Vice President, Chief of Staff to The CEO

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

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Alnylam (Nasdaq: ALNY) is delivering on a bold vision to turn scientific possibility into reality, with a robust RNA interference (RNAi) therapeutics platform. As the pioneer in RNAi and the leading RNAi therapeutics company, we have always been uncompromisingly dedicated to translating the breakthrough science into transformational medicines to help as many people as possible. Long focused on rare and genetic diseases, our scientific advances are now allowing us to bring the power of RNAi therapeutics to more prevalent diseases and as a result, we are beginning to recognize the full potential of this new class of medicines.

Alnylam is committed to its journey to become a top 5 independent, global biopharma company. We are already admired and recognized for our dedication to patients, company culture that empowers people to do their best work, track record of scientific innovation, social responsibility, and commercial excellence.

Founded in 2002, and headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Alnylam has over 1,650 employees at work across the globe. We are seeking smart, passionate, “change the world” kind of people who are ready to say, “challenge accepted” to our mission. Thanks to the commitment of every employee globally, Alnylam is proud to have been recognized as one of Fast Company’s 2021 Best Workplaces for Innovators, a Science Magazine Top Employer three years in a row (2019-2021), a Boston Globe Top Places to Work seven years in a row (2015-2021), a Great Place to Work in Asia, Brazil, the U.K., and Switzerland, Searmount’s 100 Best Companies and Best Companies for Dads, Bloomberg’s Gender Equality Index, among others.


The Chief of Staff to the CEO is a critically important role, enabling the CEO to work most effectively with internal and external stakeholders and fulfill her commitments to Alnylam’s patients, shareholders, and Board of Directors. This role is highly strategic and facilitative and requires a combination of focus and flexibility, as well as a willingness to be an active facilitator in both delivering on CEO objectives and aligning priority projects. As the CEO’s trusted counsel, this role requires a highly resourceful individual with strong emotional intelligence, self-motivation, proven collaboration abilities and deep business acumen.

The Vice President, Chief of Staff will report to the Chief Corporate Development and Strategy Officer and is a key partner and advisor to the Chief Executive Officer on a variety of strategic, operational, and organizational matters. The role requires both big picture thinking, as well as an ability to manage complex details and drive actions across a variety of areas. The ideal candidate is a highly motivated and highly organized individual with exceptional communication skills and judgment.

The Chief of Staff will become adept at compiling reports and presentations for the CEO and Board of Directors, in a succinct format, enabling the CEO to quickly understand where the business is and the issues it faces. The successful candidate will be expected to give opinions on such findings and given the task of designing and rolling out action/project plans.

Key Responsibilities

  • As a participant in Executive Leadership Team (ELT) meetings, work closely with the CEO and other ELT members to implement strategic direction for the organization and ensure alignment with core CEO and Executive Team objectives.
  • Develop and manage a process for measuring and reporting progress on high-priority initiatives and programs across the organization. Keep the CEO and other stakeholders informed on key accomplishments, issues, and next steps.
  • Lead and/or manage special projects and high-profile initiatives, as appropriate.
  • Act as a liaison between the CEO and other company senior executives, to ensure alignment and coordination on a wide variety of cross-functional initiatives.
  • Support the CEO in defining and developing high-impact executive communications, including presentations for ELT and Board of Directors meetings, as well as All Company/Town Hall meetings and other internal and external audiences.
  • Develop and manage agendas, send out pre meeting documentation and support key executive team meetings, including minutes, to ensure that important decisions and action items are fully addressed.
  • Actively participate in meetings and track outcomes and deliverables, ensuring clear next steps are outlined for all individuals and teams.
  • Work closely with the CEO to identify and prepare for critical thought leadership engagements.
  • Be involved in and a key link for certain enterprise wide efforts within the Corporate Development and Strategy EA.


  • Advanced degree (MBA, PhD, MD, JD, etc.) preferred with 10+ years’ experience working in or serving the life sciences industry required, which may include management/strategy consulting, private equity, medical practice or law experience, etc.
  • 15+ years of progressive, relevant experience with demonstrated experience as a chief of staff, or organizing and directing multiple teams and departments. Including prior experience in a managerial capacity within commercial, research or operational divisions of a biotechnology or pharmaceutical company.
  • The successful candidate will be discrete, high-energy, agile-minded, strategic, proactive, highly organized and committed to Alnylam’s vision and values. 
  • Outstanding communication of information and ideas, both written and verbal, to diverse audiences.
  • Strong collaboration skills, with an ability to influence multiple stakeholders. Builds mutual trust, respect and cooperation among team members.
  • Proven project management skills, including the ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities; adapt to new projects rapidly and effectively; Strategic thinker with a proven track record of driving for implementation
  • Demonstrated analytical and information technology skills
  • Self-motivated; Acts independently and prioritizes appropriately; Embraces unexpected changes or challenges and drives to improved solutions
  • Navigates organizational complexities, recommends solutions, and promotes collaboration across functions
  • If employed in the U.S., being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is required

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals is an EEO employer committed to an exciting, diverse, and enriching work environment.

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