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Senior Counsel

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP

Gaithersburg, MD
Posted Date:
Position Type:
Full time
Job Code:
Required Education:
Bachelors Degree
Areas of Expertise Desired:

Job Description

Location: Gaithersburg,
United States
Job reference: R-008840

Posted date: Jun. 07, 2017

Senior Counsel

At AstraZeneca every one of our employees makes a difference to patient lives every day. Each and every one of us believes that science has the ability to change lives and that to deliver this takes many people with many skill sets. When we deliver a life-changing medicine, that success comes from the combined efforts of all of our people. As a Senior Counsel, in Gaithersburg, MD, you’ll play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients’ lives.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Typical role title is Senior Counsel. Reporting to a DGC, AGC or Legal Director, the Senior Counsel works independently under supervision, ensuring all legal requirements are identified in the assigned SET area, area of legal practice or geography, and managing legal risks of high impact to the business. Could report to the head lawyer in a larger Marketing Company or could be head lawyer in a smaller Marketing Company.

  • Manages the delivery of legal advice and services to the assigned AstraZeneca client area and/or in assigned business area
  • Closely aligns with senior AstraZeneca client leaders, typically at Senior Executive Team (SET) level
  • Represents the legal issues associated with the assigned areas at the highest levels in AstraZeneca
  • Identifies and manages present and potential legal risks in the assigned areas, including legal risks associated with the implementation of strategic initiatives
  • Aggressively manages internal and external resources to meet budget requirements
  • Focuses on delivering the appropriate level of service, from internal and external resources, at the lowest possible cost
  • Personally handles complex legal matters and innovative business arrangements
  • Ensures collaboration with other Legal support areas to ensure a seamless service to clients
  • Handles special projects assigned by the Deputy General Counsel


Essential Requirements

  • Law degree and professional legal qualification
  • Substantial legal practice experience with a broad range of commercial and corporate matters
  • Working knowledge of laws relating to assigned areas
  • Strong leadership capabilities
  • Experience directing the legal work of lawyers and other staff
  • Able to provide legal support for U.S.-based and certain global licensing, business development, and operations transactions
  • Able to provide legal transactional support, including advice and counsel, through all phases of transactions, including due diligence, transaction structuring, term sheet development, contract drafting, negotiation, closing, and alliance management, including dispute resolution and identifying best practices
  • Able to provide leadership as a core member of deal teams comprised of business development and operations professionals, together with representatives from other relevant functions
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Desirable Requirements
  • Pharmaceutical experience
  • Prior experience working in-house
  • Understanding of manufacturing and supply chains
  • Comfortable working in a global legal environment
  • Skill in analyzing and solving issues related to a wide variety of substantive legal areas

Next Steps – Apply today!

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete the full application on our website at your earliest convenience – it is the only way that our Recruiter and Hiring Manager can know that you feel well qualified for this opportunity. If you know someone who would be a great fit, please share this posting with them.

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law. AstraZeneca only employs individuals with the right to work in the country/ies where the role is advertised.