Director of Commercial Development - Europe

Riffyn - Europe

A Mission to Reshape Science

Breakthrough discoveries once occurred when scientists like Alexander Fleming noticed the halo of dead bacteria surrounding a mold colony. But today's breakthroughs often go unnoticed because they are buried in uninterpretable spreadsheets, inaccessible data or excessive experimental noise. Riffyn’s mission is to unlock the full potential of today’s science by delivering clean, connected, meaningful data the moment it is collected.

Riffyn provides SaaS for scientific process design and data analytics to biotech, pharmaceutical, food and chemical industries. Riffyn SaaS offers a unique “design-first” approach to scientific experimentation and product development that gives global R&D organizations unprecedented access to high-quality process information, aggregated data, and machine learning.

The Role

As Director of Commercial Development at Riffyn, you are a deeply experienced in R&D IT products and services and their sale to global enterprises. You will lead Riffyn’s European sales organization and will be responsible for growing the sales pipeline, closing six and seven figure transactions, optimizing the sales process, recruiting and managing a European sales team, mentoring and training sales staff, defining compensation plans, lead generation, network development, market surveillance, intelligence gathering. Most critically you will be responsible for defining and delivering on annual sales targets through the development and operation of Riffyn’s revenue pipeline. You will report to Riffyn’s CCO (Chief Commercial Officer). 



  • Over time become an expert in how to sell Riffyn products and services and the value they deliver to scientific R&D

  • Stay current on the scientific software marketplace and emerging trends

  • Articulate Riffyn’s value proposition and impact to prospective customers and broader audiences

  • Provide and complete business development opportunities while working with North America and European based team members

  • Instill a positive and creative culture that drives employees to contribute and prosper

Market Surveillance & Strategic Focus

  • Maintain a deep understanding of trends and digital initiatives in key verticals

  • Cultivate executive network in key verticals

  • Help define / prioritize market focus

  • Help define commercial goals


  • Work with CCO and team as well as European GM

  • Communicate European objectives internally and inspire the team

  • Coordinate with Scientific Solutions lead to deliver holistic offerings and implementations to our customers

  • Work with Riffyn Marketing to use sales collateral and messaging

Revenue Pipeline

  • Work with CCO and develop/adopt solution sales process, team accountabilities, pipeline tracking

  • Work with CCO on lead generation and intelligence gathering activities

  • Enable and utilize the team

  • Develop and close pipeline


  • Expect approximately 50% of time traveling


Experienced in SaaS or enterprise software sales

  • Previously accountable for enterprise scientific software solution deployment or sales (products or services)

  • Experienced in developing, operating, tracking and driving a revenue pipeline

  • Extensive experience in developing and delivering on annual revenue plans

Deep knowledge of scientific R&D and R&D IT organizations including:

  • Understand how to navigate and solution sell in these environments


  • Ability to distill complex concepts into compelling messages for diverse audiences

  • Organized, driven, accountable

About Riffyn

Riffyn solves previously intractable data fragmentation and data sharing problems in R&D organizations. Using patented technology based on “scientific blueprints”, Riffyn SaaS breaks down data silos to provide deeply integrated data sets for real-time statistical analysis, visualization and global access. In addition, Riffyn Scientific Services provides expert training and consulting on assay design, process improvement and scientific data analysis. Riffyn SaaS supports eight of the top 15 global biopharmaceutical, biotechnology and food technology firms. Riffyn is headquartered in Oakland, California. 


CommercialTimothy Gardner