atai Life Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel treatments for mental health disorders so that everyone, everywhere can live a more fulfilled life. We operate a decentralized model whereby atai incubates, acquires, and supports individual platform companies by providing them strategic and operational functions centrally. This allows our platform companies to stay lean and agile in their clinical pursuits, whilst also being able to leverage the expertise of a multibillion-dollar global biotechnology company. atai is pursuing a world-first strategy by deploying our clinical compounds together with our ecosystem of Digital Therapeutics, utilizing cutting edge technology, clinical protocol, human-interaction psychology, and data science in order to enhance the safety and efficacy of our compounds.

As a Director, Business Development at atai Life Sciences, you will:  

  • Drive business development activities including identifying potential opportunities
  • Prepare initial assessment reports 
  • Compile detailed industry and company analysis 
  • Create a strong network of key industry leading companies and individuals, especially in big pharma 
  • Manage and develop our global partnership network and drive targeted initiatives to deepen our relationship 
  • Manage the pipeline of new strategic partnership opportunities 
  • Drive structured in-and-out-licensing activities and thus extend and leverage the impact of our programs 
  • Collaborate closely with the Investment team to effectively manage deal flow 

We believe you'll be successful in this role if you are this type of person: 

  • Highly entrepreneurial – you act on your convictions and drive processes from start to finish 
  • Comfortable with an unstructured environment – you are self-motivated and autonomous with strong communication skills  
  • Excited about the opportunity set – you have a genuine interest in the future of and players in biotech, pharma, mental/neuro health industries 
  • Contributor to an environment of collaborative innovation  you are a team player willing to give and receive feedback on an ongoing basis in order to advance collective goals 
  • Committed to conscious care – you help foster a culture that supports the needs of everyone involved, including yourself 

These qualifications will get us excited to get to know you better:

  • Degree in Natural/Life Sciences required (e.g., Biopharma, Chemistry), an additional graduate or higher-level degree in Economics or management (e.g., MBA)
  • 6-8 years in the Life Science Branch (bio/pharma/medtech, finance/M&A, VC/PE, investment banking, consulting or similar)
  • Extensive network within the CNS innovation space (biotech, big pharma, digital therapeutics)
  • 5+ years’ people management experience 
  • Good knowledge of current affairs, business, and markets 

The opportunity at atai will allow you to...

  • Work in a fast-paced, matrix organizational environment where you’llwork on a wide range of topicsand cross-collaborate across teams
  • Be a major contributor to the success of a rapidly growing innovative biotech start-up 
  • Become part of a radically new and impactful paradigm shift in how mental health disorders are being treated around the world 
  • Participate in company retreats in Europe and USA with a global team and supportive culture 
  • Join an open, meritocratic, data- and results-driven culture 
  • Acquire extensive professional growth opportunities at a company where hard work is recognized 
  • Enjoy competitive stock option plan, employee benefits and health/wellness programs  

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