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Associate Director, Corporate Counsel (contracts)
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Associate Director, Corporate Counsel (Contracts) The candidate will report to the company's Corporate Counsel. Will assist with corporate strategic and tactical legal initiatives. Provide senior management with effective advice on company strategies and their implementation, help manage the legal function, and obtain and oversee the work of outside counsel. Be directly involved in complex business transactions and negotiating critical contracts. Draft and negotiate a wide range of legal documents typical of a biotech or pharmaceutical research organization including master service agreements, supply agreements, materials transfer agreements, clinical trial agreements, license agreements, real estate leases, confidentiality agreements, research collaborations with academic institutions, agreements with NIH and other governmental entities such as CRADAs, and other general business contracts. Advise internal clients on contract interpretation, dispute resolution, IP ownership and other legal risks. Assist with the development of policies and procedures, and standard template language to be used in contracts. Mentor, train, and advise contract specialists and paralegals in the Corporate Legal department on the preparation, negotiation and execution of form-based documents. Work with departments within the company to support strategic transactions. Work with other legal teams in a corporate litigation support function as needed, particularly in drafting settlement agreements. Provide continuing counsel and guidance on legal matters and on legal implications of all matters Manage contracts and other databases. Ensure legal objectives are met. Research unique legal issues impacting the organization by identifying applicable statutes, judicial decisions, and codes. Develop solutions to complex legal questions. Provide training to company and its affiliates on substantive legal topics.

The candidate should have a J.D. degree from a nationally recognized law school. Should be admitted to practice (preferably in California). BS in life sciences or related field preferred. Must have 5+ years of experience in a law firm and/or in-house advising on, drafting and negotiating agreements, including significant experience with transactions in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry advising clients on both business and legal issues. Overall broad legal knowledge (contracts, securities, corporate governance, etc.) is required. Should have experience drafting and negotiating a wide variety of agreements (master service agreements, materials transfer agreements, license agreements, purchase agreements, confidentiality agreements, clinical trial agreements, and other general business contracts). Prior experience with or exposure to agreements with academic institutions and/or the NIH and other governmental entities preferred. Prior experience with or exposure to international regulatory processes for pharmaceutical products and laws and regulations governing clinical trials desired.
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