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Senior Director - Counsel: Transactions Center of Excellence

Eli Lilly and Company
Remote, Indiana
Start date
Feb 8, 2024

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Regulatory, Legal/Compliance, Regulatory Affairs
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

Job Details

At Lilly, we unite caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We are a global healthcare leader headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our employees around the world work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to our communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. We give our best effort to our work, and we put people first. We’re looking for people who are determined to make life better for people around the world.

Since 2014, Lilly has launched over 20 new molecular entities globally, with several promising launches yet to come. This dramatic increase in R&D output has fueled sales growth and pipeline value, and Lilly is now the largest pharmaceutical company by market capitalization. Looking ahead we have a new challenge: to sustain this productivity and drive additional growth. External innovation will continue to be a key component of our strategy, allowing us to access breakthrough science that could drive growth in our existing disease areas – as well as create new areas of focus. Lilly leadership has made this a priority, and we are investing heavily in our capabilities to identify and assess future opportunities. Listen to our CEO, Dave Ricks, speak on this topic: Webcast - 42nd Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference (

As part of Lilly’s commitment to external innovation, Lilly has launched Catalyze360. Catalyze360 provides resources and partners with the biotech ecosystem to accelerate the development of therapies for patients: capital, world-class lab space, and the research and development capabilities and expertise. We are looking for a someone who will be the primary legal support for the Lilly ExploR&D capabilities of Catalyze360. This role will help drive transactions for a broad range of Lilly discovery, pre-clinical and development capabilities to further support our external partners on their R&D journey, taking Lilly’s 150 years of expertise in developing medicine and making them available to our collaborators. Learn more about Catalyze360 at: Lilly Catalyze360 | Eli Lilly and Company

The Senior Director - Counsel: Transactions Center of Excellence – Catalyze360 role will be a core member of Lilly’s legal team helping drive the company’s mission and serving as a trusted advisor and leader. The successful attorney will have the opportunity to make an immediate contribution to Lilly’s continuing growth and success. We are seeking a validated leader who is motivated, proactive, thrives in ambiguity, a self-starter and enjoys challenges.

Are you an attorney with excellent interpersonal skills and can successfully manage internal client expectations, working well with diversity of personalities/capabilities in cross-functional teams, matrix environment? If you demonstrate high personal and leadership characteristics of teamwork, inclusiveness, calmness, and adaptability, please apply. Bring your talent and join the Lilly team today!

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Lead the structuring, drafting, negotiating and counseling on transactions (including, licenses and collaborations, R&D services, equity investments, divestitures and other transactions).
  • Serve as both a legal and business partner in structuring and implementing new Catalyze360 offerings and transaction models.
  • Develop agreement templates and playbooks as well as lead training for the Catalyze360 team.
  • Identify and resolve critical legal and business issues throughout the duration of the lifecycle of Catalyze360 agreements, including but not limited to, post-transaction alliance management support.
  • Partner with the Catalyze360 team and other key internal functional partners to ensure strategic alignment and partner to grow the infrastructure of the scaling Catalyze360 organization.
  • Exercise excellent judgment to influence and drive decision-making.
  • Cultivate and contribute to the ongoing development of a high-performance transaction legal team and cultivate a highly collaborative culture with effective relationships with colleagues in the legal department as well as other key functions.
  • Demonstrate a customer-focused approach to advising internal client groups.
  • Recognized source, for both senior management and other attorneys, of innovative ideas in complex areas of law, business, or technology, with respect to transactional matters.

Basic Requirements:
  • J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Admitted to the bar in at least one of the fifty states.
  • Minimum of six years of legal experience related to drafting, review and negotiation of sophisticated transactions either practicing as a member of a law firm in a relevant area of law or practicing at an in-house law department, or a combination of the two. Significant experience specific to the pharmaceutical or life sciences industry is required.

Additional Skills/Preferences:
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, business judgment with an ability to influence others.
  • Proactively see opportunities for creative and innovative solutions to transactional issues and process improvements.
  • Professional demeanor and ability to interact at a senior level with persuasiveness, confidence, credibility and a collaborative approach. Must possess the gravitas to lead and influence a seasoned business team.
  • Fast and nimble, able to adjust between audiences and provide sound legal and business advice in a punctual fashion.
  • Must be a great teammate who is collaborative and resourceful, but also have ability to work independently.
  • The ability to see the "big picture" and yet be highly organized and efficient, with demonstrated attention to detail.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects in parallel, while setting appropriate priorities and deadlines and delivering results on time. Operate with immediacy while remaining flexible, open-minded, and adaptable when working in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Analytic and strategic with the ability to devise creative solutions to effectively drive toward recommendations and closure.
  • Impeccable integrity and ability handle confidential and sensitive matters with discretion.
  • Assist other attorneys and collaborators in resolving legal issues on cross-functional projects.
  • Develop long and short-term solutions that take into account the current and future needs of the business.
  • Lead the selection and oversight of outside counsel, control and appropriately manage legal costs.

Additional Information:

Lilly currently anticipates that the base salary for this position could range from between $168,000 – $246,400 and will depend, in part, on the successful candidate’s qualifications for the role, including education and experience. Full-time equivalent employees also will be eligible for a company bonus (depending, in part, on company and individual performance). In addition, Lilly offers a comprehensive benefit program to eligible employees, including eligibility to participate in a company-sponsored 401(k); pension; vacation benefits; eligibility for medical, dental, vision and prescription drug benefits; flexible benefits (e.g., healthcare and/or dependent day care flexible spending accounts); life insurance and death benefits; certain time off and leave of absence benefits; and well-being benefits (e.g., employee assistance program, fitness benefits, and employee clubs and activities).Of course, the compensation described above is subject to change and could be higher or lower than the range described above. Further, Lilly reserves the right to amend, modify, or terminate its compensation and benefit programs in its sole discretion and Lilly’s compensation practices and guidelines will apply regarding the details of any promotion or transfer of Lilly employees.

Eli Lilly and Company, Lilly USA, LLC and our wholly owned subsidiaries (collectively “Lilly”) are committed to help individuals with disabilities to participate in the workforce and ensure equal opportunity to compete for jobs. If you require an accommodation to submit a resume for positions at Lilly, please email Lilly Human Resources ( ) for further assistance. Please note This email address is intended for use only to request an accommodation as part of the application process. Any other correspondence will not receive a response.

Lilly is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

Our employee resource groups (ERGs) offer strong support networks for their members and help our company develop talented individuals for future leadership roles. Our current groups include: Africa, Middle East, Central Asia Network, African American Network, Chinese Culture Network, Early Career Professionals, Japanese International Leadership Network (JILN), Lilly India Network, Organization of Latinos at Lilly, PRIDE (LGBTQ + Allies), Veterans Leadership Network, Women’s Network, Working and Living with Disabilities. Learn more about all of our groups.



Science has been our calling from the beginning. Colonel Eli Lilly founded the company in 1876 and charged employees to “take what you find here and make it better and better.” More than 147 years later, we remain committed to his vision through every aspect of our business and the people we serve, starting with discovering the best treatments for those who take our medicines and extending to health care professionals, employees and the communities in which we live. Moreover, you can also count on the team at Lilly to be incredibly civic-minded, supporting our communities through philanthropy, volunteerism, and a creative and innovative can-do spirit. 

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