Director, Legal Counsel - Advanced Accelerator Applications

Oct 06, 2021

Job Description

Novartis protects 750 million patients and more than 100,000 employees in over 140 countries.

Advanced Accelerator Applications, a Novartis company, is an innovative radiopharmaceutical company developing, producing and commercializing molecular nuclear medicine theragnostics. AAA offers professionals the opportunity to face new challenges and pursue a career in a fast growing, technology driven healthcare company. We are passionate about improving patient health by leading innovation in nuclear medicine. We are looking for people who share our commitment to help us achieve this goal. Advanced Accelerator Applications is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Job Purpose

Provide proactive and primary legal support to a business franchise, including preparations for and launching a new therapy. This includes promotional and non-promotional material reviews, commercial and vendor contract reviews, market access and patient support initiatives and other functions within the AAA US business, as needed.

Major Accountabilities
More specifically, you will manage the following:

• Manage complex legal matters both as lead counsel and through coordination with AAA legal colleagues, attorneys in the Novartis Oncology Legal Team, and external lawyers, as appropriate. Provide trusted counsel to a broad range of internal stakeholders, including AAA’s executive committee, senior management, sales and marketing, regulatory affairs, medical affairs, research and development, and business development functions. Deliver 360-degree legal advice.
• Support pre-launch and launch planning activities and ensure compliance with applicable regulations.
• Draft, negotiate and review a wide variety of agreements, including, licensing, joint venture, co-development, distribution, sales, research, feasibility study, material transfer, employment, consulting, service, CRO, CMO, clinical trial and confidentiality agreements.
• Facilitate dispute resolution in conjunction with external counsel; advise commercial colleagues on innovative marketing strategies; maintain corporate records and manage securities filings for a variety of subsidiaries as part of corporate secretary function; assist with commercial deal generation and execution; advise on employment law matters; procure and negotiate insurance policies.

Business Acumen/Leadership:
• Understand and actively contribute to new strategies supporting business goals. Exercise judgment calls during times of ambiguity, inform business partners of risks, and help identify appropriate path forward in complex and evolving legal and regulatory environment.

Regulatory and Promotional Materials Review:
• Partner with commercial, regulatory, and medical colleagues to ensure timely review of promotional and non-promotional materials. Contribute actively to the review team by evaluating potential risk and providing counsel.
• Ensure coordination with other legal associates supporting brand to ensure consistency.

Functional Leadership:
• Actively contribute to Legal Function through, participation in initiatives and sharing best practices, to build departmental knowledge and capabilities. Partner with colleagues to contribute expertise as needed and maintain collaborative working relationships with cross-functional colleagues.

Diversity & Inclusion / EEO

The Novartis Group of Companies are Equal Opportunity Employers and take pride in maintaining a diverse environment. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. We are committed to building diverse teams, representative of the patients and communities we serve, and we strive to create an inclusive workplace that cultivates bold innovation through collaboration and empowers our people to unleash their full potential.

Minimum Requirements

• Juris Doctor or equivalent degree required and prior Bachelors or equivalent 4-Year university degree required.

• Minimum 5 Years + experience in legal counseling role in pharma/biotech industry or major law firm. Acceptance to US State Bar is required.
• Prior experience in promotional review committees and/or significant contracts experience a plus.
• Strong knowledge of legal issues affecting the pharma/biotech industry including regulatory, medical/clinical development, privacy, and digital/social media.
• Strong business acumen with deep understanding of the pharmaceutical business and related legal issues.
• Excellent communication, interpersonal and presentation skills, with ability to manage and influence across a cross-functional matrix organization. Strong negotiation and conflict management skills.
• Good project management skills, strong analytical and organizational skills and ability to manage high volume of work in fast paced environment.

• Up to 10-20% travel may be required, subject to business requirements.

• Fluency in English required, both excellent oral and written communications skills.

This is an East Hanover, NJ based role. Consideration may be given for remote working arrangements in the US (There may be exceptions based on Legal Entity registration).

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Why consider Novartis?

799 million. That’s how many lives our products touched in 2019. And while we’re proud of that fact, in this world of digital and technological transformation, we must also ask ourselves this: how can we continue to improve and extend even more people’s lives?

We believe the answers are found when curious, courageous and collaborative people like you are brought together in an inspiring environment. Where you’re given opportunities to explore the power of digital and data. Where you’re empowered to risk failure by taking smart risks, and where you’re surrounded by people who share your determination to tackle the world’s toughest medical challenges.

Imagine what you could do at Novartis!
East Hanover, NJ
Legal & Intellectual Property & Compl.
Full Time
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Director, Legal Counsel - Advanced Accelerator Applications

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