Executive Director – R&D Venture Investments

New York City, New York
Jul 30, 2021
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

This Executive Director Pfizer Ventures role is in the Partnering Innovation group within External Science and Innovation within WRDM.   As a member of Pfizer Ventures, this person will source, diligence, negotiate, and manage investments in early stage private biotechnology companies aligned with Pfizer’s scientific and business strategies, with the goal of providing strategic and financial benefit to Pfizer.   Developing, executing and managing new investments is the key component of this role as is the pursuit of strategic transactions between our portfolio companies and Pfizer Inc.  To be successful the candidate will need to leverage both internal and external networks of diverse groups, with the goal of creating/supporting strong companies to partner with Pfizer and provide financial return.



  • Participate as an equal member of the Pfizer Venture team that is composed of colleagues in ESI/WRDM and WWBD/CBO
  • Identify investment opportunities in private companies with breakthrough science/technology and strong leadership teams relevant to Pfizer’s businesses
  • Execute transactions through diligence, financial analysis, negotiation, and legal documentation review in conjunction with internal and external attorneys
  • Manage deal governance processes ensuring compliance with corporate and Pfizer Ventures procedures
  • Manage and track investments over time, providing data for financial reporting and presentations
  • Manage investments through board participation, management recruitment and drive to successful financial exits (IPO/M&A)
  • Build diverse collaborative relationships across Pfizer to generate alignment around investments and facilitate collaboration between portfolio companies and Pfizer
  • Cultivate diverse relationships external to Pfizer within the Biotech ecosystem
  • Knowledgably represent Pfizer in discussions with external audiences and
  • routinely present and represent Pfizer Ventures at external meeting/conferences and forums



Candidate demonstrates a breadth of diverse leadership experiences and capabilities including: the ability to influence and collaborate with peers, develop and coach others, oversee and guide the work of other colleagues to achieve meaningful outcomes and create business impact.


  • Advanced science degree required – PhD, MD, MD/PhD
  • Significant understanding of the biopharmaceutical model with at least fifteen years biopharmaceutical drug discovery and development work experience 
  • At least three years’ experience in venture capital investing and/or equity capital markets or external facing R&D role
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and communicate with scientific and business leaders inside and outside the organization
  • Demonstrated ability to operate within team of peers across corporate functions - thrives in a team environment
  • Ability to effectively communicate and influence C-Suite level leaders
  • Skilled in use of Microsoft based business software systems



  • Extensive experience in a scientific research field of interest to Pfizer R&D: AI, Immunology and Inflammation, Oncology, Internal Medicine, Rare Diseases, Vaccines, or enabling technologies such as Protein Engineering, Drug Safety, Pharmacokinetics, etc.
  • Strong communication skills demonstrated in both business/scientific and casual environments
  • Influencing skills to influence without line management
  • Experience in working closely with advising and presenting to senior leaders on collaborations, business development or strategy
  • Strong negotiation capabilities: ability to persuade/ influence and effectively gain agreement/consensus

Additional Information

  • Eligible for Relocation
  • Employee Referral Eligible
  • #LI-PFE

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