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Associate Counsel Clinical Legal

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Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Foster City, CA

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Job Description

The Corporate Legal Group at Gilead is seeking a individual with 0-4 years of attorney experience as Associate Counsel to join Gilead’s Clinical Legal Group, which is charged with the timely and thorough review, negotiation and management of Gilead templates and routine third party contracts including clinical trial agreements and informed consent forms supporting clinical research.

This individual will:

(i) review and negotiate clinical trial related contracts for multiple clinical trials conducted worldwide; (ii) provide timely and appropriate escalation of issues to more senior attorneys within the group, when required; (iii) assist in the continuing development and revision of standard form agreements and implementation of processes and procedures for review and approval of clinical trial related agreements; (iv) train internal clients on contract forms and procedures; and provide guidance and support to Contracts Specialists within the group.

This individual should also be familiar with other standard operational agreements such as confidentiality, consulting, IT, facilities, manufacturing, commercial and marketing, advertising/agency, learning and development/staffing services, grant and sponsored research, advisory, research and development, general services agreements and be well-versed in basics of contract formation and interpretation.

Essential Duties and Job Functions

The person in this position will, among other things:

This position is responsible for assisting corporate counsel in drafting and negotiating routine clinical trial agreements and other contracts and documents supporting clinical research.

Responsibilities include interfacing with internal clients and attorneys as well as outside parties in connection with global clinical contracts matters.

The person in this position will work in an integrated team environment within the clinical legal group while also demonstrating the ability to work independently and escalate issues to attorneys appropriately.


Willingness and ability to work with and coordinate activities across a large number of individuals across various departments, not only within the company’s headquarters in Foster City, but also throughout the company’s domestic and international subsidiaries in Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Appropriately triage a heavy workflow, setting appropriate priorities with clients and delivering results efficiently.

Ability to provide legal advice and support to non-attorney staff within the group as well as client groups within Gilead.

Ability to think creatively, devise solutions to challenging problems and effectively drive issues to closure.

Exercise mature and reliable judgment while enjoying the company's enthusiastic, informal and fast-paced environment.

Ability to work independently and as a team.

Education & Experience

Bachelor’s degree, Juris Doctorate and hold bar license in at least one state (California preferred). 0-4 years experience drafting and negotiating contracts for clinical trial agreements in a variety of countries worldwide is desirable, but not required.

Experience with reviewing clinical trial informed consent forms is desired, but not required.

Experience with or knowledge of Pharma contract issues that overlap with FDA/pharmaceutical regulation is desirable, but not required.

Experience with or knowledge of data privacy contract issues foreign and domestic is desirable, but not required.

Experience with or knowledge of intellectual property contract issues is desired, but not required.

The ideal candidate will be flexible and willing to learn new procedures and skill sets.

Must have excellent organizational skills and the ability to perform in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.

Ability to multi-task and handle multiple contract negotiations simultaneously.

Must be able to set and appropriately modify priorities with internal clients on an ongoing basis, manage client and third party expectations and deliver results within reasonably established timelines.

Must be capable of analyzing legal issues and have comfort in advising client groups on various legal issues related to contracting.

Thorough understanding of the contract process including contract evaluation, negotiation, approval, tracking and close-out is desired, but not required.

Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Must be able to collaborate and work with other departments such as Clinical, Clinical Contracts and Finance, Risk Management, Regulatory, and Business Conduct and attorneys in outside vendor companies.

Must have excellent attention to detail and proficient in MS Office and document comparison programs.

Strong oral and written communication skills.

Company info

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
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Company Profile
Gilead Sciences, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, and commercializes medicines for the treatment of life threatening diseases in North America, South America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific. The company’s products include Stribild, Complera/Eviplera, Atripla, Truvada, Viread, Emtriva, Tybost, and Vitekta for the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in adults; and Sovaldi, Viread, and Hepsera products for the treatment of liver disease. It also offers Letairis, an endothelin receptor antagonist for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension; Ranexa, a tablet used for the treatment of chronic angina; Lexiscan/Rapiscan injection for use as a pharmacologic stress agent in radionuclide myocardial perfusion imaging; Cayston, an inhaled antibiotic for the treatment of respiratory systems in cystic fibrosis patients; and Tamiflu, an oral antiviral capsule for the treatment and prevention of influenza A and B. In addition, the company provides other products, such as AmBisome, an antifungal agent to treat serious invasive fungal infections; Vistide, an antiviral injection for the treatment of cytomegalovirus retinitis in adult patients with AIDS; and Macugen, an anti-angiogenic oligonucleotide to treat neovascular age-related macular degeneration. Further, it has product candidates in various stages for the treatment of HIV, liver, oncology/inflammation, cardiovascular, and respiratory diseases. The company markets its products through its commercial teams and/or in conjunction with third-party distributors and corporate partners. Gilead Sciences, Inc. has collaborations with BMS, Janssen, and Japan Tobacco to develop and commercialize various products. The company was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Foster City, California.

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