Assistant General Counsel, Litigation

GSKDurham, North carolinaFull TimeRemote

Site Name: USA - Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, USA - North Carolina - Research Triangle Park

Posted Date: Oct 26 2021

Are you energized by working in a fast changing and highly complex legal environment? If so, this Assistant General Counsel, Litigation role could be an ideal opportunity to explore.

The Assistant General Counsel, Litigation role is responsible for actively executing litigation strategy across a broad and diverse portfolio of complex litigation in multiple areas, including product liability, class actions, government investigations, commercial disputes, and other litigation areas across many countries with emphasis and focus on the United States. The expectation for this role is to proactively set and drive litigation strategy, including leading and supervising external counsel. This role is also responsible for avoiding litigation and other disputes, through preventative and pragmatic legal advice, identification of potential risk areas, and driving early resolution of disputes/claims.

This role gives YOU the opportunity to lead key activities to progress YOUR career, these responsibilities include some of the following…
  • Lead significant litigation, including driving litigation strategy and initiatives.
  • Develop and execute litigation strategy in areas of products liability, class actions, government/internal investigations, contract and commercial matters, and other areas. The role has responsibility across many jurisdictions, but with a focus on the United States. This includes active participation in and oversight of internal fact investigation, discovery responses, selection of experts, motion practice, preparation of witnesses, jury research, and trial strategy.
  • Represent GSK at meetings, mediations, and arbitrations.
  • Juggle numerous competing priorities and perform in a continually changing legal, regulatory, and scientific environment.
  • Interface with company at all levels, including General Counsel and other senior business and legal employees. Communicate effectively and build teamwork among company employees involved in defense of litigation.
  • Work closely with external counsel on appropriate matters to develop and drive overall litigation strategy, ensure compliance with company policies, and drive cost savings. In consultation with outside counsel, recommend and monitor financial reserves for lawsuits and investigations.
  • Conduct early case assessments and provide preventive legal advice to business clients and business sector attorneys to avoid potential litigation and/or by resolving disputes.
  • Demonstrate capacity for innovation in providing unique and creative solutions to complex legal issues.
Why you?

Basic Qualifications

We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:
  • Law Degree (JD) along with Bar qualification.
  • Proven experience delivering legal advice to support business needs.
  • Extensive prior experience in providing legal advice and day-to-day oversight management of complex, global legal issues, regulation and policy.
Preferred Qualifications

If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus:
  • An approachable, down-to-earth, straightforward, resilient and persuasive personality with strong negotiation, communication and influencing skills and an ability to drive change.
  • A self-confident, well-organised, proactive self-starter, who will roll up his or her sleeves and delve into the detail on key business issues.
  • The strength of character to speak his or her mind, combined with the sensitivity, judgement and tact to know when to insist and when to pull back.
  • Unquestioned ethics and integrity. High energy and drive.
  • Ability to operate at a strategic management level. Can demonstrate senior executive level credibility and has the requisite presence to influence and build a rapport with senior leaders.
  • Leader with powers of persuasion and effective negotiation skills.
  • Strong commercial understanding and a proven track record of providing incisive and confidential legal support and guidance to senior leaders on complex business issues.
  • Proven problem solving and analytical skills: seen as a problem-solver but prepared to stand up in the interests of the company.
  • Persuasive advocate within GSK Legal to garner support for a consensus on a unified legal interpretation of complex/ambiguous legal issues.
Why GSK?

Our values and expectations are at the heart of everything we do and form an important part of our culture.

As GSK Focuses On Our Values And Expectations And a Culture Of Innovation, Performance, And Trust, The Successful Candidate Will Demonstrate The Following Capabilities

These include Patient focus, Transparency, Respect, Integrity along with Courage, Accountability, Development, and Teamwork.
  • Agile and distributed decision-making – using evidence and applying judgement to balance pace, rigour and risk, governance and control, managing ambiguity and paradox.
  • Managing individual performance.
  • Creating a performance culture and driving results, prioritisation, execution, delivering performance.
  • Setting strategic direction and leading on-going organisational transformation.
  • Building a resilient organisation.
  • Building strong relationships and collaboration in service of common goals, engaging the organisation and building trusted external networks for mutual benefit.
  • Managing P&L and capital allocation.
  • This is a job description to aide in the job posting, but does not include all job evaluation details.
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