About Iktos

Iktos is a Paris-based, artificial intelligence start-up whose mission is to help biotech and pharma companies discover new drug candidates: both via improving and accelerating drug design and synthetic planning in the early phases of pharmaceutical drug discovery. We develop leading edge AI technology which we provide either as software platforms to be used by chemists, or through collaborative research projects with pharma or biotech companies where we support part of or entire drug discovery programs. We have worked with more than 50 pharma and biotech companies since the company was created in 2017. Our de novo design AI technology leverages recent advances in machine and deep learning to generate novel molecules which satisfy targeted drug’s criteria. Data-driven retrosynthetic analysis is another key area of research for Iktos, and our technology enables organic chemists to identify promising synthetic routes in a few seconds. We have intensive R&D and collaborative research activity and we work in multi-disciplinary teams consisting of AI and data scientists (applied maths and computer science background), computational chemists, medicinal chemists and IT engineers. Our team has now grown up to 55 employees. Our business development team is also present in the US, the UK and Asia where we already have customers and partnerships with pharma and biotech companies. To support Iktos’ fast-growing business and help structure the scaling company, we are recruiting an Operational Excellence Manager. If you wish to join a young team, experience the start-up mindset, while working on exciting projects, reach out to us!


As Operational Excellence Manager, you will have the opportunity to structure Iktos’ scale-up. You will pursue the objective of improving processes and operating procedures at Iktos for optimal efficiency. As the Operational Excellence Manager reporting to the Director of Strategic Planning, you will:

  • Be responsible for operational processes and the supervision of company operations and projects, in direct relationship with the Executive Committee
  • Assess gaps and provide solutions to improve internal processes (hiring process, onboarding, reporting, meetings efficiency, project management, sales process, customer support, etc.)
  • Lead the implementation of a company knowledge management, document management and quality system
  • Help define and put in place good project management and reporting practices for Iktos portfolio of projects
  • Manage a large diversity of structuring projects for Iktos (security, quality, compliance, certification, risk management, general good practices, etc.)

Your job will be located in Paris (17th) with flexible work from home modalities available.


We are looking for an experienced management consultant with experience in similar role in pharma/health company and with initial scientific academic training, knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry and drug discovery, and/or interest in artificial intelligence technologies, to become our Operational Excellence Manager. Our ideal candidate should have the following skillset:

  • Academic background with at least an Engineering Diploma or MSc either in Chemistry or Biology, or in Computer science, applied mathematics or related fields
  • 5-10 years of professional experience in project management implementation and structuration/organizational projects (both experience from industry and Management/strategy consulting)
  • Rigorous and organized
  • Keen to work with people and like to motivate teams
  • Keen to work on large projects with many stakeholders in a cross-functional role
  • Curious with problem-solving mindset with fit-for-purpose solutions
  • Good writing skills and office tools proficiency
  • Good oral communication skills, at ease with meeting facilitation in Visio or presential
  • Perfectly at ease with English and French languages


    Please send your resume and availability for a first phone discussion by email.