Corporate Counsel - Commercial Transactions
Pharmacyclics, Inc. - Sunnyvale, CA

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The Corporate Counsel - Commercial Transactions will work as part of the small but rapidly growing Legal department of Pharmacyclics. The position will report directly to the head of the Legal department. The successful candidate will draft and negotiate (with minimal supervision) various contracts relating to commercial activities, including agreements with third party logistics (3PL) providers, contract manufacturing organizations, specialty pharmacy distributors, wholesalers, health plans, pharmacy benefits management (PBM) companies, and group purchasing organizations, and other contract matters, including advertising agency agreements, health professional consulting contracts, master services agreements, benefits/staffing/HR agreements, promotional speaker bureau agreements, sales operations agreements, vendor and service contracts, IT and consulting agreements, confidentiality or non-disclosure agreements, and other agreements in support of the market launch and commercialization of the company’s pharmaceutical and companion diagnostic products. The Counsel’s responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:
  • Serve as lead counsel in various transactional matters, including drafting, review and negotiation to closure of agreements in response to company employee requests
  • Balance legal risk with business interests in the negotiation of contracts
  • Interpret contract language and advise client groups on rights and obligations under company agreements
  • Provide advice and counseling on contract-related legal issues, e.g., Anti-Kickback Statute; Medicare/Medicaid fraud and abuse; Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; antitrust; liability and indemnification issues
  • Prepare template agreements, modify existing templates and prepare unique agreements as required
  • Generally work to ensure clear and prompt communication with company employees, and outside vendors regarding commercial contracts
  • Interpret company policies; educate colleagues and clients to improve general understanding and compliance with policies and procedures relating to contracting
  • Keep up-to-date on legal issues relating to commercial contracts and related compliance matters through appropriate classes, seminars, or other education opportunities approved by supervisor

Experience and Qualifications
  • JD with Bar admission and between 5-7 years in practice
  • 5+ years of recent relevant legal experience in a top tier law firm’s Life Sciences practice or pharmaceutical or biotechnology company’s law department
  • Prior experience and focus on the drafting and negotiation of contracts in support of pharmaceutical manufacturing, distribution, sales, marketing, regulatory and medical affairs activities. The candidate must have significant knowledge of contracts law
  • Demonstrated excellent contract drafting and negotiation skills
  • Prior success in learning and reaching increasing levels of competency in a law department that values ongoing professional development and collegiality
  • Consistent demonstration of excellent judgment, communication, collaboration, and interpersonal skills
  • Must be passionate about his/her role as a proactive, strategic, solutions-oriented, client-focused, ethical counselor who helps drive business excellence to improve patient lives
  • A writing sample is required

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