The successful candidate will have a genuine drive to understand the impacts of rare disease and cancer on people’s lives and how Genomics England can contribute to addressing those impacts.
They will be a collaborative leader, who embraces and role-models our organisational virtues of speed, focus, impact, connection, empathy, integrity and curiosity.

Experience, Knowledge and Understanding

  • A track record of impact as a leader of ground-breaking scientific research and development, and the demonstrable ability to lead expert teams, in diverse areas, successfully;
  • Deep scientific expertise in one or more of the domains of focus (e.g. rare disease, cancer, infectious disease, pharmacogenomics, genomics analysis, clinical genetics, functional genomics, target discovery) with national and international credibility;
  • The ability to work effectively in partnership between the public, private and academic sectors;
  • Deep and up to date understanding of commercial research and development;
  • The ability to understand and synthesize science across the range of quantitative and qualitative disciplines needed for internal research and development, as well as external stakeholder management and communications;
  • Technical understanding of relevant technology for scaling and enabling genomic research e.g. cloud architecture and bioinformatics is desirable;
  • Excellent problem-solving skills – will provide solutions in a complex environment;
  • A track record of successful working with policy makers and private sector leaders;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Track record of successfully delivering major policies, programmes, or initiatives;
  • Visionary approach to science and understanding of the current major scientific trends;
  • Track record of successful working with patients or research participants in a relevant discipline, demonstrating an understanding of what matters to them.


  • Senior strategic management role and experience;
  • An understanding of the international scientific research funding structure, interactions and issues;
  • First-hand experience of leading on trials and able to network effectively with those leading clinical trials nationally and internationally.

Personal Characteristics

  • Collaborative and diplomatic – the individual needs to be focussed on enabling others to provide genomic medicine or do fantastic research, working across Genomics England’s stakeholders to deliver shared benefit;
  • Excellent Communicator – the ability to present complex scientific, technical information in inspiring, accessible and engaging ways to a lay audience, as well as communicating Genomics England’s strategy and messages across numerous audiences;
  • Trust and Integrity – be a trusted voice for Genomics England with stakeholders and participants, embodying GEL’s virtues of empathy and integrity.


We’re pleased to offer our colleagues a great benefits package including:

  • Competitive salary;
  • 30 days holiday;
  • Generous pension scheme;
  • Individual learning budgets for every colleague;
  • A raft of other benefits.