Sr. Manager, Strategic Partnerships

San Francisco, California

Are you ready to use your experience and expertise to make an impact on patients' lives? Astellas Gene Therapies is a biotechnology company developing new genetic medicines for rare, life-threatening diseases. We are working urgently to progress our medicines and need additional team members to help us do so. Because our mission is so important, our values are to: Be BOLD: Find a Way, Care Deeply, and Get Stuff Done. If you'd like to be a part of this important mission, please apply to join our team.

About Astellas Gene Therapies

Astellas Gene Therapies is an Astellas Center of Excellence developing genetic medicines for patients with rare, life-threatening diseases. Based on our innovative approach to developing genetic medicines, as well as our industry-leading internal manufacturing capability and expertise, we have become the Astellas Center of Excellence for their newly-created Genetic Regulation Focus Area. We are currently exploring three gene therapy modalities: gene replacement, exon skipping gene therapy, and vectorized RNA knockdown, with plans to expand our focus and geographic reach under Astellas. We are based in San Francisco, with manufacturing and laboratory facilities in South San Francisco and Sanford, North Carolina. For more information, please visit our website:

About Astellas

Astellas Pharma Inc. is a pharmaceutical company conducting business in more than 70 countries around the world. We are promoting the Focus Area Approach that is designed to identify opportunities for the continuous creation of new drugs to address diseases with high unmet medical needs by focusing on Biology and Modality. Furthermore, we are also looking beyond our foundational Rx focus to create Rx+® healthcare solutions that combine our expertise and knowledge with cutting-edge technology in different fields of external partners. Through these efforts, Astellas stands on the forefront of healthcare change to turn innovative science into value for patients. For more information, please visit our website at

Our Values:

  • Be BOLD (Find a Way)
  • Care Deeply -- for our patients, each other and our work
  • #GSD (Get Stuff Done)

What is the catalyst for you in your professional career? Are you ready to be a part of a bold, innovative company, to make a change and to make a difference? Listed below is a current opening for a smart, driven, experienced, and just plain nice individual who wants to join us and be a part of our journey.

Primary Responsibilities

Purpose & Scope:

The primary purpose of the Senior Manager, Business Operations & Strategic Partnerships is to work in close partnership with Research BD/Alliance Management and RTO Strategy & Project Management teams in the tracking and management of activities related to ongoing and future external transactions and collaborations. This role will be critical in delivering on business objectives supporting internal and external partnerships and acquisitions to balance the research portfolio for AGT. This role will liaise internally with BD/RTO Research functions to track key deliverables and milestones, support contract administration for external partnerships, and communicate partnership health checks to the executive team. The incumbent will develop and implement KPIs and performance metrics to track deliverables and identify issues as they arise internally or as a result of partner interactions and will support necessary stakeholders in formulating a position/strategy and participate in the resolution process.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Track and forecast activities and budget for all RTO licensing/partnership activities in collaboration with, e.g., AGT RTO functions, PFGR, Finance, Procurement and BD

Develop a clear understanding of all contracts relevant to partnership and work with teams to ensure flawless execution

Proactively identify and raise issues; act as a point of internal and joint escalation; develop and provide recommendations for resolutions

Lead account health progress checks internally, coordinating across diverse partnering activities, varying proposals/projects, etc.

Manage contract facilitation through execution, including creation of accompanying purchase orders for external collaborations.

Act as SAP/Ariba super user on behalf of RTO Strategy & Project Management as well as other AGT RTO functions, as needed

Perform other duties as assigned or special projects as needed.

Quantitative Dimensions:

Cost savings & performance metrics for vendors

Contracting timelines

Delivery on divisional objectives

Quantitative Context:

This position reports to the Senior Director, Research & Technical Operations Strategy & Project Management at Astellas Gene Therapies.

The role will partner with groups including but not limited to RTO LT, PFGR, BD, Finance, Procurement and Legal.


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