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Associate Corporate Counsel

Posted 07 May 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - United States

Req Id 175776


A career with EMD Performance Materials is an ongoing journey of discovery: our 52,000 people are shaping how the world lives, works and plays through next generation advancements in healthcare, life science and performance materials. For 350 years and across the world we have passionately pursued our curiosity to find novel and vibrant ways of enhancing the lives of others. EMD Performance Materials is a business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

Your Role: As the Associate Corporate Counsel, you will provide legal support to EMD Performance Materials(“EMD”) , a subsidiary of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. You will assist EMD’s General Counsel in addressing matters pertaining to Performance Materials sites and businesses in the U.S., with a major focus on the reviewing, drafting, and negotiating a variety of commercial agreements relating to sales, supply, and a variety of R&D-related agreements. Particular focus will be on material evaluation and vendor agreements.

Who you are: This role is seeking someone that is team player - able to successfully collaborate with business partners, other members of the Legal team in the U.S. and abroad, and other support teams across the global organization at all levels. You must have knowledge of common and commercial law principles. You need to have strong interpersonal skills, the ability to adapt to changing priorities and multi-task, have strong negotiation and communication skills, and be detail oriented.

  • Law degree (J.D.) or equivalent with a strong law school academic record
  • In good standing with a state bar 
  • At least 3-5 years’ professional experience at a large law firm and/or with an in-house legal department of a multinational corporation.
  • Experience with commercial transactions, supporting global organizations, and previous cross-cultural exposure preferred.
  • Experience supporting R&D matters a plus.

What we offer: With us, there are always opportunities to break new ground. We empower you to fulfil your ambitions, and our diverse businesses offer various career moves to seek new horizons. We trust you with responsibility early on and support you to draw your own career map that is responsive to your aspirations and priorities in life. Join us and bring your curiosity to life!

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The Company is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. No employee or applicant for employment will be discriminated against on the basis of race, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military or veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, transgender status, marital status, or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. This policy of Equal Employment Opportunity applies to all policies and programs relating to recruitment and hiring, promotion, compensation, benefits, discipline, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment. Any applicant or employee who believes they have been discriminated against by the Company or anyone acting on behalf of the Company must report any concerns to his/her Human Resources Business Partner, Legal, or Compliance immediately. The Company will not retaliate against any individual because he/she made a good faith report of discrimination.

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