54gene Director, Business Development Jobs in Nigeria

54gene Director, Business Development Jobs in Nigeria

Job Description

  • As a key strategic member of the 54gene team, the Director of Business Development combines sound scientific knowledge with expert business acumen to support corporate growth and development and creation of long-term value for the 54 gene company.

  • S/he supports top management by identifying and providing analysis for evaluating new business opportunities including expansion of sales channels for diagnostics, licensing, and collaborations, which may include insurers, banks, pharmacies, research/universities, small start-up companies, and large pharma

  • The Director of Business Development, sources and evaluates partnership opportunities, coordinates cross-functional evaluation and diligence teams, and negotiates partnership agreements

  • The Director of Business Development will play a key role in establishing the company as a leader in diagnostics in Africa through the execution of deals that further the company’s strategic goals and vision.

    Essential Functions

    Business Development Strategy:

  • Develop and lead business development strategy efforts and searching priorities in alignment with 54gene’s goals for the diagnostics business, to support long-term growth

  • Coordinate stakeholders across the company and externally to understand and support key business development needs, identifying gaps in current capabilities and strengths

  • Drive the identification of high impact external scientific innovation in the diagnostics business.

  • Actively source opportunities via internal and external networking, attending scientific sessions, monitoring of pipelines, news, and other sources such as KOLs and industry leaders

  • Lead efforts to business development opportunities in support of the diagnostics business, including licenses, partnerships and collaborations, support long-range planning with business case analyses

  • Facilitate scientific evaluations by leading or supporting cross-functional and cross-divisional teams that include representation from multiple functional areas

  • Manage technical due diligence to ensure a detailed understanding of the potential and the risks of each opportunity and define the business parameters around potential deals

  • Provide recommendations and guidance to senior leadership, and ensure robust and efficient decision-making processes; prepare reports and updates

  • Work closely with other Business Development functions to ensure appropriate deal structures and valuations are achieved

  • Build consensus for deal rationale among stakeholders and senior leaders.

    Corporate Partnerships:

  • Reach out externally and internally to share 54gene’s Business Development vision for Diagnostics
    Communicate the company’s Diagnostics services to potential clients and collaborators; act as marketing arm to explain 54gene to different markets

  • Support CEO in relationship management and deals with KOL and important clients

  • Cultivate and engage new corporate partnerships, in support of growing the Diagnostics Business.

  • Lead structuring, negotiating and closing of agreements and licenses.

  • Other duties as assigned.


    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Strong understanding of diagnostics and science, including molecular diagnostics and global business
    of molecular diagnostics

  • Proven track record of negotiating and closing business agreements

  • Strong presentation skills, proven ability to communicate with diverse audiences, internally and externally

  • Ability to interface effectively with all-levels of staff across differing functional expertise within the organization, including Commercial, Legal, Medical/Science, and Finance

  • Superior interpersonal skills, with emphasis on relationship building and networking

  • Creative, entrepreneurial thinker with ability to see opportunities where others may not and think creatively on behalf of (potential) clients

  • Strong influencing skills and talent for building consensus

  • Strong leadership skills with ability to drive teams to decisions

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong organizational abilities with keen attention to detail

  • Capable of managing projects and deadlines with autonomy

  • Ability to thrive in a complex, cross-functional and science-driven environment

  • Cross-cultural competency; ability to work with a diverse, global team

  • English fluency; fluency in French is a plus.

    Education & Certifications

  • Master's Degree in Biology or Life Sciences related field; PhD preferred

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, Sales, Marketing or related Degree preferred; Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA), or related field strongly preferred


  • 5-8+ years of diagnostics, biotechnology, or pharmaceutical industry experience,

  • 3-5+ years of experience in business development and licensing

  • Experience with identifying commercial opportunities in diagnostics, partnerships and deal-making with large companies

  • Experience in market research, preferred

  • Demonstrated success working in a fast-paced, swiftly changing entrepreneurial environment; experience in rapidly growing companies, preferred

  • Experience working in a company based in multiple locations, preferred; global experience a plus.


  • Authorization to work in Nigeria

  • Valid international travel documentation

  • U.S. domestic and international travel maybe required.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; 54gene Director, Business Development Jobs in Nigeria

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