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Manager, Alliance and Contract Management

Position Summary:  

Contributes to Corporate Development’s mission of identifying, securing, and managing partnerships with public and private sector funders, co-developers, and collaborating businesses. Responsible for creating effective, productive, value-generating, and sustainable business relationships; maintains and enhances Achaogen’s reputation as a desired business partner. Provides support to other departments, especially Legal, in connection with operational effectiveness of initiating and managing agreements with business partners.

Essential Functions:

  • Manages awareness and assists in fulfilment of contractual obligations to business partners, within Alliance Management and across all other impacted company functions
  • Coordinates interactions with and reporting to business partners by Achaogen teams
  • Drafts and negotiates (i) consulting agreements and relevant Exhibits/SOWs, (ii) service agreements and relevant Exhibits/SOWs, (iii) confidentiality disclosure agreements, and (iv) various other agreements (under the supervision and direction of manager and internal business partner as needed) to meet the scientific and business needs of Achaogen.
  • Identifies the need for, and contributes to process improvement initiatives that impact Achaogen effectiveness as a business partner
  • Collaborates cross-functionally with Achaogen departments such as Legal, Finance, Human Resources, Project Management, Procurement, and various technical departments to implement transactions with business partners in the best interests of Achaogen and consistent with the spirit and substance of our agreements
  • Provides direction and training to Achaogen staff on procedures and guidelines that enable Achaogen to perform as an exceptional business partner
  • Ensures satisfaction and appropriate interpretation of government, partner, subcontractor, and internal customer specifications/statements of work, deliverables, and timelines
  • Coordinates written and oral reporting to partners / review of same from partners to formalize project status, governance decisions, assigned action items, and project plan changes
  • Tracks and manages all contractual deliverable deadlines, payment deadlines based on projected milestones, termination dates, authorized uses of funding, and other key contractual dates/occurrences
  • Reviews and approves contracts and related subcontracts, consulting agreements, invoices, etc. for protection of the company's contractual posture, compliance with all relevant regulations, and adherence to company policy
  • Implements transactions that require effective use of multiple systems within Legal, Finance, and Procurement

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Knowledge of, and experience negotiating contracts, confidential disclosure agreements, clinical trial agreements, consulting agreements, and other legal instruments common in the biotechnology industry
  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated professionalism and teamwork
  • Proficient with standard office suites such as Slack, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.), Google Applications (Mail, Calendar, Documents, etc.), and Docusign
  • Current US work authorization required

Preferred Additional Skills:

  • 6+ years work experience relevant to the position
  • Writing skills to clearly articulate both technical and business concepts
  • An understanding of pharmaceutical/biotech industry operations and business 
  • Acts independently to determine methods and procedures on new assignments
  • Able to influence a cross-functional internal team and various external stakeholders
  • Effective negotiation skills
  • Committed to the values of integrity, accountability, transparency, scientific rigor and drive.
  • Ability to travel domestically.
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