Contracts Counsel

Menlo Park, CA, United States
May 29, 2021
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
GRAIL is a healthcare company whose mission is to detect cancer early, when it can be cured. GRAIL is focused on alleviating the global burden of cancer by developing pioneering technology to detect and identify multiple deadly cancer types early. The company is using the power of next-generation sequencing, population-scale clinical studies, and state-of-the-art computer science and data science to enhance the scientific understanding of cancer biology, and to develop its multi-cancer early detection blood test. GRAIL is headquartered in Menlo Park, CA with locations in Washington, D.C., North Carolina, and the United Kingdom. It is supported by leading global investors and pharmaceutical, technology, and healthcare companies. For more information, please visit

The Contracts Counsel must thrive working in a fast-paced, innovative environment. This individual should possess strong contract drafting and negotiating skills. The exceptional candidate will have excellent social skills including the ability to partner collaboratively with internal stakeholders and external vendors while remaining flexible, proactive, resourceful and efficient, and maintaining high quality and high standards. In addition, this individual should have the ability to analyze complex issues to develop relevant and realistic plans and recommendations. The Contracts Counsel will be expected to work independently while knowing when to escalate issues to senior attorneys. The Contract Counsel will communicate complex issues in a simple way and orchestrate plans to resolve issues and mitigate risks.

You will:

• Draft, review, and negotiate a variety of contracts, including commercial agreements, supply agreements, service agreements, advisory agreements, confidentiality agreements, IT agreements and other vendor agreements. Experience supporting life sciences companies, negotiating development agreements, clinical trial agreements, data and material transfer agreements, a plus.
• Work closely with the GRAIL UK team to execute agreements required for the conduct of clinical trials and commercial partnerships, including clinical study agreements, related service agreements, and data transfer agreements.
• Support miscellaneous project-based legal assignments and initiatives, including template revisions and training of client groups.
• Provide timely advice to internal clients on a wide range of transactions and matters.
• Develop excellent working relationships with functional groups and project teams.
• Work without close supervision, initiate new assignments and identify ways to continuously improve templates, processes, and operations

You should have:

• U.S. Law degree and an active member in good standing of California Bar
• At least 2-4 years of transactions experience, ideally with a mix of national law firm experience and prior in-house life sciences experience strongly preferred
• Familiarity with intellectual property licensing contracting and data privacy laws (including GDPR) a strong plus
• Extensive experience drafting and negotiating a wide range of agreements
• Exceptional interpersonal and planning skills and a meticulous attention to detail
• Ability to effectively prioritize and multi-task
• Ability to maintain focus and composure amid pressure and evolving priorities
• Ability to work in a self-guided manner while exercising initiative, flexibility and good judgment
• Strong desire to improve processes and grow

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

GRAIL, Inc. and its affiliates and subsidiaries ("GRAIL") does not accept any liability for fees for resumes from recruiters or employment agencies ("Agency"), without a binding, written recruitment agreement between GRAIL and Agency describing the services and specific job openings ("Agreement"). GRAIL may consider any candidate for whom an Agency has submitted an unsolicited resume and explicitly reserves the right to hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the Agency, unless an Agreement is in place. Any email or verbal contacts with any person within GRAIL is inadequate to create a binding agreement. Agencies without an Agreement are requested not to contact any hiring managers of GRAIL with recruiting inquiries or resumes. Agencies interested in partnering with GRAIL may contact GRAIL's HR Department through our Customer Service team .