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Lilly Senior Scientific Search and Evaluate Leader in San Francisco, California

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.

We are seeking an individual to join our Scientific Search and Evaluate team in San Francisco. You will be critical in bringing new assets, technologies and platforms into Lilly’s portfolio.

Within this science focused role, you will maximize your leadership skills 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 healthcare sector. You will develop an in-depth understand how a global pharmaceutical R&D organization operates and how capabilities and expertise of the company can be leveraged to create synergistic partnership with key innovation leaders in the Bay area.

This role will provide the unique chance to develop and implement a west coast search and evaluate strategy. You will be responsible for building and leading the local Venture Science 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 scientific partner for our largest and most strategic venture capital funds on the West coast. You will work cross functionally with our Lilly Venture Laboratories to investigate and drive expansion.

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.

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 and its subsidiaries in the United States and Puerto Rico, you must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination satisfactory to the company. If you would like to request an accommodation for medical or religious reasons, you may do so at

At Lilly we strive to ensure our employees are part of a team that cares about them and our shared purpose of making life better for those around the world. How do we do this? We continue to look for ways to include, innovate, accelerate and deliver while maintaining integrity, excellence and respect for people.​ We hope that you seek to join us on our journey as we create medicine and deliver improved outcomes for patients across the globe!