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Deputy Director, Quantitative Sciences

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Multiple locations
Posted on Thursday, October 5, 2023

The Foundation

We are the largest nonprofit fighting poverty, disease, and inequity around the world. Founded on a simple premise: people everywhere, regardless of identity or circumstances, should have the chance to live healthy, productive lives. We believe our employees should reflect the rich diversity of the global populations we aim to serve. We provide an exceptional benefits package to employees and their families which include comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage with no premiums, generous paid time off, paid family leave, foundation-paid retirement contribution, regional holidays, and opportunities to engage in several employee communities. As a workplace, we’re committed to creating an environment for you to thrive both personally and professionally.

The Team

Our Global Health (GH) division harnesses advances in science and technology to save lives in poor countries. We focus on the health problems that have a major impact in developing countries but get too little attention and funding. Where tools exist, we support sustainable ways to improve their delivery. Where they don’t, we invest in research and development of new interventions, such as vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics. Our work in infectious diseases focuses on strategies to fight and prevent HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, neglected tropical diseases, enteric and diarrheal diseases, pneumonia, and maternal, newborn and child health. These strategies are supported by functional teams that focus on Discovery and Translational Sciences, Innovative Technology Solutions, Vaccine Development, and Integrated Development.

The Integrated Development (IDev) team is a functional team that supports all aspects of product development for our priority diseases, in the domains of regulatory affairs, quantitative sciences, chemistry manufacturing & controls, and clinical trial design. Within the IDev team, the Quantitative Sciences (QS) domain focuses on supporting the foundation’s priorities and addressing its quantitative questions, notably with regards to pharmacometrics, Model Informed Drug Development (MIDD), Real World Data/Evidence (RWD/RWE) and data sciences. Furthermore, we invest in data-related platforms that will support multiple foundation teams in the future (e.g. MIDD uptake by regulators, Data Ecosystems in LMICs).

Your Role

We are looking for an outstanding Deputy Director to lead the Quantitative Sciences (QS) domain in IDev – including thought leadership, people management and ownership of the domain’s investment portfolio. This position reports to the Director of Integrated Development and is in Seattle, WA (with flexibility to consider placement in Washington D.C. or a remote work arrangement in the US)

We are looking for people who enjoy the challenge of working on complex and impactful problems and collaboratively creating solutions that have the potential for ground-breaking change in the lives of people around the world. The applicant must be prepared to work across a diverse set of subject areas, bridging a wide range of expertise, with a demonstrated ability to work with flexibility, efficiency, and diplomacy in a fast-paced, challenging environment.

What You’ll Do

  • Lead our team of QS experts and support them to consistently translate quantitative insights into impact for the foundation. You’ll ensure successful employee onboarding, communicate performance expectations, create goal alignment, integrate project and change management, give and seek feedback, provide coaching, measure progress and hold people accountable, support employee development, and recognize achievement and lessons learned.

  • Bring a data-centric and client-oriented mindset across all QS activities and investments. Be an advocate for data-centric decision-making across the foundation

  • Offer direct support and product development experience to our Program Strategy Teams (PSTs) to address their quantitative questions (notably regarding PKPD modeling and stage gate decisions). Engage personally in executing or reviewing qualitative clinical pharmacological assessments

  • Further develop, manage and execute our strategy on Model Informed Drug Development (MIDD) and LMIC Data Ecosystems platform. Translate these strategies into concrete investment plans

  • Own the investment portfolio of the QS domain and ensure it is impactful and aligned to our strategy. Ensure investments track to yearly budget, participate in IDev decision making on prioritization and trade-offs

  • Be a member of and team player in the leadership team of Integrated Development, as well as in the leadership forum of our Global Health division

Leadership and Culture

We believe that energized people, working well together, fueled by great leadership in an inclusive environment in which they thrive, will do phenomenal things.

Your Experience

  • MSc or PhD in relevant field and 20+ years of experience in quantitative sciences in pharma product development, and in-depth knowledge of pharmacometrics in drug development.

  • Experience in leading a client-service oriented organization in a product development environment

  • Proven ability to lead and influence teams of experts both internally and externally.

  • International and multi-cultural experience

  • Experience in regulatory affairs, data sciences, Real World Data and/or Artificial Intelligence is a plus

  • Ability to navigate complex network of stakeholders, both internally and externally

  • Ability to communicate and translate complex quantitative approaches to variety of audiences and team members

  • Ability to combine a strategic vision with day-to-day management of a team and an investment portfolio

  • Dedication to our core values, mission and programs with an approach that is consistent with the foundation’s guiding principles while holding oneself to the highest ethical standards. An ability to lead with a diversity, equity, and inclusion mindset and application.

  • This role will require the ability to travel up to 30% domestically and internationally.

The typical salary range for this role is $177,500 to $330,200 USD. The exact offer will be determined by a variety of factors such as the candidate’s individual skills, qualifications, and experience relative to the requirements of the role.


Hiring Requirements

As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

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Inclusion Statement

We are dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value. We strive for a global and cultural workplace that supports ever greater diversity, equity, and inclusion — of voices, ideas, and approaches — and we support this diversity through all our employment practices.

All applicants and employees who are drawn to serve our mission will enjoy equality of opportunity and fair treatment without regard to race, color, age, religion, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and prior protected activity.