Director Global Business Development - Zurich

Vifor Pharma
Glattbrugg, Switzerland
Closing date
16 Oct 2020

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Sales / Commercial, Business Development
Full Time
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About You
We are looking for a Director Global Business Development to join the Business Development and Licensing Team (BD&L) at our operational headquarters in Glattbrugg, Zurich. As an expert in finance and business modelling with emphasis on development stage life sciences companies, products and services you will report to the Head of BD&L and be responsible for, but not limited to, the following:
  • Seek out and generate data required to build robust BD&L business cases (financial models) that are aligned with insights generated during the due diligence process
  • Manage research including external consultants or service providers (recruitment, briefing, definition of deliverables, etc.)
  • Collaborate closely with stakeholders and data providers of adjacent departments, namely Market Analytics, Medical Affairs, Regulatory, Market Access and Clinical Development
  • Create, own and present content for investment opportunities to the Executive Committee. Support the development of BD&L updates to the Board of Directors of Vifor Pharma
  • Be the "project owner" in regards to BD&L opportunities assigned to you and ensure the transition of those business cases to Corporate Finance and the implementation of operational activities in Project Management once a deal is closed
  • Support efforts to identify new companies, new products and services and ultimately new investment ideas that are in alignment with the strategic needs of the Vifor Pharma Group
  • Create your own network of internal and external partners
  • Be part of a BD&L department and participate with team members in the early evaluation and project triage of newly identified opportunities (deal flow)

You bring strong analytical and conceptual skills. You enjoy creating your own models in Excel and expressing your findings by creating a convincing storyline. Specifically, we are looking for a person with the following profile:
  • University degree in Biology/Chemistry/Medicine or equivalent natural or medical sciences higher education
  • Further business and administration education (e.g. MBA) and/or
  • Financial Analysis (e.g. CFA) is an important additional asset
    7-10 years of professional experience in a Pharma BD&L function or relevant corporate positions within the Life Sciences Industry (Business Development/Venture Capital/Private Equity/Investment Banking)
  • Firm understanding of the general drug discovery, development and commercialization process is a requirement
  • Previous exposure to nephrology or heart failure is considered an additional asset
  • Help in the advancement of the team, the development of new skills and the continuous improvement of quality
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and German
  • Good story-telling capabilities
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and can-do attitude

You are self-motivated, proactive, and have a result-driven personality and are ready to step into action when required. You have an open and communicative personality, which fits well with your ability to work in interdisciplinary teams. You have high client orientation and a passion for close collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders. Your ability to deliver high quality work under time pressure reflects your interest in working in a dynamic and international work environment such as Vifor Pharma.

About Us
The Vifor Pharma Group is a global specialty pharmaceuticals company. It aims to become the global leader in iron deficiency, nephrology and cardio-renal therapies. The company is the partner of choice for pharmaceuticals and innovative patient-focused solutions. Vifor Pharma Group strives to help patients around the world with severe and chronic diseases lead better, healthier lives. The company develops, manufactures and markets pharmaceutical products for precision patient care. Vifor Pharma Group holds a leading position in all its core business activities and consists of the following companies: Vifor Pharma; Vifor Fresenius Medical Care Renal Pharma (a joint company with Fresenius Medical Care); and OM Pharma.

Vifor Pharma Group is headquartered in Switzerland, and listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange (SIX Swiss Exchange, VIFN, ISIN: CH0364749348).

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We are looking for new people to join an international team of more than 2,700 talented people, operating in over 100 countries to support our Vision of becoming global leader in our three therapeutic areas:








We are a global leading expert in iron deficiency and iron deficiency anaemia.

We are proud of a broad portfolio to help nephrology patients suffering from kidney disease.

Our expertise in both these areas are helping cardio-renal patients.

We innovate internally, but we also partner with the best companies externally. We are also a unique pharmaceutical company, as we have direct access to Fresenius Medical Care clinics via our joint company. Fresenius Medical Care has access to more than 329,000 patients in its global network of over 3,900 dialysis clinics.

Contact Us
  • Flughofstrasse 61
  • 8152 Glattbrugg
  • Switzerland
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