CRISPR Therapeutics Senior Manager/Associate Director, Alliance Management & Business Development in Cambridge, Massachusetts
CRISPR Therapeutics is a leading gene editing company focused on developing transformative gene-based medicines for serious diseases using its proprietary CRISPR/Cas9 platform. CRISPR/Cas9 is a revolutionary gene editing technology that allows for precise, directed changes to genomic DNA. CRISPR Therapeutics has established a portfolio of therapeutic programs across a broad range of disease areas including hemoglobinopathies, oncology, regenerative medicine, and rare diseases. To accelerate and expand its efforts, CRISPR Therapeutics has established strategic collaborations with leading companies including Bayer, Vertex Pharmaceuticals and ViaCyte, Inc. CRISPR Therapeutics AG is headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, with its wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary, CRISPR Therapeutics, Inc., and R&D operations based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and business offices in San Francisco, California and London, United Kingdom.
We are seeking an Associate Director / Senior Manager of Alliance Management and Business Development to manage our existing strategic collaborations and establish new partnerships. The individual will serve as the lead alliance manager for CRISPR’s current collaborations, working closely with the project teams to maintain the partnerships and ensure optimal performance and ultimate success. In addition, the individual will conduct search and evaluation for new business development opportunities, propose new collaborations to senior management, and negotiate partnership agreements. This person will join a strong team in our brand new offices in Boston, MA, which open in early 2022.
This is an exciting and interdisciplinary role for a highly qualified and motivated individual. The successful candidate will combine a deep scientific background with the interpersonal and organizational skills required to build and maintain strong relationships with collaborators. This individual will demonstrate both attention to detail and the ability to think strategically. The ideal candidate will have prior experience in business development, alliance management, or top-tier consulting in the field of cell and gene therapy. Crucially, this individual needs to relish tackling new challenges and have a sense of urgency for developing important new medicines for devastating diseases and forging uncharted paths for CRISPR gene editing technology.
Build strong relationships internally and externally with all key stakeholders in our collaborations and help connect CRISPR stakeholders with partners through relationship mapping
Help build a partner-focused, collaborative culture for the teams and functional managers involved in collaborations
Partner with committee members involved in collaborations to help embed partnering best practices within our collaboration teams and to resolve issues
Proactively monitor all aspects of our partnerships to identify potential issues and possible solutions, gain internal alignment around solutions, and take accountability for closure
Manage collaborations consistent with the contract and governance structure and in a manner that will maximize value, including by organizing and facilitating all governance meetings (e.g., joint steering committees)
Understand project and partnership details to manage day-to-day issues arising from the collaboration
Manage dispute resolution, engaging internal and external decision makers appropriately
Support the smooth transition from the deal signing to launch, including forward integration during negotiations
Prioritize areas for potential new partnerships based on consideration of strategic priorities
Search for, evaluate, and triage external licensing and collaboration opportunities
Participate in and lead negotiations for business transactions
Make business development proposals to senior management
Work effectively with scientific, legal, finance, and program management teams
5 years of experience in the life sciences industry, with 2 years of experience in business development, alliance management, top-tier consulting, or R&D leadership positions
Outstanding organizational, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills
Extreme precision and attention to detail combined with the ability to think strategically
The ability to work independently and successfully in a matrix environment, prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously, integrate cross-functional issues and balance competing priorities effectively, and thrive in chaos
High energy and a passion for developing important new medicines for patients with devastating diseases
6+ years of experience in the life sciences industry, with 3+ years of experience in business development, alliance management, top-tier consulting, or R&D leadership positions
Advanced degree (e.g., MS, PhD, MBA)
Experience in gene editing, cell therapy, and/or gene therapy program s
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