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Associate Director, Commercial Legal Counsel - United Kingdom  

Astellas (company)

Posted on : 07 May 2017

Project Description

  • Under the (Senior) Director s direction you will provide legal & strategic support to company EMEA operations covering a broad spectrum of legal support to Commercial, Operational and Shared Service support functions in the region.
  • This position is responsible for managing a broad range of stakeholders at EMEA and global level with a significant impact on business decisions and outcomes across the EMEA region and balancing commercial opportunities with associated legal and compliance risks in a complex and fast evolving commercial and regulatory environment (including emerging markets).

  • Provide legal support to company affiliates and or specific markets within a multi-country affiliate including
    • Assisting and advising senior management on legal and compliance risks
    • Crisis management
    • Prevention and resolving of disputes, managing of commercial litigation
    • Providing all necessary contractual support
    •  Product launches and life-cycle management support
    • Pricing & market access incl. health technology assessments
    • Supply chain and tender management support
    • Setting up of new entities
  • Provide legal support to the Alliance Management function in respect of in-licensed products advising on all legal and strategic aspects of a specific alliance and managing any disputes with the alliance partner
  • As a business partner, be responsible for independent legal support to business support functions including EU Technology Division, EMEA Procurement and Marketing  as requested
  •  Independently drafts, reviews and negotiates a broad range of commercial agreements, including M&A, collaboration & license, manufacturing, supply and distribution arrangements
  • Establish rapport and a positive working relationship with senior management for relevant functions in EMEA
  • Reviews, analyses and keeps current on legal developments affecting the pharmaceutical industry in EMEA and advises clients accordingly
  • Leads and supports strategic projects as required (EMEA and Global)
  • Works closely with Ethics & Compliance team and legal colleagues in US and Japan
  • Identifies training needs within client groups and assists in the development and presentation of training on relevant laws and legal/risk/compliance issues
  • Manages outside counsel effectively and efficiently; works creatively with outside counsel to minimize fees and costs
  • Performs job duties with minimal direction


Professional Profile
  • Qualified lawyer with extensive post qualified experience
  • Proven track record in handling general commercial matters within a pharmaceutical company
  • Experience in drafting and negotiating complex agreements including licensing & collaboration, distribution, manufacturing, supply
  • Pharma sector experience with strong customer focus;  in multi-disciplinary, matrix and cross-cultural settings.
  • Track-record of leading planning process with excellent organisational and collaboration skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of typical business, legal and compliance issues within pharma and life science industry
  • Coaching and collaboration skills to interact with all levels of personnel to achieve shared goals.
  • Demonstrable examples of ability to develop, coach and enable high performance teams and proactively promote best practice and knowledge sharing.
  • Proven ability to influence, (appropriately) challenge and engage diverse senior stakeholders. 
  • Fluent in written and verbal business English

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