Director, IT

 Director, IT

Crinetics Pharmaceuticals is currently seeking a Director, IT to provide the day-to-day and strategic function of IT in a pharmaceutical business environment. The Director, IT will be responsible for the development and management of all computer infrastructure and voice and data communication systems.  This is a unique opportunity to work with a proven and well-funded drug discovery and development team in a small company environment in the heart of San Diego’s biotechnology community.


  • Identify and implement system management functions including system and hardware monitoring, reporting, analysis, auditing, data backup management, and preventative maintenance
  • Maintain networking devices: firewalls, routers, and switches
  • Discovery database management
  • Analyze and provide strategic direction for IT needs for drug development, finance, operations and safety
  • Strategize and assist in implementation and validation of databases development (e.g. clinical data management)
  • Work with management and peers to drive innovation and best practices, optimizing processes, systems and reporting.  Manage special projects to drive continuous improvement
  • Network Administration:  LAN, WAN & Wireless
  • Overall responsibility for network architecture, security, maintenance, and repair
  • Test, track and report on compliance with (SOX), customer data security requirements and other applicable government regulations
  • Develop and maintain a security roadmap which will be used to align security posture with the organization’s risk tolerance
  • Resolve complex PC and server hardware and software problems
  • Coordinate the timely investigation, evaluation and possible application of appropriate patches, updates and service packs for all relevant software and hardware systems
  • Proactively determine and maintain the required level of system and network security
  • Responsible for purchasing IT equipment overseeing department budget
  • Research and implement document management system (e.g. SharePoint or similar)
  • Research and implement integrated accounting/HR/payroll/benefits systems, (e.g. Peoplesoft or similar)
  • Maintain software licenses and version control within the organization
  • Helpdesk function to include:  install, configure software and/or hardware for users, manage helpdesk tickets, update email distribution lists, and set up new employee work stations
  • Troubleshoot: network connectivity issues, printer/scanner issues, Microsoft Office application issues and web/video conferencing
  • Identify, recruit and retain top-notch IT talent
  • Other tasks as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in computer science, business administration, systems engineering/IT disciplines or equivalent
  • Advanced degree (MBA, Masters in Systems Engineer or similar discipline) preferred
  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in IT within a biotech/pharmaceutical environment
  • Proven track record with pharmaceutical companies with strong understanding of preclinical, clinical, regulatory, drug safety, quality assurance, and FDA submissions
  • Ability to perform all IT functions independently
  • A track record of high quality, successful, large-scale, complex, on time and on budget delivery of major programs and projects
  • Solid background troubleshooting and administering Microsoft Windows
  • Experience managing Cloud-based/Hosted Applications a plus
  • Strong understanding of Office 365 portal for user/mailbox/creation and administration
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office Products (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint) and Adobe Acrobat
  • Understanding of CFR Part 11 compliance, GAMP5 and requirements of computerized systems in Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) environment
  • Excellent customer service and good communication both with the team and end users