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Director, External Innovation Business Development

Company: Horizon Therapeutics
Location: Deerfield
Posted on: September 15, 2022

Job Description:

Working at Horizon is more than a job - it's personal. For us, success is measured by the numbers that matter most - the number of lives we touch, the number we change and those we work tirelessly to help save. We're a team of agile, out-of-the-box thinkers who are inspired to do more because we know we're a part of something bigger. We strive to build meaningful careers at a company whose values we share because when we live up to our potential, we help others live up to theirs. The Director, External Innovation serves as a member of a dynamic Research & Development team, working in close collaboration with Horizon's Business Development team, focused on evaluation of innovative products and companies that have potential to complement Horizon's existing pipeline of clinical and preclinical drug candidates.Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to actively searching for and then evaluating potential Business Development opportunities, with deal structures that may span from M&A, in-licensing of clinical or preclinical stage assets, to research collaborations, platforms and academic SRAs that are consistent with the advancement of Horizon's pipeline.
  • Review potential opportunities for scientific merit/feasibility and integrate commercial considerations based on input from Commercial colleagues. As discussions advance, coordinate with R&D colleagues to draft research and/or clinical development plans, from study design to resource requirements and expense forecasting.
  • Prepare and present status, risks and mitigation strategies via oral and written presentations for ongoing evaluations to key internal stakeholders on a timely basis, including preparation of opportunity assessments and summaries for executive-level audiences.
  • Facilitate and maintain opportunity identification and assessment processes to move projects forward in the most efficient and effective manner and provide recommendations for dismissing/deprioritizing ideas early and effectively.
  • Facilitate creation of institutional memory for opportunities by providing clear, concise assessments and recommendations for future reference.Qualifications and Skills Required:
    • MD and/or biomedical PhD are nice to have, but candidates with comparable technical knowledge/experience are also encouraged to apply. An MBA or technical experience with immunology would be a plus.
    • 5-10+ years biotech/pharma industry experience; could be in a business development or search/evaluation role, and/or in a drug development/discovery role - e.g., clinical development, regulatory affairs, clinical pharmacology program management, translational science, drug discovery, competitive intelligence, or related settings. Management consulting or Wall Street research experience considered as well.
    • Must have strong cross functional leadership skills and be able to assemble and lead an internal team of cross-functional R&D experts in support of asset evaluations. Business acumen with an understanding of how Business Development contributes to corporate strategy is important.
    • Must possess a solid foundation of understanding in drug discovery or development processes with deep familiarity in one or more aspects
    • Strong scientific acumen, able with little guidance to critically interpret results from pre-clinical (in vitro and in vivo) thru clinical studies, and to assess the scientific validity of mechanism of actions at play
    • Experience interfacing with Commercial colleagues, performing and presenting competitive assessments, drafting TPPs and/or R&D plans; experience with R&D expense forecasting is a plus.
    • Experience in disease areas of interest to Horizon are a plus (Rheumatology, Immunology, Nephrology, Dermatology). Must also be curious, willing and able to conduct assessments in other disease areas
    • Strategic thinker with the ability to translate analysis into strategy
    • Team player, able to work in close relationship with technical R&D experts, Business Development and Commercial colleagues
    • Eagerness to contribute to company growth by working relentlessly to identify valuable assets
    • Requires approximately 20% travel
    • Strong work ethic
    • Professional, proactive demeanor
    • Strong interpersonal skills
    • Keen ability to collaborate in a complex, fast-paced environment
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office, particularly expert with Powerpoint
    • Self-starter attitude
    • Able to juggle multiple projects, competing priorities
    • Experience in supervising others is not expected but helpful Horizon Core Values & Competencies: Growth
      • Manages Ambiguity
      • Strategic Mindset
      • Demonstrates Self-awareness
      • Cultivates Innovation
      • Develops Talent Accountability
        • Drives Results
        • Ensures Accountability
        • Decision Quality Transparency
          • Courage
          • Collaboration
          • Instills Trust Horizon requires all U.S. employees to be fully vaccinated, as a condition of employment, with either Pfizer (fully approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration), Moderna or Johnson & Johnson (currently granted emergency-use authorization by the FDA). "Fully vaccinated" is defined as two weeks after your final dose of the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Horizon will provide medical and religious accommodations as required by law. Horizon Therapeutics plc does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. It is our intention that all qualified applications are given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors. Any individual, who, because of a disability, needs accommodation or assistance in completing this application or at any time during the application process, should contact the Human Resources Department.

Keywords: Horizon Therapeutics, Arlington Heights , Director, External Innovation Business Development, Executive , Deerfield, Illinois

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