Senior Contract Specialist

New Haven, CT
Oct 13, 2021
Pharm Country
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type

Arvinas is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company leading the way in targeted protein degradation therapeutics. Arvinas is the first company to focus solely on protein degradation and its platform technology is the most advanced in the field. Since its founding in 2013, Arvinas’ PROTAC® Discovery Engine has been driving the most significant breakthroughs in the industry. Arvinas’ pipeline encompasses a range of validated and undruggable targets in oncology, immuno-oncology, and neuroscience. This includes two clinical-stage programs: ARV-110, which is being developed as a potential treatment for men with late-line metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer, and ARV-471, which is being developed as a potential treatment for patients with breast cancer.

#TeamArvinas is made up of more than 200 passionate and curious employees, whose diverse thoughts and perspectives are highly valued. Arvinas employees embrace the freedom to pursue innovation, think creatively, and give back. They are driven by the company’s values and purpose – to improve the well-being of patients and families impacted by the devastating diseases Arvinas is working to treat. It’s an exciting time to be in drug development and it’s an exciting time to be at Arvinas. But don’t just take our word for it – here’s what Arvinas employees are saying. For more information, please visit


Position Summary

The Senior Contract Specialist will work across all functions and teams as a trusted partner to proactively facilitate the efficient negotiation, execution and tracking of contracts with a focus on client service, professionalism, confidentiality, superior organizational and prioritization skills, and a high level of attention to detail.

Under the supervision of the General Counsel, the Senior Contract Specialist will regularly work with and negotiate legal language, and will be expected to draft, review, and assist with the negotiation of a wide arrangement of agreements, including confidential disclosure agreements, manufacturing agreements, licenses, clinical trial agreements, consulting agreements, master services agreements, material transfer agreements, research agreements and vendor work orders, as well as complete the daily administrative tasks of managing the workflow of agreements. The Senior Contract Specialist will also provide general corporate and public company support. This is an exciting opportunity to manage the legal needs and develop the legal processes of a growing biotech company. 

This position reports to the General Counsel and will be located at our headquarters in New Haven, CT.


Principal Responsibilities

Key responsibilities of this role include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead and manage contract lifecycle (from birth to closeout) , and the contract process(es) common to the biotechnology industry. 
  • Prepare, assess, draft and negotiate contracts for various areas of the company, including the research, manufacturing and clinical teams. 
  • Act as the liaison for internal business partners and the Legal department on contract-related inquiries and contracting processes involving external vendors. 
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams and external vendors on contract compliance, maintenance, renewals, terminations and implementation of renewal processes.
  • Lead continuous process improvement efforts across the Company's contract management process including preparation, review, negotiation, retention and filing of routine agreements and related documents and development and enhancement of templates for frequently used agreements.
  • Utilize and manage updates to the contract management database ensuring fully-executed contracts are properly entered and information is updated, as required.
  • Keep a tickler file and follow up as required for all missing or incomplete contract documents throughout the organization, ensuring that the Legal Department is in possession of all executed agreements.
  • Analyze contracts and ensure that key stakeholders are made aware of and can comply with any affirmative asks or contract risk that may arise throughout the contract duration prior to approving for execution.
  • Prepare summaries of key contracts for ongoing tracking of financial, reporting, insurance and other obligations.
  • Collaborate with members of finance and other departments to educate colleagues and ensure compliance with cross-functional policies and procedures. 
  • Prepare, organize and maintain corporate minute books and other corporate documents, annual reports, agreements and records, in both hard copy and electronic form.
  • Lead special projects as requested, such as collaborating on department-wide or company-wide initiatives. 
  • Manage contract signature process internally. 




  • Previous hybrid experience in financial and scientific/commercial analysis strongly preferred
  • Prior in-house experience as a member of a legal department in a biotechnology or pharmaceuticals company strongly preferred. 
  • Public company experience preferred.
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office applications required, familiarity with SEC EDGAR database preferred.
  • Exceptional contract drafting and negotiation skills, always keeping the mtigation of Company risk as top priority. 
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task, problem-solve, prioritize and operate in a fast paced environment. 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including proven ability to interact and communicate effectively with individuals from multiple departments at all levels of the organization. 
  • Excellent professionalism and interpersonal skills with sound judgment and commitment to ethical conduct. 
  • Ability to handle confidential and proprietary information using excellent discretion and judgment. 
  • Exceptional critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work in a dynamic fast-paced, high volume environment and meet deadlines. 
  • Strong organizational and time management skills in order to balance working on multiple projects in parallel are required.
  • Outstanding attention to detail. 
  • Must be able to logically assess priorities and possess the ability to manage multiple timelines and projects. 
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Ability to interface with outside counsel, vendors, collaborators, internal functions and all levels of management.



  • BA/BS degree required
  • 4+ years total relevant work experience (pharmaceuticals or biotech) required


Arvinas is proud to offer a competitive package of base and incentive compensation as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, vision and dental coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, and much more. To learn more about Arvinas, please visit

Arvinas is an Equal Opportunity employer