Senior Program Officer, DMPK, Drug Discovery, Global Health

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Location
    Seattle, Washington
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Jul 06

Position description

Position Summary & Responsibilities

We are currently recruiting a Senior Program Officer (SPO) to join the Therapeutics team. You will work closely with the Deputy Director and other team members to shape and execute the foundation’s discovery program aimed at identifying and evaluating new therapeutics that address global health needs. You will have depth and breadth of experience and knowledge in the field of drug discovery. You will help to create a productive and collaborative culture of innovation in and translation of basic research into practical health solutions and be passionate about solving problems and addressing questions relevant to our mission.

Core Responsibilities

Conceptualize, articulate and shape priorities in specific drug discovery areas:

  • Monitor and track science and technology trends relevant to drug discovery. Provide analysis of opportunities based on the latest and most innovative thinking in the field.
  • Collaborate with Deputy Director in strategic planning and initiation of projects/programs.
  • Provide technical expertise for the drug discovery program area and have ability to represent the foundation both internally and externally.

Develop and manage grants and contracts portfolio to meet strategic objectives:

  • Identify and select partner institutions and shape scope and strategy for selected grants and contracts to meet selected strategic objectives.
  • Develop strategies and contribute to review of grant proposals and write proposal summaries.
  • Apply and evaluate milestone-based performance objectives and help to make go/no-go decisions about specific projects and product candidates.
  • Review interim and final reports; write final evaluation.
  • Work with product development partnerships and other key external partners to enhance implementation of program strategy and tactics.
  • Serve as a partner and resource to grantees to facilitate accomplishment of objectives.

Contribute to foundation knowledge capture, evaluation, learning, and dissemination:

  • Keep manager and colleagues informed of progress of grant portfolio.
  • Synthesize and document learnings across related grants and contracts.
  • Develop reviews, summaries and informative reports for team, program and foundation leadership (e.g. Presidents, CEO, Co-Chairs and other foundation leadership) that summarize key activities, progress and issues, around grant portfolio.
  • Partner with various programs to share learnings and expertise.
  • Support monitoring and evaluation activities as defined within Therapeutics, the Global Health division and the Foundation.

Represent the foundation and program to the external world related to position responsibilities:

  • Speak and participate in public events, forums and meetings.
  • Serve on boards and working groups.
  • Leverage opportunities to disseminate the knowledge and products developed by grantees in order to extend their impact.
  • Represent foundation interests in building networks for the program.

The role will report to the Deputy Director, Discovery Therapeutics and requires primary residency out of Seattle, Washington

Leadership and Culture

We believe that energized people, working well together, fueled by great leadership in an inclusive environment in which they thrive, will do phenomenal things.

Core Knowledge & Skills

We are looking for people who enjoy the challenge of working on complex projects and collaboratively creating solutions that have the potential for transformational change. We seek an experienced professional with a deep understanding of the principles of drug discovery.

Education and Experience

The ideal candidate should have a PhD or other relevant terminal degree with deep knowledge, expertise and experience in:

  • Pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism or related discipline.
  • Drug discovery, with relevant industrial experience in the evaluation of small molecule therapeutics.
  • Minimum 10 years of experience working in relevant field, preferably gained in the Pharma or Biotech sector.
  • Strong record of scientific achievement as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Coupled with experience in one or more of the following areas preferred:

  • Strong research, analytical, critical thinking skills as well as the ability to organize and synthesize information are required. Proactive and flexible nature with reliable follow-through and great attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated outstanding written and oral communication skills in positions requiring communications to a broad and diverse audience on a range of complex technical issues.
  • Experience in establishing and leading collaborative programs integrating fundamental scientific research and lead generation in the academic, Pharma or Biotech sector.

Additionally, you will have:

  • Experience in a role requiring collaboration as well as a demonstrated ability to work with flexibility, efficiency and diplomacy both individually and as part of a complex team effort; ability to work in a cooperative and collegial fashion.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully assemble, coordinate, and manage complex inter-group collaborations and partnerships, guiding such programs to meet programmatic and strategic goals.
  • Experience in the execution, conduct and/or management of performance-based contracts or cooperative agreements.
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills with the ability to solve problems with energy and positive attitude.
  • Ability to organize/prioritize work and meet deadlines within a fast-paced environment with multiple and competing demands.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and build relationships to gain the respect and trust of others.
  • Solid understanding of the realities and complexities of matrix-based organizations.
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 30% domestically and internationally.
  • Demonstrated passion for the foundation’s values with a commitment to deliver results against the foundation’s mission and goals

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