At Baseimmune, we are building novel technologies to revolutionise vaccine design and build mutation-proof vaccines, disrupting the status quo in vaccine development and mediating meaningful impact on the health of people worldwide.

We strongly believe in building a collaborative and multidisciplinary environment where ideas can flow. We are assembling an exceptional and diverse team to push the boundaries. What brings us together as a team are our core values: commitment to each other, enthusiasm for learning and growing together, and a desire to use innovation as a way to improve the world.

Who are we

Baseimmune is a biotechnology start-up working on data-driven methods for antigen design and vaccine development. Founded by a team from the Jenner Institute in Oxford that has previously developed over 15 vaccines, Baseimmune uses computational methods to design the next generation of future-proof vaccines by predicting mutations before they happen. 

Our pipeline includes vaccines targeting human and veterinary pathogens. In addition, we have a number of collaborations with world leading institutes such as Imperial College London. 

You’ll be joining a rapidly expanding team located at the South Kensington Campus of Imperial College London but re-locating to a larger London-based laboratory in 2022. The position provides the opportunity to work with an innovative biotech company at the start of its journey with the opportunity to have a real impact. We are backed by leading investors from Europe and US, including Hoxton Ventures, Creator Fund, Maki VC, Rockmount Capital, Cherry VC, Beast Ventures, Tiny VC, and The Francis Crick Institute.

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Overview of the Role

The Head of Operations will play a crucial role in the operational strategy of the company. You will be passionate about building and scaling an early-stage start-up, overseeing business operations and support the strategic financial plan for funding. 

Reporting to the C-suite, you will form part of the Leadership Team, being a hands-on leader that takes responsibility for the multitude of operational challenges faced by a rapidly growing, seed-funded biotech company.

Key Responsibilities

You will be responsible for a broad range of day-to-day business activities including: 

  • Work with the C-suite to create and implement company goals to enhance its strategic corporate plan.
  • Lead the strategic long-term financial forecasting and risk management.
  • Develop and control budgets to ensure that the company has all the resources required to meet its objectives within agreed financial parameters.
  • Provide leadership and management skills with the ability to humanly motivate and retain staff members.
  • Oversee employee productivity, building a highly inclusive culture, ensuring team members thrive and that organisational outcomes are met.
  • Develop and implement all necessary policies and procedures to facilitate management control and to ensure that all internal operations achieve their business objectives.
  • Develop and maintain all necessary systems and procedures to ensure that company operations comply with all legal requirements and meet agreed operational standards.
  • Develop and maintain the organisation’s structure and processes and provide effective management succession for internal operations.
  • Assembling data/reports for the C-suite periodically.
  • Directly oversee operations: accounting, HR, and R&D, supervising the Lab manager.

Experience Sought

  • Demonstrable leadership role in an operations function.
  • Operational/functional/matrix leadership experience within a discovery-stage organisation. 
  • Experience in the life sciences industry desired but not required.
  • Ability to streamline and implement new structures and roles that create speed, efficiency, and support rapidly shifting business demands.
  • In-depth knowledge of diverse business functions and principles.
  • Experience in overcoming operational hurdles common to fast growing biotech companies.
  • Demonstrable experience of financial forecasting and risk management.
  • Ability to mentor a team and provide opportunities for personal growth.
  • Outstanding organisational, time management and decision-making skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Genuine interest in our work.

How you enjoy working

  • You’re a builder that enjoys the opportunity to create an effective business with a compassionate and inclusive culture. 
  • You’re a quick learner who enjoys discussing ideas and putting them into action.
  • You’re an inclusive team player who enjoys collaborating with people from different backgrounds.
  • You seek out constructive criticism and know you are not your work.
  • You want work to be meaningful and to be part of a business dedicated to having a positive impact on humanity.
  • You help your team seek out highly valuable work, prioritise it effectively, and you create clarity for those around you.
  • An optimistic and enthusiastic self-starter with an exemplary work ethic.
  • A ‘Can do’ attitude - do what is needed for the business.
  • You have a strong interest in technology and excited to learn and teach new things.

Recruitment Process

If you think this role is for you, we want to hear from you!  

Please submit your CV and a cover letter highlighting your expertise that makes you suitable for this role and why you want to join Baseimmune.

Following initial screening, you will be invited for an interview with the founders at our labs at Imperial College where you will have the opportunity to meet the lab and the team. 

Note: We are looking for someone who has the right to work in the UK. There are no sponsorship opportunities at Baseimmune. Also, we are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate based on gender, race, colour, religion or belief, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other protected class.


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Opening  Head of Operations



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£60,000-80,000 w/ benefits

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