Alliance Director

Jul 24, 2017
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Stanford University

Alliance Director

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Stanford Alliance Director, Stanford ChEM-H Stanford ChEM-H is a new interdisciplinary institute focused on connecting Chemistry, Engineering, and Medicine for Human Health. The institute is a joint venture of the Schools of Medicine, Engineering, and Humanities and Sciences. The proximity of world-class biologists, chemists, engineers, and clinicians at Stanford presents unique opportunity to study human biology at a molecular level, to translate this knowledge into groundbreaking products and services that promote human health.

Stanford ChEM-H is seeking an Alliance Director to manage an exciting new translational research initiative in partnership with Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd. Stanford and Takeda have formed the Alliance for Innovative Medicines, or Stanford AIM, which will help transform Stanford research into next-generation treatments for disease. The Alliance Director will be responsible for managing all aspects of program development, implementation, and evaluation. He/she will play a critical role in the identification of emerging research at Stanford with translational potential, management of the request for proposal and review process, and ongoing support for Stanford faculty projects selected for the program.

The Stanford Alliance Director will report to the Director of Stanford ChEM-H and will support the Review Committee and Board who govern the collaboration. The Stanford Alliance Director will also work closely with his/her industry counterpart, an Alliance Director employed by Takeda. Together, the Alliance Directors will serve as the primary points of contact for the Stanford faculty and company scientific project directors selected to participate in the program.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Advise and assist Stanford faculty, including those seeking to apply to the program and faculty whose projects are actively participating in the program. Actively identify and shepherd new projects emerging from faculty research to apply for the program with an eye toward building a robust and diverse product development portfolio within the program.
  • Support Stanford faculty selected as scientific project leads with assessment of project progress, identification of obstacles and development of solutions, evaluation of resource needs and recommendations for resource adjustments.
  • Organize and convene meetings of the Review Committee and the governing Board. Present recommendations for resource allocations and adjustments to the Board, and convey decisions to the faculty project directors.
  • Allocate available staffing and other resources to achieve objectives. Develop and direct related program policy.
  • Advise the ChEM-H Director on emerging opportunities and needs of the Alliance and on portfolio management issues.
  • Develop, maintain, and track progress toward the financial budget and other resource allocations related to program; shape financial strategy and long-range financial planning for the program.
  • Serve as the principal advocate of program projects with the collaborating pharmaceutical company. * - Other duties may also be assigned MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
    Education & Experience: Advanced degree in a relevant scientific field (such as chemistry, biology, biochemistry, or relevant areas of engineering), and at least 10 years of experience in pharmaceutical product development. Proven leadership potential. Experience in business development and/or alliance management in the bio pharmaceutical industry or a major research university is highly desirable. Experience managing CRO relationships is also desirable. Experience managing a budget and developing financial plans, managing external partnerships and funding sources.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Ability to develop program partnerships with Stanford faculty, key individuals in the collaborating pharmaceutical company, and external partners such as CROs and philanthropic donors.
  • Knowledge of the drug development process.
  • Advanced oral, written and analytical skills exhibiting fluency in relevant scientific fields and biopharmaceutical product development.
  • Excellent leadership skills, including an ability to influence without authority.
  • Ability to manage budgets and develop financial plans. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS*:
  • Frequently stand/walk, sitting, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Occasionally use a telephone, writing by hand, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 40 pounds.
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh >40 pounds.
  • Ability to use voice to present information/communicate with others.
  • On-campus mobility. * - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

  • May work extended hours, evenings or weekends.
  • May travel locally.
  • Occasional overnight travel. WORK STANDARDS:
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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    Job: Research

    Location: Dean of Research
    Schedule: Full-time
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    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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