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Senior Corporate Counsel, Global R&D at Jazz Pharmaceuticals

Senior Corporate Counsel, Global R&D

Jazz Pharmaceuticals Palo Alto, CA Full Time

Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ) is a global biopharmaceutical company whose purpose is to innovate to transform the lives of patients and their families. We are dedicated to developing life-changing medicines for people with serious diseases - often with limited or no therapeutic options. We have a diverse portfolio of marketed medicines and novel product candidates, from early- to late-stage development, in neuroscience and oncology. We actively explore new options for patients including novel compounds, small molecules and biologics, and through cannabinoid science and innovative delivery technologies. Jazz is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland and has employees around the globe, serving patients in nearly 75 countries. For more information, please visit and follow @JazzPharma on Twitter.


Jazz Pharmaceuticals is an international biopharmaceutical company focused on improving patients’ lives by identifying, developing and commercializing meaningful products that address unmet medical needs. We are continuing to expand our commercial product portfolio and our research and development pipeline in therapeutic areas that can leverage our unique expertise.

Our therapeutic areas of focus include neuroscience and hematology/oncology – areas in which we have a deep understanding of the patient journey and a suite of products and product candidates to address critical needs.

We are looking for the best and brightest talent to join our team.  If you’re looking to be a part of a company with an unwavering commitment to improving patients’ lives and being a great place to work, we hope you’ll explore our career openings and get to know Jazz Pharmaceuticals. 

Position Profile

The Senior Corporate Counsel, Global R&D reports to the VP and Associate General Counsel for Global R&D and is accountable for advising and collaborating with the global business on a broad range of R&D-related activities, including research and development, manufacturing quality, pharmacovigilance and drug safety, regulatory engagement strategy, and compliance with R&D-related regulations, including all applicable GxP requirements. As a dedicated strategic legal partner, this person interacts with leadership and other stakeholders from various cross-functional teams and has client responsibility on a broad range of company R&D-related activities and research and clinical development programs from early to late stage. Ideal candidates have strong leadership skills and extensive experience providing R&D-related legal support in the areas noted and in advising business stakeholders in all levels of an organization, including senior and executive management, as well as the ability to lead and/or play a significant role in special projects and on cross-functional teams dealing with complicated legal issues. The type of strategic counseling required at this level requires an appreciation of the immediate and long-term impact that legal decisions may have on the overall global business.

Key Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide (non-IP) legal advice and counsel on issues impacting clinical research and development such as informed consent, CRO arrangements, patient recruitment activities, contract arrangements with investigators, clinical research vendors, and other collaborative research groups, IND submissions, CMC and GxP matters, and many other legal aspects of regulatory compliance involved in R&D activities. Intellectual property advice and counsel is not in scope for this role;
  • Utilize strong business acumen and legal expertise to proactively identify, analyze, and navigate potential legal and compliance issues and risk within areas of responsibility and formulate and communicate compliant and practical solutions that meet business objectives;
  • Review, interpret, negotiate, and draft various clinical study-related agreements, technology transfers, and licensing agreements with academic institutions and strategic partners;
  • Create and deliver effective training and other presentations to stakeholders and other members of the department on legal topics and other relevant subjects;
  • Proactively identify the need for, draft, and provide legal advice on corporate policies, SOPs, and guidance documents;
  • Serve as part of matrixed teams involved in R&D-related activities and collaborate effectively, find common ground, and build alignment with relevant stakeholders;
  • Partner with other members in the Legal and Compliance Departments to ensure consistency in approach across areas of the overall business and providing support for areas outside of their primary areas of responsibility as needed;
  • Contribute to strategic planning with partners and colleagues to optimize the implementation of clinical studies and other medical research activities; and
  • Keep informed of new laws, regulations, and industry trends affecting the organization.
  • Establish strong partnership relationships with global research and development teams, as well as key cross functional teams engaged in development activities characterized by a high-level of collaboration and mutual respect;
  • Drive increased efficiency, coordination, and effectiveness of legal advice, processes, and support to meet the needs of the business and other key stakeholders;
  • Lead and drive special projects and cross-functional teams that have a broader impact on the organization;
  • Partner with Legal Department colleagues in executing and enhancing corporate and  department objectives;
  • Mentor and take an interest in developing more junior members of the team and department;
  • Create transparent and reliable lines of communication with legal department leadership and business partners, ensuring that project developments are shared in a timely manner;
  • Review and provide feedback on proposed regulation or legislation and assess impact on Jazz business operations; 
  • Define, direct, and manage the work of outside counsel and other legal vendors; and
  • This role may be responsible for managing one or more Legal Specialists

