Associate Director, Legal Strategic Transactions

Northbrook, Illinois
Apr 28, 2022
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type

Do you want to be part of an inclusive team that works to develop innovative therapies for patients? Every day, we are driven to develop and deliver innovative and effective new medicines to patients and physicians. If you want to be part of this exciting work, you belong at Astellas!

Astellas Pharma Inc. is a pharmaceutical company conducting business in more than 70 countries around the world. We are committed to turning innovative science into medical solutions that bring value and hope to patients and their families. Keeping our focus on addressing unmet medical needs and conducting our business with ethics and integrity enables us to improve the health of people throughout the world. For more information on Astellas, please visit our website at .

This position is based in Northbrook, Illinois. Remote work from certain states may be permitted in accordance with Astellas' Responsible Flexibility Guidelines. Candidates interested in remote work are encouraged to apply.

Purpose and Scope:

The Associate Director, Legal Strategic Transactions is a key legal advisor responsible for managing a breadth of complex legal matters for the global Medical and Development and Research organization by providing practical, timely, strategic and high-quality legal advice to a broad spectrum of clients across the M&D and Research organization.

This is a strategic position and is accountable for balancing global development opportunities with associated legal and compliance risks in a complex and fast-evolving regulatory environment. This position is also accountable for proactively identifying and mitigating risks to the Company's ability to achieve its corporate objectives under the Corporate Strategic Plan ( "CSP" ).

Essential Job Responsibilities:

The Associate Director, Legal Strategic Transactions will have the following responsibilities:

  • Serving as a strategic legal partner to global business leaders in the Research and M&D organization and their teams by providing a full range of timely, proactive, strategic, best-in-class legal advice and support, taking into account the global objectives of the organization, the CSP and the unique and varying global, regional and local legal and regulatory requirements in a risk-balanced manner in order to effectively minimize and mitigate risk. In this regard, the Associate Director, Legal Strategic Transactions will also align, coordinate and work closely with other members of the Legal and IP Legal teams as may be needed or appropriate.

  • Analyzing complex issues and concepts on a timely basis and memorializing them in well-developed agreements and arriving at balanced solutions in contract negotiations. The Associate Director, Legal Strategic Transactions will work collaboratively and creatively with internal clients to provide broad-spectrum legal contracting support and other day-to-day counseling.

  • Serving as a strategic advisor in the negotiation and settlement of business disputes to avoid litigation and protect the company's interests. Coordinating and working closely with the Litigation, Investigations and Strategic Learning ( "LIT" ) Team on any litigation and internal and external investigations related to Transactions.

  • Providing updates to business clients in Research and M&D on changes in legal developments affecting the pharmaceutical industry, coordinating with other leaders in the Legal function as may be appropriate.

  • Retaining, supervising and directing outside counsel effectively, and efficiently managing legal expenses consistent with global budget for legal matters, coordinating closely with Legal & IP Operations.

  • Coordinating closely with global Ethics & Compliance colleagues.

  • Coordinating and working closely with business clients and the Commercial, Regulatory, and Privacy ( "CRP" ), IP‑Legal, IP‑INV, and Corporate Advocacy teams on Transactions.

  • Supporting the Legal ST Head to provide updates and training to senior managers and business clients supported by the Legal ST Team on changes in legal developments affecting the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Leading a legal culture of excellence in his/her team, which includes driving and fostering: (1) an agile, adaptive culture; (2) a value-based organization based on Legal's Mission and objectives; (3) a culture of innovation, transparency and trust; (4) proactive identification/mitigation of risk in a balanced approach; (5) empowerment and engagement of the team members; (6) a collaborative culture with close coordination with other members of Legal and IP as appropriate to leverage synergies and efficiencies; (7) a culture of compliance and good corporate governance; and (8) a continuous expectation of high performance, where "ok" is not good enough.

  • Leading other projects as may be requested by the Senior and/or Executive Director, Legal Strategic Transactions; or the Legal Head of ST Team.

  • Overnight travel, including international travel, as needed.

Qualifications Required

Required qualifications include:

  • Law Degree (Juris Doctor and licensed to practice law).

  • At least 5-7 years' experience working in a law firm or pharmaceutical legal department.

  • Prior legal experience handling transactional legal and counseling matters for a company in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry.

  • Deep understanding of the legal issues affecting the pharmaceutical industry, including regulatory processes for prescription drugs, anti-kickback, fraud and abuse, anti-bribery and anti-corruption and antitrust laws. Strong knowledge of global regulatory environment that affects decision-making across Astellas' global business. Good understanding of the pharmaceutical industry, including IP, manufacturing, R&D, regulatory and commercial elements.

  • Strong experience and knowledge of best practices relating to legal matters in the pharmaceutical industry. Strong ability to grasp legal issues quickly, exhibit strong analytical problem solving and decision-making skills, exercise sound judgment and provide practical and constructive legal advice.

  • Strong negotiation and communication skills (both oral and written). Ability to communicate legal issues in a clear and understandable manner. Inspires trust and confidence through effective communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Strong work ethic and ability to manage large workload, multi-task and focus on critical priorities and otherwise effectively meet client needs. Ability to produce high-quality work under deadline pressures.

  • Team player and able to build relationships both internally and externally.

  • Strong organization and teamwork skills. Detail oriented, self-motivated, and able to motivate others.

  • A strong commitment to integrity and professionalism and demonstrated passion for excellence.


  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

  • Generous Paid Time Off options, including Vacation and Sick time, plus national holidays including year-end shut down

  • 401(k) match and annual company contribution

  • Company paid life insurance

  • Annual Corporate Bonus and Quarterly Sales Incentive for eligible positions

  • Long Term Incentive Plan for eligible positions

  • Referral bonus program

Astellas is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment. EOE including Disability/Protected Veterans.

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Astellas is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment. EOE including Disability/Protected Veterans