Scientific Business Development Senior Leader - BioSim

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SandboxAQ is solving challenging problems with AI + Quantum for positive impact. We partner with global leaders in government, academia, and the private sector to identify applications that would benefit from quantum-based applications to current and future commercial challenges. We engage with customers early and throughout the development process to improve market fit.

Our team’s unique approach enables cross-pollination across a diverse range of fields, from physics, computer science, neuroscience, mathematics, cryptography, natural sciences and more! Our success comes from coalescing diverse talent to create an environment where experimental thinking and collaboration yield breakthrough AI + Quantum solutions. Join a culture where thought leadership, diverse talent, employee engagement, and technological impact will create the next tech uproar.

We are deeply committed to education as a means to advance quantum solutions and computing initiatives. We invest in future talent through internship programs, research papers, developer tools, textbooks, educational talks/events and partnerships with universities/talent hubs to attract multi-disciplinary talent. Our hope is to inspire people from all walks of life to be prepared for the quantum era and encourage a path in STEM.

Job Summary

We are looking for a technically-minded, entrepreneurial, business development leader with experience bringing new technologies to market for applications in the pharmaceutical and biopharma industry verticals. This individual will partner with the Head of Commercial for Simulation leading business development projects, from search and evaluation through to negotiation and execution, while contributing commercial and technical insights to support the Simulation business unit’s overall strategy. You will act as an interface with our customers, potential customers, and technology partners for these sectors and help evolve our go to market model, in close collaboration with our product, R&D, engineering, and broader business teams. 

Core Responsibilities

  • Business Development
    • Support our Head of Commercial for Simulation to execute and deliver on our BD strategy
    • Lead strategic relationships with key opinion leaders in the application of AI and Quantum methods to early drug discovery and development, building a network of influences and early adopters
    • Develop high value commercial business use cases with customers and internal technical teams for the simulation business unit in support of Company and BU objectives, primarily focused on AQBioSim
    • Grow top of funnel lead volume, qualify and nurture opportunities all the way through to write, negotiate and close commercial terms in partnership with other areas of the company, always ensuring exceptional outcomes for the customer
    • Proactively improve our value proposition and strengthen product market fit through identification of priority buyer and user profiles, and collaboration with the product team and R&D team
    • Develop a clear and actionable growth and scaling strategy for AQBioSim, to include guidance for market segment strategic planning
    • Act as the lead on competitive market intelligence, providing timely, compelling and actionable insights covering the field of physics and AI-driven drug discovery
    • Develop case studies and proof points from existing work tailored to potential customers, and help convert some of these to marketing ready materials in collaboration with the marketing team
    • Help foster a culture of continuous improvement and experimentation, as well as staying ahead of emerging technologies and methodologies in simulation and in drug discovery
    • Evangelize BioSim across the ecosystem, speaking at conferences / trade shows / industry events
  • Business Strategy
    • Support product development via solicitation and distillation of market feedback
    • Develop and implement scalable sales and delivery processes to support growth and customer retention
    • Identify potential technology partners and acquisition opportunities, support post merger integration

Other Responsibilities

Although not core to your role, you will be expected to work on the following, as well as other tasks related to the broader team’s vision as can be expected in a dynamic startup environment:

  • Additional support of few BioSim contracts from a technical, operational and strategic angle - during ramp up to get to know our value proposition, and ongoing as required

Qualifications and Skills

  • Empathetic leader who is invested in the team’s success, a champion for our customers
  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry Computational Chemistry or equivalent practical experience, advanced degree strongly preferred 
  • 20+ years of hands-on experience split between science and selling large-dollar technology solutions to customers in the Biopharma and Pharmaceutical industry, with an accessible network of senior BD relationships
  • Track record of closing large deals and partnerships
  • Technical depth in molecular modeling tools and key methodologies of computational drug discovery
  • Familiarity with macro trends and key players in the AI/ML-enabled simulation ecosystem
  • A proactive, detail-oriented approach to business development, project management, and an eagerness to learn
  • Analytically minded with an ability to connect seemingly unrelated information and ideas, and different technical specialties
  • Ability to articulate complex technical issues in succinct, cohesive summaries to diverse audiences
  • Experience launching new business verticals and navigating and closing complex, technical, enterprise contracts 
  • Experience in the chemical or materials industry is a plus
  • Open to travel 30% time in line with customer demands

SandboxAQ welcomes all.

We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where we have zero tolerance for discrimination. We invest in our employees' personal and professional growth. Once you work with us, you can’t go back to normalcy because great breakthroughs come from great teams and we are the best in quantum technology.
We offer competitive salaries, stock options depending on employment type, generous learning opportunities, medical/dental/vision, family planning/fertility, PTO (summer and winter breaks), financial wellness resources, 401(k) plans, and more. 
Equal Employment Opportunity: All qualified applicants will receive consideration regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status.
Accommodations: we provide reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities in job application procedures for open roles. If you need such an accommodation, please let a member of our Recruiting team know.
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