Assistant General Counsel, Legal Affairs, Corporate Business Functions in Bernards, NJ at DSI

Date Posted: 8/18/2018

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Join a Legacy of Innovation 110 Years and Counting!

With over 100 years of scientific expertise and a presence in more than 20 countries, Daiichi Sankyo and its 15,000 employees around the world draw upon a rich legacy of innovation and a robust pipeline of promising new medicines to help people. In addition to a strong portfolio of medicines for hypertension and thrombotic disorders, under the Group’s 2025 Vision to become a “Global Pharma Innovator with a Competitive Advantage in Oncology,” Daiichi Sankyo research and development is primarily focused on bringing forth novel therapies in oncology, including immuno-oncology, with additional focus on new horizon areas, such as pain management, neurodegenerative diseases, heart and kidney diseases, and other rare diseases.

Job Summary:

The Assistant General Counsel will work in an exciting and challenging legal environment by independently providing innovative and strategic legal support and solutions as the primary legal advisor for specific business functions in the Company’s Administrative and Commercial function (including, for example, Medical Affairs, Sales, Marketing, Managed Markets, etc.) and/or corporate support functions (such as Human Resources, Compliance, Finance and/or IT) including, but not limited to, areas of vendor agreements, legal, business and regulatory issues. Coordination with, and appropriate supervision of, outside counsel as is required. Provides appropriate counsel and direction to other members of the Legal Affairs Department as well as serving as a mentor in order to foster their professional growth and development as well as their achievement of Company and/or departmental expectations and goals as identified by senior management.

Responsibilities:
  • Acts as lead legal advisor for at least one of the key and/or a combination of corporate business functions that encompasses all areas of the business of Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. [Specific assignment to be determined by direct manager of the role.] This may include Human Resources (including Benefits), Legal & Corporate Affairs, Finance, IT and/or Compliance.

  • Acts as legal advisor for other assigned other corporate business and functional areas of the Daiichi Sankyo Administrative and Commercial function of the Company, as assigned (including, for example, Managed Markets, Sales, Marketing, Travel and Events, Medical Affairs, etc.) as well as DSI employees performing Global roles in the United States (such as Global Marketing, Global Medical Affairs, etc.). For these areas, acts as lead attorney for that area providing legal advice and support for the business aspects of those functions. Prepares legal documents such as contracts, correspondence (e.g., to regulatory agencies), both independently and for review, approval, and use by Legal Affairs management. Independently negotiates contracts and other issues with third parties (vendors, etc.). [Specific assignments to be determined by direct manager of the role.]

  • Creates, implements and presents training programs and materials on legal issues for various departments, including for Finance. Monitors current developments in several key legal areas and provides Senior Management and other business leaders with updates regarding same.

  • Leads cross-functional project management teams set up to address mid-sized to large Company-driven initiatives or special projects—internal to the Company as well as project involving external business partners and/or other entities. The result of such initiatives may include creating corporate-level policies, guidance documents (i.e. standing legal risk analyses), and training of Company employees.

Qualifications
Successful candidates will be able to meet the qualifications below with or without a reasonable accommodation.

Education/Experience:
  • Qualified candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • J.D. from law school of recognized standing, and Bar admission. Must also be eligible to practice law in the state of New Jersey (either licensed in NJ or limited in-house license) and maintain such license in good standing at all times.
  • 8+ years post-law school experience, including 5+ years in-house minimum, 7+ years preferred pharmaceutical industry experience, particularly supporting specific assigned business areas in contracting, general legal advice, policy development and/or review, etc. in specific business support functions (e.g., HR, IT, Compliance Program, etc.) in an in-house capacity, as a legal consultant, and/or at a law firm in a practice group focusing on pharmaceutical industry and/or specific corporate business functions.
  • Position requires discretion, sound judgment, strong organizational skills, project management skills, a demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks, and excellent client relation skills.
  • Works closely with members of all departments in completing projects in a timely and effective manner.
  • Engages and prudently uses outside counsel resources for expert opinions and research projects as authorized by legal department management. Excellent written and oral communication skills required. Excellent presentation skills required.
  • Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office suite) required.
Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.