Manager Business Development

San Diego, California
May 22, 2022
Biotech Beach
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Company Overview

 Avidity Biosciences is pioneering a new class of oligonucleotide-based therapies called AOCs designed to overcome the current limitations of oligonucleotide therapies in order to treat a wide range of serious diseases. We utilize our proprietary AOC platform to design, engineer and develop therapeutics that combine the tissue selectivity of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) and the precision of oligonucleotide-based therapies in order to access previously undruggable tissue and cell types and more effectively target underlying genetic drivers of diseases. We are passionate about the impact of every employee in bringing these potentially transformative therapeutics to patients in need. Make a difference with us.

Job Summary

The Manager, Business Development will report directly to the Director of Business Development. In this role, the candidate will support strategic Business Development initiatives and partnering efforts. The candidate will lead search and evaluation, due diligence, and competitive intelligence projects. The candidate will also be responsible for coordinating, tracking, and documenting new and ongoing business development activities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Support strategic Business Development initiatives and partnering efforts
  • Leverage scientific and business knowledge to assess external business development and partnering opportunities
  • Proactively analyze competitive landscape
  • Support due diligence efforts
  • Expected to lead small to mid-sized projects
  • Coordinate and document Business Development activities and partner interactions
  • Manage and maintain business development SharePoint and databases
  • Assist with the creation of pitch decks, term sheets and other Business Development materials
  • Partner with scientific teams to understand and support their business needs
  • Coordinate input and feedback from cross-functional teams
  • Perform other duties as required


To perform this role successfully, an incumbent must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The preferred requirements listed below are representative of the skills, knowledge, and/or abilities required.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Preferred Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in life sciences required
  • Additional certification or degree in business, project management or related discipline desired
  • 5+ years scientific experience in biotech/pharma
  • 2+ years experience in business development, alliance management or project management
  • Experience leading projects
  • Skilled in trouble shooting and creative problem-solving
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Robust research and analytical skills
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite and data analytics platforms
  • Ability to manage several projects at a time and shift priorities as needed
  • Attention to detail and quality of work
  • Independent, proactive and solution driven
  • Collaborative team player, relationship focused
  • Exemplifies growth mindset

Avidity is committed to complying with federal, state and local law on employee vaccinations.  Job candidates should be aware that full vaccination against COVID-19: is required subject to legally required exceptions.  Avidity is an equal opportunity employer and encourages potential or current employees to request a reasonable accommodation under federal, state and local regulations, should one be needed.