Corporate Counsel, US Vaccines

SanofiCambridge, MassachusettsFull TimeOn Site


The Corporate Counsel, US Vaccines will provide legal advice and counsel to internal colleagues at all levels within the commercial operations for Sanofi’s Vaccines business unit, supporting day-to-day initiatives and long-term strategies. This is a broad business lawyering role that involves strategic and transactional counseling. Business colleagues expect prompt responses with their requests for legal counsel, and the challenge for the Corporate Counsel will be to prioritize numerous, and sometimes conflicting, requests for assistance and offer superior service in a timely, thoughtful, and complete manner. The Corporate Counsel will need to be confident and comfortable with senior decisionmakers and with working independently across Sanofi at multiple levels.  The Corporate Counsel will provide input on complex and sensitive legal and business issues and will advise internal colleagues in a manner that advances the company’s strategy while addressing legal and regulatory risks and preserving and protecting the company’s integrity and reputation. The Corporate Counsel will be expected to provide prompt, strategic, useful and thorough input to internal colleagues and senior management regarding complex and wide-ranging legal matters, particularly in the area of advertising and promotion, fraud and abuse, and other applicable healthcare laws.

Job Duties:

  • Serve as a legal team member supporting the Vaccines business unit, coordinating legal assistance across commercial matters, as well as collaborating with other practice areas and functions relating to the Vaccines business unit. 

  • Manage collaborations with external partners who may also be competitors to Sanofi (with an eye towards mitigating antitrust concerns) and overseeing business initiatives of the Vaccines business unit.

  • Serve as the legal contact for marketed and investigational products within the Vaccines portfolio, advising internal groups including commercial, sales, medical affairs, and others.

  • Manage the review and negotiation of certain contracts and amendments relating to the Vaccines business unit, potentially including agreements with the US Government related to pandemic preparedness.  The candidate must be flexible enough to manage multiple subject matter issues across diverse areas of the company, taking the initiative to identify appropriate subject matter experts and coordinating overall review. 

  • Work with business colleagues to assist them with adherence to Sanofi’s policies, understand legislative developments that may impact our business, and work through direct and indirect management of both internal and external resources.  This requires a high degree of organizational skill and focus on detail.

  • The Corporate Counsel operates with limited supervision, and therefore requires a high level of balanced judgment and an ability to independently discern and establish priorities.  Agility and willingness to learn about various subject matters (both from a legal and business perspective) are highly valued.  Ability to identify potential legal issues (focusing on promotional matters, regulatory issues, and fraud and abuse) as well as proposed solutions to mitigate risk is required.

  • Know when to escalate issues internally and with outside counsel. 

Position to be based in Bridgewater, New Jersey or Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Opportunity to work remotely on a limited basis.

Basic Qualifications:

  • BA/BS, Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school

  • Minimum of 3-5 years of legal experience 

  • Proficiency with Word, PowerPoint and other corporate standard software – required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with a pharma/biotech company, FDA or other relevant governmental agency, or with a law firm working on healthcare-related matters

Professional Skills/Attributes:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Team player with a commitment to developing strong collaborative relationships with legal colleagues, clients and cross-functional teams

  • Demonstrated ability to understand legal principles and compliance, as well as business requirements

  • Project management

  • Commitment to proactively identifying opportunities for improvement and engaging with appropriate stakeholders to propose solutions

  • Solutions-oriented; business-oriented

  • Self-motivated, able to work independently, reliable, responsive, and accountable to deliver results

  • High level of professionalism; strong interpersonal skills

  • Proven ability/interest in working across a broad range of subject matter areas

  • Ability to handle multiple responsibilities and priorities simultaneously and still meet high quality and timeliness standards under pressure

  • Willingness to flex job responsibilities and learn new areas

  • Management and interpersonal skills

  • Sound judgment and commitment to ethical conduct

Sanofi Inc. and its U.S. affiliates are Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employers committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; nationality; marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; sex, gender, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status or liability for military status; domestic violence victim status; atypical cellular or blood trait; genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other characteristic protected by law.

At Sanofi diversity and inclusion is foundational to how we operate and embedded in our Core Values. We recognize to truly tap into the richness diversity brings we must lead with inclusion and have a workplace where those differences can thrive and be leveraged to empower the lives of our colleagues, patients and customers. We respect and celebrate the diversity of our people, their backgrounds and experiences and provide equal opportunity for all.

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