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External Innovation & Transactions Lead (m/f/d)

Country:  Europe
City:  Europe
Department:  Research & Development
Job ID:  42103


If you’re passionate about changing lives for the better, this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. In Research & Development, we’re continuously exploring innovative new treatment options to make a stronger, more positive impact on the lives of the patients we serve. You’ll work with talented colleagues in a state-of-the-art Research & Development environment, developing innovative medicines that change the live of patients for the better and help us make progress towards our vision of a world free of pain. Join us today, and discover the difference you can make.


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

  • Identifying highly innovative asset/platform opportunities, devising and proposing collaboration models in consultation with the Head of External Innovation and employing transaction structures and terms that are commercially and scientifically appropriate
  • Leadership and management of cross-functional due diligence teams in addition to managing internal senior stakeholders
  • Negotiation and closing of transactions by following appropriate review and approval processes
  • Developing deep understanding of scientific innovation and the innovation landscape in pain and developing a network and method to systematically identify innovative opportunities 
  • Building and maintaining close relationships with appropriate external sources of innovation including entrepreneurs, academics, key opinion leaders, biotech companies and venture capitalists
  • Contributing to opportunity landscaping and competitive intelligence activities and maintenance of internal deal and competitive intelligence databases 
  • Regular attendance at industry events such as conferences

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

  • MD or PhD in Life Sciences
  • 5+ years relevant work experience in Business Development within pharma/biotech and experience from an investment bank or life sciences venture capital fund or a top tier management consultancy firm 
  • Deep understanding of pharma R&D including regulatory and commercial aspects and deep understanding of the latest market dynamics
  • Evidence of negotiating and closing transactions
  • Proven strategic thinking capabilities and living entrepreneurship (e.g. thinks and acts strategically, spots trends, plans long-term and creates opportunities for growth)
  • International/intercultural working experience and broad international network in pharmaceutical industry / academia
  • Collaborative and integrating working attitude with ability of skillful moderation of scientific expert groups
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, ability to manage cross-functional teams
  • Fluent in English, working knowledge of German beneficial but not essential
  • Willingness to travel within EU and US


"In this director role you hold an externally-focused, deal-making role aimed at sourcing, driving and transacting potentially transformational innovation in pain into Grünenthal's R&D pipeline."

Sundaresan Pavithra, 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: 
Angelika Will

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