Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships

Posted 08 June 2022
LocationCity of Chicago
Job type Full Time
Contact NameCarl Gbolade

Job description

We are currently partnered with the most innovative full service CDMO in the industry, in their search for a seasoned Business Development expert within the Chicago area. This role will actively drive engagement with clients and is expected to be a high performing business development and strategic partnerships expert. 

Essential Functions

  • Lead and execute sales and business development initiatives in close partnership with the VP of Sales, CCO, and other Directors of Strategic Partnerships including partner identification, outreach, managing the “sell” process, and structuring/negotiation/execution of business development transactions.

  • Leads the territory in terms of knowledge of the business segment and trends and observations of the territory and galvanizes the commercial strategy for the Gene Therapy business segment.

  • Develop business analyses to support sales pipeline valuation and evaluate impact of changes in customer and competitive landscape.

  • Work with Operations and Finance teams to identify strategic opportunities, financing, and/or organizational gaps for the Gene Therapy business segment and develop plans for how to best address these gaps to increase value and capabilities for the CDMO.


  • Have an advanced degree (Ph.D., or MBA) or significant exposure to CDMO sales at least 5 years

  • Have experience in Gene Therapy and/or Biopharma on the sell-side of business development, or has sold into Biologics for at least 3 years

  • Is adept in working in a fast-paced environment such asps and has the experience to use the process and continuous process improvement.

  • The optimal candidate is expected to lead their region/territory and work with the leadership team for achieving 7-9 figure contracts for additional long-term strategic partnerships with Large Biopharma and biotech clientele.

  • Lead Generation:  Support lead generation activities through prospecting, networking, and engaging clients well in advance of their needs and initiatives.

  • Have held cross-functional leadership roles with results linked to conflict/issue resolution, time-critical project management, negotiation, consensus-building, and financial accountability

For more information please email or call via +442037786990.