Senior Corporate Counsel, Legal and Compliance, UK, Ireland, Nordics and Baltic

7 days left

London (Central), London (Greater) (GB)
Competitive and comprehensive package available
11 Nov 2022
09 Dec 2022
Full Time
Practice Areas
Company/Commercial, Corporate
Experience Level
Mid Level

Job Description


Our Support Functions deliver services and make recommendations about ways to enhance our workplace and the culture of our organization. Our Support Functions include HR, Finance, Information Technology, Legal, Procurement, Administration, Facilities and Security.


We partner with the business to ensure we maintain our company’s values and high ethical standards, comply with the law, protect our people, and enhance our reputation. We strive to foster an environment that is inspiring, supportive, and diverse.


Your role is integral to ensuring that our legal interests are protected by handling all legal and critical compliance matters across the UK, Ireland, Nordics and Baltics whilst leading on European-wide legal and compliance initiatives. You’ll provide clear and pragmatic legal and compliance advice to the region to help support the business objectives while leading the way through best practice implementation, risk identification and mitigation.


You will report into the Head of Legal and Compliance, UK, Ireland, Nordics and Baltics, and you will sit on one or more Leadership Teams for the assigned areas of responsibility.


Your advice and support will be required across all areas of the business including but not limited to:

  • Commercialisation, Marketing and Advertising

  • Commercial and contract law, including the review, drafting, negotiation of and advice on a wide variety of contracts to secure and protect the Company, including the protection of intellectual property rights and other assets

  • Public procurement and tendering

  • Competition law, including pricing, discounting and rebates and pro-competitive programs and offerings

  • Anti-corruption/ anti-bribery (including the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and UK Bribery Act)

  • Market access, including supporting health technology appraisals across both medicines and vaccines

  • Government and Public Affairs, including policy and communications

  • Overseeing work delegated to more junior members of the legal team and to assist in developing their skills and abilities

  • Managing legal budgets and ensuring appropriate financial management and resource allocation


What we are looking for:

  • Qualified lawyer (barrister or solicitor) with significant pharmaceutical sector experience particularly in the areas of product marketing, advertising and commercialisation, competition law, healthcare compliance, commercial and contract law, product liability, data privacy, and litigation management

  • Demonstrated, results driven individual with high energy, and drive who can work collaboratively, with the ability to build strong working relationships with stakeholders across the business

  • Strong and proven ability to identify key issues and consistently apply a high standard of integrity, professionalism, legal knowledge and expertise, and business ethics

  • Sound and pragmatic commercial judgment with the ability to make difficult decisions when necessary. Ability to own decisions and articulate a contrary position constructively when needed. Proven ability to make rapid, disciplined decisions – to make timely decisions at the right level with the right data and support them once made

  • Strong legal judgment with the ability to anticipate future issues and assess potential implications for the Company


We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another’s thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.


Who we are …
We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for …
Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.



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