Vice President Research & Innovation

14 May 2022
20 May 2022
Contract Type
Full Time
*Company Description*

*From global research discoveries to clinical breakthroughs – our vision is to become the most influential life sciences company for researchers. If you are motivated by making a real impact to people's life and have a desire to work in a passionate and diverse community, Abcam is the place for you. *

Our culture is driven by our dedicated, agile and audacious community of professionals who are driven by a combined purpose and sense of belonging. We're incredibly proud to be recognised as one of the top 5 best places to work in the UK for two years running, as per Glassdoor's Employees' Choice Award .

*Job Description*

The VP Research & Innovation is responsible for leading teams of scientists who are scouting and evaluating new business ideas, doing PoC studies and process development, and establishing new business lines.

This role is accountable for the creation and implementation of strategic developments in the scientific area and contributes to short– and long–term success of Abcam. Communicating and collaborating with business partners and ELT members in other areas and in other functions across the organisation.


Role and Responsibilities

* Manage a high–performing team of Directors and Group leaders across multiple disciplines.

* Using their scientific background to establish new business lines, new products and capabilities in Abcam, Contribute to the success of R&D through a detailed understanding of the business and impact on the current strategy of Abcam.

* Develop and manage interpersonal relationships with multiple stakeholders across Abcam to shape Abcam's future and sustain success, Influence decisions of senior leaders within and outside the company

* Lead evaluation and decision making on new ideas (ideation process) as well as implementation of prioritised ideas into projects.

* Work with SVP of R&D and Programme management to define key performance metrics for R&D Programmes, and ensure progress is communicated in a simple, engaging manner to all levels of the organisation and provide the leadership necessary to maximize the research and innovation team's performance & success, creating a team where people want to work.

* Build Cross–Functional Collaboration: Foster a collaborative mindset within the organization through their own example and by guiding colleagues and subordinates to engage outside collaborators.

* Drive innovation: Continuously offer solutions that have the potential to generate revenue, including creating new revenue stream. Facilitate connection between working groups to share information and generate more robust solutions. Work to create environment where initiative, risk–taking and creativity are rewarded more richly than safe behaviors

About you

* Ph.D. in a relevant scientific field, cell biology, biochemistry, biology, or other Life Sciences.

* An established track record in a similar role with 15 years + experience in an industrial environment

* Recognized leader in scientific specialty as evidenced by publications, participation in international conference, membership on journal editorial boards, etc.

* Experience of setting strategy and monitoring delivery

* Experience of leading global teams, working with leaders to set goals and standards to effect delivery against strategy

* A team player, able to work cross–functionally

* Ability to distil complex scientific problems to end–to–end solutions, enabling cross–functional communications and understanding with both scientific and non–scientific stakeholders

Desired Qualifications & Qualities:

* Industrial/academic experience in delivering projects to tight deadlines.

* Desired experience in leading large international teams.

* A track record of delivering successful innovation projects and products as well as ownership and passion for creative ideas, including advocating for others' ideas in order to drive change.

* Commercial experience in Biotech industry

* Demonstrated capabilities in recruiting and managing scientific leaders.

* Motivated and enthusiastic team player

* Collaborative worker with experience of working with numerous international business partners.

* Excellent communication and organisational skills

If this sounds like you and you'd like to be a part of a fast–paced, growing business with the vision to become the most influential company and best–loved brand in life sciences, please apply now!

*Additional Information*

We know that when it comes to benefits, no one size fits all. Flexibility and choice matter which is why we offer all kinds of ways to enable you and your loved ones to be well and live well. You can expect;

* A culture focused on well–being and opportunities for growth and development. We provide a wide range of training opportunities, for both professional and personal development.

* The freedom to work in a way that works for you, with a focus on maximising productivity and innovation at work whilst reducing environmental impact.

* A performance–based share plan, inspiring and rewarding our people as we deliver Abcam's strategy.

* Attractive and flexible package including 158 days full paid maternity leave which will increase for subsequent children.

We offer a truly inclusive environment where you can bring your whole self to work. This is underpinned by our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and our partnerships with WORK180 (endorsed employer for women) and MyGwork (LGBT+ professional community). All our positions are open as a Job Share, where two talented professionals can share the responsibility of a full time position. You can declare your interest in a job share role within the application form.

Abcam is an Equal Opportunity Employer and makes all employment decisions without regard to age, national origin, race, ethnicity, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you're interested in this particular role then we'd love to read your application.

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