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Associate Counsel, Legal
at Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Boston, MA

Associate Counsel, Legal
at Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Boston, MA

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We are seeking an exceptional corporate attorney to join the corporate law team at the company's world headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts. The team is committed to a trusting and collaborative culture where we value excellence, professionalism, growth and development. We engage proactively with our business colleagues and their challenges and goals to truly understand them to deliver results for our company and our patients.
The individual in this position will be responsible for providing legal support to the company's global research and supply chain organizations and providing support to a number for company-wide contracting initiatives.

Key responsibilities of this position include:

  • Draft, negotiate and review contracts for the company's research organization to support multiple internal research programs in a range of disease areas across multiple research sites in the US and Europe. Contracts include sponsored research agreements, service agreements, project statements, material transfer agreements and non-disclosure agreements.
  • Draft, negotiate and review contracts, including supply agreements and process development service agreements for small molecules and genetic therapies, in support of the company's pharmaceutical development and supply chain groups.
  • Interpret existing contracts and advise on contract interpretation issues.
  • Support ongoing company-wide contracting initiatives, including policy development, template standardization and adoption of contract-related technologies.
  • Proactively prevent or minimize legal risk to the company, and help drive legal strategy to align and achieve business strategic goals.
  • Ensure compliance with company policies, procedures and guidelines.

Minimum Qualifications :

  • 2-5 years of experience with commercial contracts including in-house, at an academic technology transfer office or law firm. Experience working with IP-rich contracts and in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries a plus.
  • JD from accredited law school and license to practice in at least one US jurisdiction.
  • Excellent drafting and negotiating skills.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to provide internal clients with practical, risk-appropriate and timely legal advice and support.
  • Ability to prioritize competing projects and priorities.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.


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