Transactional Senior Counsel


Genentech, Inc.

South San Francisco, CA

Position Summary
Genentech seeks a strategic, experienced transactional attorney with a passion for and expertise in structuring, drafting, and negotiating complex bio-pharma licensing and strategic transactions, and to provide legal support to the global Legal Business Development & Group Functions (LBDGF) team and other groups within Genentech. This position reports directly to a Senior Director, Associate General Counsel leader in Genentech’s LGBDF practice group.

To be successful in this role, you must have the ability to anticipate and assess legal and business risks associated with complex transactions and also possess a strong aptitude for learning new science and technologies in the bio-pharma space. You should be able to clearly and concisely communicate well-reasoned recommendations to senior executives and business stakeholders. The role requires facility at calibrating and advising on acceptable levels of risk commensurate with broader business objectives. You will be expected to structure, draft and negotiate complex licensing and strategic transactions, as well as develop and recommend innovative solutions to challenging legal and business issues.

You must be able to work closely and independently with stakeholders in business development, research, development, manufacturing, regulatory, finance, tax and commercial teams. You should feel comfortable leading cross-functional teams and managing competing objectives and demands from a variety of stakeholders. Finally, you must possess strong leadership, communication and interpersonal skills.

This role will be located on our South San Francisco campus, and a fully remote working arrangement is not available.

Relocation benefits are not available for this posting.

Duties and Responsibilities
Key responsibilities of this individual contributor role will include but not be limited to the following:

Structuring, drafting and negotiating in-licensing and out-licensing of patents and know-how, and other strategic transactions, including research collaborations focused on a particular target, digital therapeutic, gene therapy, drug discovery, technology, platform, or other new modality.

Partnering with cross-functional representatives of various departments on transactions, in particular working closely with patent attorneys and agents on diligence, FTO, and upstream licensing considerations.

Advising on complex business and legal issues in support of collaborations with outside partners; working closely with Alliance Management to support the business objectives of a collaboration, interpret contractual provisions, and negotiate and support amendments to or termination of a collaboration.

Developing and maintaining strong working knowledge of licensing provisions, drug discovery and development, and manufacturing (large and small molecules).

Contributing to cross-functional or departmental projects and teams.

Helping to ensure the consistency of legal advice related to transactions, including antitrust, privacy, and other matters relevant to transactions.

Qualifications and Prior Experience
A United States law degree (JD) with a current “good standing” admission to at least one US state bar;

7 or more years of relevant practice experience in the practice of licensing or strategic transactions with at least 3 years of experience in a law firm; and

Substantial experience drafting and negotiating life sciences licensing and collaboration agreements (Please provide a deal sheet, along with your resume for application.)

Preferred qualifications include:

Biology/chemistry undergraduate/graduate degree;

3+ years of in-house experience licensing in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology or other life sciences industry; or 3+ years of law firm experience licensing for clients in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology or other life sciences industry.

How to Apply
Apply online at the following link.

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