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Manager, External Business Development


Corning - Life Sciences Division

Job Location

836 North St # 300
Tewksbury, MA 01876
United States

Job Description

Corning is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives.

Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges.

As a leading developer, manufacturer, and global supplier of scientific laboratory products for 100 years, Corning’s Life Sciences segment collaborates with researchers seeking new approaches to increase efficiencies, reduce costs and compress timelines in the drug discovery process. Using unique expertise in the fields of materials science, surface science, optics, biochemistry and biology, the segment provides innovative solutions that improve productivity and enable breakthrough discoveries.


Scope of Position:

As part of the CLS External Business Development team, this role Identifies, analyzes, pursues, and secures profitable business opportunities to drive division growth.  Success is achieved through a variety of means including licensing, investment or other external development activities, tools and processes.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Own a key element / focus area of the execution of the external development strategy.
  • Identifies new opportunities to gain a more favorable position in current and new markets, improve profitability, or increase market share of existing products and technology through new applications.
  • Develops, coordinates and leads internal processes designed to select / deselect opportunities.
  • Works with Sales, Channel, Commercial Operation, Product Line Management, Marketing, Development, and other division stakeholders to understand feasibility of potential business opportunities in light of new market and customer insights.
  • Conducts market and technology analysis to identify opportunities that are complimentary to the division’s strategy.
  • Conducts early stage opportunity assessments to prioritize business development efforts.
  • Works with Development, Engineering and Manufacturing to determine the manufacturability of potential new products, new applications of existing products, or adjacent technologies and builds a business case to support the launch.
  • Leads the development of, or assists with developing, the business case, value proposition, and initial pricing strategy for products or programs through early stages of opportunity assessment until the full transition to Program Management or respective business.
  • Works with the quality/regulatory group to understand the standards/specifications required for new opportunities, products and technologies.
  • Defines key success metrics for new business opportunities; tracks & communicates progress periodically to supervisor and / or key stakeholders.
  • Develops a network within the industry to aid in the understanding of emerging and unmet requirements and informs management of these industry or market conditions.
  • Leads discussions with other Corning functional groups (legal, procurement, etc.) as they pertain to terms and conditions, commercial relationships, contracts, etc. as part of securing new business.
  • Depending on the opportunity, leading strategy development activities for a specific area of focus may be required.
  • Number of Direct Reports: zero


Performance Metrics:

  • Business Development Effectiveness
  • Pipeline development   
  • Return on business development efforts (return on new business opportunities; metrics could include ROI, IRR, Payback, or others specific to the project / opportunities)
  • Revenue (contribution to revenue as % of target)
  • Growth (revenue growth from new business as % of target; revenue growth from new business compared to industry peer growth from new business)
  • Gross margin (contribution to gross margin as a % of target)


Required Education:

  •  Bachelor’s degree in a Life Sciences or Engineering related field.


Required Years and Area of Experience:

  • Minimum of 7+ years relevant work experience in life sciences tools, equipment, etc. type area with a proven track record.


Required Skills:

  • A working knowledge of how to strategically and financially evaluate opportunities and corresponding ability to communicate recommendations.
  • Ability to use MS Office products – Excel, Word and Power Point.
  • Ability to work with a high level of independence.
  • Business Development experience.


Desired Experience / Qualifications / Skills:

  • Masters/MBA or PhD required.
  • Preference of field of study of Engineering, Life Sciences, Biotechnology, Chemistry or related.
  • International / Global experience.
  • Business development experience in a multi-national company.
  • Working knowledge of contracts and negotiation skills.


Soft Skills:

  • Perseverance and Interpersonal Savvy
  • Business Acumen
  • Ability to deal with Ambiguity
  • Business and Strategic Agility
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • Product / Process Knowledge
  • Customer Knowledge and Influence        


Travel Requirements:

  • 20 - 30% (this may cycle depending on time of year and needs of the role).


Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time:

  • Standard business hours; Monday – Friday.


How to Apply…

Reference Requisition Number: 46293