Assistant General Counsel, US Type 1 Diabetes: L4-2
The Assistant General Counsel, US Type 1 Diabetes (“T1D”) will provide legal advice and counsel to internal colleagues at all levels, including executive level leadership. The counseling area of focus shall be the commercial operations for Sanofi’s US T1D Franchise and will support day to day initiatives and long-term strategies. In addition to supporting T1D, the position will also be responsible for overseeing attorneys advising on Sanofi’s other US General Medicines products. This is a broad business lawyering role that focuses primarily on strategic and transactional counseling and contracting.
The ideal candidate will have prior experience counseling global pharmaceutical companies on legal issues relating to marketing and distribution of commercial products, advertising and promotion, scientific exchange, and interactions with health care professionals. Business colleagues expect prompt responses with their requests for legal counsel, and the challenge for this role will be to support the team in prioritizing numerous, and sometimes conflicting, requests for assistance, to delegate as appropriate and to offer excellent service in a timely, thoughtful, and complete manner. The Assistant General Counsel, US T1D will need to be confident and comfortable with senior decision makers and working independently across Sanofi at multiple levels.
This position will provide input on complex and sensitive legal and business issues and will advise internal colleagues in a manner that advances the company’s strategy while addressing legal and regulatory risks and preserving and protecting the company’s integrity and reputation and will manage other US GenMeds attorneys responsible for doing the same. S/he will be expected to provide prompt, strategic, useful and thorough input to internal colleagues and senior management regarding complex and wide-ranging legal matters, particularly in the area of advertising and promotion, fraud and abuse and other applicable healthcare laws, as well as antitrust and litigation matters.
**Site location is in Bridgewater NJ for 2024 and will be relocating to Morristown NJ 2025
This role will routinely partner with senior commercial leadership for the US T1D franchise to incorporate legal advice into brand planning and strategy, including:
Serve as the primary legal contact for the T1D therapeutic business area in the US, coordinating legal assistance across all US T1D product related commercial matters.
Serve on the US T1D leadership team and proactively partner with senior US T1D leadership
Supervise other attorneys advising on Sanofi’s US General Medicines products
Act as legal reviewer for advertising and promotional materials and advising internal groups including commercial, sales, medical affairs, and others.
Act as a partner to the business in considering, developing, and executing initiatives relating to the T1D therapeutic business area.
Work to ensure consistency of advice and counsel provided by attorneys across US GenMeds.
Provide input into product launch planning and advise on brand and commercial initiatives.
Provide legal advice on advertising and promotion strategies and activities.
Manage the review and negotiation of certain contracts and amendments relating to the relevant business areas.
Work with business colleagues to assist them with adherence to Sanofi’s policies, understand legislative developments that may impact our business, and work through direct and indirect management of both internal and external resources. This requires a high degree of organizational skill, autonomy and focus on detail.
The selected candidate will also oversee and provide counsel concerning a broad range of legal issues, including, interpretation of FDA and other regulations, including the False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Statute and competition law in connection with promotional and non-promotional activities, marketing strategies, and interactions with patients and healthcare professionals.
The candidate must be flexible enough to manage multiple subject matter issues across diverse areas of the company, taking the initiative to identify appropriate subject matter experts and coordinating overall review.
The Assistant General Counsel, US T1D operates with limited supervision, and therefore requires a high level of balanced judgment and an ability to independently discern and establish priorities. Agility and willingness to learn about various subject matters (both from a legal and business perspective) are highly valued. Ability to identify potential legal issues (focusing on antitrust matters, potential litigations and promotional matters, FDA/regulatory issues and fraud and abuse) as well as proposed solutions to mitigate risk is required, as is good judgment on when to escalate issues internally.
Position to be based in Bridgewater (and ultimately Morristown), NJ, consistent with Sanofi’s hybrid work model.
BA/BS, Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school
State Bar Admission in Good Standing
8+ years of legal experience
Proficiency with Word, PowerPoint and other standard corporate software
At least 5 years of experience with a pharma/biotech company, FDA or other relevant governmental agency
Prior management experience
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Team player with a commitment to developing strong collaborative relationships with legal colleagues, business partners and cross-functional teams
Demonstrated ability to understand legal principles and compliance, as well as business requirements
Commitment to proactively identifying opportunities for improvement and engaging with appropriate stakeholders to propose solutions
Self-motivated, able to work independently, reliable, responsive, and accountable to deliver results
High level of professionalism; strong interpersonal skills
Proven ability/interest in working across a broad range of subject matter areas
Ability to handle multiple responsibilities and priorities simultaneously and still meet high quality and timeliness standards under pressure
Willingness to flex job responsibilities and learn new areas
Management and interpersonal skills
Sound judgment and commitment to ethical conduct
Sanofi Inc. and its U.S. affiliates are Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employers committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; nationality; marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; sex, gender, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status or liability for military status; domestic violence victim status; atypical cellular or blood trait; genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other characteristic protected by law.
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