Sr Counsel

Gaithersburg, MD, US
Nov 11, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Those who join Emergent BioSolutions feel a sense of ownership about their future. You will excel in an environment characterized by respect, innovation and growth opportunities. Here, you will join passionate professionals who advance their scientific, technical and professional skills to develop products designed-to protect life.


The Senior Counsel, Legal Affairs, has broad experience in pharmaceutical, biologics, and medical device contracting and compliance matters. The Senior Counsel has extensive experience in negotiating commercial contracts, preferably in the areas of contract development and manufacturing and pharmaceutical product distribution and sales. This position will report to the Associate General Counsel, Commercial Contracts, and in addition to responsibilities for drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, will be responsible for providing strategic legal advice and guidance in support of Emergent's business unit operations.

  • The strategic negotiation of complex commercial contracts, such as manufacturing service agreements, research and development agreements, clinical trial agreements, distribution agreements, group purchasing organization agreements, pharmaceutical payor agreements, and product sale agreements
  • Serve as a trusted advisor and collaborator to business unit leads, providing quality legal advice and guidance to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations
  • Provide general legal advice and support on day-to-day operational issues, as well as significant company-wide matters
  • Prepare and provide occasional training to internal clients

The above statements are intended to describe the nature of work performed by those in this job and are not an exhaustive list of all duties. Nothing in this job description restricts managements right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time which reflects management's assignment of essential functions.

  • J.D. from an ABA accredited school and bar membership and minimum of 5 years of relevant legal experience required
  • Substantial legal experience drafting and negotiating complicated commercial contracts required
  • Biopharmaceutical industry experience, whether through in-house experience or law firm client base preferred
  • Knowledge of the Anti-Kickback Statute, fraud and abuse laws, the PhRMA Code, and drug price reporting rules and regulations preferred
  • A self-starter and team player who collaborates and facilitates open dialogue with a wide variety of stakeholders to achieve corporate goals:
  • By developing relationships with co-workers with a different perspective, supporting peers as applicable, and effectively managing conflict
  • By leading teams on specific matters to achieve specific initiatives by being a trusted advisor
  • By providing counseling and legal support from a flexible and business-oriented mindset to support corporate goals in a compliant manner
  • With an awareness of external perceptions of strengths and weaknesses
  • By being an active listener and effective communicator
  • An attorney with an honest appreciation of his or her own capabilities:
  • Who has a high level of intellectual, professional, and interpersonal agility and flexibility, combined with strong analytical, sound judgment and problem-solving skills
  • Who has a high tolerance for ambiguity and facilitates decision-making with a solutions-oriented mindset
  • With substantial legal knowledge and experience in primary disciplines
  • Who produces work product of a high standard with limited supervision
  • With strong negotiating skills


  • There are physical/mental demands and work environment characteristics that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.
  • This information is available upon request from the candidate.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform all essential functions.

Emergent BioSolutions is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, Protected Veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

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