Attorney with 5+ years of relevant pharmaceutical industry experience to join the Sanofi Legal Department as Corporate Counsel, responsible for Sanofi products (both investigational and marketed) managed by Sanofi’s US and Global Specialty Care Business Unit. This role will provide legal advice and counsel to internal clients, primarily in the Rare Blood Disorders and Neurology franchises, with potential opportunities to support products in other franchise areas given evolving business support needs. This role will also support day to day initiatives and long-term strategies. This is a broad business lawyering role that includes strategic and transactional counseling. The Corporate Counsel will need to be confident and comfortable with senior decision makers and be able to work independently across Sanofi at multiple levels. The Corporate Counsel will provide input on complex and sensitive legal and business issues and will advise his/her internal stakeholders in a manner that advances the company’s strategy while addressing legal and regulatory risks and preserving and protecting the company’s integrity and reputation. The Corporate Counsel will be expected to provide prompt, strategic, useful and thorough input to internal clients and senior management regarding complex and wide-ranging legal matters, particularly in the area of advertising and promotion, fraud and abuse and other applicable healthcare laws.
Serve as the primary legal contact for assigned products and/or business units, acting as legal reviewer for advertising and promotional materials, as well as collaborating with other practice areas and functions relating to the assigned products and/or business units.
Act as a partner to the business in considering, developing and executing initiatives relating to such products or business units.
Manage the review and negotiation of certain contracts and amendments relating to the relevant product and/or business unit. The candidate must be flexible enough to manage multiple subject matter issues across diverse areas of the company, taking the initiative to identify appropriate subject matter experts and coordinating overall review.
Work with cross functional stakeholders to assist them with adherence to Sanofi’s policies, understand legislative developments that may impact our business, and work through direct and indirect management of both internal and external resources. This requires a high degree of organizational skill and focus on detail.
The Corporate Counsel operates with limited supervision, and therefore requires a high level of balanced judgment and an ability to independently discern and establish priorities. Agility and willingness to learn about various subject matters (both from a legal and business perspective) are highly valued. Ability to identify potential legal issues (focusing on promotional matters, regulatory issues and fraud and abuse) as well as proposed solutions to mitigate risk is required.
The Corporate Counsel must demonstrate the following behaviors in partnering with cross-functional stakeholders: strategic business ownership, external awareness, impact-based counseling, proactivity, innovation, and focus on value creation. He/She must also know when to escalate issues internally and with outside counsel.
Position to be based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
BA/BS, Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school and a valid license to practice law (Massachusetts or New Jersey preferred)
Minimum of 5 years of legal experience.
Proficiency with Word, Powerpoint and other corporate standard software - required.
Experience counseling pharma/biotech companies on FDA or other relevant governmental agencies on healthcare matters
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Team player with a commitment to developing strong collaborative relationships with legal colleagues, business stakeholders and cross-functional teams
Demonstrated ability to understand legal principles and compliance, as well as business requirements
Commitment to proactively identifying opportunities for improvement and engaging with appropriate stakeholders to propose solutions
Self-motivated, able to work independently, reliable, responsive, and accountable to deliver results
High level of professionalism; strong interpersonal skills
Proven ability/interest in working across a broad range of subject matter areas
Strong organizational skills and ability to handle multiple responsibilities and priorities simultaneously and still meet high quality and timeliness standards under pressure
Willingness to flex job responsibilities and learn new areas
Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to work collaboratively in cross-functional/multi-disciplinary teams
Sound judgment and commitment to ethical conduct
Sanofi Inc. and its U.S. affiliates are Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employers committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; nationality; marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; sex, gender, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status or liability for military status; domestic violence victim status; atypical cellular or blood trait; genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other characteristic protected by law.
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