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Associate Director, Corporate Counsel – Technical Operations

Location San Rafael, California
BioMarin is the world leader in delivering therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with serious and life-threatening rare genetic diseases. We target diseases that lack effective therapies and affect relatively small numbers of patients, many of whom are children. These conditions are often inherited, difficult to diagnose, progressively debilitating and have few, if any, treatment options. BioMarin will continue to focus on advancing therapies that are the first or best of their kind.

By providing a foundation for all operations company wide, BioMarin’s General and Administrative teams support our mission of providing first and best in class therapeutics to patients who live with rare diseases. Our teams include groups such as finance, legal, human resources, corporate compliance and ethics, and information technology. Come join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives.

As Associate Director, Corporate Counsel for Technical Operations, you will report to and work with the lead attorney for Technical Operations and will be part of the Legal Operations group.  You will be working on a wide range of legal matters supporting Contract Manufacturing, Global Supply Chain & Logistics, Manufacturing, Corporate Real Estate & Workplace, EHS&S, Global Engineering & Facilities, Quality and Process Development, and Materials Management.  

The primary responsibilities of this position will be drafting, reviewing and negotiating manufacturing agreements (including drug substance (API) and fill/finish drug product manufacturing agreements for both clinical and commercial GMP), raw material supply agreements, license agreements, equipment purchase agreements, quality agreements, facilities and construction agreements, and real estate purchase and sales agreements, and providing general legal research and advice to support the company’s Technical Operations groups. The position requires close collaboration with internal functional groups and business partners and the other attorneys in the Legal Department.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Draft, review, negotiate and approve manufacturing agreements (including drug substance (API) and fill/finish drug product manufacturing agreements for both clinical and commercial GMP), raw material supply agreements, license agreements, equipment purchase agreements, quality agreements, facilities and construction agreements, and real estate purchase and sales agreements, and other supporting contracts, utilizing BioMarin’s contract lifecycle management system (CLM), to support BioMarin’s Technical Operations.
  • Provide subject matter legal guidance to Contracts Associates on escalated legal matters and contracts.
  • Support senior level attorneys in providing general legal advice, strategy, and training to the Technical Operations organization on all aspects of manufacturing and supply chain operations and a wide range of supporting legal matters, including intellectual property, confidentially, and indemnity contracting provisions, environmental health and workplace safety, global supply chain logistics, and tax considerations in international contracts.
  • Provide subject matter legal expertise and support day-to-day activities relating to international manufacturing activities and export and import control regimes around the world, including advice on: deemed exports; international trade regulatory and compliance matters, including the Export Administration Regulations, U.S. Foreign Trade Regulations, anti-boycott regulations, economic sanctions regulations, and customs regulations; and international trade provisions of contracts and Incoterms for international purchasing and licensing agreements.
  • Provide subject matter expertise and advice relating to real estate transactions and development projects, including drafting, review and negotiation of purchase agreements and leases, and expertise on land use planning and zoning matters, including CEQA and the entitlement process.
  • Provide ongoing assistance with training/monitoring of the Technical Operations organization’s compliance with BioMarin policies and procedures, including contracting, financial approval, and signature policies.
  • Liaise with internal clients and respond to inquiries regarding contracts and other matters, as assigned.
  •  Contribute to the ongoing development of the Legal Department contract templates and “playbooks” for contract negotiations.
  • Provide support for other Legal Department projects, including legal research and drafting of research memoranda on various issues as requested by senior attorneys in the department.
  • Appropriately manage a significant workflow, setting priorities with internal clients and meeting deliverable timelines, including by finding efficient ways of working.
REQUIREMENTS
  • Three + years prior experience in a major law firm, demonstrating growth and ability to succeed.
  • Experience drafting, reviewing and negotiating a wide variety of agreements, including manufacturing and supply agreements.
  • Excellent organization and time-management skills required.  Must be able to manage heavy workload and aggressive timelines in a timely manner, prioritize and work under pressure.
  • Exceptional written and communication skills required, including strong proofreading and editing skills.
  • Must be detail-oriented, self-motivated, a quick learner, and have a strong work ethic.
  • Strong computer skills in database management and documentation preparation (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Microsoft Office) required.
  • Experience advising pharmaceutical companies in manufacturing and supply chain matters is required.
  • Experience with real estate matters strongly preferred.
  • Experience with IP and export compliance matters (export controls, deemed export controls, import controls, anti-boycott, and trade sanctions) a plus.
EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
  • J.D. required from a nationally recognized law school.
  • Current California bar membership or In-House Counsel Certification required.

We are an equal opportunity 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 other characteristic protected by law.

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We treat rare diseases, and that gives us rare opportunities. Chris Brodeur, Director, Corporate Compliance
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