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Sanofi Group Corporate Counsel, Global R&D Legal NA in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Position Summary

Provides legal advice on R&D matters in particular those relating to R&D contract matters.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Negotiates, drafts and reviews R&D agreements of all types, including clinical supply, clinical trial, clinical digital transactions, technology platform licensing and R&D collaborations

  • Reviews R&D agreements negotiated by paralegal and non-legal staff including risk assessment associated with non-standard provisions

  • Provides prompt, accurate legal counsel to client groups on R&D legal matters

  • Drafts and reviews policies and guidelines

  • Works with client groups to identify, assess and address general legal concerns

  • Implements company policies and standards for business conduct

  • Performs related duties as requested

Management Responsibility:

  • This position does not have management or budgetary responsibility


  • Four-Year College Degree, preferably a B.S. degree or higher in biology or chemistry.

  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school


  • 4+ years of experience working in a law firm or in-house corporate legal department handling a variety of contract types

  • Experience working within the Pharmaceutical industry

  • Admission to a State Bar

  • Experience working on cross-functional teams that successfully met business goals while maintaining strict compliance with relevant laws, regulations and company policies

Professional Skills:

  • Highly proficient in contract negotiation and drafting, including liability, indemnification and intellectual property / patent provisions related to R&D collaborations and licensing agreements

  • Working knowledge of regulations and laws impacting the pharmaceutical industry including privacy laws, HIPAA and informed consent regulations

  • Ability to advise R&D groups about how to meet business goals while maintaining complete compliance with required laws, regulations and company policy

  • Basic knowledge of pharmaceutical industry trends, legislative initiatives and impact on the company

  • Strong written and verbal communications skills, including the ability to communicate concisely to clients, to integrate legal and business knowledge and to provide balanced advice regarding risks.

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and to flourish in a fast-paced environment.

  • Maintains the highest ethical standards and respects confidentiality of sensitive matters

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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