Posted to MedZilla on 1/20/2018

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Senior Counsel 1703211-MZ


Are you looking for a patient-focused company that will inspire you and support your career? If so, be empowered to take charge of your future at Takeda. Join us as Senior Counsel in our Cambridge, Massachusetts office. Here, everyone matters and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission. As Senior Counsel you will be empowered to make meaningful contributions, and a typical day will include:

  • Provide legal and business advice and support on research and development transactional matters (e.g., structuring, negotiating and drafting agreements and amendments, interpreting existing agreements; evaluating and advising on potential risks);
  • Serve as a member of the global R&D virtual practice group; advise legal colleagues and corporate senior executives globally on emerging and existing US laws related to pharmaceutical business transactions
  • Serve as a senior legal advisor to Takeda s global development product team for assigned Takeda pipeline products, including late stage and/or commercial products; serve as a resource to proactively identify and connect the team to specialized legal resources as needed
  • Serve as lead business lawyer to provide legal (non-IP) support for assigned Takeda pipeline products
  • Lead assigned cross-functional legal initiatives


  • Proactively provide legal and strategic guidance to senior leaders of assigned global product teams and center of external innovation or business development transactions on various matters

  • Identify and analyze global legal, business and reputational risks to the company and propose appropriate solutions

  • Provide legal support on assigned center of external innovation and business development transactions, collaborating with other legal colleagues and as applicable, compliance and procurement, including due diligence, risk assessment, counseling, and drafting and negotiating complex and varied legal documents

  • Support Takeda s externalized research and development activities by proactively providing legal advice and guidance on complex and contextual matters to identify potential risks and propose solutions to mitigate them; raise the business awareness of legal issues and ensure early legal involvement

  • Provide guidance to the business in the area of digital technologies including robust risk assessments that substantiate the guidance provided; collaborate with other subject matter experts to provide coordinated, complete guidance

  • Serve as senior legal advisor on assigned discovery and development projects coordinating with other global colleagues as needed

  • Proactively coordinate with legal colleagues globally to contribute to and to stay abreast of global pharmaceutical laws and regulations, in particular, with respect to corporate business development transactions, product research and development, use of digital devices and related business development transactions

  • May support more senior attorneys on transactions

  • May have responsibility for coaching or supervising paralegals and support staff on individual projects

  • Develop a thorough understanding of and familiarity with the company s business, code of responsibility, its people, products, markets, facilities, customers and competitors and utilizes that knowledge in providing guidance and counsel to internal clients.

  • Establish a rapport and a working relationship with global research and development organization and center of external innovation personnel at all levels to encourage and continue the proactive use of in-house legal counsel

  • Identify process improvement needs and training needs within the organization and assist in the development of process improvement initiatives and the development and presentation of training materials on relevant laws and legal/business issues

  • Identify and assign, as well as perform special assignments or projects, with supervision, as assigned by senior attorneys

  • Additional duties as assigned


  • A minimum of 6 years of experience strongly preferred in one or more of the following: law firm or corporate law department; government agency; experience drafting and negotiating complex research and development contracts, such as collaborations, manufacturing and supply agreements, and licenses. Self-motivated, work well independently on projects, meet aggressive deadlines, handle multiple projects

  • Sound conflict resolution skills and ability to work in collaborative, global environment

  • Excellent oral and written skills


  • J.D.

  • Active membership and in good standing in a state bar


  • 20% travel required


  • 401(k) with company match and Annual Retirement Contribution Plan

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Company match of charitable contributions

  • Health & Wellness programs including onsite flu shots and health screenings

  • Generous time off for vacation and the option to purchase additional vacation days

  • Community Outreach Programs

Empowering Our People to Shine

Learn more at

Takeda is an EEO employer of minorities, women, disabled, protected veterans, and considers qualified applicants with criminal histories in accordance with applicable laws. For more information, visit

No Phone Calls or Recruiters Please.



Please visit our website at


* If a direct employer requests that you go to their web site and complete your application there in order to be
  considered, please do so. Applications for all positions are subject to each employer's specific requirements.