Associate Director, Alliance Management

Kite Pharma
Santa Monica, CA, United States
Sep 14, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

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Job Description

We are growing a diverse team of professionals and an atmosphere of inclusion across departments. We need your unique talents, expertise and background to help millions of people around the world live healthier. Join a close community where every voice is heard - where you can see and measure the results of your contributions. Our values - integrity, inclusion, teamwork, accountability and excellence - are evident in everything we do.

The Alliance Management group is responsible for managing and optimizing the value of Kite's alliances for pharmaceuticals and devices at all stages of the product life cycle (research, development, and commercial). Alliances include joint ventures and in- and out-licensing of products and technologies. The position will be based in Santa Monica, California and will report to a Senior Director of Alliance Management.

Do you love complex and diverse projects? Join our team and directly impact patient lives!

Partnership Management Responsibilities

  • Oversee the governance of strategic partnerships in research, development and commercialization partnerships. This includes managing governance committees, identifying key issues and solution-driving.
  • Supervise implementation of and adherence to agreed-upon research, development and commercialization plans; take appropriate action to ensure execution.
  • Work directly with the partner company to set the direction and scope for implementation of partnership agreement: key activities, timing and responsibilities on either side.
  • Issue management - address hot topic issues that require immediate senior leadership attention while working diligently manage issues and to minimize crisis management situations
  • Perform regular alliance audits and health checks
  • Compliance/contract management - liaise with legal, finance, R&D and Commercial to ensure that key contract milestones, financial transactions, progress reports, etc. are handled appropriately and also to provide information/updates as needed. Regularly collect/develop and control quality of forecasts to support financial planning activities
  • Internal Alliance Representation
  • Conduct regular reviews/meetings with senior management and other functions to communicate key issues, landmarks, etc. and gather feedback
  • Lead and/or participate in contract renegotiations as appropriate
  • Participate in review of new partner contract negotiations as appropriate and provide input into partnership execution terms of the contract, in particular governance structures and processes
  • Build expertise about corporate partnerships and lead a portfolio of partner companies as well as government and academic institutions. Oversee differences across organizations regarding their leadership structure, strategies, financials, priorities, and decision making, etc.
  • Lead or support infrastructure projects which include project tracking, developing lessons learned and alliance summaries, as well as content for intracompany website and other communications
  • Participate in group meetings to review progress and issues and share standard methodologies


Required Skills and Experience Qualifications



  • 10+ years' experience with BS/BA, 8+ years with an advanced degree in the pharmaceutical, life sciences or related industry, preferably in commercial, business development, or project leader/project management role.
  • 5+ years' experience in Alliance Management, Business Development or related function


Preferred Qualifications




  • Advanced degree in Life Sciences, Business, Medicine or Law
  • Experience with cross-industry engagement and aligning diverse partners
  • Strong experience in drug development
  • Strong leadership and self-direction, high-capacity for learning quickly
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to lead, interact with, focus, negotiate, and resolve conflict
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, prioritize and resolve key project and partnership issues
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with and to present to senior leadership and executives
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and excellence in project management and effectively managing multiple projects/priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and coordinate demands from multiple customers, both internally and with partners. Must be able to handle ambiguity well.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate in a matrix team
  • Participation in development and life cycle management project teams
  • Strong presentation skills with an ability to efficiently and productively communicate both orally and in writing.
  • Preferred experience in immuno-oncology therapeutic areas and emerging areas of research.
  • Knowledge and experience in virology, oncology, inflammation, liver disease therapeutic areas
  • Experience in global markets (e.g., EU, Japan, and other)
  • Fluency or proficiency in at least one other language



Kite is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of innovative cancer immunotherapies with a goal of providing rapid, long-term durable response and eliminating the burden of chronic care. The company is focused on chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) and T cell receptor (TCR) engineered cell therapies designed to empower the immune system's ability to recognize and kill tumors. Kite is based in Santa Monica, CA. For more information on Kite, please visit Sign up to follow @KitePharma on Twitter at

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