Associate Director / Director, Business Development & Alliance Management

Accent Therapeutics

Lexington, MA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Business Dev
  • Post Date: 02/16/2021
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  • Company Address: 65 Hayden Ave, Lexington, Massachusetts 02421, US

About Accent Therapeutics

Founded in 2017, Accent is a biopharmaceutical company developing oncology-focused small molecule therapies in the field of epitranscriptomics. Epitranscriptomics is an emergent area of biology relating to post-transcriptional modifications of RNA that provide cells a unique mechanism to regulate proteins critical for cellular growth and differentiation.

Job Description

Position Summary

The Associate Director/Director of Business Development and Alliance Management will be instrumental in the strategic planning and execution of key Accent partnerships, including its foundational multi-program partnership with AstraZeneca, and critical portfolio strategy and business development initiatives. This highly visible, highly collaborative role will work broadly across the organization and cross-functionally with internal and external stakeholders.  Reporting to the Vice President, Head of Business Development, the Associate Director/Director of Business Development and Alliance Management will be responsible for all aspects of Alliance Management and for effectively communicating plans and partnership objectives to key stakeholders and executive management, and will be essential in contributing to key business development strategy and transactions and portfolio planning initiatives.


  • Perform all aspects of Alliance Management, including scheduling, developing agendas, drafting minutes, actions, and follow-up; as well as manage, as needed, Joint Steering Committee and Joint Project Team activities, with oversight over partnership activity timelines, budgets, etc.;
  • Execute on Business Development initiatives, including business development strategy assessments, external partner outreach, negotiation and transactions, as well as portfolio strategy initiatives, including new product strategy analyses for the Accent pipeline;
  • Develop and maintain exceptional business and scientific relationships with key internal and external stakeholders, working to gain consensus across organizations and striving to meet partnership goals and objectives;
  • Leverage input from all critical organizational functions to create integrated plans for alliances that define goals, milestones, decision points, critical paths, financial assumptions and tracking, timelines, and alternative scenarios;
  • Serve as a key point person for program team members on project-related communication, proactive issue identification and risk-mitigation;
  • Drive process, with legal representatives, to draft or amend contracts or execute supplementary agreements, as needed, for collaborations;
  • Conduct periodic partnership performance assessments with key stakeholders and implement solutions or improvements to optimize alliance performance and to maintain strong working relationships;
  • Serve as an ambassador for Business Development and Alliance Management within the company


  • BS/BA in life sciences or related area (MBA/MA or PhD preferred) with five or more years of biotech and/or pharmaceutical industry experience;
  • Significant understanding of the pharmaceutical research and development process and the regulatory process by which drug products are filed and approved;
  • Comfort interpreting and managing deliverables under collaboration contracts;
  • Excellent project management skills, including ability to coordinate cross-functional teams, meet deadlines, and manage collaborations across multiple programs and anticipate and resolve issues;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including ability to clearly articulate complex issues and to engage with external parties for business development efforts;
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills, demonstrating an ability to work independently, meet deadlines and prioritize work effectively;
  • Ability to work effectively and congenially in a team setting with a collaborative mindset, consensus-building disposition, and culture-focus;
  • Strong problem-solving, analytical skills, and excellent business judgment;
  • Demonstrated self-starter mentality with a flexible approach to learning and taking on new challenges;
  • Comfortable working in fast-paced, evolving, high-growth environment;
  • Strong character, sense of humor, work ethic, detail-orientation, and results-driven outlook

Position:  Full-Time, Exempt

Location:  Lexington, MA

Accent values diversity and is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person’s race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any other legally protected status. Accent will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.


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