Job Details

Associate Director Corporate Counsel

Company name

Kite Pharma, Inc.

Organization Type


Job Type


Date Last Verified

Aug 10,2018

Posted on

May 15,2018

Years of Experience

Min 5 yrs required


Santa Monica, CA
Practice Area
Corporate >> Corporate - General
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Associate Director, Corporate Counsel The candidate will report to the company’s Senior Director, Corporate Counsel in the firm's Corporate Legal department. Will support a broad range of business functions across the company, but will primarily support the company’s research, development, manufacturing and technical operations groups. Also provide senior management with effective legal advice on company business strategies and their implementation, help manage the legal function, and obtain and oversee the work of outside counsel when needed. Have the opportunity to participate in negotiating critical contracts for a broad range of functional groups within the company. Draft and negotiate a wide range of legal documents typical of a biotech or pharmaceutical organization, including master service agreements, supply agreements, materials transfer agreements, clinical trial agreements, license agreements, manufacturing agreements, confidentiality agreements, research collaborations with other corporations and with academic institutions, agreements with the NIH and other governmental entities, vendor agreements and other general business contracts. Advise internal clients on contract interpretation, dispute resolution, IP ownership and other legal risks associated with all aspects of the company’s business. Assist with the development of company policies and procedures, and standard template language to be used in contracts. Mentor, train, and advise contract specialists and paralegals in the Corporate Legal department on the preparation, negotiation and execution of form-based documents. Work with other departments within the company to support strategic transactions. Liase with Gilead attorneys and other Gilead business units in California and internationally to ensure consistency across the broader Gilead organization. Provide support for company litigation as needed. Provide continuing legal counsel and guidance on all matters. Manage various competing projects and deadlines in a fast-paced and rapidly growing environment, while ensuring legal obligations are met. Research unique legal issues impacting the organization and its business by identifying applicable statutes, judicial decisions, and codes. Provide training to company and its affiliates on substantive legal topics. Other duties as assigned.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate must have experience drafting and negotiating a wide variety of agreements (master service agreements, materials transfer agreements, license agreements, manufacturing and supply agreements, purchase agreements, confidentiality agreements, clinical trial agreements, and other general business contracts). Must have experience with the biotech or pharmaceutical industries, including business operations and regulatory framework. Should have Juris Doctorate from a nationally recognized law school. Must be Admitted to practice (preferably in California). BS in life sciences or related field preferred. Must have 5 years of experience in a law firm and/or in-house advising on, drafting and negotiating agreements, including significant experience with transactions in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry advising clients on both business and legal issues. Prior experience with or exposure to agreements with academic institutions and/or the NIH and other governmental entities preferred. Prior experience with or exposure to international regulatory processes for pharmaceutical products and laws, and regulations governing clinical trials preferred.

Additional info

Ref R0002622

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Kite Pharma, Inc.
2225 Colorado Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404

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