Head of Licensing & Ventures (f/m/x)

Helmholtz Zentrum München
Up to € 60.000 per year + benefits
February 11 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

Helmholtz Zentrum München is a research center with the mission to dis­cover personalized medical solutions for the pre­vention and therapy of environ­mentally triggered diseases and promote a healthier society in a rapidly changing world.

At our institute you will find a scientifically stimu­lating international environ­ment. Together with renowned scientists and suppor­ted by an excellent infra­structure you will have the opportunity to make an important contri­bution for a healthier society.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an exceptional Head of Licensing & Ventures who will work closely with his/her part­ners in scientific research units to deliver commer­cial success strategies across the licensing at Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU). The role will involve pro­viding day-to-day leadership to a highly capable group, hel­ping them to achieve the goals of the HMGU in turning some of the world’s most exciting techno­logies into commercial reality.

We are looking for a highly motivated

Head of Licensing & Ventures (f/m/x)
100039 Your responsibilities

  • Leading and inspiring the team to ensure that they are highly motiva­ted, skilled and develo­ping professionally
  • Collaborating with the CEO and the Scientific Management Team to set group goals and ensuring that the bud­gets are managed effectively
  • Developing strong relationships of influence with senior and high-profile stake­holders both internally within the HMGU and externally (e.g. with funders, inves­tors, industry partners and patient groups)
  • Working closely with the HMGU scientific research units to deliver stra­tegic initiatives to trans­late its research outputs into real world impact
  • Turning great ideas into viable commer­cial actions
  • Your qualification

    Reporting to the CEO, the success­ful candidate will come from a strong technology industry back­ground and have experience of commercialising life science inno­vations and IP, including those origina­ting from sciene, and ideally including spin-outs / start-ups. Particularly desirable is direct industry experience of drug dis­covery / development / trans­lational medicine, and of negotiating associated licen­sing and collaboration agree­ments. The candidate will have a degree in economics or natural sciences degree and ideally a PhD or equivalent. Helmholtz Zentrum München is looking for a versa­tile person who has the ability to act with wis­dom, diplomacy, integrity and sound commer­cial judgement.

    The successful candi­date will also need to demonstrate proven competence in:

  • Providing great leader­ship, being open and energetic and with the ability to motivate, inspire and develop teams to achieve world class performance
  • Negotiating complex deals and strategic industry partner­ships with tact, tenacity and persistence
  • Supporting major trans­lational funding applications and strategic initiatives
  • Working effectively with key senior stake­holders both internally and exter­nally, assertively influencing them and, where appropriate, showing creativity and resilience in stra­tegic business situations
  • In depth management experience to enable effective colla­boration with specialist functions and experts outside one's own pro­fessional discipline
  • Proven track record in tur­ning an idea into measurable economic success
  • What we offer you

    • continuous education & training

    • work life balance

    • flexible working hours & time off in lieu

    • 30 days annual leave

    • onsite health management service

    • mobile work

    • onsite nursery

    • elder care

    • company pension scheme

    • discounted public transport ticket

    Munich, with its numerous lakes and its vicinity to the Alps, is con­sidered to be one of the cities with the best quality of life world­wide. With its first-class universities and world-leading research institutions it offers an intellec­tually stimulating environment.

    Remuneration and social benefits are based on the collective wage agree­ment for public-sector employees at federal level (TV EntgO Bund). The position is unlimited.

    To promote diversity, we welcome appli­cations from talented people regard­less of cultural back­ground, nationality, ethnicity, gender and sexual identity, physical abilities, religion and age. Qualified applicants with physical disabi­lities will be given preference.

    Applicant guidance on the Corona pandemic

    If you have any further ques­tions, simply contact Franz Rottländer, +49 89 3187 43095, who will be happy to be of assistance.

    Helmholtz Zentrum München
    Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt (GmbH)
    Board of Directors
    Ingolstädter Landstraße 1
    85764 Neuherberg near Munich


    Award for excellent gender equality policy for women and men. Helmholtz Zentrum München is particularly committed to pro­moting professional equality bet­ween women and men. It there­fore aims to increase the proportion of the under­represented sex in the respective field.


    The Helmholtz Zentrum München is part of the Helm­holtz Asso­ciation, Germany's lar­gest scien­tific organiza­tion. Altogether 42.000 people current­ly work in its 19 scientific-tech­nical and biological-medical research cen­ters. The Asso­ciation's annual bud­get amounts to around 5 billion Euros.

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