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: www.astellasgenetherapies.com

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 https://www.astellas.com/en.

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

The Role

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.



  • Bachelors degree required. MBA and/or PhD strongly preferred, with 5+ years relevant work experience

  • 3+ years experience in the pharmaceutical industry working in Business Development, Alliance Management or related field.

  • Proven ability to navigate multi-faceted partnerships with success


  • Entrepreneurial business approach; thrives in a high growth, rapidly evolving business environment

  • Proactive mindset that can operationalize implementable solutions, and can help move both internal and external stakeholders to quickly solve problems

  • Understanding of discovery and clinical development at pharma companies

  • Understanding of biology and therapeutic interventions in Gene Therapy

  • Exceptional account management, articulation of issues and an ability to navigate a wide range of stakeholders to solve problems

  • Interest in collaborations and business development

  • High degree of curiosity, willing to jump in to assist wherever needed

  • High emotional intelligence; effective communication skills, both verbal and written

  • Ability to navigate and be successful in a fast-paced, highly matrixed work environment

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or on the basis of disability.

Working Conditions

Remote work from certain states may be permitted in accordance with Astellas' Responsible Flexibility Guidelines.

Some travel required based on needs of the business.

Salary Range: $126,000 $168,000 (NOTE: Final salary could be more or less, based on experience)


  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

  • Generous Paid Time Off options, including Vacation, Sick time, plus national holidays including Heritage Days, and Summer and Winter Breaks

  • 401(k) match and annual company contribution

  • Company paid life insurance

  • Annual Corporate Bonus and Quarterly Sales Incentive for eligible positions

  • Long Term Incentive Plan for eligible positions

  • Referral bonus program


Category Gene Therapy Research & Technical Operations

Astellas is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment.

EOE including Disability/Protected Veterans