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ProfileDirector, Corporate Legal The candidate will draft and negotiate a wide range of contracts typical for the life sciences industry, including collaboration agreements, funded research agreements, license agreements, development and supply agreements and various vendor services agreements. Structure, draft and negotiate complex licensing and partnering agreements, alone or in collaboration with senior attorneys in Foster City or outside counsel, depending on the transaction. Provide legal advice and support for existing alliances and partnerships. Advise internal client groups and senior management on contract interpretation, dispute resolution, IP ownership, product registration, legal issues related to the development, marketing and distribution of pharmaceutical products, corporate governance and other legal risks. Advise junior attorneys and contract specialists on the preparation, negotiation and execution of more routine documents and agreements. Work with the Corporate Development team, the Corporate Legal Affairs team in Foster City, and other departments within the company to conduct and coordinate due diligence efforts in licensing and M&A transactions. Assist with the development of policies and procedures, and standard template language to be used in contracts. Provide litigation support as needed, including the drafting and negotiation of settlement agreements. Willingness and ability to work with and coordinate activities across a large number of individuals across various departments in a rapidly expanding company, not only within Kite’s headquarters in Santa Monica, but also at the Gilead parent company’s headquarters in Foster City, CA, and throughout the company’s domestic and international affiliates in Europe and Asia. Appropriately triage a heavy workflow, setting appropriate priorities with clients and delivering results efficiently. Exercise mature and reliable judgment while enjoying the company's enthusiastic, informal and fast-paced environment. Mentor and train junior attorneys and contract specialists in the Corporate Legal department. Effectively collaborate with and manage outside counsel.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have JD degree from a nationally recognized law school. Must be admitted to practice (preferably in California). BS in life sciences or related field is preferred. Should have 6+ years in a law firm, or combined law firm and in-house experience advising, drafting and negotiating agreements, including significant experience with transactions in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry. Prior experience with or exposure to agreements with academic institutions and/or the NIH and other governmental entities are preferred. Familiarity with international regulatory processes for pharmaceutical products including biologics, and laws and regulations governing clinical trials, and marketing and commercialization of pharmaceutical products are preferred.
Kite Pharma, Inc.
2225 Colorado Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404