Counsel, Contracts

Apr 27, 2022
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type

We’re currently seeking an individual who thrives in a fast-paced and high-performing environment to join our company as Counsel, Contracts, reporting to the Director, Contracts Counsel. This role will support Arcus’ general, research and development contracting needs in support of the company’s mission to develop innovative cancer immunotherapies.



  • Draft and negotiate a wide variety of contracts in support of the company’s research and development activities and business and general operations, including MSAs, SOWs, MTAs, manufacturing and supply, software licenses, consulting agreements, engagement letters and investigator-initiated study agreements
  • Ensure the consistent and timely delivery of high quality and compliant agreements while providing clear, practical, and business-oriented guidance on all contracting issues through the entire contracting process
  • Establish strong, collaborative relationships with colleagues to support the training and education of internal clients on company policies and good contracting practices
  • Advise internal clients on contract interpretation, dispute resolutions and legal and business risk
  • Contributes to the establishment and ongoing improvement of contracting parameters and procedures, including template development across various jurisdictions worldwide and associated playbooks



  • J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school; admission in good standing with any state bar (California preferred)
  • 4+ years of research and development and general contracts experience at a nationally recognized law firm or as in-house counsel
  • Ability to handle, prioritize and follow through on a high volume of work, setting appropriate priorities with clients and delivering results efficiently
  • Knowledge of US and foreign regulatory and compliance matters relevant to the biopharmaceutical industry
  • Comfortable learning and using tools and technology to improve process efficiency and transparency
  • Enthusiastic and resourceful
  • Process oriented with attention to detail and strong analytical thinking skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written