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Sanofi Group Associate Legal Specialist in Bridgewater, New Jersey

Job Purpose:

The Associate Legal Specialist, US Legal Contracting & Transversal Support, provides legal support and assistance to attorneys and clients on variety of legal matters related to marketed drugs/devices and investigational drugs/devices. The Associate Legal Specialist will be responsible for the negotiation, analysis and administration of a wide range of agreements.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Drafting and negotiating various agreements.

  • Demonstration of an understanding of legal contract concepts, negotiation strategies, efficient administration and automation of contract processes.

  • Working closely with attorneys in the Legal Department, SBS, and all the functions in the different business areas

  • Keeping up to date on current laws and regulations.

  • Implements contract negotiations processes by preparing first drafts of a variety of contracts.

  • Conducts moderately complex contract drafting and negotiations.

  • Evaluates the terms and conditions of a variety of contracts (e.g., license, collaboration, service, distribution, supply, confidentiality, consulting, research, material transfer, vendor).

  • Interfaces with internal management and external parties to gather specifications, and terms of agreement necessary for contract drafting and negotiations.

  • Responsible for entire negotiations processes for one or more types of contracts.

  • Communicates company contract policies and requirements to internal managers and employees and highlights areas of concern in regards to individual contracts projects.

  • Determines and initiates required follow-up and/or additional analyses.

  • Assists in maintaining contract database information.

  • May lead projects.

  • May review and summarize existing contracts internally and/or as part of an external diligence process

  • Oversight for contract database and contract templates.

  • Assist with and / or handle client training presentations with respect to company policy, compliance policies, privacy, contract approval processes, etc.

  • Keep apprised of issues relevant to pharmaceutical industry and accurately relay this information to clients.

  • Work with client groups, third parties and outside counsel to identify, assess and address general legal concerns.

  • Demonstrate company values on a consistent basis.

  • Prioritize competing projects and set expectations with clients and management.

  • Ability to work on teams.

  • Perform related duties as required.

Requirements:

  • Trained paralegal with 3-5 plus years of experience in-house corporate legal department, law firm, or governmental agency (healthcare background preferred.

  • A Bachelor’s Degree and/or Paralegal Certification with 3-5 years’ experience in the contract management field preferred

  • Experience handling a wide variety of contracts, preferably in the pharmaceutical/medical device industry

  • Experience working directly with sophisticated clients, meeting business deadlines, and prioritizing competing projects

  • Working knowledge of contract law

  • Proactive, self-motivated and results oriented with the ability to accomplish tasks / objectives independently, reliably and in a professional and timely manner.

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision on multiple tasks and provide a high quality work product, with excellent attention to detail under tight deadlines.

  • Strong analytical, problem solving, interpersonal and organizational skills.

  • Working knowledge of healthcare laws affecting pharmaceutical business including federal anti-kickback statute, federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic act, the federal Physician Sunshine Act, and federal and state privacy laws

  • Familiarity with healthcare compliance principles and programs

  • Ability to exercise independent thought and judgment in advising clients and making decisions within area of responsibility.

  • Ability to communicate complex legal information to individuals at various levels of the organization.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

  • Ability to negotiate effectively with internal clients, third parties and outside counsel and foster collaboration and compromise within legal parameters.

  • Ability to weigh pros and cons of a particular position and exercise judgment in determining when it is necessary to seek direction from in house counsel in order to make a decision.

  • Maintain the highest ethical standards and respects confidentiality of sensitive matter.

  • Ability to read and understand corporate policies, statutes and government regulations.

  • Ability to work on teams

  • Strong computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Sharepoint)

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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