Legal Counsel, Contracts

Arbutus Biopharma - Warminster, PA

Full-timeEstimated: $87,000 - $120,000 a year
At Arbutus we have a vision: to cure chronic Hepatitis B virus (HBV). We have a dedicated and innovative team and we are uniquely positioned to transform the HBV treatment landscape. We are developing a portfolio of drug candidates with multiple mechanisms of action that we believe will result in a combination therapy to cure HBV.

Role Summary:
Reporting to the EVP, General Counsel, the Legal Counsel Contracts oversees the draft, review and negotiation of agreements.

Duties and responsibilities will include:
Draft, review, edit and/or negotiate:
confidentiality agreements, materials transfer agreements, research collaboration agreements, government grants, formulation development agreements, manufacturing agreements, clinical trial agreements with clinical sites and contract research organizations, consulting agreements, raw material purchase agreements, preclinical service agreements, bioanalytical testing agreements, compound screening/testing agreements, investor relations agreements
statements of work, work orders, proposals and quotations (a) emanating from master service agreements, and (b) generated as standalone documents in the absence master service agreements,
HR related agreements to support agency hires and temp placements
Subscription agreements associated with on-line libraries and software licenses
lease or sublease agreements, and agreements to support facilities repair and maintenance,
quality agreements in collaboration with the head of QA
term sheets and license agreements under the direction of the GC
such other agreements as requested by the GC or by stakeholders
Maintain and update contract templates for conformance with regulatory requirements

Provide input and review comments on other matters as directed by the GC

Possess a deep working knowledge of, and oversee the legal department admin. assistance’s day-to-day tasks of:

electronic record and document management
tracking progress of pending contract drafts
contract circulation for approvals and execution
review, entry and maintenance of critical contract terms onto a contract database
maintain bring forward/reminder systems to notify stakeholders of upcoming obligations and contract expiries
preliminary drafts of CDAs, contract extensions, notices of terminations or amendments, as applicable, in coordination with stakeholder needs
reconciliation of IP invoice accruals

Minimum 4 years of prior work experience in a pharmaceutical or biopharmaceutical company
Demonstrate familiarity with terminology typically used within the areas of drug regulatory affairs, quality control, quality assurance, analytical development, process development, manufacturing and clinical trials
Possess a good understanding of work flows and interdependencies among departments within a biopharmaceutical company
Have a basic understanding of intellectual property rights sufficient to collaborate with IP counsel
Prior life sciences research experience is highly desirable
Must have proficiency in contract drafting and template creation
Ability to multi-task and manage timelines
Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
Must be licensed in Pennsylvania
  • This is not a remote position.