Vice President, Business Development

Cambridge, MA

bluebird bio is seeking a VP, Business Development to play a leadership role in developing and executing our business strategy and expanding our growth/opportunities including alliances, partnerships, and other collaborations.   Reporting into the Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategy, this person will play a key role in sourcing, evaluating, structuring and negotiating deals for the company.


About the role:


  • Work closely with stakeholders within the Immuno-oncology and Severe Genetic Disease franchises and R&D to understand and support key strategic goals and associated business development activities.
  • Lead the identification, diligence, evaluation and development of acquisition, license, and partnership opportunities.
  • Structure, negotiate and close significant and complex deals in line with company’s business development objectives.
  • Drive appropriate financial analysis to enable evaluation of opportunities
  • Ensure that the company is well represented in deal situations.
  • Lead/co-lead out-license/partnership discussions.
  • Lead/co-lead efforts to in-license additional programs.
  • Fosters internal communication and collaboration to ensure successful partnerships.
  • Plans, develops, and successfully structures and negotiates new business proposals.
  • Leads cross-functional project teams.


About you:

  • JD/PhD/MD/MBA with 10+ years of relevant industry experience in biotech/pharma, and 7+ years in business development leadership roles. A background in science or medicine is preferred. Must have an aptitude to quickly understand new science and technology.
  • Demonstrated track record of a wide range of executed transactions.  Experience in negotiating and closing a variety of business agreements including M&A transactions, joint ventures, licensing agreements, co-promotions, strategic alliances and other types of corporate collaborations.
  • Strong business and financial acumen with the ability to evaluate deal alternatives.
  • Strong leadership qualities including strategic thinking, innovation, mentoring, scaling, collaboration, etc.
  • Experience leading cross-functional teams to build strong working relationships with colleagues and to ensure efficient and effective achievement of key deliverables.
  • Robust understanding of the full drug development and global regulatory processes, lifecycle management and commercialization of therapeutics.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to effectively convey key recommendations to senior management.  Also ensures clarity of focus and message during internal and external discussions.
  • Knowledge of market and competitive environment including deal activity and potential opportunities.
  • Can effectively manage business processes and opportunity evaluation.
  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment combining strategic and tactical capabilities.
  • Embraces our core values:  b colorful, b cooperative, b yourself



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