Drug Discovery Operations Lead

We’re looking to hire a Drug Discovery Operations Lead to join us in our mission to discover and develop drugs that improve human health and materials that increase quality of life!

Schrödinger is a leading provider of advanced molecular simulations and enterprise software solutions that accelerate and increase the efficiency of drug discovery and materials design. Schrödinger has a growing pipeline of early stage assets and has co-founded leading biotech companies, including Nimbus Therapeutics and Morphic Therapeutic. In addition, the company has deep partnerships and collaborations in such fields as biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and electronics. Through significant long-term investments in basic research, Schrödinger has made scientific breakthroughs across many areas of drug discovery and materials science.

As a member of our Drug Discovery team, you’ll join a multi-disciplinary team of 60 drug discovery researchers including compound designers, modelers, computational chemists, medicinal chemists, crystallographers, and biologists in an environment that is supported by a large-scale compute infrastructure and over 100 developers. In the last seven years, four of the programs we’ve worked on have reached the clinic; we need you to help us advance the next drug candidate.  You will work with the drug discovery, project and alliance management leadership to manage operations for an exciting growing portfolio of projects and a network of partners, consultants, and thought-leaders. 

Who will love this job:
  • We are seeking a self-motivated, detail-oriented, and collaborative team member to partner effectively with drug discovery research staff and lead day-to-day portfolio and partnership operations. Core responsibilities include ensuring efficient operations through optimization of scientific workflows, budget and vendor management, and alignment with interdependent teams across Schrodinger’s R&D teams. The role will also design and manage high-priority improvement projects for the drug discovery function. 

What you’ll do:
  • Builds strong relationships with designated functional leaders, internal and external teams. Serves as the operational business partner to assist in prioritization, resource allocation, vendor and partnership management. 
  • Supports the Alliance and Project Management function in the contract and PO life-cycle for approved projects using company established systems and supports new and established business relationships with external partners. 
  • May serve as an alliance manager for certain external collaborations to ensure adherence to program deliverables, contractual obligations, reporting requirements, and governance systems. Ensures the pro-active management of challenges and opportunities.
  • In partnership with the head of the drug discovery group, creates project and functional area reports to allow the tracking of key information, such as status, deliverables, timelines, costs, risks, etc. Ensures the functional leadership team has the necessary information to allow for integrated planning, communication, and decision-making.

What you should have:
  • M.Sc or Ph.D. in a science field with 3-5 years of pharmaceutical or biotechnology experience that includes a practical understanding of the operational and business management of drug discovery research and/or early development.
  • Project management or alliance management experience, including a background in external scientific project management.
  • Ability to engage credibly with internal and external stakeholders around scientific topics.
  • Comfortable leading planning processes involving scientific objectives and managing resulting functional operating plans. Able to communicate assumptions and drivers, and lead scenario planning as required.
  • Demonstrated experience with contract negotiation and budget development and management.
  • Capable of bringing structure to vaguely defined problems while using creative yet pragmatic problem-solving approaches and execution management.
  • Strong experience with business process design and performance measurement.
  • Highly effective written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong presentation, facilitation, and stakeholder management skills.


Pay and perks:

Schrödinger understands it’s people that make a company great. Because of this, we’re prepared to offer a competitive salary, stock options, and a wide range of benefits that include healthcare (with dental and vision), a 401k, pre-tax commuter benefits, a flexible work schedule, and a parental leave program. We have catered meals in the office every day, a company culture that is relaxed but engaged, and over a month of paid vacation time.  Our Administrative and Human Resources departments also plan a myriad of fun company-wide events - last summer we went tubing down the Delaware River! New York is home to our largest office, but we have teams all over the world. Schrödinger is honored to have been selected as one of Crain's New York Best Places to Work 2018.

Sound exciting? Apply today and join us!


As an equal opportunity employer, Schrödinger hires outstanding individuals into every position in the company. People who work with us have a high degree of engagement, a commitment to working effectively in teams, and a passion for the company’s mission. We place the highest value on creating a safe environment where our employees can grow and contribute, and refuse to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious belief, sex, age, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, union status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. To us, “diversity” isn’t just a buzzword, but an important element of our core principles and key business practices. We believe that diverse companies innovate better and think more creatively than homogenous ones because they take into account a wide range of viewpoints. Greater diversity doesn’t just mean better headlines or public images—it means increased adaptability and profitability.

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