View Our Website View All Jobs

Associate Director/ Head of Group, Stem Cell Research

Primary Responsibility

The purpose of this role is to manage the day to day activities of a group of scientists specialising in gene editing, stem cell and T cell biology. To do this the Associate Director is expected to both manage the individuals within their group and enable them to perform their role in achieving the company’s objectives (whether through department, project requirements or transfer to alternative departments within the company). It is expected that an Associate Director will have the following responsibilities and accountabilities respectively:


  1. Line management of two teams of scientists
  2. In partnership with the groups’ Principal Scientists and department Head, responsibility for ensuring the appropriate level of scientific and technical knowledge is maintained within the group
  3. Ensuring resource is appropriately scheduled across matrixed projects according to company priorities
  4. Ensuring equipment requirements and maintenance, licensing and legal requirements are in place (if appropriate) and outsourcing is managed appropriately
  5. Ensuring the health and safety of the scientists within your group
    The Associate Director should be a motivating influence on the group and individual scientists in addition to providing the drive to achieve the performance within the group that will ensure scientific and technical work streams, set by the department and/or project, are achieved.
    The Group Leader/Group Heads may also act as a Project Leader/Champion/Work stream Leader enabling and scientifically directing a project team to achieve a company objective (NOTE. this is separate to operational management, or project management, of the project team).
    Performance in this role (including functional and project objectives and behaviours) will be monitored through group performance and stakeholder feedback from peers (including Principal Scientists), senior management, reports (subordinates) and project team members.


Key Responsibilities and Accountibilities

  1. Management: Managing the people element of the teams including recruitment, performance management, reward, training, development and advocating the company culture.
  2. Budgetary: Dealing with resource provision and budgetary considerations of equipment, training, consumables and contracts for the group.
  3. Compliance: Ensuring the group are compliant with company policies (H&S, licensing, legal etc.) and that all necessary training is available and completed.
  4. Resource Management: Delegating tasks and work streams to relevant individuals and being accountable for the group success within these projects.
  5. Scientific and Technical: Collaborating with Principal Scientists and other functions, building strong relationships to support the overall success of the company and ensuring the optimal flow and provision of data. Being available on a consultancy basis to be involved with designing experiments
  6. Reporting: Representing the group from a functional or scientific point of view


Qualifications & Experience


  • Degree in Life sciences, or related discipline
  • Relevant post-graduate qualification preferably including an MSc or PhD in an appropriate scientific area and proven experience in a relevant scientific discipline or technical area to enable provision of knowledgeable and detailed scientific leadership
  • Extensive understanding of all relevant laboratory procedures/discipline performed by the group
  • Demonstrable people management experience (including supervision of other scientist(s))


Relevant experience in managing scientists including understanding and/or execution of the following:

  • Accessing and deciding on rewards of the group members
  • Performance management
  • Performance of disciplinary actions and appropriate documentation
  • Training, directing and coaching
  • Creating and fostering a positive and engaging environment of respect and integrity, openness, effective communication, participation and support to motivate them.
  • Previously held scientific position within industry within cross functional project teams


Skills & Competencies


  • Aptitude to work in a collaborative and adaptable manner  
    • Working with other functions to ensure group compliance (e.g. finance, H&S etc.)
  • Aptitude in resource management
  • Understanding of company policies, company and employee legal requirements
  • Ability to manage budgets
  • Excellent communication skills with colleagues at all levels
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Ability to delegate tasks and actions appropriately
    • Including complete delegation of activities to group members to enable project progression
  • High attention to detail
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Good time management skills, both individually and when managing a team
  • A diplomatic and balanced approach 
  • Aptitude to engage with colleagues cross-functionally


  • Demonstrated understanding of the “bigger” picture
  • Demonstrated “softer” skills required for people management including but not limited to listening and applying active listening
  • Demonstrated ability to foster an environment that will enable relevant parties to communicate, agree on messages and seek correct/appropriate decisions

Decision Making Authority

Depending on the department and the individuals level:

  • Management of group: staff development, discipline and strategy
  • Leadership and decision making on projects as part of the cross-functional project team
  • Group budget, spending and reconciliation
  • Health and Safety requirements for group functioning

Size and scope of team : Team of 10 -15 including junior and senior scientists and junior managers

Budget responsibility : Sign-off as designated by VP, will help to compile budgetary requirements

Travel : Occasional travel to the US office, overseas collaborators and conferences.








Read More

Apply for this position

Apply with
Attach resume as .pdf, .doc, .docx, .odt, .txt, or .rtf (limit 5MB) or Paste resume

Paste your resume here or Attach resume file