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Senior Scientific Search and Evaluate Leader

San Francisco, California

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Req ID R-17792 Title Senior Scientific Search and Evaluate Leader City San Francisco State / Province California Country United States Region Research

At Lilly, we unite caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We are a global healthcare leader headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our 35,000 employees around the world work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to our communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. We give our best effort to our work, and we put people first. We’re looking for people who are determined to make life better for people around the world.

Eli Lilly has achieved unprecedented R&D productivity with the possibility to launch 20 new medicines in a 10-year period. To sustain the future pipeline, Lilly is expanding efforts to access a constant stream of external innovation, which will fuel its elite discovery and development engines.

We are seeking an individual to build our Scientific Search and Evaluate team in San Francisco. Within this role, you will maximize your leadership at the intersection of Lilly’s industry leading venture capital strategy and the highly innovative San Francisco innovation ecosystem. By strategically placing you at the crossroads of these two fast paced areas, you will become an innovation leader contributing to Lilly's position as a forerunner in the global healthcare sector.

This role will provide the unique chance to develop and implement a west coast strategy. Your unique skillset will be utilized to build-out and lead the local New Ventures team. Key aspects of this strategy will involve clarifying how Lilly best partners with key innovation sources in the immediate area including – venture capital partners, biotech’s, and universities. The role will also act as the key partner for our largest and most strategic venture capital funds on the coast. You will work cross functionally with our Lilly Venture Laboratories to investigate and drive expansion.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Thorough, objective scientific assessment of novel external innovation opportunities including analysis of patents, scientific literature, and be able to lead probing discussions with internal Lilly scientists to identify key issues and have the appropriate expertise to facilitate impactful solutions.
  • Building long-term positive relationships with our key venture fund partners and internal peers and partners.
  • Coordinating, triaging, and supervising a portfolio of probable external projects; take a leadership role in communicating the value of the portfolio to internal partners, prioritizing avenues that have a strategic fit to Lilly.
  • Leadership of interactions with selected external organizations; represent Lilly strategies and needs to external organizations.
  • Execution of key projects when working with external groups including design and oversight of key de-risking experiments.
  • Mapping of the external competitive landscape and cultivating platforms for growth in new-to-Lilly indications or ground-breaking technologies that could change treatment paradigms.
  • Work closely with peers in Indianapolis, Boston, Europe, and Japan to ensure coordination of efforts and consistent communications to senior leadership.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Ph.D. in a subject area relevant to the pharmaceutical industry e.g., Biochemistry, Chemistry, Pharmacology, Physiology, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology or Genetics
  • 5+ years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry or related fields (life sciences VC, life science technology transfer, etc.) with a preference for additional experience working with small life science companies and venture capital firms.

Additional Skills and Preference:

  • The position will be based in the California/San Francisco area, and ideally you will have an established broad network in the area.
  • Strong scientific pedigree as evidenced by publications, patents, presentations
  • Demonstrated expertise in biopharmaceutical drug discovery including familiarity with patents and trends shaping pharmaceutical innovation and business. Cross-functional knowledge of predominant drug discovery fields.
  • Demonstrated knowledge across several disease areas relevant to Lilly’s business.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the biotech and academic ecosystem with strong preference for direct experience in San Francisco.
  • Solid understanding of emerging technologies, knowledge of drug discovery processes and stages of projects and external deal structures.
  • Strong organizational skills, capacity multitask efficiently and prioritize quickly; problem-solving and project management skills.
  • Experience of working in a complex global matrix environment as well as leading and maximizing the matrix.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and negotiation skills and willingness and ability to take care of disharmony.
  • Consistent track record of presenting information on an international level.
  • Strong database, informatics, and digital literacy.

Eli Lilly and Company, Lilly USA, LLC and our wholly owned subsidiaries (collectively “Lilly”) are committed to help individuals with disabilities to participate in the workforce and ensure equal opportunity to compete for jobs. If you require an accommodation to submit a resume for positions at Lilly, please email Lilly Human Resources ( ) for further assistance. Please note This email address is intended for use only to request an accommodation as part of the application process. Any other correspondence will not receive a response.

Lilly is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

As a condition of employment with Eli Lilly and Company in the United States and Puerto Rico, you must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated and provide valid proof of vaccination to the company.

To submit resume, visit and apply to Req ID R-17792.

Lilly is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

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