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Drug Discovery

Programme Manager

With over 35 nationalities and a range of backgrounds represented in our Benevolent team, we aim to build an inclusive environment where our people can bring their authentic selves to work, be respected for who they are and the exceptional work they do. We welcome and actively encourage applications from all sections of society and are committed to offering equal employment opportunities regardless of sex, race, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin, marital, domestic or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, disability, age, citizenship, or any other basis. We see our diversity as an asset as we tackle challenging problems that bridge the gap between drug discovery and technology.


The Role

As a Programme Manager, reporting to the Director of Portfolio Management you will be responsible for managing drug discovery programmes from the deployment of our technology to identify novel drug targets in various disease areas through to clinical development.

In each programme, you will work closely with a leadership team representing the key functions; and you will coordinate the activities of an extended cross-functional group of highly skilled individual contributors, collaborators and CROs to drive execution to ensure the successful delivery of our portfolio which is at the core of our business.

This position can be based at either our Cambridge or London office, so the successful Candidate will work within multi-disciplinary teams based at either our Laboratory facilities on the Babraham Research Campus in Cambridge (UK) or from our headquarters in London.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Create a well structured plan with timelines and budgets, while working with partners across geographies and functions to determine resource needs.
  • Challenge assumptions for time, costs and risk in order to optimise project delivery.
  • Manage and expose risks and dependencies to identify sources of limitation and constraint. Access priorities and create mitigation plans.
  • Leverage a broader network to ensure continued engagement from stakeholders.
  • Collate qualitative and quantitative information on project performance and produce project reports for internal management and decision making.
  • Manage the team towards effective governance decisions.
  • Coordinate with other areas of the business such as product management, design and development.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Champion best-practices in project management and embed better ways of working across the organisation
  • Facilitate outsourcing discussions, including the negotiation and approval of contracts

We are looking for someone with

  • Significant experience leading complex projects in either pharmaceutical/biotech/life sciences, or tech (ideally AI or machine learning) environments
  • Ability to manage a multiple disciplinary matrix team and delivering projects across geographies
  • Proven experience in collaborating with development teams to accomplish defined goals in a timely manner
  • Excellent organisation skills. Ability to multitask and work independently to demanding, changing schedules and priorities
  • Effective communicator with decisive yet collaborative leadership style and ability to build and maintain collaborative relationships across organisational boundaries
  • A sharp focus on delivery with the ability to scale activities and frameworks to suit project needs
  • Experience delivering using Agile/Scrum or waterfall methodologies and excellent working knowledge of project management tools
  • Can-do attitude, proactive and collaborative approach to problem solving and issue resolution
  • A professional project management qualification e.g. PMP, PRINCE2, AgilePM is not essential but a bonus

We share a passion for being part of a mission that matters, and we are always looking for curious and collaborative people who share our values and want to be part of our journey.  If that sounds like a fit for you, hit the apply button and join us.

About us

BenevolentAI (AMS: BAI) is a leading, clinical-stage AI-enabled drug discovery and development company listed on the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange. Through the combined capabilities of its AI platform, scientific expertise, and wet-lab facilities, BenevolentAI is well-positioned to deliver novel drug candidates with a higher probability of clinical success than those developed using traditional methods. The Benevolent Platform™ powers a growing in-house pipeline of 13 named drug programmes and over 10 exploratory programmes, and it maintains successful collaborations with AstraZeneca, as well as leading research and charitable institutions. BenevolentAI is headquartered in London, with a research facility in Cambridge (UK) and a further office in New York.

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