Legal Counsel International HQ / Legal Counsel North Europe & Australia (both roles based in London)

Location
London
Salary
Competitive
Posted
15 Mar 2021
Closes
12 Apr 2021
Vacancy Type
Solicitors, In-House
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Experience Level
Mid Level

Vertex Pharmaceuticals is seeking two experienced lawyers to support its fast-growing international business. One role focusing on the International HQ business and the other focusing on the Northern Europe and Australia region.

The Company

Vertex is a biotechnology company which develops and commercializes innovative medicines with the aim of transforming the lives of patients with serious diseases. We currently have four marketed products (all for patients with cystic fibrosis) and a deep pipeline across a diverse range of therapy areas. Over two-thirds of our workforce is in research and development. For several years in a row, Science Magazine has named Vertex one of its Top Employers in life sciences.  We are dedicated to attracting and retaining the best talent in the industry.

Legal Counsel - International HQ (REQ-10806)

The Role

As our business is growing and we are expanding into new markets, we need experienced lawyers to help support and enable that growth. The lawyer will be at an Associate Director level.  The successful candidate will be reporting to the Executive Director within the Legal Team in London, and provide support to a range of functions within that region, including:

  • Advice and support for launching new products, including on reimbursement, promotion of pharmaceuticals, review of promotional materials and activities, review of materials that explain the company’s activities in the disease areas in which it is active, medical education, corporate communication, government affairs, patient engagement activities
  • Reviewing materials and business tactics, drafting legal documents; and
  • Supporting communications with regard to materials used globally and liaising regularly with US- and UK-based Communications teams on the development of materials to describe Vertex pipeline products and Vertex areas of research and development.

The successful candidate will partner effectively with the broader Legal and Compliance teams, and with internal stakeholders as a trusted and reliable business partner.

Required experience, skills and competencies

  • Qualified lawyer of proven solid experience in a law firm and/or in an in-house legal team
  • Experience of working in the life sciences sector and in particular a pharmaceutical company is preferred
  • Fluent in English
  • Highest ethical standards and very good legal judgment
  • Hands-on problem-solver with strong business acumen and common sense, who see law as only one of many ways to find solutions and have the ability to question conventional approaches
  • A willingness to learn the company’s historical approach to risk in the range of workstreams that the role entails and take this into consideration when advising stakeholders
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills, emotional intelligence and a service-oriented attitude
  • Ability to manage multiple matters and stakeholders in parallel and provide clear, concise advice in a fast-paced work environment
  • Proactive self-starter with strong project management skills, dependable but can set boundaries
  • A person who strives to continuously learn and grow and help others do the same
  • A team-player who actively works to maintain a trusting and safe work environment among all colleagues

Legal Counsel - North Europe , Australia and New Zealand (REQ-10870)

The Role and Key Responsibilities

As our business is growing and we are expanding into new markets, we need experienced lawyers to help support and enable that growth. This newly created legal role is for a lawyer at Associate Director level supporting the Northern Europe and Australia region (which includes the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Australia and New Zealand). The successful candidate will report to the International Legal Director for this region within the International Legal Team in London, and provide support to a wide range of functions, including:

  • Advise and support the launch of new pharmaceutical products, including on reimbursement, promotion of pharmaceuticals, medical affairs, corporate communication, government affairs, patient engagement activities and potentially supply / distribution of products;
  • Review of activities and materials relating to disease awareness, promotional activity, strategic plans and drafting of legal documents;
  • Supporting activities related to advancement of Vertex pipeline products; and
  • Develop relationships and collaborate with cross-functional teams to drive fact- and risk-based decision making

The successful candidate will partner effectively with the broader Legal and Compliance (Business Integrity & Ethics) teams (based in the UK, US and internationally), and with internal clients as a trusted, reliable and strategic business partner.

Required experience, skills and competencies

  • Qualified lawyer of proven solid experience in a law firm and/or in-house legal team
  • Experience of advising or working in the life sciences sector and in particular pharmaceuticals is preferred
  • Knowledge of laws, regulations, and codes governing the pharmaceutical industry (including EFPIA and ABPI)
  • Flexibility to work in a fast paced and dynamic work environment with a strong work ethic and positive attitude
  • Fluency in English
  • Highest ethical standards and very good legal judgment
  • Hands-on problem-solver with strong business acumen and common sense, who sees law as only one of many ways to find solutions and have the ability to question conventional approaches
  • A willingness to learn the company’s historical approach to risk in the range of workstreams that the role entails and take this into consideration when advising client
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills, emotional intelligence and a service-oriented attitude
  • Ability to manage multiple matters and clients in parallel and provide clear, concise advice in a fast-paced work environment
  • Proactive self-starter with strong project management skills, dependable but can set boundaries
  • A person who strives to continuously learn and grow and help others do the same
  • A team-player who actively works to maintain a trusting and safe work environment among all colleagues

Company Information

Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation.

Vertex is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Vertex is an E-Verify Employer in the United States. Vertex will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law. Any applicant requiring an accommodation in connection with the hiring process and/or to perform the essential functions of the position for which the applicant has applied should make a request to the recruiter or hiring manager, or contact Talent Acquisition at ApplicationAssistance@vrtx.com.

 

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