Vice President, Information Technology

Categories: IT
The Vice President, Information Technology is responsible for setting the vision, strategy, planning and execution of all enterprise IT activities. They will create and execute an enterprise technology strategy aligned with the company’s corporate strategic plan, which provides a roadmap for its expanding global development program and commercial efforts. The VP, IT will assure that the Executive Leadership Team is aware of the IT strategy and updated as the strategy evolves. They will lead an effective deployment of information technology that can advance the company’s strategic objectives and build a competitive advantage. In addition, the VP, IT will assure that IT follows all required compliance regulations such as SOX, GDPR and FDA 21 CFR Part 11. The VP, IT will report to the Chief Operating Officer and manage a team focused on IT business solutions (across R&D, G&A, Commercial, Medical), IT operations and Cybersecurity.
These may include, but are not limited to:
  • Develop an IT strategic plan and corresponding goals aligned with corporate objectives to ensure that the technology function supports and enables Crinetics’ growth
  • Build a competitive advantage for the organization through the selection and application of information technology
  • Create and actively share a compelling vision for the IT organization, and build commitment amongst the executive team and board toward its execution
  • Lead, build and develop a high-performing information technology organization to meet the needs of this growing company, and provide mentoring and career development for the IT leadership team
  • Establish the IT organization as a trusted advisor and champion within the business functions
  • Build strong partnerships and relationships, across the organization and externally, that lead to the highest levels of collaboration and effectiveness 
  • Provide executive leadership to define and implement flexible, scalable, cost-effective, and secure business solutions
  • Track emerging technologies to determine their strategic impact and applicability to the organization’s objectives
  • Develop a framework to ensure that internal and external IT systems are secure and meet government regulations
  • Actively manage key vendor relationships and significant contract negotiations
  • Other duties as assigned
  • A minimum of 15 year’s progressive information technology experience, with a minimum of 14 years in a senior leadership role
  • Success in leading the IT organization for a rapidly growing company, preferably in a life sciences industry (biotech, pharmaceuticals, or medical device)
  • Prior responsibility for leading, or experience with, a multinational or global information technology organization
  • Demonstrated ability to create and implement a vision, strategy, and plan for information technology
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with the Executive Leadership Team to define IT’s role in supporting the business and enabling innovation
  • Positive, forward-looking leadership style, displaying personal courage while remaining flexible and sensitive to individual needs
  • Proven track record of building, developing, and influencing high-performing teams
  • High emotional intelligence, with the ability to solve problems, coach others, and take decisive action to rectify any issues
  • The ability to guide the growth and development of the IT organization to include leadership, technical, and professional development, and collaborate on all talent and performance management practices
  • Keen focus on IT Operations to assure proper service levels are maintained
  • Proven success at delivering a seamless, predictable, and reliable systems environment
  • Commitment to developing and managing technology standards and ensuring compliance
  • Strong financial and budgeting skills to align technology expenditures with business objectives
  • Superior presentation, written and verbal communication skills. Ability to communicate complex technology concepts to executive management and the user community in a way that is connected to business objectives
  • Strong process orientation, including demonstrated performance in leveraging best practices for process improvement
  • A highly organized and self-directed approach to work, including the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and prioritize competing tasks in time-constrained situations
  • Impeccable attention to detail
  • Excellent influence skills and ability to influence senior executives as well as more junior team members
  • Effective in challenging ideas to help provide alternative approaches to business problems
  • A consultative, collaborative, client-service, and team-orientated style
  • A bachelor’s or graduate degree in business, information technology, or other relevant fields of study
Knowledge of technologies critical within a biotech organization. Experience with Computer Systems Validation to meet 21 CFR Part 11 requirements. Experience with SOX and GDPR requirements and the impact on key systems and procedures
Software Knowledge:  Windows, MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Interact credibly and diplomatically with all levels in the organization and in the outside community, tailoring communications effectively for different groups and stakeholders
Physical Activities:  On a continuous basis, sit at a desk for a long period of time; intermittently answer the telephone and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means. Some walking and lifting up to 30 lbs. may be required.  The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.  The physical demands described above are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions and responsibilities of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions and responsibilities.
Travel may be required up to 20% of your time
As the Company is dedicated to its ambitious goals, it is imperative that he or she be first and foremost a team player. The successful individual will also possess many critical personal characteristics, including:
  • Excellent Communication Skills, both written and oral:  The successful individual’s communication style should be diplomatic and direct, but not confrontational. He or she must be able to articulate clear, tangible objectives for the organization and can deliver an honest assessment of the level of achievement of those goals.  He or she must work well in a collaborative team environment.
  • Accountability:  The successful candidate must be able to quickly energize the team and spearhead them throughout future growth stages. He or she should be a self-motivated, results-oriented team player who leads by example, holds him or herself accountable for performance, takes absolute ownership, and champions the Company’s programs.
  • Indomitable Work and Teamwork Ethic:  The successful candidate will reject setbacks and will enthusiastically persevere until ambitious goals are achieved, both personally and from a team perspective. He or she will be resourceful and innovative at tackling multiple challenges.
  • Entrepreneurship, sense of urgency:  The successful candidate will react to situations quickly and decisively, possess self-confidence to be assertive when taking a position, not be afraid to make decisions.
  • Integrity and Presence:  The successful candidate will understand the importance of maintaining a high level of integrity.  As such, he or she must project the appropriate professional image of the Company.
Crinetics Pharmaceuticals Inc. ( is a rare endocrine disease and endocrine-related cancer therapeutics company. Crinetics’ benefits package includes health insurance, stock options, ESPP, a 401k, paid time off, and the company provides a dog-friendly work environment.