Pharmacyclics, LLC

Contracts Associate I

Sunnyvale, CA
Jun 20, 2018
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type

Pharmacyclics is committed to the development and commercialization of novel therapies intended to improve the quality and duration of life and to resolve serious unmet medical needs for cancer patients. Pharmacyclics is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV), a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company. Oncology is a key therapeutic area for AbbVie, with a portfolio consisting of three marketed products and a pipeline containing multiple promising new molecules that are being studied in more than 200 clinical trials for over 20 different types of cancer.

More than 1,200 Pharmacyclics and AbbVie research scientists, clinicians, marketing, operations and corporate professionals work in the San Francisco Bay Area. They combine their expertise in immuno-oncology, stem cells, and cell-signaling with their knowledge of bispecific antibodies, antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs), and covalent-inhibitor technologies to discover and develop novel cancer treatments. Together, we are striving to outsmart cancer.



Pharmacyclics, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), is focused on developing and commercializing innovative small-molecule drugs for the treatment of cancer and immune-mediated diseases. Pharmacyclics' mission is to develop and commercialize novel therapies intended to improve quality of life, increase duration of life and resolve serious unmet medical needs. Pharmacyclics markets IMBRUVICA and has multiple product candidates in clinical development and several preclinical molecules in lead optimization. Pharmacyclics is committed to high standards of ethics, scientific rigor and operational efficiency as it moves each of these programs toward commercialization.

AbbVie is a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company formed in 2013 following separation from Abbott Laboratories. AbbVie employs approximately 30,000 people worldwide and markets medicines in more than 170 countries.


The Contracts Associate, as a member of the Legal Transactions Group, is responsible for negotiating and executing a variety of company agreements. The ideal candidate must be energized by working in a complex and fast-paced environment, and be able to quickly understand and support business objectives with sound and ethical judgment. Specifically, a

Contracts Associate will:

    Draft, review and negotiate a wide range of R&D related agreements, with a specific focus on Clinical Study-related Agreements including: Clinical Study Agreements and Statements of Work; Vendor agreements, including Master Services Agreements, Software License Agreements, and Consulting Services Agreements; and Laboratory Services Agreements; and Bilateral and One-Way Confidentiality Agreements with Clinical Sites and other vendors.
Review Informed Consent Forms to identify and address the legal issues presented by the requested revisions. Support contract needs of assigned business departments and act as a supportive liaison alone or with Senior Contracts Associates for agreements between business and legal departments. Manage agreements from start to finish including logging and updating contract management system for agreements. Ensure that agreements are timely reviewed and handled, and all agreement records are accurately maintained in contract management system. Arrange and conduct meetings with department leaders and business stakeholders to understand business priorities, provide updates on the status of assigned agreements, and respond to inquiries related to agreements, including contractual terms. Work cross functionally with various departments to resolve issues related to contracting and support cross-functional initiatives. Support the continuous improvement of templates, playbooks and workflow processes. Perform administrative functions including: scheduling meetings/conference calls, maintaining departmental files (electronic or otherwise), managing contract documentation flow and ongoing maintenance of the contract management system utilized by company. Understand and effectively use Microsoft Office Suite, Apttus (contracts management software) and other business-specific software. Develop knowledge of Pharmacyclics' business and supported client areas. Comply with all laws, regulations and policies that govern the company business.


    Assist Pharmacyclics Head of Legal Transactions and other members of the Legal Transactions Group as needed. Have introductory level of contract management experience. Have strong communication skills to effectively gather relevant information from business groups and interact and negotiate with internal and external stakeholders. Have strong interpersonal skills to build and maintain strong positive relationships with business stakeholders, including department leaders. Have strong writing and analytical skills to draft, review, negotiate, and revise agreements. Have high attention to detail, strong organizational, project management and multitasking skills to manage multiple matters, to set own work priorities and to meet required work deadlines. Have flexibility to take on special projects and/or additional responsibilities as needed and appropriate.


    A Juris Doctor (JD) is strongly preferred. A minimum of a Bachelor's Degree with at least (1) year of relevant contract negotiation experience. Other combinations of education and experience that have prepared the candidate to perform the requisite job tasks with a high level of competency will also be considered. Experience with pharmaceutical/biotech companies and/or academic institutions is preferred, but not required.

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