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Corporate Counsel, Contracts

Req #: 1700252
Location: Cambridge, Cambridge US
Job Category: Legal
Work Location: 200 Cambridge Park Drive CAMBRIDGE2 02140
Organization: Celgene Corporation
Schedule: 40
Employee Status: Full time
Job Type: Regular
Job Level:
Other Locations:US- MA- Cambridge


Celgene is a global biopharmaceutical company leading the way in medical innovation to help patients live longer, better lives. Our purpose as a company is to discover and develop therapies that will change the course of human health.  We value our passion for patients, ​quest for innovation, spirit of independence and love of challenge. With a presence in more than 70 countries, and growing - we look for talented people to grow our business, advance our science and contribute to our unique culture.

Celgene Corporation, a pharmaceutical company, is looking to hire an attorney to join the Research and Early Development Contracts sub-group of Celgene’s legal department.  The position will be located at Celgene’s site in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Candidates must have significant contract negotiation and drafting experience and proven ability to develop and implement legal strategies that support business and financial objectives of Celgene’s Research and Early Development. 

Responsibilities include:


Must have at least seven (7) years comprehensive experience with pharmaceutical law intellectual property and regulations gained at a highly regarded law firm or through in-house experience within the pharmaceutical/biotech industry. Prior work experience in both a law firm and in-house is strongly desired. 

J.D. and be admitted to and in good standing with the Massachusetts State Bar or eligible for in-house limited license. 

Responsibilities include:

Providing high quality legal advice and support to designated client groups within Celgene Research and Early Development.  Analyze legal and commercial risks while supporting the objectives of Research and Early Development.

Drafting, reviewing and negotiating legal agreements, including contracts for the supply of goods and services, research, strategic alliance, consortium, feasibility, licensing, and other intellectual property related agreements.

Liaise with Celgene in-house counsel, scientist, project teams and outside counsel where appropriate on particular subject matter e.g., intellectual property contractual issues in support of Research and Early Development.   

An ability to effectively communicate and partner with legal colleagues is essential.

Skills/Knowledge Required

  • At least seven (7) years of experience as an attorney drafting and negotiating a range of contracts, including contracts for the supply of goods and services, research, strategic alliance, consortium, feasibility, licensing, and other intellectual property related agreements.
  • A degree in chemistry or biological sciences is preferred. 
  • Working understanding of intellectual property in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Excellent skills in drafting, analyzing and communicating contractual terms to internal clients.
  • Ability to appropriately balance legal and business risks while complying with short turnaround cycles.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills together with a high ability to influence and negotiate.
  • Ability to work in a dynamic and international environment and communicate effectively in an open and transparent manner.
  • History of self-motivation, sound judgment and exceptional interpersonal relations.


Celgene is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Celgene complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act. All applicants must have authorization to work for Celgene in the U.S.
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