Associate Director, Business Development (EMEA) - (m/f/d)

  • Full-time

Company Description

Santen is a specialized life sciences company with a proud 130-year heritage focused exclusively on ophthalmology. As a Japan-originated, global company with our footprint in over 60 countries, we are dedicated to delivering innovative treatments and digital solutions for eye health and addressing vision-related social issues for people around the world.

Job Description

What you will do

  • Identify suitable EMEA business development opportunities in the ophthalmic market, including distribution, in-licensing, M&A, and out-licensing.
  • Collaborate with various departments like R&D, regulatory affairs, market access and marketing to assess opportunities from scientific, regulatory, and commercial perspectives. This includes developing commercial forecasts and business cases.
  • Systematically report and track business development (BD) activities and interactions with third parties
  • Lead and support cross-functional projects and due diligence activities in EMEA with a strong emphasis on project management and a collaborative approach.
  • Prepare business cases for Santen EMEA's management and defend business development opportunities through decision-making bodies.
  • Regularly scout markets and represent Santen Business Development at license conferences in the EMEA region.
  • Support the Head of EMEA in business development and ad-hoc projects, support alliance managers in asset integration, and maintain relationships with global, Asian, and US BD organizations and EMEA functions.


What you will bring to the role

  • Master’s degree in Life Sciences (Medical, Pharmaceutical, Biotech, Healthcare) or Business, or equivalent educational background
  • 5+ years of experience in the pharmaceutical/healthcare industry within the European region
  • 3+ years of progressive experience in Business Development, Project Management or Financial controlling
  • Brand Leadership and/or similar form of customer service-oriented activity in the healthcare industry
  • Experience in either drug development and/ or pharma marketing/ market access
  • Fluency in English + possibly another European language
  • Result and delivery oriented
  • Analytical and innovative thinking
  • Strong communication skills

Additional Information

Grow your career at Santen

A career at Santen is an opportunity to make a difference. Through our long-term vision outlined in Santen 2030, we are committed to be a Social Innovator - addressing the social and economic needs of people with visual impairments. We have team members around the world using their diverse talents to unlock new modalities and drive innovations for patient outcomes, education and treatment. At Santen, we believe in empowering all our team members with flexible ways of working and a highly inclusive work environment.

The Santen Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to building diverse teams and ensuring a safe and inclusive physical and virtual workplace for every one of our team members. All employment decisions are based on business needs, role requirements and individual qualifications regardless of race, color, ethnicity, national origin/ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/ expression, age, disability, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Empowering Benefits await you:

  • Hybrid Work Model: Get the best of both worlds with 4 days of remote working from the comfort of your own home, combined with 1 day per week in our modern office, conveniently located in the heart of Munich.
  • Forge lasting connections: Work with a team of passionate, like-minded professionals who share your enthusiasm for ophthalmology. Forge meaningful connections, foster a collaborative spirit and thrive in an environment that encourages teamwork.
  • Comprehensive employee benefits:
    • Benefit from our employer-funded pension scheme
    • Relaxation time: Enjoy 30 days holiday plus 2 additional days off on 24.12. & 31.12. to enjoy the festive season. There is also a special day off for your own birthday.

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