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POST DATE 8/26/2016
END DATE 11/17/2016

Shire Pharmaceutical Lexington, MA

Lexington, MA
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)


Job Description
80% Provide strategic and tactical legal support and technical expertise on pharmaceutical licensing transactions to Business Development, Commercial, Finance, Group Reporting, Tax, Treasury and Communications teams.

Analyze legal and commercial risks which impact the Company from a licensing perspective and effectively advise on how to manage those risks.

Manage outside counsel on transactions; working collaboratively with Legal Department colleagues.

10% Provide strategic and tactical legal support and technical expertise on mergers, acquisitions and divestments to Business Development, Commercial, Finance, Group Reporting, Tax, Treasury and Communications teams.

10% Assist in the preparation and management of licensing policies; provide training to the corporate functions and business units on licensing topics.

High academic achievement in the study of law.
Lawyer licensed to practice law in the US.
At least 7 years of post-law school experience.
At least 5 years of private practice experience in a highly regarded US legal practice.
Must have substantial experience in leading the negotiation of and documenting pharmaceutical licensing, M&A and other corporate transactions; and demonstrated ability to manage legal diligence, transaction and integration processes.
Must be able to work autonomously and have excellent communications and client-relations skills.
Must have the ability to provide legal advice clearly and confidently, have strong commercial instincts and the gravitas to quickly win the confidence and trust of the functions supported.
Must enjoy intellectual challenges and be a team player.
Fluency in English essential; further language fluency would be useful but not essential.
In-house legal experience helpful, but not essential.

Shire is the leading global biotechnology company focused on serving people with rare diseases and other highly specialized conditions. We have best-in-class products available in more than 100 countries across core therapeutic areas including Hematology, Immunology, Neuroscience, Lysosomal Storage Disorders, Gastrointestinal / Internal Medicine / Endocrine and Hereditary Angioedema; a growing franchise in Oncology; and an emerging, innovative pipeline in Ophthalmics.

Our employees come to work every day with a shared mission: to develop and deliver breakthrough therapies for the hundreds of millions of people in the world affected by rare diseases and other high-need conditions, and who lack effective therapies to live their lives to the fullest.

Shire is an equal opportunity employer. Shire evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, disability/handicap status or any other legally protected characteristic.

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Shire is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please call 484-595-8400 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.