The Corporate Counsel, EUROW is an integral member of the Legal & Compliance department who provides legal advice and support to Jazz Pharmaceuticals’ EUROW organization, which currently consists of direct markets in Europe and Canada and partner markets around the world. This role supports the strategic objectives of the organization through engagement and interaction with the Commercial, Medical, Regulatory and Clinical functions, both at a regional (EUROW) and an affiliates (country) level. The Corporate Counsel, EUROW works with other members of the Legal & Compliance department and stakeholders across the company, as well as external counsel, to support the company’s overall objectives as needed within the EUROW region.
The Corporate Counsel, EUROW has a broad-based knowledge of the laws and regulations governing pharmaceutical company activities within the EU, Canada and other geographies covered by the EU/ROW region. Credible, commercially astute and pragmatic, the Corporate Counsel, EUROW is a solution-oriented decision maker. The Corporate Counsel, EUROW has the ability to identify legal issues in a range of situations, including those outside his/her direct area of responsibility, and to work with the business to develop and implement appropriate risk mitigation strategies. The person works autonomously but must also have the ability to work collaboratively across a range of functions and departments. Confident and proactive in his/her approach and concise, clear and unambiguous in his/her legal advice and other communications, the Corporate Counsel, EUROW is comfortable with, and skilled in, interacting with senior and executive management.
Essential Job Functions:
Job Responsibilities and Requirements:
The Corporate Counsel, EUROW:
- Serves as strategic business partner to the EUROW organization across various countries and therapeutic areas;
- Provides legal support to corporate activities in a cluster of countries regarding the company’s available products (approved or supplied under named-patient basis) including, without limitation:
- Supporting the company’s product launches and pre-launches activities in the EU and/or Canada;
- Providing guidance and support to brand teams on marketing strategies, promotional tactics and materials, and other activities associated with the commercialization of pharmaceutical products in the EU and/or Canada;
- Reviewing, analyzing and advising on matters related to reimbursement activities, market access services, and patient support and assistance programs; and
- Partnering with other functions to ensure compliance with industry codes of practice and applicable regulatory, privacy, pharmacovigilance and quality requirements.
- Identifies critical legal issues and advises and consults with employees in the EUROW organization to assess potential impact of those issues on business strategies and operations, and recommends and helps implement appropriate risk mitigation strategies, if necessary;
- Partners with the Compliance function to ensure understanding of and adherence to the company’s policies and procedures and to support the education, monitoring and investigation activities associated with the Company’s company-wide compliance program;
- Drafts, reviews and negotiates commercial contracts, third party vendor agreements, service agreements, consulting agreements and other agreements related to his/her area of responsibility;
- Works collaboratively and creatively with internal clients and other functions in an individual capacity and as part of matrixed teams to understand strategic objectives and assist in execution of agreed-upon tactics;
- Advises on the interpretation of legal documents and applicable laws and regulations in a manner that provides practical and timely legal advice on complex issues/concepts while properly managing the risk to the organization;
- Leads special projects as assigned and participates in cross-functional teams and committees while demonstrating leadership ability to colleagues and business partners;
- Stays informed on new laws, regulations, and industry trends affecting the company, and assists with development of new policies and training as needed;
- Prepares and delivers relevant training as needed;
- Provides support to major transactions, including M&A and other business development transactions, as required; and
- Willingly assists Legal & Compliance Department colleagues with projects and activities in areas outside of his/her primary areas of responsibility as needed to achieve corporate objectives, contribute to a collegial atmosphere and balance workloads.
Requirements of this position include:
- Law degree;
- 5 +years of relevant legal pharmaceutical experience in-house with at least 2 years of experience supporting a commercial organization of a global pharmaceutical company (ideally experience with prescription and over-the-counter drugs)
- Strong contract drafting and negotiation skills and experience with various agreements within the assigned area of responsibility;
- Solid judgment and business acumen and understanding of business operations, particularly in determining the significance of legal matters in the context of business objectives, assessing risks and benefits and providing business and legal solutions;
- Solid understanding of laws and regulations governing the pharmaceutical or healthcare industry, with experience in supporting pharmaceutical company operations in EU countries (experience in France/Italy/Spain a plus);
- Experience working in a business environment across multiple functions and geographies, with high level of responsiveness and with a strong customer service orientation;
- Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, enthusiastic, self-motivated, efficient, able to handle heavy workload for multiple clients, able to proactively identify short and mi-term business needs to develop strategies and to manage responsibilities independently as well as facilitate teamwork;
- Able to work accurately with an appropriate sense of urgency and function effectively and efficiently in a fast-paced and dynamic environment;
- Strong interpersonal skills, including diplomacy, flexibility and collaboration and the ability to interface effectively throughout all levels of the organization as well as with external parties, and adaptable to circumstances and variety of cultures;
- Outstanding English written and spoken, additional fluency in other Latin languages highly valued;
- Travel required.
Jazz Pharmaceuticals is an Equal Opportunity Employer.