Associate Director, Alliance Management

Location: Berkeley, CA

Reports Into: Corporate Development

Summary & Scope of Position:

At Aduro, the Alliance Management group ensures that the product-related partnerships Aduro has in place are functioning optimally and that Aduro establishes and maintains a reputation of being a capable, objective and preferred partner to other Pharma and Biotech companies. Alliance Management develops Aduro’s best practices and approaches to manage partnerships and acts as a bridge between partners and the Aduro organization.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Act as the primary point of contact for partners
  • Sponsor the transition phase from partnership or licensing negotiations to implementation of the partnership within Aduro
  • Build and maintain strong and collaborative partnerships
  • Develop positive and strong working relationships; strive for frequent in-person interactions; active listening; timely and pro-active issue resolution
  • Manage partners’ information requests; collect answers and respond to partner; issue resolution
  • Form a strong link with the respective functions/individuals within Aduro to ensure smooth operations of the partnership
  • Work closely with all parts of Aduro’s organization to address partners’ needs; proactively identify needs and help organize/drive Aduro and partners towards mutually beneficial solutions
  • Maintain an organized record of exchanged information, agreements and action items
  • Contracts, meeting agendas, minutes, press releases, publications, etc.; database set-up and management
  • Drive resolution of conflicts, actively identify, support and sponsor opportunities to expand or reduce partnership scope, negotiate changes to partnership agreements
  • Organize partnership governance meetings (e.g. Steering and/or Joint Development Committees), lead internal Aduro pre-meetings to align positions and interests, chair or co-chair the meetings and issue agendas and minutes, and follow-up on action points
  • Work with Legal to manage legal agreements, including tracking of legal obligations
  • Perform database management to capture key partnership documents and actions; ensure cross-functional implementation of contract
  • Transfer learnings and partnership best practices to new transaction negotiations and governanceDevelop tools to assess the health of partnerships; manage partnership reporting to management team


Management and Work Experience

  • A minimum of 10+ years of related industry experience
  • Broad cross-functional experience in Pharmaceutical/Biotech Industry
  • Prior experience in Alliance management or related area
  • Previous exposure to senior management (presentations, proposals, etc)


  • Bachelor degree; MBA or equivalent preferred

Aduro Biotech, Inc. is at the forefront of discovery, development and commercialization of breakthrough immunotherapies, alone or in combination that make transformative advances in the treatment of challenging diseases. We provide a workplace where employees excel, thrive and deliver value to patients, their families and our partners. Aduro headquarter office is located in Berkeley, California and international office located in Oss, The Netherlands.

Aduro Biotech, Inc. offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Qualified candidates should forward a resume and cover letter including a statement of interest, availability, and experience in Word or PDF format to: PLEASE, NO PHONE CALLS.

Aduro Biotech, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer