The Life Sciences Partnerships (LSP) team leads the foundation's life sciences industry engagement to achieve its Global Health (GH) mission by:
Developing and maintaining an industry engagement strategy based on deep industry expertise complemented by holistic understanding of companies’ strategies, capabilities, and portfolios,
Building of strong relationships through trust-based partnerships that have the highest potential for impact,
Being a thought leader in developing approaches and tools that foster stronger industry engagement in global health,
Ensuring capabilities and know-how are well understood and efficiently embedded into the foundation’s organizational and operational context, and
Ensuring contributions and impact towards the foundation’s mission are transparent and measurable.
Position Summary & Responsibilities
We seek a Program Officer (PO) to provide critical support as an integral team member to the administration and implementation of US-based strategic account management (SAM) activities. Primary responsibility will be to support U.S.-based life sciences industry engagement efforts that support foundation programs across our global health and global development divisions.
Additional responsibilities will include:
Work with the Regional Director, SAM team and senior foundation management to define strategic priorities, essential operational imperatives and the developing of key messages in the engagement of the U.S. biopharma industry.
Develop and manage long-term company relationships between the foundation and bio-pharma partners. An emphasis will be placed upon relationship management with multi-national pharmaceutical companies related to their extensive R&D, manufacturing, supply and global distribution capabilities.
Plan, manage and implement a wide range of business support and analytical activities to support strategic business development activities (e.g. prospect and development of opportunities, market landscaping, grant management and external relationship management).
Consult with LSP colleagues and foundation program strategy teams to provide advice and guidance to our grantees and other partners who engage closely with, or may be dependent upon, biopharma industry partnerships to achieve desired impact.
Review letters of inquiry and grant proposals; provide clear, concise and insightful written analysis and recommendations for funding; including drafting and editing proposal summaries and progress reports.
Reports to: Regional Director, Strategic Account Management, U.S.
Leadership and Culture
We believe that energized people, working well together, fueled by great leadership in an inclusive environment in which they thrive, will do phenomenal things.
Core Knowledge & Skills
We are looking for people who enjoy the challenge of working on complex problems and collaboratively creating solutions that have the potential for transformational change in the lives of people around the world. The Program Officer must have a genuine passion and enthusiasm for addressing inequities in global health coupled with an ability to develop and manage high-level multi-stakeholder relationships and alliance programs.
Additionally, you should have:
An understanding of the pharmaceutical industry, market dynamics, company organization, investment decision making and competitive strategies. A minimum of five plus years of pharmaceutical industry experience in strategy or business development and/or alliance management required.
Stakeholder abilities, including leveraging and working with an established network of senior professionals in the U.S. pharmaceutical industry, to create a common vision and visualize simple and effective but implementable solutions to complex problems.
Experience developing critical business support and analytical activities including those that support strategic planning, portfolio management, R&D, manufacturing/operations, mergers & acquisitions, alliance management and market landscaping.
Comfortable in a wide range of cultural, geographic and operational situations, demonstrating culturally sensitive behavior with a diverse range of people. Must possess excellent relationship management skills to create trusting and productive relationships. Specific experience with peer level industry counterparts to cultivate partnerships on their company’s behalf critical.
Demonstrated ability to achieve results and drive complex work to conclusion; including delivering results through others.
Excellent analytical, writing and verbal skills for communicating with a broad and diverse audience.
Intellectual quickness, curiosity, discipline, resourcefulness and resilience.
Interest in and/or willingness to master the issues and priorities within global health. Experience working in emerging markets or developing countries, such as Africa, preferred.
MBA or other advanced degree in Life Sciences, Business, Economics, Engineering, etc. desired.
Ability to travel up to 20% domestically and internationally.
Ability to bring an entrepreneurial spirit, positive energy and a healthy sense of humor.
Demonstrated passion for the foundation’s values with a commitment to deliver results against the foundation’s mission.
As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value. We’re committed to creating a workplace where employees thrive both personally and professionally. We also believe our employees should reflect the rich diversity of the global populations we aim to serve—in race, gender, age, cultures and beliefs—and we support this diversity through all of our employment practices.
All applicants and employees who are drawn to serve the mission of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will enjoy equality of opportunity and fair treatment without regard to:
From poverty to health, to education, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation focuses on improving the lives of billions of people worldwide. There are four problem areas the organization focuses on; the Global Development Division, Global Health Division, United States Division, and Global Policy & Advocacy Division. In developing countries the foundation focuses on improving the health and welln...ess of people as well as helping children and families escape from extreme hunger and poverty. In the United States, the foundation focuses on low-income families and makes sure that everyone has opportunities to receive an education that will help them succeed. The foundation works with numerous organizations around the world to tackle critical problems and addresses challenging inequalities. The headquarters of this organization is based in Seattle, Washington, one of the most proactive global health and non-profit cities in the world.