Director, Alliance Management

Working from Home
Jan 08, 2022
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time

Sage Therapeutics is seeking a Director, Alliance Management for an important role supporting our Alliance management function. Reporting to the Sr. Director, Alliance Management this position will have a particular focus on our Biogen collaborated clinical-stage programs.  We are searching for a creative, resourceful, integrative thinker Requires an agile, creative, resourceful, integrative thinking to build consensus between Sage’s cross-functional teams and our collaborators.

Roles and Responsibilities (Essential Functions)

  • Responsible for overall management of a highly complex Alliance with external collaborator and cross-functionally within Sage, in partnership with the Sr. Director, Alliance Management, Program Team Lead(s), and Program Manager(s),

  • Interact with internal functional team members to ensure cross-functional needs / processes of assigned collaborations are well supported and any identified gaps are filled

  • Support annual strategic planning and ongoing collaboration budgets in partnership with Joint Committees (JXCs)while proactively identifying key risks and mitigations

  • Build strong working relationships with Alliance Management counterparts at assigned collaborator organizations and facilitate overarching positive relationship

  • Facilitate Alliance governance including: schedule, manage and coordinate Alliance meetings including but not limited to, Joint Steering Committee (JSC), Joint Development Committee (JDC), Joint Commercialization Committee (JCC) and applicable sub-teams. Includes the preparation, review and finalization of meeting agendas, materials and minutes

  • Manage collaborator-specific information requests and issues raised, by resolving or escalating appropriately

  • Build Alliance management capabilities at Sage, clarify roles and responsibilities among various stakeholders, establish best practices, and conduct external benchmarking efforts

  • Proactively track, monitor, and communicate both internally and externally the contractual obligations and deliverables of both parties, to ensure responsibilities are met in accordance with the terms of collaboration and that the spirit of the collaboration is being met

  • Coordinate, track, and organize Alliance-related documents, processes, and enable distribution as appropriate to internal team members and Alliance collaborators

  • Proactively obtain stakeholder feedback on the effectiveness of the collaboration. Support collaboration health survey deployments, analysis, and presentation of results. Help to identify, facilitate, and drive changes where necessary and appropriate to maintain an effective collaboration

  • Coach internal functional team members assigned to specific alliances on how to effectively execute collaborations despite key cultural, philosophical, internal processes, and organizational operating models differences and ensure plans to overcome these are in place

Experience, Education and Specialized Knowledge and Skills

Must thrive working in a fast-paced, innovative environment while remaining flexible, proactive, resourceful and efficient. Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to develop important relationships with key stakeholders, ability to identify issues and raise to key stakeholders in order to develop relevant and realistic plans, programs and recommendations. An ideal candidate would lead through influence, manage relationships by facilitating dialog and by clearly communicating Sage’s positions with respect to the collaboration.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred, preferably in life sciences, business development, or another related field

  • Highly motivated, results-oriented individual

  • 8+ years of Alliance management experience in the pharmaceutical or biotech industry required

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge and interpretation of contractual language. Experience working on and understanding contractual agreements that govern Alliances and/or formal documents

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage internal and external team members and organize teams

  • Ability to drive alignment, ensuring that our collaboration objectives are met

  • Familiarity with project planning tools including GANTT charts

  • Experience running a Joint Steering Committee and/or Joint Research Committee

  • Excel at communicating with senior pharmaceutical and biotech executives

  • Direct experience preferred in managing an R&D and Commercial Alliance or collaborative R&D/Commercial programs

  • Experience working with all levels of management and consulting with key business stakeholders. An ability to influence for greater outcomes.

  • Strong team player that has a customer service approach and is solution oriented.

  • Attention to detail and the ability to work individually, within a multi-disciplinary team, as well as with external collaborators and vendors.

  • Possesses strong project management, written and verbal communication skills.

  • Embrace our core values: Put People First, Do Big, Be Accountable, Grow through Learning and Change, and Work Fun.

  • Excitement about the vision and mission of Sage.

Employment Type:Employee

Number of Openings:1

Job ID:R001000

#Biotechnology #Careers #ThisIsSage

All Sage new hires will be required to provide documentation that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or, if not, that they are legally entitled to an accommodation due to a medical condition or a sincerely held religious belief.  Requests for accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and Sage will consider, among other things, whether the proposed accommodation would create an undue hardship.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other factors prohibited by law.

EEO is the Law

EEO is the Law - Poster Supplement

We value our relationships with professional recruitment firms. To protect the interests of all parties, and given the large volume of inquiries received from third-party placement agencies, we are not able to respond to all agency inquiries. We do not accept unsolicited resumes from any source other than directly from candidates for current or future positions. Submission of unsolicited resumes in advance of a signed agreement between our company and a placement agency does not create an implied obligation and, if an unsolicited candidate represented by a placement agency is hired, we are not obligated to pay a fee. Only approved recruitment firms will be allowed to provide services to Sage Therapeutics, Inc.