Director, Commercial Development, DS


Gaithersburg, MD, US, 20879

Those who join Emergent BioSolutions feel a sense of ownership about their future. You will excel in an environment characterized by respect, innovation and growth opportunities. Here, you will join passionate professionals who advance their scientific, technical and professional skills to develop products designed-to protect life.

I: Job Summary
Responsible for development and executing the commercial and business strategy for the drug substance business line (Baltimore – Bayview, Canton, Lansing, Winnipeg, Bern) to meet the needs of the market / customers and Emergent BioSolutions, including creation of offerings. Determines our positioning, value proposition, offering, pricing strategy, and terms and conditions of our targeted portfolio.  Support the sales and business development team in the acquisition of new business and existing business extensions by providing assistance in the evaluation and proposal process, customer visits and negotiations to secure short- and long-term business. Work in collaboration with the technical evaluations & proposals team, commercial analysis team and is responsible for tracking and prioritizing new inquiries and leading a cross functional team supporting the sales & business development efforts. Maintains full overview of demand profile (inquires to proposals to awards) of the portfolio for the short and long term and represents demand overview and commercial at the S&OP. Manages the P&L of the drug substance business line through portfolio optimization using and providing market focused direction and assessment of present and future competitiveness of our offering and position. Be the market expert in drug substance to the market and internal organization. Accountable for the relevant drug substance business line performance (P&L) against budget in collaboration with finance and operations. 

Through sales & business development, grow the sales and profitability of drug substance business in line with the set targets yearly and over the planning horizon. Adjust sales and business development strategy as needed to meet targets.
II. Responsibilities
Manage the business acquisition process for introduction of new and existing products. 
Acts as day to day commercial and business escalation for drug substance business line within CDMO BU, serves active role in governance of customer relationships and within site on respective SLT (s). 
Lead development and execution of the commercial and business strategy in drug substance
Create offerings and value proposition to meet the needs of small, mid and large pharma & biotech 
Manage commercial input for capital projects and ensure decisions are aligned to the market, business and portfolio management decisions. 
Develop plan for generating and qualifying leads with Marketing. Work with Sales & BD team to ensure follow up, provide sales and technical tools and assistance in the selling process.   
Identify and deliver new business opportunities to grow the business
Set guidance for pricing and terms and conditions, and provide back up and oversight of the sales and business development team in issuing project proposals to customers negotiating contracts. 
Frequently visits accounts and proactively approaches new potential customers to acquire new project and products in support of Sales & BD. 
Market Visibility: Actively represents at trade shows and conferences, through membership in industry organizations and through appropriate dialog with the press.
Represents commercial and business  at S&OP and manage budget planning meetings
Responsible for full demand overview of pipeline / portfolio funnel
Provides weekly and monthly updates to management on the progress of sales and business development activities, the overall portfolio, issues and an outlook on sales and profitability for the current and future years
III. Education and Skills 
Education: BS in Life Science, Engineering and 5 years’ experience in CDMO Commercial Development, Sales and/or Business Development. MBA preferred
Demonstrates strong account management, project management, customer relationship skills, and communication skills
Able to build strong and motivational relationships with sales & bd, marketing and operations teams and demonstrate positive attitude toward challenges
Able to develop and implement strategic business plans and commercialization strategies
Proven track record of bringing in new business and negotiating contracts.
Experience in manufacturing or R&D a plus.
Broad but substantial knowledge base in multiple business lines (Drug Substance, Drug Product, Drug substance).
Office environment; national and international travel required as part of the role

There are physical/mental demands and work environment characteristics that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. This information is available upon request from the candidate.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform all essential functions.

Emergent BioSolutions is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and values the diversity of our workforce.  Emergent does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), gender identity or gender expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, physical or mental disability, military service or veteran status, genetic information or any other characteristics protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

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Protecting and Enhancing 1 billion lives by 2030 focuses our energy to improve the quality of life for individuals around the world, giving them the opportunity to experience the fullness of life.

Our drive towards this vision informs all of our actions—whether it is our approach to product development, manufacturing, encouraging employee health and wellness or giving back to the community—we strive every day to achieve this shared goal.


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