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Research & Science

Director, Research Partnerships

Sunnyvale, California, United States

Who We Are

Since 2006, 23andMe’s mission has been to help people access, understand, and benefit from the human genome. We are a group of passionate individuals pushing the boundaries of what’s possible to help turn genetic insight into better health and personal understanding. With the world’s largest database of more than thirteen million genotyped customers, 23andMe is at the forefront of using human genetics to advance biomedical research and transform healthcare. 


What You’ll Do

The Director, Research Partnerships will be responsible for leading the operations of our business line of research and scientific services based on 23andMe’s unique cohort, dataset, and direct-to-consumer capabilities. You will be responsible for building and leading operational execution with a matrixed cross-functional team including Corporate Development, Alliance Management, Research, Product, Engineering, Finance, Legal/IP, and Policy. You will be responsible for partnering with cross-functional leadership to align resources/priorities and to execute on contracted projects with pharma, biotech, and advocacy organizations. You will also manage a team of program managers who lead individual partner projects.


Who You Are

You are a program management leader with a passion for operations and the demonstrated ability to bring structure to large cross-functional initiatives. You have experience working on collaborations with other companies and finding win-wins for both parties. A scientific background in a relevant biomedical field and experience working with contracts is required; knowledge of genetics and biotech/pharmaceutical industry is a plus. You will be successful in this role if you bring clarity for teams so they know what to prioritize and how to execute. You have the ability to influence without authority and can effectively manage diverse stakeholders in a highly cross-functional and matrixed organization. Equally important is a growth mindset and curiosity to learn in a boundary-pushing environment where the next deal may never have been done before.


What You’ll Bring

  • MD/PhD or MS+MBA in a relevant field
  • A minimum of 8 years of experience in scientific program management or operations. 5+ years in a senior role
  • Experience executing collaborative projects with biotech/pharma
  • Strategic thinking with outstanding business instincts, can help chart the course and translate strategy into operations
  • Ability to apply critical, strategic, and scientific/technical thinking to unstructured situations to make sound business judgments
  • Demonstrated ability to lead projects and teams with attention to detail, and to influence without authority
  • Resourceful self-starter with strong alignment with 23andMe’s core values
  • Ability to work effectively in a dynamic, entrepreneurial environment and a bias towards 'win-win' collaboration at all levels
  • Ability to work from 23andMe's Sunnyvale, CA office a minimum of 3 days per week


About Us

23andMe is a leading consumer genetics and research company. Founded in 2006, the company’s mission is to help people access, understand, and benefit from the human genome. 23andMe has pioneered direct access to genetic information as the only company with multiple FDA authorizations for genetic health risk reports. The company has created the world’s largest crowdsourced platform for genetic research, with 80 percent of its customers electing to participate. The platform also powers the 23andMe Therapeutics group, currently pursuing drug discovery programs rooted in human genetics across a spectrum of disease areas, including oncology, respiratory, and cardiovascular diseases, in addition to other therapeutic areas. More information is available at www.23andMe.com.

At 23andMe, we value a diverse, inclusive workforce and we provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. All qualified applicants for employment will be considered without regard to an individual’s race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws.  If you are unable to submit your application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at accommodations-ext@23andme.com. 23andMe will reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities to the extent required by applicable law.

Please note: 23andMe does not accept agency resumes and we are not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes. Thank you.


Pay Transparency
23andMe takes a market-based approach to pay, and amounts will vary depending on your geographic location. The salary range reflected here is for a candidate based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  The successful candidate’s starting pay will be determined based on job-related skills, experience, qualifications, work location, and market conditions. These ranges may be modified in the future.
San Francisco Bay Area Base Pay Range
$198,000$298,000 USD