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Counsel I

$146,000- $178,600/ year
Posted May 14
Full Time
Morrisville, Carolina del Nord


Counsel I

Syneos Health® is a leading fully integrated biopharmaceutical solutions organization built to accelerate customer success. We translate unique clinical, medical affairs and commercial insights into outcomes to address modern market realities.

Every day we perform better because of how we work together, as one team, each the best at what we do. We bring a wide range of talented experts together across a wide range of business-critical services that support our business. Every role within Corporate is vital to furthering our vision of Shortening the Distance from Lab to Life®.

Discover what our 29,000 employees, across 110 countries already know:


Why Syneos Health

  • We are passionate about developing our people, through career development and progression; supportive and engaged line management; technical and therapeutic area training; peer recognition and total rewards program.
  • We are committed to our Total Self culture – where you can authentically be yourself. Our Total Self culture is what unites us globally, and we are dedicated to taking care of our people.
  • We are continuously building the company we all want to work for and our customers want to work with. Why? Because when we bring together diversity of thoughts, backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives – we’re able to create a place where everyone feels like they belong.

Job Summary

Syneos Health is looking for a talented, commercially minded and proactive attorney to join its Global Labor & Employment team. The successful candidate will be a self-starter with excellent judgment and experience advising clients on labor and employment matters and managing employment litigation, claims, and disputes. The role is office-based out of Syneos Health’s Morrisville, North Carolina headquarters.

Job Responsibilities


  • Provide support and advice on a wide variety of labor and employment issues across the United States.
  • Work with internal stakeholders to develop, review and update employment-related policies.
  • Partner with internal business and corporate teams to evaluate and interpret laws and regulations.
  • Prepare and provide training sessions and materials.
  • Manage employment litigation, claims and disputes and advise/partner with internal business clients on all areas of employment law to include benefits and immigration matters.
  • Manage external counsel in accordance with outside counsel guidelines, within specified budgetary limits, and in line with business and legal management’s expectations.
  • Work collaboratively across the Legal department, including the Company’s global team of regional-based attorneys, to build consensus on process improvements and drive corporate legal projects to completion.
  • Must be able to work under tight deadlines and interact with lawyers and business teams and human resources globally.
  • Support the Syneos Health ‘Mission, Vision and Values.’


What we’re looking for


  • J.D. from an ABA accredited law school and admission to, and good standing with, a state bar
  • 3+ years of experience in a law firm or in-house legal department
  • Knowledge of and experience with key federal and state employment laws and regulations including Title VII, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, EEO laws, wage and hour laws, background check laws and other federal, state and local laws affecting the employer-employee relationship. Familiarity with immigration and benefits laws preferred.
  • Experience litigating employment-related lawsuits and agency charges.
  • Demonstrated & successful ability to integrate with and provide strategic counsel in a highly regulated environment.
  • Industry experience in a healthcare or life sciences company, such as a CRO, biotech, or pharmaceutical drug development company preferred but not required.
  • Ability to communicate clearly, concisely and professionally with all levels of management regarding complex employment legal issues.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and juggle multiple priorities and work with various stakeholders.
  • Ability to partner with clients to achieve results that make business sense, including identifying opportunities for effective process improvements.
  • Ability to work independently while being able to contribute successfully to cross-functional teams.
  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues and take a business-oriented approach while identifying and balancing risks and providing succinct, accurate and pragmatic advice.
  • Exceptional analytical, negotiation, problem-solving, decision-making, and risk assessment skills.
  • Independent judgment, attention to detail, a desire to learn, and an ability to take on and prioritize a wide variety of complex matters while meeting tight deadlines.
  • Can-do attitude, ability to work under pressure and to manage the expectations of clients.
  • Creative problem-solving ability with a focus on achieving client-friendly solutions while managing company risk.
  • Sense of humor is a plus.

At Syneos Health, we believe in providing an environment and culture in which Our People can thrive, develop and advance. We reward and recognize our people by providing valuable benefits and a quality-of-life balance. The benefits for this position may include a company car or car allowance, Health benefits to include Medical, Dental and Vision, Company match 401k, eligibility to participate in Employee Stock Purchase Plan, Eligibility to earn commissions/bonus based on company and individual performance, and flexible paid time off (PTO) and sick time. Because certain states and municipalities have regulated paid sick time requirements, eligibility for paid sick time may vary depending on where you work. Syneos complies with all applicable federal, state, and municipal paid sick time requirements.

The annual base salary for this position ranges from $146,000 to $178,600. The base salary range represents the anticipated low and high of the Syneos Health range for this position. Actual salary will vary based on various factors such as the candidate’s qualifications, skills, competencies, and proficiency for the role.


Tasks, duties, and responsibilities as listed in this job description are not exhaustive. The Company, at its sole discretion and with no prior notice, may assign other tasks, duties, and job responsibilities. Equivalent experience, skills, and/or education will also be considered so qualifications of incumbents may differ from those listed in the Job Description. The Company, at its sole discretion, will determine what constitutes as equivalent to the qualifications described above. Further, nothing contained herein should be construed to create an employment contract. Occasionally, required skills/experiences for jobs are expressed in brief terms. Any language contained herein is intended to fully comply with all obligations imposed by the legislation of each country in which it operates, including the implementation of the EU Equality Directive, in relation to the recruitment and employment of its employees. The Company is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, including the provision of reasonable accommodations, when appropriate, to assist employees or applicants to perform the essential functions of the job.