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Associate Corporate Counsel, Contracts (Pharmaceutical Operations & Supply Chain)

$164,000- $234,000
Posted May 01
Full Time
Alameda, California

Summary/Job Purpose

Provides transactional legal support to the Pharmaceutical Operations & Supply Chain client group (PSC), and other departments within the Research & Development division, in collaboration with cross-functional business teams and with support from senior members of the Legal team.

Essential Duties And Responsibilities

  • Draft, review, and negotiate a wide range of contracts primarily in support of PSC (which may include confidentiality agreements, consulting agreements, material transfer agreements, , master service agreements for drug development and cGMP manufacturing, Work Orders and Quality Agreements). May also draft, review and negotiate contracts in support of Exelixis-sponsored and investigator-sponsored clinical trials.
  • Advise and troubleshoot on existing agreements and operational arrangements.
  • Identify and define operational and legal risks and be able to communicate those risks to appropriate internal decision-makers for discussion and resolution.
  • Interact with internal clients effectively to address legal and business questions.
  • Implement organizational or team objectives and interpret company policies with supervision from senior legal counsel.
  • Aid in the development of technical and/or business solutions to complex problems in creative and effective ways with supervision of senior legal counsel.
  • Handle miscellaneous legal tasks on an as needed basis under direction of senior attorneys.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • No supervisory responsibilities. Expected to oversee work delegated to contract managers.



  • BS/BA degree, preferably in life sciences or a related field
  • JD degree required and must be admitted to practice, preferably in California


  • One to three years of experience as an attorney in a law firm or in-house legal environment in the biotechnology or pharmaceuticals industry or equivalent contract management experience in the industry
  • One to three years of contract drafting and negotiation experience in an attorney role or three to five years of contract drafting and negotiation experience in a contract management role required
  • Clinical trial contract drafting and negotiation experience is a bonus but not required


  • Possesses clear and concise verbal and written communication skills and must have excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Strong computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), CompareDocs and Internet).
  • Must be detail-oriented and have strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and with the ability to re-prioritize on short time frames with supervisor input.
  • Acts responsibly and conscientiously.
  • Works under pressure to meet specific deadlines.
  • Works independently and in a team environment.
  • Dedicated to quality, reliability, and highest professional standards in all work tasks.
  • Must be a self-starter and quick learner.
  • Must have good judgment.

Working Conditions

  • Working indoors, performing clerical work, and/or meeting with stakeholders
  • Travel not required (occasional visits to Alameda campus are encouraged for employees based at the King of Prussia site).

_If you like wild growth and working with happy, enthusiastic over-achievers, you'll enjoy your career with us!

_ Our compensation reflects the cost of labor across several U.S. geographic markets, and we pay differently based on those defined markets. The base pay range for this position is $164,000 - $234,000 annually. The base pay range may take into account the candidate’s geographic region, which will adjust the pay depending on the specific work location. The base pay offered will take into account the candidate’s geographic region, job-related knowledge, skills, experience and internal equity, among other factors.

In addition to the base salary, as part of our Total Rewards program, Exelixis offers comprehensive employee benefits package, including a 401k plan with generous company contributions, group medical, dental and vision coverage, life and disability insurance, and flexible spending accounts. Employees are also eligible for a discretionary annual bonus program, or if field sales staff, a sales-based incentive plan. Exelixis also offers employees the opportunity to purchase company stock, and receive long-term incentives, 15 accrued vacation days in their first year, 17 paid holidays including a company-wide winter shutdown in December, and up to 10 sick days throughout the calendar year.


The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

_We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.