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Due Diligence and Integration Lead (Associate Director)

Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Start date
Jun 7, 2023

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 Due Diligence and Integration Lead (Associate Director)


Ipsen Pharma (SAS)

Job Description:

Due Diligence and Integration Lead (Associate Director)

Summary / purpose of the position

The Due Diligence and Integration Lead is responsible for driving the due diligence of external opportunities as part of Ipsen’s external innovation model, and once actioned, manage the integration of the assets/entities into the Ipsen organization. Being identified as a key corporate objective, the individual will play an important role in fulfilling the merger and acquisition driven growth of Ipsen pipeline. He/she will manage enterprise wide cross-functional collaborations with key stakeholders including Global Partnering, External Innovation, Therapeutic Area Units, R&D functions, Commercial, as well as Medical Affairs, Patient Safety, Technical Operation, Finance, Legal, IP, etc. resulting in an integrated assessment and robust diligence to inform the decision making on transaction followed by a seamless integration to the Ipsen portfolio.

Main responsibilities / job expectations

Due Diligence

  • Collaborate with key R&D stakeholders to ensure stage appropriate representation from relevant R&D functions (Non-Clinical, Clinical, Clinical Operations, Regulatory, Pharm Dev, Quality, Finance, etc.) to conduct early evaluation and full due diligence of external assets/companies
  • Manage access to the data rooms/internal repositories, and data request process to ensure thorough review of science, modality, MoA, clinical/regulatory/CMC feasibility
  • Structure regular meetings and coordinate ad hoc discussions with internal stakeholders, as well as external parties, as necessary
  • Drive generation of integrated global development plan for the asset/s including life-cycle management activities and requirements
  • Collaborate with finance to develop R&D cost structure models, provide probability of success to support generation of business case and valuation models
  • Drive the assessment in a stage gated manner to generate a consolidated R&D view of the assessment with recommendations, highlighting interdependencies, risks profiles and mitigation plans
  • Prepare and present material for various governance meetings to guide decision making process   
  • Track and manage archival of due diligence assignments supporting the M&A initiatives across all therapeutic areas

  • Collaborate with deal team during confirmatory diligence, support preparation of transaction in accordance to the deal rational, development plans, and financial models
  • Collaborate with Ipsen stakeholders and relevant functions (IT, Finance, HR, R&D, Commercial, Operations, etc.) to define the integration objectives, and formulate pre-integration / integration plans to meet these objectives and in accordance with the deal model expectations   
  • Work closely with Finance to ensure assets are accounted for in the appropriate manner
  • Manage virtual data rooms including clean rooms/teams; facilitate the data request process
  • Support identification of areas for transition support, facilitate development of Transition Services Agreements including cost/resource requirements, and oversee administration of the services
  • Partner with management and staff including that from the acquired businesses to execute integration plan, assimilate into Ipsen, and achieve targets during integration/transition phases
  • Assist in execution of business initiatives during integration/transition period to ensure achievement of financial goals and leading indicators
  • Serve as visible leader and representative from Ipsen to demonstrate culture, values of organization, and welcome new colleagues

Knowledge, abilities & experience

Education / Certifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Science, PhD and certification in Project Management is a plus
  • 8+years’ experience of pharmaceutical industry in cross functional roles, with hands on experience and understanding of the drug development process and project management
  • Experience in conducting due diligence and integration is highly desirable
  • Strong interpersonal, facilitation and excellent communication and organization skills
  • Ability to navigate within matrix environment and collaborative teamwork
  • Applies emerging knowledge and trends; builds strong relationships; contributes to expertise within and beyond assigned area


  • Strong understanding of pharmaceutical product development and LCM strategies
  • Working within a functional area such as clinical, preclinical, CMC or regulatory affairs would be considered beneficial
  • Managed projects such as Technology Transfer, New Product Introductions, Pharmaceutical Development from discovery through to commercial supply and experience of regulatory filings is a plus


  • Languages: Verbal and written proficiency in English mandatory

Key Technical Competencies Required

Technical Competencies:

  • Good understanding of the drug development aspects (preclinical, clinical, regulatory, CMC, quality) as well as the various development phases (pre-POC, clinical phases, filing, post-approval/LCM)
  • Strong analytical skills for integrating and interpreting interdisciplinary project information
  • Excellent project management skills (including knowledge and risk management) and ability to inform decision making

Soft skills:

  • Problem solving and decision-making skills. Demonstrated ability to drive initiatives, solve issues, anticipate problems and achieve objectives
  • Strong communication, networking and stakeholder management skills. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with R&D departments, corporate functions and external customers/contractors.
  • Show courage. Work constructively under pressure. Good clarity of judgment and effectiveness at implementation of solutions
  • High level of interpersonal skills and integrity
  • Strong conflict management and facilitation skills

IPSEN is an equal opportunity employer that strictly prohibits unlawful discrimination. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to an individual’s race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, mental/physical disability, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Ipsen (Euronext: IPN; ADR: IPSEY) is a global, biopharmaceutical group focused on innovation and specialty care. The group develops and commercializes innovative medicines in three key therapeutic areas - Oncology, Neuroscience and Rare Diseases. At Ipsen, we focus our resources, investments and energy on discovering, developing and commercializing new therapeutic options to provide hope for patients whose lives are challenged by difficult-to-treat diseases. Ipsen's North American operations and headquarters are located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where our fully integrated biopharmaceutical team across External Innovation and Partnering, Research & Development (R&D), Manufacturing and Commercial collaborate. Cambridge is home to Ipsen's third global hub, in addition to R&D centers in Paris-Saclay in France and Oxford in the United Kingdom. With additional offices in Basking Ridge, N.J. and Mississauga, Ontario, Ipsen employs approximately 600 people in North America. For more information on Ipsen in North America, please visit or


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