Corporate Counsel II (SEC / Governance)

San Francisco, CA, United States
Aug 28, 2020
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Position Overview

Nektar Therapeutics has an exciting opportunity for a Corporate Counsel to join our Legal team.

Advises on general legal matters pertaining to the Company across all sites. Provides a variety of corporate governance and securities legal services to the company under the direction of the company's general counsel. Acts as advisor on issues involving the organization's legal and regulatory compliance, with a particular emphasis on SEC and governance matters. Demonstrates comfort with advising on a broad range of legal matters, including transactional matters in the life sciences (pharmaceutical, biotech, drug delivery, and medical devices) industry, including but not limited to, drafting and negotiating research and development agreements, clinical research agreements, license agreements, and manufacturing and supply agreements without significant supervision. Familiarity with intellectual property law and FDA and European regulatory matters.

Successfully manages a variety of corporate governance and securities issues for the company, and exercises sound legal and practical judgment in advising in-house clients on a variety of legal issues. Coordinates as appropriate with management and in-house and outside counsel in the handling of securities issues SEC compliance, governance and other matters. Helps to establish effective and efficient processes for meeting legal, contractual and compliance requirements. Coordinates with the Intellectual Property department to ensure that negotiated documents are sufficiently protective of Company IP. Coordinates with the Finance department to ensure that negotiated documents meet Company's financial requirements. Coordinates with other departments within the Company (regulatory, manufacturing, quality, program management) to ensure that negotiated documents meet Company's requirements in these areas. Provides legal and business counsel to Company and subsidiary management teams on an as required basis. Works on and may lead other projects as assigned. May provide guidance to junior legal staff.

A JD degree and license to practice in the state of California are required. An undergraduate degree in a scientific field is a plus. A minimum of 7 years of legal experience is required, with a substantial majority of that time spent at a major law firm. Demonstrated proficiency in successfully counseling clients on matters of increasing complexity, along with assuming roles of increasing responsibility over their legal career is essential. The successful candidate will provide management with sound and practical legal advice to a variety of business issues, often on an expedited basis. Substantial experience in filing A minimum of 4 years of experience of drafting and negotiating complex life sciences agreements without significant supervision, including clinical research agreements, supply and manufacturing contracts, research and development contracts, licensing contracts, collaboration and strategic alliance agreements are required. A strong understanding of and experience with issues surrounding the business needs of life sciences companies including regulatory requirements, intellectual property, partnering activities and joint development are required. Experience in working with management in developing and managing complex business relationships is required. Experience in working on complex business relationships and related transactions where critical thinking in terms of strategy, tactics and coordination is required. Excellent analytical and problem solving skills. Excellent communication skills both oral and written, including strong drafting and negotiation skills are required. Must demonstrate ability to work effectively individually as well as in teams.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. Nektar Therapeutics will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in the manner proscribed by the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.