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Alliance Management Lead

Date: Jan 26, 2019

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US

Company: Spark Therapeutics

Join the Spark Team


We were born of innovation, springing from the curiosity, imagination and dedication of remarkable scientists and healthcare visionaries. Our shared mission is to challenge the inevitability of genetic disease by discovering, developing, and delivering treatments in ways unimaginable – until now.


We don’t follow footsteps. We create the path.


As an alliance manager, this role is responsible for ensuring that day-to-day operating requirements for assigned alliances are effectively managed and performance objectives are achieved. This entails a number of activities, including:

  • developing and maintaining relationships with all individuals involved in the alliance, both internal to Spark and with the external partners
  • planning and coordinating implementation activities with the alliance partner
  • resolving related issues
  • reporting results to management


As such, the alliance manager will be responsible for at least one major alliance, several secondary alliances and sponsored research and other earlier-stage research collaborations.


As a member of the broader Corporate Strategy and Public Affairs organization, this role may also provide input into business development opportunities for Spark.


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Job Function and Description


Support activities occurring across alliance life cycle for assigned alliances:

  • Input into deal structure as it relates to ongoing obligations for an alliance
  • Implement successful alliance launch for new alliances
  • Resolve operational-level conflicts
  • Maintain organizational alignment
  • Manage alliance performance per alliance metrics/measurement system
  • Identify new opportunities for relationship building within an alliance
  • Plan, implement, and monitor operational activities of alliance in conjunction with internal teams as needed
  • Establish and maintain relationships within and across organizations
  • Monitor cultural fit with alliance partner and adapt processes where necessary


Support alliance governance process:

  • Implement an operational model relevant to the alliance
  • Lead interactions/steering committees with alliance partner by developing agenda, setting priorities for discussions, capturing meeting minutes and tracking/following up on actions
  • Tracking progress and providing updates to Spark governance boards appropriately
  • Support alliance negotiations/renegotiations throughout the alliance lifecycle
  • Ensure orderly transition/transformation of alliance
  • Form strong partnerships with internal functional areas involved in each alliance (e.g. R&D, Medical, Commercial, Patient Advocacy, Market Access, Business Development, New Product Planning, Legal, Finance)


Relationship building and broader alliance capability building:

  • Influence internal and external stakeholders on an ongoing basis to deliver the alliance objectives - examples include: reprioritizations; budget reviews; strategic planning
  • Capture and develop Alliance Management Best Practices for different types and tiers of alliances to apply to Spark’s portfolio of alliances

Education and Experience Requirements

  • 8 years life sciences (Pharmaceutical and/or biotech) industry experience required
  • Experience working with Program Development Teams and R&D
  • Experience managing alliances, and/or working in research collaborations or with external partners preferred
  • B.A./B.S. degree required

MBA or science related graduate degree preferred

Key Skills, Abilities and Competencies

  • Self-Starter with an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Strong organizational skills; ability to effectively manage multiple projects and priorities
  • Ability to self-prioritize workload, as well as manage and communicate resource conflicts
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Comfortable working in a team environment with a results-focused work ethic
  • Strong project management, analytical, critical thinking skills, and interpersonal skills
  • Integrity and commitment to high ethical standards
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and superior attention to detail

Ability to engage credibly with internal and external stakeholders around scientific topics


Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia