Senior Director, Contracts Counsel

94080, South San Francisco
Sep 26, 2019
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

Job Description:

The Senior Director, Contracts Counsel, will be responsible for leading the contracting function at Atreca, including managing day-to-day contracting needs.  This position will report to the General Counsel.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Lead the contracting function, including drafting, reviewing, and negotiating a wide variety of contracts (e.g., MSAs, SOWs, various vendor agreements, consulting agreements, MTAs, clinical CRO agreements, manufacturing agreements, license agreements, and software licenses)
  • Review clinical-trial related documents (e.g., ICFs and general legal correspondence)
  • Take a practical approach to contracting focused on the needs of the business and internal clients
  • Work closely with internal clients to identify and articulate contract issues and risks, provide practical advice, become a trusted partner and ensure efficient and effective completion of contracts
  • Work closely with the General Counsel to review existing contracts process and contracts management system, and modify and optimize to meet legal and business needs
  • Manage contracts process and contracts management system, and educate internal clients
  • Review existing contract templates and implement changes as needed
  • Manage contracts management system vendor
  • Manage outside counsel and related budget
  • Provide general legal advice on, and support for, other corporate matters


  • J.D. from an accredited law school
  • Admitted to practice in at least one state, preferably CA, and in good standing
  • At least 8 years relevant legal experience, with at least 5 years at a biotechnology or pharmaceutical company, preferably in early-stage development
  • Experience managing and optimizing contracts management systems required
  • Experience with clinical contracting strongly preferred
  • Experience with GDPR and other privacy laws preferred
  • Skilled at providing high-quality, timely, and practical legal advice and risk assessments
  • Skilled at explaining complex legal issues
  • Skilled at advising senior management
  • Skilled at managing outside counsel
  • Excellent judgment
  • Excellent communication, negotiation, presentation, and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational and project-management skills
  • Strong client-service attitude to serve as a trusted business partner and collaborator
  • Strong and demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced and dynamic culture
  • Excitement to work at Atreca and support its purpose and values

Atreca is an equal opportunity employer