Assoc. Director, External Innovation & Alliance Mgmt. at PTC Therapeutics, Inc.

Posted in Information Technology 27 days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: SOUTH PLAINFIELD, New Jersey





Job Description:

Job Description Summary:

Job Description:

Reporting to VP of External Innovation and Alliance Management (ERAM), the Associate Director - ERAM provides leadership, technical expertise, and operational support to external research collaborations as a key driver to PTC’s pipeline, research capabilities and attainment of the Company’s corporate goals.

The Associate Director – ERAM;


  • Contributes to managing productive external research relationships

  • Works cross-functionally with internal departments and external partners on research projects and partnerships to ensure collaborative spirit, alignment on goals, appropriate resource allocation, timely delivery of project outcomes;

  • Builds expertise and knowledge about alliance partners and becomes the in-house expert on partner organizations;

  • Ensures collaborations and partnerships have appropriate governance processes and structures and operate in accordance with those processes and structures;

  • Maintains regular, relevant, organized, clear and timely communication between all internal and external stakeholders;

  • Monitors the field of biomedical research, drug discovery and development to identify value drivers, value creation opportunities, and key risks associated with PTC’s corporate goals and growth strategy

  • Ensures adherence to relevant regulatory requirements and company Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as appropriate.

Primary duties/responsibilities:

  • Functions as the primary point of contact for alliance teams on the status of all program-related issues, both ongoing and potential, as appropriate.  She/he may also be responsible for functioning as the project team’s interface with senior and executive management.
  • As the primary lead or in partnership with the project leader, leads and facilitates collaboration team meetings comprised of internal and external representatives. This includes but may not be limited to discovery research (including, but not limited to: biology, medicinal chemistry, pre-clinical pharmacology and toxicology) while later stage projects may involve participation from the commercial organization (including, but not limited to., clinical development, regulatory, medical affairs, commercial, and patient advocacy).
  • Ensures timely and complete capture of meeting minutes, including key actions, issues, mitigation plans, and decisions.
  • Ensures the ongoing alignment of project team goals and objectives by creating and maintaining high level timelines, entering updates to the plan and tracking activities to ensure alignment with target dates.
  • Maintains alignment on key strategic deliverables and timelines goals and strategic initiatives by maintaining access and influence with key leadership contacts
  • Engages with the alliance partner on the various day-to-day issues and opportunities arising from the collaborations.

  • Supports and cultivates productive relationships with key experts and thought leaders in therapeutic areas of focus for PTC

  • Identifies issues as they arise internally, or as a result of partner interactions, and works with team leadership and other necessary stakeholders to formulate a position/strategy and participate in/drive resolution.

  • Working with Legal and other relevant company departments, contributes to preparation of legal framework and infrastructure support for negotiations, drafting of collaboration agreements, sponsored research agreements and other types of agreements between PTC and prospective external partners, and transfer of material and information.
  • Performs other tasks and assignments as needed and specified by management.
  • May manage, coach and mentor direct reports.

* Minimum level of education and years of relevant work experience.

  • Master’s (PhD is preferred) in a scientific discipline and a minimum of 7 years of experience of increased responsibility in a pharmaceutical or biotechnology research and development (R&D) environment including a minimum of 2 years of experience in a project/alliance management role in a pharmaceutical, biotechnology, contract research organization (CRO) or related environment OR equivalent experience and/or education.

* Special knowledge or skills needed and/or licenses or certificates required.

  • In-depth understanding of the drug discovery and developmental process.
  • Experience supporting or managing multi-partner alliances.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide project management leadership and support for development programs delivered on time and within budget.
  • Ability to influence without direct authority.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office including MS Project.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and skills including presentation skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively, as required, in a fast-paced, matrixed, team environment consisting of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to combine attention to detail with big picture perspective
  • A multidimensional thinker possessing both analytical and synthetic thinking skills along with excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines.
  • Excellent planning, organization and time management skills including the ability to support and prioritize multiple projects.

*Special knowledge or skills and/or licenses or certificates preferred.

  • Hands-on experience leading non-clinical program teams.

* Travel requirements

20 – 40 %

EEO Statement:

PTC Therapeutics is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from all individuals, regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, age, physical characteristics, social origin, disability, religion, family status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, veteran status or any unlawful criterion under applicable law. We are committed to treating all applicants fairly and avoiding discrimination.

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