Director of Platform Engineering

Oxford, England, gb
Company: Exscientia
Category: Management Occupations
Published on 2021-06-24 18:01:04
We are currently seeking a highly-motivated Director of Platform Engineering with a talent for developing and leading multiple high performing teams, delivering complex systems within the drug discovery industry. As the Director of Platform Engineering you will plan the strategy and architecture for the continued development of Exscientia’s Automated Drug Discovery Platform.Exscientia is a company that is committed to getting medicines to patients in the fastest and most effective manner. We do this by applying the latest research in Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and modern high-performance computational methods to transform drug design. Exscientia is at the forefront of Artificial Intelligence (AI) driven drug discovery and the only company to have used AI to design drug molecules that are currently in clinical studies.All of our Innovation is driven by people; highly talented multi-disciplinary teams that work collaboratively to solve real world drug discovery problems. Following multiple partnerships with many leading Pharmaceutical companies and research institutes, we have a robust and rapidly expanding portfolio of projects and we are looking to substantially expand our biology group. The Director of Platform Engineering is crucial for our continuous growth.

As the Director of Platform Engineering you will be responsible for

  • Working closely with the tech leadership to align strategy with engineering roadmap and report progress toward delivery goals.
  • Engage and motivate your high performing co-workers to grow and deliver their full potential.
  • Engage with key stakeholders and users, understand and translate requirements, be a front of house and champion engineering efforts and achievements within the company.
  • Work with technology vendors and professional services teams to ensure optimal third party software utilization.
  • Engage with relevant users communities to promote the Exscientia brand and broaden our reach, present our successes externally.
  • Help drive hiring, development and diversity of the Engineering teams building enterprise ML infrastructure and user facing drug design applications.
  • What will you bring to the role?

  • 5+ years of development experience managing high-performing distributed engineering teams.
  • Proven software engineering experience in early career.
  • Expert knowledge of the full software development lifecycle and toolchains.
  • Proven ability to plan and rollout enterprise software platforms within an agile organisation.
  • All aspects of group leadership, mentorship and career development of software engineers.
  • Expert knowledge of architecting distributed cloud systems using AWS, Kubernetes, Python.
  • Experience negotiating with software vendors.
  • Beneficial criteria

  • Experience or interest in AI / Life Sciences / Drug Discovery.
  • Background in Biology, Cheminformatics or similar discipline.
  • Knowledge of life science software products particularly drug discovery applications.
  • Reasons for joining us

  • Making a positive contribution to patients by revolutionising the pharmaceutical industry through AI-driven discovery. 
  • Kick-start or further grow your career - at Exscientia, you will have the opportunity to acquire valuable skills, work on problems that matter, and learn from world-class technical and scientific leaders.
  • Highly competitive compensation as we continue to grow and thrive.
  • State of the art laboratories and office space
  • Funding for professional development and conference attendance. 
  • Opportunity to join an inclusive, collaborative and intellectually stimulating culture
  • Health and well-being are important to us, we provide private healthcare, life assurance, wellbeing and mindfulness support.
  • Flexible working and remote working to allow you to manage your own time. 
  • A kitchen stocked with an endless supply of food for all employees
  • Exscientia embraces equal opportunity and is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive community where everybody feels welcome. We welcome applications from all people regardless of background. If you're looking for a new challenge within an exciting environment at the forefront of AI. then please apply today to learn more!

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