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New partnerships manager (m/f/d)

Country:  Europe
City:  Europe
Department:  Corporate Functions
Job ID:  43500


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:

Strategic Responsibilities

  • Support Partner Business' Area Managers in the execution of projects of geographical expansion and change of partners in existing businesses within Grünenthal and other strategic joint ventures
  • Oversee the initial stages of the pre-launching activities for new brands/territories, by coordinating the internal functions to support the partners in the preparation and execution of the launch
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including cross-functional teams

Operational Responsibilities

  • Coordinate market research and analysis projects with external consultants and internal stakeholders for new expansion projects
  • Screen for potential business partners, analyse and conduct thorough company profiling and propose a list of companies to approach
  • Prepare all necessary documentation for Area Managers to interact with selected companies (i.e., product slide decks, CDAs)
  • Develop business cases to assess the feasibility and potential value of each out-licensing project, aggregate and compare offers (e.g., NBOs) received
  • Work closely with internal stakeholders and cross-functional teams to develop and execute out-licensing projects, and ensure all activities are delivered according to the timelines agreed upon
  • Identify opportunities for process improvement and efficiency enhancement in the projects of responsibility
  • Coordinate, facilitate, and monitor activities and progress of Grünenthal's pre-launching responsibilities in Partner Business markets (e.g., Registrations, Market Access, Medical and Marketing Trainings to partners), identify and mitigate risks, and proactively address any issues impacting the launch and/or timelines

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

  • A Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Pharmaceutical Sciences, or a related field
  • At least 5 years of proven experience in project management within the pharmaceutical industry
  • Previous experience with managing out-licensing projects in the pharmaceutical industry
  • A PMP certification or equivalent is a plus
  • Experience in launching products in the pharmaceutical industry is desirable
  • Excellent project management skills, with the ability to lead and coordinate cross-functional teams to achieve project objectives
  • Ability to communicate with internal & external stakeholders on different hierarchical levels
  • Strong problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects at the same time
  • Fluency in Business English, German is a plus
  • Excellent organizational and time management abilities, with a special attention to details
  • Good presentation and communication skills 
  • In-depth knowledge of MS Excel and PowerPoint




"As New Partnerships Manager you will be a key driver of the geographical expansion of our portfolio and the optimization of our partner network. You will be part of an energizing team eager to broaden the access of patients around the world to our high quality products."


- João Simões, the Hiring Manager


About Grünenthal

Grünenthal is a global leader in pain management and related diseases. As a science-based, fully-integrated 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 focusing 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 approx. 100 countries. In 2022, Grünenthal employed around 4,400 people and achieved revenues of € 1.7 bn.

Your HR contact:
Hannah Klötzer

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