Mar 28, 2022

Job Description

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

Sandoz, a Novartis division, is a leader in generic and biosimilar medicines and a pioneer in digital therapeutics.

Job Purpose
The Executive Director, Associate General Counsel - BD&L, Strategy & Portfolio will utilize broad legal and business knowledge to identify issues and opportunities. The attorney provides information and recommendations on complex legal issues, and serves as the lead legal advisor to the Business Development & Licensing team. The attorney will partner with key stakeholders to negotiate and draft licensing, co-development, distribution, authorized generic, co-promotion and M&A deals. The attorney will be asked to handle highly confidential deals with appropriate discretion. The attorney will be asked to provide legal leadership on cross-functional teams, identify legal issues relevant to the business, give recommendations to address critical issues so that business and legal objectives are met, advise and consult with employees, managers and leadership, proactively educate the business on relevant issues, serve as the legal advisor in complex business projects, analyze complex issues and concepts in a timely fashion, and review, analyze and keep current on all federal and state legal developments affecting the pharmaceutical industry. The attorney will lead a BD&L team of three attorneys and one paralegal.

Major Accountabilities
• Negotiate and draft a variety of deals for BD&L, as well as providing day-to-day advice. You will also support deals for the TechOps teams.
• Advise and support Alliance Management team in working with collaboration partners, including in resolving disputes and issues. Provides day-to-day advice to the Portfolio & Strategy team and Finance. Develop collaborative relationships with M&A, BD&L and Anti-trust and TechOps attorneys.
• Gain deep understanding of generic commercial business and US business risks in order to strategically craft advantageous deal terms.
• Trains, manages and mentors junior transactional attorneys, setting tone and culture of team.
• Tracks and manages BD&L outside counsel spend in accordance with negotiated fee structures and budgets. Coordinates with BD&L on monthly deal priorities for Legal team and prepares and tracks deal progress via monthly deal tracker.
• Serves as Legal representative to Executive Launch Management Committee. Serves as Sandoz representative to Novartis Group BD&L and M&A Practice Team.
• Negotiates alternative fee arrangements with outside counsel to realize significant savings and supervise outside counsel on various transactional and regulatory issues.
• Supports Commercial Operations overflow.

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

• Degree in Law required (JD degree).

• Minimum 10 years+ of relevant transactional experience at a major law firm and/or in-house experience required. Acceptance to US State Bar is required. Experience managing direct reports preferred.
• Transactional experience in the life sciences sector, including licensing, co-development and M&A preferred.
• Experience in branded, generic or OTC pharmaceuticals and with federal and state anti-kickback laws preferred.
• High attention to detail and proven ability to work on multiple projects at any given time in a fast paced environment.
• Ability to work independently yet collaboratively with senior executives. Ability to operate as a team player in a multidisciplinary, cross-cultural environment, with a high level of flexibility. Ability to:
o (i) exercise initiative and sound judgment;
o (ii) prioritize tasks and maintain efficiency; and
o (iii) identify opportunities for improvement
• Excellent organizational skills and computer skills (Microsoft Office; MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat).

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


Why Novartis?

766million lives were touched by Novartis medicines in 2021, and while we’re proud of this, we know there is so much more we could do to help improve and extend people’s lives. We believe new insights, perspectives and ground-breaking solutions can be found at the intersection of medical science and digital innovation. That a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment inspires new ways of working. We believe our potential can thrive and grow in an unbossed culture underpinned by integrity, curiosity and flexibility. And we can reinvent what's possible, when we collaborate with courage to aggressively and ambitiously tackle the world’s toughest medical challenges. Because the greatest risk in life, is the risk of never trying! Imagine what you could do here at Novartis!
Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:

Novartis embraces diversity, equal opportunity and inclusion. We are committed to building diverse teams, representative of the patients and communities we serve, and we strive to create an inclusion workplace that cultivates bold innovation through collaboration, and empowers our people to unleash their full potential.
Novartis is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons.
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Accessibility and reasonable accommodations:

The Novartis Group of Companies are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please send an e-mail to [email protected] or call +1(877)395-2339 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Please include the job requisition number in your message.
Princeton, NJ
Legal & Intellectual Property & Compl.
Full Time
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Executive Director, Associate General Counsel. BD&L Strategy Portfolio

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