Associate General Counsel, US Research & Development

Posted 14 Jun 2019

Rockland, Massachusetts - United States

Req Id 193645



A career with EMD Serono is an ongoing journey of discovery: our 51,000 people are shaping how the world lives, works and plays through next generation advancements in healthcare, life science and performance materials. For more than 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 Serono is a business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.


Your role:

The Associate General Counsel will lead a team consisting of one lawyer and one paralegal and reports to the Head of Legal R&D based in Darmstadt, Germany. This team provides comprehensive legal support to EMD Serono’s US-based research (pre-clinical) and development groups for all therapeutic area and will also be responsible for certain global activities including without limitation supporting global clinical development programs and collaborating closely with global legal and other US based colleagues. Further responsibilities include the support of strategic projects including industry and academic collaborations, negotiating and drafting research, clinical trial and collaboration agreements as well as CRADAs, reviewing scientific materials and external presentations.  You will proactively identify, counsel and communicate potential legal issues and manage risks through counselling, training and practical application of relevant legal and regulatory requirements, EMD Serono policies and procedures and applicable laws. Further activities include active participation in Legal Department projects, management of outside counsel if specialized advice is required and other related duties as assigned.

Who you are:

  • JD and bar admission required with minimum of 10 -12 years’ experience in a firm and/or in-house.                                                  
  • Pharmaceutical industry experience required.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • Ability to work cross-functionally and build consensus among various stakeholders within a global structure while maintaining a compliant approach.
  • Enthusiastic, energetic, self-starter.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Adaptability and flexibility to changing priorities.
  • Comfortable working in a global environment and interacting with all levels of management.
  • Initiative, creativity, sense of urgency and strong interpersonal skills.


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, color, 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 their Human Resources Business Partner, Legal, or Compliance immediately. The Company will not retaliate against any individual because they made a good faith report of discrimination.

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