VP/ Head of IT

South San Francisco, CA
Jul 30, 2021
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

LOCATION: South San Francisco



Day One was founded to address a critical unmet need: children with cancer are being left behind in a cancer drug development revolution. Our name was inspired by the “The Day One Talk” that physicians have with patients and their families about an initial cancer diagnosis and treatment plan. We aim to re-envision cancer drug development and redefine what’s possible for all people living with cancer—regardless of age—starting from Day One.


Day One is seeking an outstanding candidate to build and lead our Information Technology department. This will include the overall planning, organizing, and execution of all IT functions and objectives for the company. The VP IT will define and execute on strategic IT activities in support and in alignment with the business and IT strategies. The VP IT will be charged with creating an IT environment that fosters high-performance and operational efficiency.



• Provide leadership and strategic direction for the enterprise-wide IT department aligned with overall company objectives and strategies.

• Work directly with leaders across the organization to assess the current and future needs of the entire organization, and translate this understanding into practical systems recommendations, acting as a visionary to facilitate strategic solutions and help drive innovation.

• Delivery & Optimization of Technology Portfolio: Review the existing and planned technology portfolio and modify as appropriate to ensure the company's portfolio is a highly integrated environment.

• Work closely with outsourcing partners to develop and deliver support in accordance with Service Level Agreements based on business requirements.

• Collaborate and negotiate with external partners to support system operations / development / integration, ensuring reliability, competence, flexibility, and cost effectiveness.

• Continue to invest in IT security with a focus on protecting our assets/people, preventing cybersecurity attacks, and managing our data securely.

• Identify and deploy innovative solutions for a dispersed work force.

• Continue IT cost containment efforts throughout outsourced services, cloud applications and new technologies.

• Build and implement the IT roadmap and strategic vision and objectives.

• Build and implement disaster recovery and business continuity plans.

• Lead and facilitate IT related continuous improvement initiatives and activities.


• Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in a scientific, business, or technology discipline with at least 10 years of relevant information technology experience and 10 years leading IT professionals and/or IT teams.


• 10+ years in the Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology industry (an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered).

• Experience with virtual network, cloud computing, and cybersecurity.

• Experience with 21 CFR Part 11 and FDA guidelines on principles of software validation.

• Experience supporting FDA and other Health Authority inspections.

• Experience in leading high performing IT teams.

• Experience leading an IT function including both operational and strategic levels.

• Excellent people leader with strong coaching and mentoring skills.

• Track record of strong personal performance combined with demonstrated ability to build and lead high performing teams in a fast growth environment. 


• Superior written, verbal communication, organizational and people skills

• Highly collaborative and a strong team player

• Demonstrated problem solver with advanced critical and strategic thinking skills, with strong attention to detail.

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills

• Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a dynamic, complex and fast-paced team environment.


The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.