Do you want to play a key part in shaping the technical strategy and direction for the world's leading cancer genomics resource?

  • Grade: PSG Band 4
  • Salary per annum: £58,843 - £79,438
  • Full Time/Flexible working considered
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Closing Date: 15 June 2022
  • Job Reference: 84839

COSMIC is an expertly curated and world-renowned scientific cancer genomics data resource.  COSMIC reconstitutes the overwhelming flood of cancer genomics data into a commercially, academically, and clinically valuable data used globally by tens of thousands of users every day. 

We have an exciting opportunity for an IT specialist to join us a Head of IT.

Key role responsibilities include:

  • Managing and leading the technical team, including web and data developers
  • Collaborate with the wider COSMIC team to understand business needs and translate into technical requirements
  • Define technical strategy in accordance with overall business strategy, ensuring clear vision, objectives and roadmaps are communicated to internal and external stakeholders
  • Maintain current technical portfolio, balance and develop new projects with sustainable technology

You will bring new perspectives to COSMIC and have a flair for innovation and creative thinking. You will join a multidisciplinary, committed and supportive team, with our people and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at the heart of what we do, where flexible and hybrid working are fully supported.

For full role responsibilities, please download the job description.

Essential Skills

Technical Skills:

  • Degree in IT, BSc/MSc Computer Science of equivalent tertiary qualification, with extensive IT Management experience 
  • Experience of leading complex technology and product software delivery teams 
  • Experience of directing the definition and maintenance of business architecture, applications, infrastructure, and data roadmaps, and setting technology policies and direction 
  • Familiarity with a broad range of technologies including back-end languages, databases, web servers, APIs, web services, and front-end languages and libraries 
  • Software Development experience with Agile development methods, continuous integration and version management

Behavioural Skills:

  • Ability to quickly understand scientific, technical and process challenges and break down complex problems into actionable steps 
  • Ability to work in a frequently changing environment with the capability to interpret management information to amend plans 
  • Ability to work independently whilst prioritising, managing your own workload, and delivering agreed activities consistently on time 
  • Experience of managing a team and coaching and developing staff
  • Proven record of rapidly gaining practical knowledge of new operational environments
  • Ability to quickly and effectively forge relationships with senior, international, external and internal stakeholders, prioritising and managing their expectations 
  • Track record of delivering results quickly 
  • Be a champion for equality, diversity and inclusion, and work collaboratively with a range of different stakeholders
  • Influencing skills 
  • Pragmatic and creative approach to problem-solving  

Other information

Application Process:

Please apply with your CV and a Cover Letter outlining how you meet the criteria set out above and in the job description.

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and the role may close early if a successful appointment is made.


About Us

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a world leading genomics research centre. Our findings are used to improve health and to understand life on Earth.

Our benefits:

There’s an attractive benefits package on offer at the Wellcome Genome Campus. We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family and carer-friendly policies. Plus a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement.
As well as the usual benefits you would expect, we go much further:

  • 25 days annual leave (extra 1 day to a maximum of 30 days for every year you work)
  • Auto-enrolment into a generous Group Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, with enhanced company contribution (for more information, see our Pensions page)
  • Up to 2 days annual paid volunteering leave
  • Up to 10 days paid Emergency Carers Leave per year
  • Family friendly environment including options for flexible and part-time working, an on-site Workplace Nursery salary Sacrifice Schemes for pre-school children and Summer holiday club
  • Life Assurance is accessible on day 1 for all 
  • Group Income Protection Scheme (if on a contract exceeding 12 months)
  • Enhanced maternity, parental and adoption leave
  • Access to substantial number of courses and training events onsite
  • Private Healthcare Scheme 
  • Eyecare and Dental payment plans
  • Concessions and discounts from our corporate perks site

Being part of the Wellcome Genome Campus you will be part of the beautiful working environment with an impressive range of benefits, services and facilities also including:

  • Free bus service to and from Campus, covering various routes around Cambridge, Saffron Walden and surrounding villages
  • A car-share initiative
  • Free parking
  • A number of on-site venues where you can meet, eat and socialise with colleagues
  • A thriving Sports and Social Club which provides members with subsidised access to a gym, tennis courts, sports hall, fitness classes and a vibrant social calendar of events

In 2020 we were awarded an Athena SWAN Silver Award. We will consider all individuals without discrimination and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, where everyone can thrive.

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