Alliance Manager – Global Health

London, Stevenage or Edinburgh
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Full time

Closing Date:

27 April 2024

Job Title: Alliance Manager
Location: London, Stevenage or Edinburgh
Job Type: Permanent 


Agencies: We will only work with recruitment partners on our preferred supplier list and will not engage with speculative CVs submitted.


LifeArc, we want to hear from people who are as passionate as we are about making life science life changing that can improve patients’ lives.


A bit about the role:

LifeArc is a self-funded medical research organisation focused on delivering patient impact in areas of the greatest unmet need. As part of our Translational Challenges, we will work with others to connect and unlock the potential of scientific innovations to solve complex healthcare problems. In Global Health we are investing in three Translational Challenges: Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR), Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and Emerging Viral Threats (EVTs). We have built an exciting and ambitious portfolio of collaborations that aim to deliver significant impact for patients including the PACE AMR Partnership, iiCON, the Crick Africa Network, ReACT Africa, the LifeArc and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges African Drug Discovery Accelerator). You can find out more about our work in Global Health at Global health – LifeArc.



About you:

The Alliance Manager (Global Health) will be accountable for managing key strategic alliances within LifeArc’s Global Health Focus Area. The post-holder will oversee the monitoring and measuring of goals and impact across the lifecycle of science-based partnerships and collaborations, from alliance establishment through to closure. This will involve tracking and managing contractual obligations and relationship progress, resolving conflicts, and ensuring appropriate governance, compliance, risk and reputational management. 

The Alliance Manager (Global Health) will report to the Head of Alliance Management in LifeArc’s Partnerships team. The role will have accountability to adopt and help refine the Alliance Framework across the LifeArc organisation, coordinating closely with the Global Health, Business Development, Program Managers, and TC Leads.

This role will have significant responsibility in enabling the delivery of impact from our partnerships and collaborations within the Global Health Focus Area, some of which will be >£5M value. This will involve identifying and mitigating reputational, legal, and financial risks in global health alliances, demonstrating commercial awareness and understanding of LifeArc's ecosystem to achieve optimal outcomes and impact for both parties, ultimately driving impact for patients. 


Education & experience required: 

  • Life sciences Degree
  • Ph.D or MBA or other equivalent postgraduate qualification


Skills & abilities: 

  • Experience of managing significant Life Science partnerships and alliances, including renegotiations, conflict resolution, terminations and relationship management
  • Experience in working in and across matrix teams
  • Experience in working in line with internal policies and internal guidance
  • Experience of drug discovery & development within the global health field
  • Demonstrable personal leadership qualities, influencing skills and ability to represent LifeArc in a wide variety of forums independently
  • Deep understanding of Life Sciences partnering, contracts and relationships and experience of alliance management within global health
  • Knowledge of, and network in global health, and awareness of this ecosystem in which LifeArc operates.
  • Ability to assess risk and make appropriate judgements about potential actions


About us:

At LifeArc, our ambition is to make life science life changing. We do this by advancing scientific discoveries beyond the lab, faster, so that they can shape the next generation of diagnostics, treatments, and cures. 

Working at the cutting edge of translational science and as the early-stage translation specialists, we progress scientific discoveries on their journey to becoming a medicine, diagnostic or intervention that can improve patients’ lives. Our work begins by seeking out innovative science, then helping to develop this to a point where there is a clinical and commercial pathway for others to invest the time and money to take it further forward. 


What we can offer you:

Salary will be determined by qualifications and experience along with other exceptional benefits. Because we understand everyone has different requirements, our flexible benefits allow you to choose those which are important to you. Our pension scheme offers employer contributions of up to 12%, private health insurance, and annual leave of 31 days PLUS bank holidays. 

Join us, and you’ll have the scope to be creative and take measured risks. You’ll be rewarded for your curiosity, for working as one team, and for learning fast. And you’ll have everything you need to be your best every day. 

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people from minority ethnic backgrounds, for example, are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At LifeArc we are dedicated in building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so whatever your background or lived experience, if you’re excited about this role but your experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. Our top priority is finding the best candidate and you may be just the right candidate for this or other roles. 

We all have potential. At LifeArc, you’ll discover what you can really do with it.



Equal Opportunities

We are an equal opportunity employer. Find our more information about opportunities for all at LifeArc here. We only work with preferred recruitment suppliers and will not engage with speculative CVs supplied. Note that the closing date may be brought forward if we find the right person for this role

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