Director - Business Development, Pharmaceutical and MedTech

The Director - Business Development, Pharmaceutical & MedTech will report directly to the SVP & General Manager and be responsible for the design and launch of this key business unit within the organization. The Director will actively contribute to building Nuance’s global reputation as a partner-of-choice in identifying and delivering on innovative opportunities. S/he will have the complete support of the commercial organization to achieve our internal goal of executing 10+ new business development deals by 2023, including end-to-end responsibility in overseeing all project stages from market mapping, commercial viability, due diligence, forecasting; through to and including, internal deal approval, in/out/partnership licensing negotiations and deal execution/alliance management. The Director will be responsible for building relationships and executing transactions across the global healthcare ecosystem, including partnerships with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, medical device, academic-medical centers, research institutions, and AI/machine learning aided diagnosis platforms. The scope of potential opportunities could include pre-clinical, clinical, and commercial-stage asset acquisitions and strategic partnerships, leaning into rare or orphan disease markets. S/he will also have full accountability for leading, managing and enhancing alliances and partnerships, to ensure maximum impact and a collaborative spirit.


Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Due diligence, ecosystem, product, and partnership evaluation
    • Clinical/scientific assessments; establishing commercial opportunity; analysis of competitive landscape, and financial modeling.
  • Partnering internally and externally to develop valuation models and lead/manage internal due diligence process, interacting with clinical, non-clinical, commercial, regulatory, finance, and legal roles.
  • Researching and qualifying leads obtained via LinkedIn, Web, CRM, trade shows and events, marketing, etc.
  • Attending scientific, medical, and financial conferences to represent Nuance and identify and develop relevant business relations.
  • Consolidating a base of contacts within the Life Science industry.
  • Engaging with major Pharma/MedTech clients across multiple stakeholder groups including but not limited to C-Suite Executives, Therapeutic leadership teams, Bioinformatics, IT, Purchasing, R&D and Data Science Teams.
  • Securing strategic new business (closure of high value and complex technology and/or solution sales while growing existing accounts).
  • Tracking and gauging the effectiveness of activities, reporting on metrics.
  • Communicating with existing clients to understand their needs and communicating Nuance’s value-proposition to potential customers.
  • Providing recommendations on product roadmaps to advance partnership ecosystems.


As a key member of the Commercial Leadership team, the Director of Business Development will partner closely with their sales, marketing, and commercial operations counterparts.  This role will require a dynamic leader with strong executive presence that is able to work effectively in a highly matrixed organization, comfortable both engaging multiple levels of leadership within Nuance and Alliance partners.  This is a highly visible, high impact role within a dynamic organization that will require great technical, leadership, and collaboration skills to be successful.  


To be well positioned for this role, you must have:

  • A solid foundation of BD&L practices, including:
    • Either pharma or med device term sheets and deal structures
    • Valuation methods
    • Forecasting
    • Negotiation
    • Product management for BD&L.
  • Owned or led a successful BD deal.
  • Produced high quality assessments and deal thesis which you have defended at the executive leadership level.
  • Possess strong business acumen, strategic thinking, direct and indirect leaderships skills necessary to drive multi-disciplinary teams in a highly matrix organization effectively to achieve project timelines and goals.
  • Strong networking skills to reach out to a broad range of industry decision makers and stay ahead of emerging opportunities.
  • Demonstrated negotiation, problem solving and influencing skills.



  • Bachelor’s degree; Advanced degree (MBA, Ph.D., or M.D.) is preferred.
  • Minimum of 10 years relevant business development experience within healthcare with Pharma or biotech BD experience.
  • Strong understanding of the drug/medical device development process, lifecycle management, and product commercialization.
  • Strong understanding of the specialty, rare/orphan disease market (HCP/pt journeys, treatment flows, forecast models).
  • Strong analytic and strategic skills.
  • Ability to build and own a deal model, forecasting, and analyses.
  • Leadership skills and ability to collaborate across functions and organizations in a highly complex and dynamic environment.
  • Strong executive presence, direct and in-direct influencing skills to generate commitment and constructively resolve issues while supporting multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to thrive in ambiguity, with an entrepreneurial mind-set and a track record of results.
  • Resourceful, decisive, and proactive approach to managing multiple priorities in a fast-growing organization.
  • Strong communication, negotiation, and presentation skills.

Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : Bachelors Degree

Experience Level : Director

Job Function : Development

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