s broader strategy in Global Health. 
  • Liaises with the broader GH team to realize synergies with other key strategic collaborations in LifeArc’s portfolio.
  • As LifeArc continues to evolve, focuses on delivery while continuously scanning the horizon for future GH evolution and alignment with delivery.
  • Enables a culture of continuous improvement, streamlining and improving work processes as LifeArc evolves. This is particularly important in terms of matrix improvements in the GH area.
  • Is responsible for the ongoing scientific quality of the GH portfolio, that collaborations are delivered to agreed milestones and budget, expected impact is achieved and risks are managed.
  • Acts as the Science lead in the complex GH area in LifeArc, building strong relationships across the complex AMR, EVT and NTD space.
  • Build synergies to link our complex internal matrix environment with successful outcomes via our external relationships.
  • Ensures patient centric deliverables through matrix projects outputs.
  • Through yearly goals and objectives, operational delivery of the GH portfolio, from initiation, through milestones and to delivery.
  • Over time, through strategy design successfully evolves the composition of the GH portfolio. 
  • Identifies potential collaborative opportunities across different interventions – Drugs, Diagnostics, Devices, Digital and Data – that have a line of sight to patient impact to inform the shape of our GH portfolio investments.
  • Forges strong relationships with leader peers in LifeArc to ensure empowerment and decision making at appropriate levels.
  • Communicates clearly and effectively in senior management meetings, eg with fellow GH leaders, the Exec and Board.
  • Coaches and develops as required LifeArc colleagues at multiple grades and development.
  • Is a strong ambassador and advocate for the GH area, actively maintains relationships with external stakeholders, clearly communicating the overall purpose of GH, its strategic aims and relevance in translational research. 
  • Contributes to the overall Science resourcing landscape through strategic input and operational influence. 
  • Critically, understands future demand and supply resource capacity through the matrix, ensuring maximum efficiency of resource utilisation.
  • Drives cross-functional alignment and associated commitment of departmental resources to facilitate the development and execution of the operational plans.


Education & Experience & Skills required: 

  • PhD, MD, MSc, or BSc in a scientific discipline of relevance with vast experience of drug discovery and development experience, with at least in-depth experience in GH at both the strategic and operational level.
  • In-depth knowledge of drug discovery across GH through to candidate selection and beyond.
  • Established network and reputation as thought leader in the GH field.
  • Deep scientific experience within the GH area, from an AMR, EVT or NTD perspective.  
  • Project leadership with delivery to agreed milestones.
  • An experienced people leader, with strong coaching and mentoring skills, conversance with developing performance and goal management and the successful development of team members.
  • Practical experience of managing successful multi-disciplinary matrix- teams.
  • Experience of successfully managing large scale, multi-£m collaborations with external partners to annual targets.
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills with proven ability to work with senior R&D leaders in the field, Board and Executive level.
  • Outstanding and authentic communication and engagement skills with all audiences.
  • Self-awareness and excellent personal resilience, as well as a high level of professionalism, discretion, and tact.
  • Can-do attitude with consistent track record of high impact delivery.


  • Leadership of R&D across drugs, diagnostics, devices and digital
  • Experience of working with a diverse range of partners including SMEs, corporates, healthcare, government.
  • Strong knowledge of current innovation, research and business models and approaches in the AMR field

About us:

At LifeArc, our ambition is to make life science life changing. We do this by advancing scientific discoveries beyond the lab, faster, so that they can shape the next generation of diagnostics, treatments, and cures. 

Working at the cutting edge of translational science and as the early-stage translation specialists, we progress scientific discoveries on their journey to becoming a medicine, diagnostic or intervention that improve patients’ lives. Our work begins by seeking out innovative science, then helping to develop this to a point where there is a clinical and commercial pathway for others to invest the time and money to take it further forward. 

What we can offer you:

Focused on finding life changing solutions for underserved patients, our people thrive in an inclusive, and supportive environment that prioritises their health and wellbeing. Our multidisciplinary approach guarantees our people growth opportunities, while our culture of innovation and collaboration drives the impact we make delivering on our purpose of ‘putting patients at the centre of everything we do’. 

We are dedicated to creating a diverse, flexible, equitable and happy work environment so our colleagues can thrive as their truest selves. We act with courage, curiosity, care & commitment to deliver quality & excellence for our patients and each other Join us, and you’ll be given the scope to develop your professional skills and experience in a safe, supportive and challenging environment.

Salary will be determined by qualifications and experience along with other exceptional benefits. Because we understand everyone has different requirements, our flexible benefits allow you to choose those which are important to you. Our pension scheme offers employer contributions of up to 12%, private health insurance, and annual leave of 31 days PLUS bank holidays. 

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people from minority ethnic backgrounds, for example, are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At LifeArc we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so whatever your background or lived experience, if you’re excited about this role but your experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. Our top priority is finding the best candidate, and you may be just right for this or other roles. 

We all have potential. At LifeArc, you’ll discover what you can really do with it.

Equal Opportunities

We are an equal opportunity employer. Find our more information about opportunities for all at LifeArc here. We only work with preferred recruitment suppliers and will not engage with speculative CVs supplied. Note that the closing date may be brought forward if we find the right person for this role

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