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Academic Alliances Manager – BioPharmaceuticals R&D Business Development & Licensing

Location Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States Cambridge, England, United Kingdom Gothenburg, Västra Götaland County, Sweden Job ID R-107169 Date posted 04/05/2021

Do you have scientific background combined with an interest in establishing collaboration agreements between AstraZeneca and academic partners? Would you like to apply your expertise in a company that is following the science and turn ideas into life changing medicines? Then you might be interested in joining us!

We are now recruiting  Academic Alliances Managers to join the BioPharmaceuticals R&D Business Development & Licensing function at AstraZeneca’s dynamic R&D sites in Gothenburg Sweden, Cambridge UK or Gaithersburg US. 

At AstraZeneca we’re dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit. There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration. Always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development.
We continuously establish partnerships that help pursue world-class medicines in new ways, combining our people’s exceptional skills with those of people from all over the globe. 

What you’ll do 
As an Academic Alliances Manager, BioPharmaceuticals R&D Business Development & Licensing, you will be a key member of a team which is responsible for establishing, negotiating and executing academic collaboration for the BioPharmaceuticals R&D (BPRD) functions. The BioPharmaceuticals R&D Business Development & Licensing team plays a key role in presenting business cases to internal and external stakeholders and ensuring that value is generated for the organization through transacting on deals to support the BPRD strategy. 

As a member of a multinational, multifunctional team, your primary role will be to support Biopharmaceuticals R&D in the execution of routine agreements to support collaborative interactions with academic partners. You will also play a supportive role in developing business cases, building term sheets and negotiating complex transactions, with assistance from other functions and the Academic Alliances Director as required.  As an Academic Alliances Manager, you will also be a key ambassador for AstraZeneca in its external interactions as well as helping senior members of the team and wider BPRD to identify future partners, maintain relationships with current and potential future partners and ensure that AstraZeneca is viewed as a partner of choice. Main responsibilities include: 

  • Work with key internal BioPharmaceuticals R&D stakeholders to identify the best research collaborations which are aligned with BioPharmaceuticals R&D business strategy.

  • Under the direction and with the support of the Academic Alliances Director, evaluate and advise internal stakeholders on the most appropriate type of agreement to cover specific collaborative and partnering opportunities 

  • Under the direction and with the support of the Academic Alliances  Director and cross-functional deal teams (IP, legal, finance, R&D) negotiate and execute various types of agreements with academic partners

  • Initiate, lead and manage re-negotiations and terminations as necessary for academic alliances, under the direction or with the support of the Academic Alliances  Director as needed

  • Manage relationships with potential partner in a timely and professional manner; ensuring that AZ remains competitive in the discussions

  • Maintain a strong and effective network with key academic institutions within the therapeutic area through engaging in regular interactions

Essential for the role

  • Degree in a relevant scientific discipline or alternatively significant relevant experience and knowledge of the scientific discipline from working in the life science sector

  • Pharmaceutical, biotech industry or technology transfer office experience

  • Basic understanding of key principles of contracts, deal structures; intellectual property, value drivers and valuation principles of relevance for licensing, collaboration and related transactions.

  • Strong analytical skills and ability to effectively understand and act on complex information during high time pressure

  • Project management experience

  • Good working knowledge of all relevant company and national regulations, ensuring industry standards are applied.

  • A Second degree in a relevant scientific or business discipline is an advantage

  • With this in mind we’re looking for people who are open and respectful, ambitious and driven and wants to thrive in an energising environment where challenging work goes hand in hand with development.

Why AstraZeneca?
At AstraZeneca you will be valued. Not only for your unique contribution, skills and background, but because we recognize people are our greatest asset. Here we are dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Thrive in an energising environment where challenging work goes hand in hand with development. With opportunities, recognition and bright minds, there’s no better place to unlock learning and build a long-term career. Most importantly, we do meaningful work that changes lives. It’s our purpose that drives us, every day. Interested? Come and join our journey. 

So, what’s next?
Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you.
We will go through the applications continuously so please apply as soon as possible but no later than May 31th, 2021. Welcome with your application! 

Location: Gothenburg SE, Cambridge UK, Gaithersburg US

Competitive salary and benefits

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AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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