Job Title: Portfolio Manager // Collaboration Manager

Reporting to: Head, Portfolio Management & Collaborations

Location: Durham, North Carolina (remote will be considered)

About Pairwise:

Pairwise is a mission-driven, food+tech company dedicated to building a healthier world through better fruits and vegetables. Pairwise was founded in 2017 by scientists at Harvard University, MIT, and Broad Institute who are eminent in the field of gene editing, as well as biotechnology industry pioneers. Our team is tuned in to consumer food trends, and we believe that consumers deserve more variety and innovation in their fresh food choices. We are primed to deliver that innovation through the best gene-editing platform in food and agriculture. Pairwise has an exclusive r research collaboration with Bayer to develop products in corn, soybean, wheat, canola and cotton. Plus, Pairwise is developing new types of leafy greens, berries and stone fruit, with the first product expected in 2023. Pairwise is based in the start-up friendly Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina.

About This Role:

Pairwise is seeking a Portfolio/Collaboration Manager to provide long-term strategic, as well as day-to-day management of our relationship with Bayer Crop Science, and associated portfolio of projects in row crops (corn, soybean, canola, wheat, and cotton), in addition to future collaborations. The Portfolio Management & Collaborations team bridges all of Pairwise to develop and implement our long-term portfolio strategy, helps execute the near-term strategy by providing operational thought leadership to the project portfolio, and acts as key account manager to our external collaborations.

Essential Functions:

• Provide leadership to the Pairwise/Bayer row crop collaboration for both internal and external project stakeholders.

• Utilizing their technical and industry experience, provide strategy to identify and implement opportunities to guide efforts to maximize the value of the collaboration portfolio.

• Represent Pairwise and execute on the operational and logistical components of the collaboration (ex: material and/or technology transfers, IP filings).

• Ensure accurate and timely communication between Pairwise scientists, external collaborators, and management.

• Provide accurate reporting on: the tracking and status of projects in the pipeline, and associated financial resource use.

Required Education & Experience:

• M.S. in plant breeding, genetics, molecular biology, agronomy, or similar fields; Ph.D. preferred.

• 7 - 10+ years of experience in project / program / portfolio management spanning early-stage R&D to product launch.

• Minimum two years of experience in interactions/projects with external collaborators.

• Experience in biotech agriculture R&D pipeline projects.

• Broad working knowledge and acumen across the business (R&D, commercial, operations, regulatory, quality, finance).


• Comprehensive Benefits Plan, including Medical, Dental, Vision, HSA/FSA, 401k, Life Insurance, Short-Term & Long-Term Disability, and more!

• Flexible PTO (use what you need, when you need it), in addition to company holidays.

• Casual work environment, with a flexible work from home culture.

• Mission-driven organization focused on creating healthier fruits and veggies.

• A cutting-edge, driven community looking to lead the industry in innovation and nutrition.

EEO Statement:

We're an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.