Exact Sciences Corporation

Senior Director, Bioinformatics

Job Locations US-San Diego | US-MA-Cambridge | US-CA-San Diego
Req No.
2021-10163
Category
Research & Development
Type
Regular Full-Time

Summary of Major Responsibilities

The Sr Director, Bioinformatics is self-driven, working on multiple projects that are extremely complex in scope, often across multiple groups and sites.

 

As a thought leader, the Sr Director, Bioinformatics brings their knowledge and expertise to bear in planning, design, and execution to ensure successful and timely completion of large or complex projects. The Sr Director, Bioinformatics is responsible for providing the timeline, plan, and successful completion for assignments/projects. The Sr Director, Bioinformatics plays a critical role in the analysis and interpretation of data, presenting and providing data driven outcomes to senior Management. Working independently or in a team setting, the Sr Director, Bioinformatics will be involved in Research and Development projects serving as a thought leader and subject matter expert by providing guidance in exploring, researching, and testing new technologies or guiding development of ideas and concepts to improve or develop processes that add value or guide establishment of innovative methods and processes for product development towards development of diagnostic assay products.  This position provides clear leadership to the team by working to define clear and realistic goals, clearing barriers to success, developing a general management view of the project and how it fits into the strategic landscape.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and technical guidance and mentorship to a team of bioinformatics scientists.
  • Work on significant and unique issues where analysis or situations or data requires an evaluation of intangible variables and may impact future concepts, products, or technologies.
  • Work on multiple projects that are extremely complex in scope, often across multiple groups and sites.
  • Responsible for developing, planning, and analysis of results from experiments within several product or technology areas to inform and enable project progression, identify problems and discrepancies, and determine the next steps and the path forward for successful outcomes.
  • Act independently to determine methods and procedures or technologies on new assignments and provide ideas for new techniques and methods.
  • Responsible for providing the timeline, plan, and successful completion for assignments/projects.
  • Maintain knowledge of technological industry developments; provide technical assessment and guidance when evaluating or developing technologies, methods, and procedures.
  • Provide deep scientific leadership and technical input and participate in decisions affecting project planning and experimental design or product development.
  • Prepare, provide, and present information and data for scientific abstracts/scientific and industry conferences/project meetings/publication.
  • Prepare manuscripts of major findings and research outcomes for publication and reviews.
  • Perform complex analyses and present results and data driven outcomes to senior Management as well as to a variety of audiences throughout the organization
  • Contribute to the intellectual property portfolio by implementing innovative and creative ideas to solve problems or improve on current methods.
  • Help with IP disclosures and assist in answering questions related to IP filings.
  • Generate, document, and communicate development plans for critical projects.
  • Prepare detailed technical procedures, protocols, and reports.
  • Evaluate impact of nonconforming data to product or process.
  • Identify and address trends in study data.
  • Prepare and approve written reports.
  • Lead identification of areas for process improvements.
  • Prepare reports and documentation providing highly technical analysis or summarization of results, outcomes and next steps and the future direction of the project to functional leader, to technical teams/groups, or project teams.
  • Present results and defend scientific ideas and findings at project or departmental meetings; critically evaluate scientific data for its merits; lead meetings and help provide directions as a subject matter expert.
  • Successful in technical proficiency, scientific creativity and rigor, collaboration with others, and independent thought and ability to provide insights and defend scientific ideas.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency, scientific creativity and rigor, and independent thought when challenging and debating scientific ideas.
  • Share ideas and be receptive to new ideas when collaborating within and across departments.
  • Provide expert knowledge of scientific principles and concepts; work on problems which are extremely complex in scope in which analysis of data requires an evaluation of intangible variables.
  • Exercise independent judgment and latitude in developing methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for obtaining solutions.
  • Act as subject matter expert and strategic leader in departmental, team, core team and/or cross-functional meetings and provide guidance to leadership when required.
  • Receptive to change in technology or methods or process and adapt as needed.
  • Supervise staff; including, but not limited to, organize and prioritize work, write/conduct performance reviews, train/develop, and manage work performance.
  • Communicate goals clearly to employees to ensure understanding and success in achieving them.
  • Motivate and inspire employees to do their best work through coaching.
  • Maintain morale and support employee engagement initiatives.
  • Promote an open, collaborative environment built on trust to foster positive teamwork that allows for free exchange of ideas.
  • Invest in developing talent to meet both career goals and the organization's goals.
  • Build strength-based teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to achieve current and future business needs.
  • Ability to determine project timeframes which will result in successful outcomes on multiple projects.
  • Ability to develop formal networks with key decision makers, internally and externally.
  • Apply deep scientific expertise, innovation, creativity, collaboration with others and independent thought.
  • Plan, recommend, and lead activities that account for prioritization of organizational and department goals.
  • Organize, present, and convey complex problems or issues.
  • Communicate clearly and frequently with all levels of the organization; including team members, project team members (core and extended), functional managers, clinical lab, and other stakeholders.
  • Create and deliver high quality presentations that effectively communicate and tie into a cohesive story the project status and/or experimental results.
  • Apply qualitative and analytical skills with strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to effectively work on several varied projects at one time, with frequent changing priorities.
  • Ability and willingness to manage across geographical locations
  • Excellent analytical, problem solving and decision-making skills.
  • Demonstrate success in technical proficiency, scientific creativity, collaboration with others and independent thought.
  • Apply sound technical knowledge and ability gained through experience and/or learning.
  • Uphold company mission and values through accountability, innovation, integrity, quality, and teamwork.
  • Support and comply with the company’s Quality Management System policies and procedures.
  • Maintain regular and reliable attendance.
  • Ability to act with an inclusion mindset and model these behaviors for the organization.
  • Ability to work on a mobile device, tablet, or in front of a computer screen and/or perform typing for approximately 90% of a typical working day.
  • Ability to work on a computer and phone simultaneously.
  • Ability and means to travel 5% between Exact Sciences locations.
  • Ability to travel 5% of working time away from work location, may include overnight/weekend travel.

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Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD in bioinformatics, computational biology, computer science, mathematics, or related field; or Master’s degree in bioinformatics, computational biology, computer science, mathematics, or related field plus 4 years of experience in lieu of a PhD; or Bachelor’s degree in bioinformatics, computational biology, computer science, mathematics, or related field plus 6 years of experience in lieu of PhD.
  • 14+ years of industry or academia experience in bioinformatics.
  • 10+ years of experience in medical device/IVD, biotech, life science or pharmaceutical industry.
  • 5+ years of direct people leadership and management experience.
  • Demonstrated thought leader in the area of bioinformatics and/or next-generation sequencing (NGS) and genomics.
  • Demonstrated leadership in the area of product/assay research, design, or development.
  • Basic computer skills to include Internet navigation, Email usage, and word processing.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office to include Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without accommodation.
  • Authorization to work in the United States without sponsorship.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 16+ years of experience in medical device/IVD, biotech, life science or pharmaceutical industry.
  • Previous experience as a project lead for a team of scientists.
  • Previous industry experience in product development or research.
  • Knowledge of statistical models for data analysis and results reporting.
  • Experience with genomic databases and software.
  • Background containing a substantial amount of bioinformatics work including troubleshooting.

We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and any other status protected by applicable local, state, or federal law. Applicable portions of the Company’s affirmative action program are available to any applicant or employee for inspection upon request.

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