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Corporate Counsel, Contracts

Job Summary:

Excellent opportunity to join the Legal Department in a high-growth biopharmaceutical company in Cambridge.  The Corporate Counsel, Contracts will have prior experience working with life sciences companies where they have exuded a sense of urgency and passion for their work while contributing to the company goals.  He/she will be responsible for client counseling and training, relationship management, and drafting and negotiating a wide range of contracts including agreements with hospitals, universities, contract manufacturing organizations, contract research organizations, consultants and vendors.  This position requires strong communication and project management skills and a great deal of resourcefulness and autonomy in accomplishing a wide variety of tasks. The Corporate Counsel, Contracts will collaborate across the organization and will have the opportunity to help us make an impact on patients’ lives!

Responsibilities:

  • Draft and negotiate a high volume of contracts, including without limitation clinical trial agreements, supply agreements, master services agreements and work orders, consulting agreements, engagement letters, grant agreements, sponsorship agreements, confidentiality agreements, material transfer agreements, quality agreements, research agreements, and license agreements.
  • Interface with internal management and external parties to gather specifications and terms necessary for contract drafting and negotiations.
  • Analyze contracts for legal and regulatory compliance.  Keep up to date on current laws and regulations. Conduct legal research, as needed.
  • Provide practical business-oriented legal advice to a wide array of clients, and counsel clients on considerations and issues related to contract negotiation, interpretation and disputes; respond to client inquiries.
  • Actively help implement and manage contract management tools and other technology adopted by the Legal Department and train clients as appropriate.
  • Contribute to the review, development, communication and implementation of policies and procedures.
  • Work closely with Finance to help ensure compliance with cross-functional policies and procedures related to contract approval, tracking and reporting.
  • Develop and update contract templates, training materials, and relevant portions of the Legal Department’s intranet site content.
  • Prepare Board of Directors resolutions and materials related to contracts, as needed.
  • Generate reports, presentations, spreadsheets and other documents for the Legal Department, clients and/or the senior management team, as requested.
  • Act as the Legal Department representative on cross-functional teams, as assigned.
  • Complete special projects, such as collaborating on department-wide or company-wide initiatives, as requested.

This position does not have managerial responsibility or budgetary discretion.  It is anticipated that this position may require up to 10% travel time.

Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years of post-JD experience drafting and negotiating clinical trial agreements for global studies as well as a variety of other contracts, preferably in the capacity as a member of a legal department in a biotechnology or pharmaceuticals company
  • JD from an accredited law school
  • Good standing in the Massachusetts bar
  • Substantive working knowledge of US Federal and state laws and regulations relating to the pharmaceutical industry
  • Strong contract drafting and negotiation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task, problem-solve and operate in a fast paced environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong professionalism and interpersonal skills
  • Sound judgment and commitment to ethical conduct

All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Capabilities:

  • Strong understanding of legal principles and compliance requirements in the contracting process as well as the business requirements
  • Demonstrated excellence in (i) understanding and digesting complex scenarios in order to identify and evaluate relevant issues and risks, (ii) proposing solutions that take into consideration the relevant business objectives and balance the risk and the opportunity, as appropriate, and (iii) communicating those issues, risks, and solutions clearly and concisely to lawyers and non-lawyers alike
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to handle multiple responsibilities simultaneously and still meet high quality and timeliness standards under pressure
  • Team player with a commitment to developing strong collaborative relationships with clients and cross-functional teams
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently manage outside counsel (on the limited occasions when used) and adhere to a budget
  • Comfortable in a results-driven, highly accountable environment where you can make an impact
  • Self-motivated, able to work independently and be reliable and responsive
  • Commitment to proactively seeking, designing and implementing improvements and engaging with appropriate stakeholders to propose and implement solutions

All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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