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Job Title: Senior Legal Counsel, Commercial Operations ( ID: O7838 )
Career Category: Biotech, Commercial, Commercial Contracts, Corporate, Corporate - General, Pharmaceutical
Posted Date: 2019-09-12
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Our client, a leading pharmaceutical company with global reach, is seeking a Senior Legal Counsel, Commercial Operations to join their dynamic legal team. This is an excellent opportunity for a lawyer with approximately 7-10 years of strong corporate/commercial expertise and solid business acumen. This lawyer will handle a variety of legal matters related to the company’s business operations and play an integral role in supporting the various internal departments with their business initiatives and managing legal risks.

Primary Responsibilities:

• Working collaboratively with internal clients to provide clear, practical and timely legal advice on complex issues;
• Advising on the interpretation of legal documents and applicable laws and regulations by offering legal advice and evaluating legal risks;
• Working with different managers to draft, review, negotiate and interpret a wide spectrum of agreements, such as: clinical trial agreements; master service agreements; consulting agreements; manufacturing agreements; licensing and research collaboration agreements; and other strategic agreements for drug development, manufacture and supply, and commercialization;
• Ensuring compliance with contractual agreements, company policies and applicable laws and regulations;
• Assisting and advising the different business units from a legal standpoint re: the structuring of different business initiatives;
• Identifying legal issues, providing legal options and analysis of possible legal solutions, and providing recommendations to address important issues and attain objectives;
• Working collaboratively with the other members of the legal department;
• Interacting on occasion with external counsel, advisors, external vendors, and business partners;
• Remain informed of new laws, regulations, and industry trends affecting the organization, and assisting with the development of policies and training as required; and
• Assisting in the development, drafting and implementation of standardized contracts, procedures and policies.


• Be a member in good standing of the Quebec Bar;
• Have approximately 7-10 years of strong experience practicing corporate/commercial law in house or in a law firm; a combination of experience practicing at a top tier law firm and in house is considered an asset;
• Knowledge of or experience in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry is considered an asset;
• Must thrive working in a fast-paced, innovative environment while remaining flexible, resourceful and maintaining high quality and high standards;
• Ability to analyze complex issues and develop practical recommendations;
• Possess sound business and legal judgment;
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build collaborative business relationships with key stakeholders;
• Strong conflict management and negotiation skills;
• Ability to manage a large portfolio and variety of projects as well as adapt to changing priorities;
• Be bilingual with the ability to interact effectively with executives and employees at all levels within the organization;
• Ability to quickly understand the business and provide practical legal advice;
• Strong attention to detail;and
• Be autonomous and take initiative on files.

This is an excellent opportunity to work as a Senior Legal Counsel, Commercial Operations at the head office of a large, thriving pharmaceutical company with a collaborative work environment.

If this describes you, and you are interested in this excellent opportunity then please send us your details.

We thank all applicants. Only those candidates with the required expertise will be contacted.



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