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Associate Director Corporate M&A and Licensing (m/f/d)

Country:  Germany
City:  Aachen
Department:  Corporate Functions
Job ID:  43091


Our Corporate Functions teams make sure everything at Grünenthal runs smoothly by bringing together people with a wide range of skills – from experts in finance, IT, HR, law and compliance through to business strategists and creative media minds. If you’re a great collaborator and a strong communicator, you’ll feel right at home here. Join our team and join forces with colleagues across our business to maximise our company’s positive impact on patients and their families.


What the job looks like
Each day you'll enjoy a variety of challenges, such as:

  • Supporting the negotiation leader in licensing, out-partnering and M&A deals as team member, e.g. via steering/coordinating dedicated work streams
  • Leading and steering negotiations for smaller licensing, out-partnering and M&A deals
  • Project leadership for those deals, coordinating/challenging the business case development, steering the project core team during the entire process, including due diligence - and preparing, coordinating and steering contract negotiations, in close alignment with corporate legal or external legal support
  • Prepare memos and presentations or support the preparation of these documents for the executive board for decision making
  • Represent Grünenthal at meetings and conferences & foster relationships

The range of responsibilities will be worldwide, across regions and across different indications, ranging from late stage R&D projects to marketed products and brands.


What you'll bring to the table
To make the most of this role and truly thrive, you should have:

  • University degree in economy, medical or scientific studies required, MBA preferred
  • Relevant experience in Business Development, Licensing and M&A of at least 3-5 years including first-hand project leadership skills and proven track-record of concluded smaller deals
  • Experience in different deal structures and forms
  • Good negotiation skills
  • Proven strategic and analytical thinking ability as well as financial acumen with respect to execution of different types of business transactions
  • Good background and understanding of Life Sciences and sound experience in pharma R&D cooperations
  • Ability to work in a highly confidential and time-sensitive, high pressure project environment with direct interaction with Senior Management
  • Fluent English negotiation skills as must have, German and Spanish skills preferred
  • Strong team player, having fun to work in strong cross-functional teams, regionally and internationally
  • Willingness and ability to travel worldwide


What are some of the local benefits

  • Hybrid working model
  • Bilingual daycare centre “Karlinis“ and holiday activities for employees’ children
  • 30 holidays, plus 6-8 bridging days and possibility to convert salary into up to 5 additional holidays
  • (E-) Bike leasing and e-charging stations


"In this position you will be closely involved in the implementation of Grünenthal's Business Development strategy and will be able to steer projects in both, M&A and Licensing."

Ziemons Susanne, the Hiring Manager


About Grünenthal

Grünenthal is a global leader in pain management and related diseases. As a science-based, privately-owned pharmaceutical company, we have a long track record of bringing innovative treatments and state-of-the-art technologies to patients worldwide. Our purpose is to change lives for the better – and innovation is our passion. We are focussing all of our activities and efforts on working towards our vision of a world free of pain.

Grünenthal is headquartered in Aachen, Germany, and has affiliates in 28 countries across Europe, Latin America and the US. Our products are available in more than 100 countries. In 2021, Grünenthal employed around 4,500 people and achieved sales of € 1.5 bn.

Your HR contact:
Marlen Brandl

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