London, Stevenage
Full time
Project Management Office

Job Title: Translational Partnerships Portfolio Manager 
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. 

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: 

This role reports into the Head of PMO Operations and is responsible for the management, strategic implementation and successful delivery of scientific or technical projects and programmes within LifeArc.  


The role requires good scientific and technical understanding relevant to the field of therapeutic research, grant funding and technology implementation, coupled with extensive cross-functional project management experience from the project to the portfolio level.   


In this role, you will be part of a dynamic multidisciplinary team located in one of LifeArc’s Translational Science sites (Stevenage, Edinburgh, London). You will act as key business partner to the Centre for Translation (a newly formed function, bringing together Business Development, Grant Management, Tech Transfer and Charities teams) and Functional Heads. You will work closely with Project Sponsors, Project Leads and Project Teams ensuring strategy is translated into achievable operational plans and that project activities are delivered to the highest quality standards and within agreed timelines and budget. 

About you: 

Essential skills:  

  • Experience and technical understanding in early development and / or discovery research within the life-sciences industry 
  • Ability to critically and objectively interpret and evaluate scientific, technical and business-related information, and challenge assumptions. 
  • Excellent planning and organising skills with ability to set clear expectations, drive accountability and the tenacity to drive projects to conclusion. 
  • Excellent communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills, ability to influence without authority in a matrix environment. 
  • Skilled in building external networks to access capabilities to support delivery 
  • Able to right size the project management tool set to meet requirements of exceptional portfolio delivery without over engineering processes and requirements. 
  • Life Science and /or grant management experience is desirable. 



  • Educated to at least BSc degree, Life Science subject strongly preferred.       
  • Strong prior Project, Programme or Portfolio Management experience  
  • Formal, recognised qualification in project management. 


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? At LifeArc we are dedicated in building an inclusive workplace and a diverse workforce that can bring a range of skills, new ideas and innovative thinking to our work. So, whatever your background or lived experience, if you’re excited about this role, but perhaps feel you don’t meet every requirement 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 person for this or other roles. 

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



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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