Science Director – Program Leader Global Health

London, Stevenage
Translational Matrix Group
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Full time

Closing Date:

19 April 2024

Job Title: Science Director – Program Leader Global Health
Location: London or Stevenage 
Job Type: permanent 

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

LifeArc, we want to hear from people who are as passionate as we are about making life science life changing that can improve patients’ lives.

A bit 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 (TC), we will work with others to connect and unlock the potential of scientific innovations to solve complex healthcare problems. In Global Health we are investing in three Translational Challenges: Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR), Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and Emerging Viral Threats (EVTs). Our overall vision in GH is to work in collaboration to accelerate the progression of affordable and accessible solutions that will help us to better understand, treat and prevent infectious diseases around the world. Through our investments we aim to contribute towards faster diagnosis of infections, delivery of new therapeutics and diagnostics and a reduction in mortality and morbidity from infections.

Within Global Health, we are building an exciting and ambitious portfolio of collaborations that aim to deliver significant impact for patients – you can find out more about our work at Global health – LifeArc.


We now wish to strengthen our team with the appointment of Global Health Program Leader, to contribute towards our overall strategy, to identify new opportunities for collaboration and to lead specific Global Health Projects and/or Programs. This is an exciting time for an exceptional individual, who is passionate about Global Health, with a track record of high impact delivery, to join the organisation and contribute to the delivery of our Global Health Portfolio


Within the Translational Science Matrix function, this role will work closely with the Global Health TC Leadership, to lead the planning, integration, execution and delivery of GH-focused initiatives. This role requires a strong background in strategic thinking, championing, and enabling cross-institute networks, collaborations and potentially consortia, to deliver lasting patient impact.  


To build and facilitate ‘cohesive ecosystems’, the role requires an experienced science leader capable of drawing together diverse groups, functions, and stakeholders, across industry, academia, and charitable sectors, to drive common goals and deliverables.  The role will be underpinned by a strong scientific background, ideally with experience in NTD/EVT. The role holder will be capable of distilling and integrating complex science into operational plans, aligned with overarching ambition of the GH TCs and LifeArc.

Within the Translational Science Department, and the Translational Matrix Group, the role will join other science leaders, alongside similar roles for other TC’s, with an opportunity to influence overall TC strategy, execution, and long-term vision.


About you:

  • Collaborate with the external scientific community, acting as an ambassador for LifeArc, promoting, creating and maintaining strategic partnerships, and when necessary, acting a primary lead with external stakeholders.
  • With critical scientific input, lead workstreams, programs and/or projects, within GH, primarily within the EVT/NTD TCs, ensuring deliverables are timely, within budget and high quality, to drive key decision making.
  • Drive strategic thinking and contribute technical guidance e.g. to TC external funding calls, identifying key areas of need and leading development of appropriate plans for projects (internal/external/hybrid)
  • Contribute to the formation and delivery of LifeArc’s overall science portfolio, and working within a matrix environment, align objectives focused particularly on EVT/NTD TCss.
  • Actively contribute to overall portfolio management by thorough preparation of materials/follow-up activities such as progress versus key milestones, and actively engage with monitor/control governance processes.
  • Actively follow current progress in the GH EVT/NTD field, scanning the external landscape of scientific and technical capabilities, with a view to identifying and bringing in house new capabilities that build our ability to deliver current and future projects.
  • Drive synergies between programs and projects and develop capabilities accordingly.
  • Develop, implement, and lead/contribute towards strategy development in areas including new therapeutic development, diagnostics, early detection & monitoring tools, biomarkers, and stratification approaches.
  • Create knowledge from early validation studies, through to the generation of Target Product Profiles, leading on interactions with KOLs and patient focus groups.
  • Identify and present project proposals to senior stakeholders, balancing the portfolio with Translational needs and impact.  
  • Through matrix working, collaborate on and influence the direction of research in scientific areas of importance to LifeArc’s TCs, both internally and externally.
  • Contribute to project planning and resourcing, from early project inception through to delivery phase.
  • Drive a delivery and commercial mindset, where we deliver against our promises and commitments.
  • Critically review project outcomes, endorsing or challenging as appropriate to ensure the portfolio is successful and each project is compliant.
  • Drive a culture of innovation across LifeArc, challenging approaches and the status quo, looking for new ways of working and opportunities that will advance our Science, GH TCs and wider LifeArc ambitions.
  • Share knowledge of and contribute to current scientific literature and developments within area of expertise.
  • Apply extensive scientific knowledge to significant and critical business issues that address future concepts and services that impact on the success of the organisation.
  • Provide control of the LifeArc project portfolio, using verbal and written reports/presentations, sitting in on key meetings when required.


Experience & skills:


  • Established network and reputation in GH (NTD/EVT) field
  • PhD plus strong scientific credibility and technical understanding of drug discovery and/or diagnostics within GH
  • Demonstrated track record of successful multi-disciplinary matrix management.
  • Experience of successfully leading large scale, multi-£m collaborations with external partners to targets, that have delivered impact
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills with proven ability to work with senior R&D leaders and stakeholders in the field
  • Excellent and authentic communication and engagement skills with all audiences
  • A highly proactive problem solver who is comfortable working with ambiguity and forging paths forward
  • 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
  • Demonstrated track record of coaching and mentoring others


  • Leadership of R&D across drugs, diagnostics, devices and digital
  • Project leadership experience of progressing assets beyond clinical candidates
  • 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 GH field

The role may be based at any of LifeArc facilities. Hybrid working models with 3 days minimum on site and some international travel required.

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 can 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:

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. 

Join us, and you’ll have the scope to be creative and take measured risks. You’ll be rewarded for your curiosity, for working as one team, and for learning fast. And you’ll have everything you need to be your best every day. 

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 in 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 the right candidate 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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