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Senior Legal Advisor / Legal Advisor

MedImmune, LLC

Gaithersburg, MD
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Full time
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Required Education:
Masters Degree
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Job Description

                                       Location:Gaithersburg, United States
Job reference: R-000767

Posted date: Oct. 28, 2016


   If you’re inspired by the possibilities of science to change lives and you thrive when making brave decisions – join us.  

   MedImmune is the worldwide biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives every day. As one of the world’s premier biotechnology companies, our mission is centered on delivering life-changing products that advance world health, and help fight and cure disease.  As a Senior Legal Advisor / Legal Advisor in Gaithersburg, MD, you’ll play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients’ lives.  

   We’re constantly pushing the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines to patients, with a passion for discovery and a pipeline to show for it. We’re pioneering innovative research and exploring novel pathways across key therapeutic areas including oncology, respiratory, inflammation and autoimmunity, cardiovascular and metabolic disease, and infection and vaccines. And we’re industry-leading in immunology, protein engineering and translational science. We offer a unique and strong collaborative network as part of the AstraZeneca family, as together we explore synergies between small and large molecules.  

   MedImmune has a dynamic environment that fosters collaboration and innovation. We attract top minds, and we nurture and build top talent.  

   Main Duties and Responsibilities  

   This role can be filled as either Senior Legal Advisor or Legal Advisor.  

   Global Business Planning and Operations is responsible for the efficient execution of business processes for the technical functions (Research and Biopharmaceutical Development) and Operations groups.  We support the Procure to Pay process, starting with generation of contracts.  As Senior Legal Advisor / Legal Advisor, you will provide the necessary expertise in the drafting and negotiation of contracts in order to appropriately manage business risk.  

   Job duties and responsibilities will include the following:  Draft and negotiate various contract types (e.g.,  Services, Consulting, Material Transfer agreements, Studentships, Sponsored Research and Collaboration Agreements, and others) using approved templates in accordance with pre-defined target cycle times; Draft contract language and modify template language when appropriate;  Review contract drafts provided by third parties for consistency with MedImmune terms and conditions, and redline as needed; Set and appropriately modify priorities based on feedback from internal clients and business needs; Consult with various stakeholders from other departments (Procurement, Legal, and Compliance) as appropriate.  Communicate effectively with clients and fellow team members who may lack legal expertise; ; Effectively multi-task in order to progress a large docket of contract requests simultaneously;  Assist in training and review of other team members with contract drafting and negotiating; Work with internal business teams on issues and developments related to assigned contracts; Identify opportunities to improve the overall contracting process and related software to increase efficiency and to better manage risk.  


   Essential Requirements  

   Legal Advisor  

  •      Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences (preferably), (Para)Legal Studies, Business or Finance.    
  •      Minimum 5 years of experience negotiating a wide range of commercial agreements, such as CDAs, service agreements, consulting contracts and material transfer agreements.    
  •      Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.    
  •      Strong customer support orientation and ability to explain complex issues in simple terms.    
  •      Thorough understanding of the contract process including contract evaluation, negotiation, approval, tracking and close-out.    
  •      Superior oral and written communication skills.    
  •      Ability to influence and negotiate to a mutually acceptable position.    
  •      Fluent in MS Word, Excel, Adobe Acrobat, and conversions between them.    
   Senior Legal Advisor    
  •      Juris Doctor degree and admission to a state bar.    
  •      5+ years of experience in contract drafting and negotiation.    
  •      Familiarity with intellectual property issues relevant to contracts.    

           Strong background in license,  research and collaboration agreements      


   Desirable Requirements  

   Legal Advisor  

  •      Experience in a law firm or corporate (esp. biotech or pharmaceutical)organization.    
  •      Flexibility and willingness to learn new software systems and procedures.    

   Senior Legal Advisor  

  •      Experience with software-related agreements.

   NOTE:  Relocation assistance is not provided for this position.  

   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