Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ) is a global biopharmaceutical company whose purpose is to innovate to transform the lives of patients and their families. We are dedicated to developing life-changing medicines for people with serious diseases - often with limited or no therapeutic options. We have a diverse portfolio of marketed medicines and novel product candidates, from early- to late-stage development, in neuroscience and oncology. We actively explore new options for patients including novel compounds, small molecules and biologics, and through cannabinoid science and innovative delivery technologies. Jazz is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland and has employees around the globe, serving patients in nearly 75 countries. For more information, please visit (url removed) and on Twitter.
The Senior Paralegal, Global R&D works with a team of paralegals to provide legal assistance for a variety of Global R&D and Global Quality-related activities, including contract development, negotiation, and clinical study start-up. As a dedicated legal partner, you will interact with leadership and other stakeholders from various cross-functional teams - including within Legal - and have client responsibility on a broad range of Global R&D and Global Quality-related activities.
To be successful in this role you must be a strong collaborator, a flexible thinker, someone who appreciates the strength of a team, the power of a positive mindset, and the ability and willingness to value and respect differences.
Key Job Responsibilities:
Review, interpret, negotiate, and draft a high volume of various clinical study-related and quality study-related agreements such as: clinical trial agreements, investigator initiated study agreements, pharmacovigilance agreements, material transfer agreements, technology transfers, and licensing and collaboration agreements with academic institutions and strategic partners;
Drive increased efficiency, coordination, and effectiveness of contracts processes and support to meet the needs of the business and other key stakeholders;
Utilize strong business acumen and legal expertise to proactively identify, analyze, and navigate potential legal and compliance issues and risks associated with contract terms and other activities within areas of responsibility, and work with attorneys to formulate and communicate compliant and practical solutions that meet business objectives;
Communicate with business partners regarding the risks presented by contract terms and possible strategies to mitigate such risks;
Work within Jazz Pharmaceuticals's contracts management system;
Assist with fact-gathering to support legal advice;
Develop and deliver presentations and training on legal and contracts-related topics as needed;
Research and summarize statutes, regulations, and case law using a variety of media and on-line resources;
Tracking and reporting on the status of recent developments in certain areas of the law;
Establish strong business partnership relationships characterized by a high-level of collaboration, trust, and mutual respect;
Develop, implement, and maintain contract playbooks, templates, and processes;
Review of study start-up documents and various client presentations;
Other projects and assignments based upon work needs; and
This position may manage one or more paralegals.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
8+ years of experience negotiating agreements related to pre-clinical and clinical research (international experience a plus) as a legal assistant, paralegal, or in a contracts role in a legal or procurement-type department supporting clients in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry;
Self-motivated, a good listener, collaborative, responsible, flexible, and have excellent attention to detail;
Handle confidential and proprietary information using discretion and sound judgment;
Strong written and oral communication skills;
Strong organization skills and demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects as well as working and meeting deadlines in a fast paced environment with a high degree of accuracy and efficiency is critical in this role;
Excellent customer service skills, with an ability and willingness to develop and nurture strong relationships with colleagues and key stakeholders to advance project goals and objectives;
Proactively identify opportunities to develop and implement improved processes and to maximize efficiency of the Global R&D Legal team.
Assist in the development of clinical trial related policies and procedures;
Problem-solver with an eagerness to apply expertise in diagnosing inefficiencies, determining root causes, and recommending solutions to complex issues and challenges;
Ability and willingness to work both independently and as team player;
Capable of delivering difficult messages and providing recommendations with tact, poise, and diplomacy;
Proficient in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
Possess the ability and willingness to advance new ideas and recognize when decisions may have a broad impact on the global organization;
Ability to influence without authority, as well as lead and manage multiple projects, in a fast-paced, evolving environment;
Consistently take action and drive issues to closure and hold self and others accountable for achieving results;
Strong collaborator and adept at understanding the motivation and needs of others and effectively communicating with a diverse audience, including senior leaders, in a manner that generates confidence and support for proposals/recommendations;
Legal analysis is well thought out and accurate, potential legal and compliance issues are consistently identified, and the Senior Paralegal, Global R&D takes ownership and responsibility for issues that arise within the function(s) and client groups supported;
Consistently demonstrate leadership behaviors and ability within the Global R&D Legal team, the Legal Department, and within the broader organization;
At some point this role may manage a team of paralegals, so the ability to lead, motivate, develop, and manage a team of paralegals with a commitment to servant leadership and an approach that inspires them to do their best work is preferred;
Ability to direct and manage one's own work, as well as the work of other paralegals, with limited supervision;
Demonstrates and models the Jazz values:Focus on delivering solutions that helps patients,
Direct and honest in communication and feedback,
Demonstrates consistency between words and actions,
Develops and sustains cooperative productive partnerships,
Demonstrates passion for the job, organization, and company,
Demonstrates strong accountability for results, performance, standards, and continuous improvement, and
Open to new approaches and embraces change.
Periodic travel throughout the United States and Europe required.
Required/Preferred Education and Licenses
Minimum of Bachelor's Degree preferred, but not required with significant work experience related to clinical research in a contracts role in a legal or procurement-type department supporting clients in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry.
Prior experience managing others is preferred.
Jazz Pharmaceuticals is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.