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • 10+ years of experience supporting clients in the pharmaceutical industry, preferably at a multinational company and/or a reputable, highly rated law firm, or a combination of both;
  • Recognized as a technical expert in advising clients on FDA regulatory compliance, GxP, and other matters relating to clinical trials and research and development activities;
  • Demonstrated broad and deep understanding of pharmaceutical industry and regulatory enforcement environment, including fluency in understanding of anti-kickback laws, fraud and abuse laws, and regulations and regulatory guidance by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and other regulatory authorities relating to clinical trials, medical activities, pharmacovigilance, manufacturing, and regulatory interactions;
  • Ability to execute all aspects of role independently with little supervision and with the highest integrity and ethics;
  • Must be self-motivated, proactive, strategic, a good listener, exhibit excellent judgment;
  • Capable of delivering difficult messages and providing legal advice with tact, poise, and diplomacy;
  • Possess the ability and willingness to advance new ideas and recognize when decisions may have a broad impact on the global organization;
  • Ability to lead others, as well as lead and manage multiple projects, while remaining organized and delivering successfully in a fast-paced, evolving environment;
  • Consistently take action and drive issues to closure and hold self and others accountable for achieving results;
  • Must be a strong collaborator and adept at understanding the motivation and needs of others and effectively communicating with a diverse audience, including senior leaders, in a manner that generates confidence and support for proposals/recommendations;
  • Legal analysis and advice is well thought out and accurate, potential legal and compliance issues are consistently identified, and Senior Corporate Counsel, R&D takes ownership and responsibility for legal issues that arise within the function(s) and client groups supported;
  • Must consistently demonstrate leadership behaviors and ability within the R&D Legal team, the Legal Department, and within the broader organization;
  • Demonstrated experience working in a matrixed business environment, managing multiple commitments while prioritizing conflicting demands, maintaining focus on corporate objectives and providing quality customer service;
  • Demonstrated ability to proactively independently identify, analyze, and render legal advice on complex business issues and general corporate matters;
  • A global business enterprise view, with recognition of the potential operational implications of corporate legal issues;
  • Excellent critical thinking skills; ability to work through complex issues, including those with significant strategic risk to company;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; and
  • Demonstrates and models the Jazz values:
  • Focus on delivering solutions that helps patients,
  • Direct and honest in communication and feedback,
  • Demonstrates consistency between words and actions,
  • Develops and sustains cooperative productive partnerships,
  • Demonstrates passion for the job, organization, and company,
  • Demonstrates strong account,\ability for results, performance, standards, and continuous improvement, and
  • Open to new approaches and embraces change.

Required/Preferred Education and Licenses

  • U.S. Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree; active law license in at least one U.S. jurisdiction.

Description of Physical Demands

  • Periodic travel throughout the United States and Europe required.
  • Occasional mobility within office environment.
  • Routinely sitting for extended periods of time.
  • Constantly operating a computer, printer, telephone and other similar office machinery.

Description of Work Environment

  • Work indoors in normal office environment with little exposure to excessive noise, dust, fumes, vibrations and temperature changes.
  • Frequent computer use at workstation.
  • May move from one work location to another occasionally.
  • Responsibilities may require a work schedule that may include working outside of “normal” hours, in order to meet business demands.
  • Occasional public contact requiring appropriate business apparel.

Jazz Pharmaceuticals is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.


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