Repare is seeking an Associate Director to join its Business Development and Global Alliance Management team in Cambridge, MA. The Associate Director will report to the Head, Business and Corporate Development and will be responsible for maximizing the success, value and efficiency of our platform and programs by providing leadership in developing and maintaining key partnerships. This position will participate in developing, evolving and coordinating Repare’s overarching strategy for managing partnerships, from business development stages through the partnership life cycle.
Repare Therapeutics (Nasdaq: RPTX) is a leading precision oncology company enabled by our proprietary synthetic lethality approach to the discovery and development of novel therapeutics. We utilize our genome-wide, CRISPR-enabled SNIPRx® platform to systematically discover and develop highly targeted cancer therapies focused on genomic instability, including DNA damage repair. Our pipeline includes our lead product candidate RP-3500, a potential leading ATR inhibitor, as well as CCNE1-SL inhibitor and Polθ inhibitor programs. We anticipate filing an investigational new drug, or IND, application in the second quarter of 2020 and initiating an open-label Phase 1/2 clinical trial of RP-3500 in the third quarter of 2020, enrolling patients based on the presence of alterations in ATM or additional SNIPRx®-identified sensitizing genetic alterations.
Repare is growing at a rapid pace with challenging and exciting opportunities for experienced professionals. We look for scientific and business professionals who are highly motivated, collaborative and, above all, share our passionate interest in fighting cancer and improving patients’ lives.
Alliance Management is an integral component of Repare’s Business Development (BD) and Research & Development (R&D) operations. Alliance Management is the key point of contact with external partners to ensure the success of our collaborations by managing the relationships and contractual aspects of each collaboration and plays a central role with R&D, BD, and alliance teams at Repare.
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The Associate Director, Global Alliance Management is responsible for managing and optimizing the value of Repare’s alliances at all stages of the product life cycle, from discovery platform to clinical and commercial. Alliances range from industry partnerships to academic collaborations, clinical and diagnostics partnering. The position is based in Cambridge, MA.
The Associate Director, Global Alliance Management will be responsible for engaging internal and partner leaders at all levels to maximally leverage collaborations for both the company and its partners. The goal is to enable alliances to deliver results consistent with strategic goals and to enhance Repare’s relationships to secure the company’s reputation as a “Partner of Choice”.
The Associate Director Alliance Management is a cross-functional leader who has either materially contributed to or directly managed life sciences partnerships (specifically license transactions, collaborations, alliances, and/or joint ventures) and has experience with the drug development process, clinical development, diagnostics, and big pharma and/or biotech experience. He/she will be responsible for ensuring that all terms of partnership agreements are adhered to by both parties and that Repare is ultimately perceived as a “Partner of Choice” while upholding the best interests of Repare. The role also requires anticipating and addressing contract and business issues with our alliance partners. The Associate Director, Global Alliance Management is an individual who can create value through the effective leadership and management of strategic partnerships by working closely with a diverse set of internal and external stakeholders across geographies and functions, coordinating cross-functional activities with internal workgroups across R&D, Business Development, Project Management, Legal and Finance functions.
- Plans and manages the operational aspects of the alliance, including joint governance committee, ensuring alliance effectiveness, appropriate communications, coordination of activities, managing escalation, solving business problems, and negotiating with the partner on ongoing agreements.
- Provides a single point-of-contact for partners for coordinating business/contractual issue resolution or other business-related matters with partners.
- Develops strong working relationships with key involved parties for each project, internally and externally, including business development/alliance management, R&D, finance and legal teams.
- Works with project team leaders and project management preparing for collaboration launch; initial joint project team meetings.
- Educates team members on contract terms, obligations, milestones and roles and responsibilities.
- Attends joint team meetings and/or on-site collaborator visits to stay abreast of joint team progress and tracking to contractual obligations.
- Proactively monitors all aspects of alliance execution, identifying potential issues and taking the lead to resolve them; gaining internal alignment and taking accountability for resolution with partner.
- Proactively tracks, monitors, and communicates contract milestones, obligations, and any financial payments to project team leaders and management. Works with project team leaders to ensure that both Repare and its alliance partners, are on track to meet contractual obligations and milestones.
- Monitors and manages execution of contract renewals and amendments.
- Understands Repare strategies, objectives, and goals related to collaborations and associated capabilities.
- Stays abreast of internal and external developments, trends, benchmarks, and dynamics. Regularly evaluates current and future opportunities within current alliances/collaborators. Identifies new, enhanced or revised capabilities as appropriate to maximize partnership value.
- Assists in the development of internal tools, systems, processes, and best practices for the smooth operation of the alliance management function.
- Enters all key contract information into departmental systems and databases for proactive and efficient tracking of Repare and collaborator obligations.
- Provides supplemental support for BD operations as warranted, including direct involvement across the continuum of BD activities.
- PhD, MD or equivalent advanced degree preferred (MBAs with strong scientific background will be considered).
- At least 5 years of Biotech/Pharmaceutical industry or Biopharma-specific Management Consulting experience at a top-tier firm, and a minimum of 1 year in an alliance management or similar multi-stakeholder project management role, ideally in a Big Pharma or Biotech environment.
- Broad understanding of global pharmaceutical and biotech industries, with a solid understanding of drug discovery and development processes, BD, and regulatory, and familiarity with commercial, manufacturing and legal aspects.
- Organized and proactive problem solver: demonstrated leadership, influence skills, creativity, and ability to manage complexity in identifying and addressing issues, finding and driving to solutions.
- Cross-functional experience is essential as this position requires a high degree of interaction with teams and senior leadership spanning BD, R&D, finance and legal.
- Highly collaborative and proactive, with strong interpersonal skills, with a track record of building and maintaining cross-functional working relationships, and able to communicate effectively with team and senior management.
- Demonstrated ability to adapt and flex in a fast-paced environment and operate independently on both strategic and tactical levels with little to no day-to-day direct supervision of work.
- High EQ, with poise and tact in conflict situations and ability to keep an objective perspective and exercise proactive diplomacy in all interactions.
- Ability to work on multiple alliances, initiatives, and projects at any given time.
- Strong verbal and written communication and computer skills: e.g., proficiency in MS PowerPoint, Excel, Word.
- Working familiarity with data management and collaboration tools (e.g., videoconferencing (e.g. Zoom, WebEx, virtual data rooms, Sharepoint).
- Ability to travel and work some off business hours.
Location/Region: Cambridge, MA