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VP of Engineering

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

BenevolentAI is at the forefront of applying artificial intelligence to drug discovery. We’ve developed sophisticated software systems that explore massive amounts of data to identify novel treatments for diseases. And we’ve built interactive tools for drug discoverers to derive insights from our knowledge graph, and for chemists to carry out AI-aided molecular design.We are looking for a VP of Engineering to lead the BenevolentAI Software Engineering team! This role will be responsible for defining the strategic direction for software engineering across the company, building out our infrastructure and technology stack, and leading projects for new software development in the years to come.BenevolentAI is committed to growing diverse and inclusive teams. We welcome you to apply if the job description as a whole appeals, even if there are specific areas where you don’t have previous experience.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Build a world-class engineering team by hiring, nurturing, and retaining the best talent from top engineering businesses and academic institutions.
  • Manage a large and growing team of engineers.
  • Find and grow leaders within the team. Foster a culture of support and inclusion for team members and for collaborators across the company.Adopt state of the art software engineering algorithms, data structures, infrastructure, and systems design in order to build world-class tools for drug discovery.
  • Promote a data-driven approach to engineering, focused on delivering meaningful end-user improvements and value aligned with the business objectives.
  • Establish engineering best practices to maximise return on investment. Integrate software development methodologies where appropriate (eg. prototyping, Agile development, test-driven development, fail-fast proof points, and launch & iterate).
  • Proactively seek relevant industry collaborations and/or software solutions, maintaining a keen interest in industry trends and potential beneficial partnerships.
  • Collaborate with other core functions across the company (eg. Product Management, AI, Informatics, UX, and Drug Discovery Scientists) to align strategic goals with engineering initiatives.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders across the company.
  • Ensure that stakeholders are well informed on the health of the engineering team and the progress of the team’s work.

We are looking for someone with

  • Experience providing leadership and direction for professional development in an engineering institution, with particular focus on software engineering roles.
  • A firm grasp of the current trends within engineering, in particular cloud deployments and microservice architectures.
  • Well informed on the latest thinking in software engineering systems design, with a focus on APIs, databases, data processing pipelines, and user-facing products.
  • Experience building and maintaining internal and external partnerships, especially with people operating in different roles who may have conflicting needs or priorities
  • Excellent communicator, both verbal and written, with the ability to influence at all levels and across various departments.
  • Previous experience in a dynamic, fast-paced, product development environment.
  • Experience building diverse and inclusive teams with a positive team culture.

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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