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VP of Engineering

The Company

BenevolentAI unites technology with human intelligence to re-engineer drug discovery and deliver life-changing medicines. We have developed the Benevolent Platform®, a drug discovery platform built on powerful data foundations with state of the art machine learning and AI technology. Our technology empowers scientists to decipher the vast and complex code underlying human biology, find new ways to treat disease and personalise medicines to patients. Benevolent has active in-house R&D drug programmes in disease areas such as neurodegeneration, immunology, oncology and inflammation and has research and commercial collaborations with leading pharmaceutical and research organisations. The company is headquartered in London with a research facility in Cambridge (UK) and a further office in New York.

Who we are

We are an eclectic bunch at Benevolent, united by our belief that innovative thinking and purposeful technology can truly change outcomes for the better. Our mission is to re-engineer drug discovery and deliver life-changing medicines for patients in need and we do this by applying AI, machine learning and other advanced technologies to reinvent the ways drugs are discovered and developed. We strive to bring together unique skills and perspectives across biology, chemistry, engineering, AI research, informatics, precision medicine and drug discovery.

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.

Together, we envision a world in which no disease goes untreated. If you are benevolent, curious, want to tackle real world problems and are willing to embrace new ideas, hit that ‘apply’ button and join us.

Important Note

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