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Senior Assistant General Counsel, Business Development

Posted May 22
Full Time
Indianapolis, Indiana

At Elanco (NYSE: ELAN) – it all starts with animals!

As a global leader in animal health, we are dedicated to innovation and delivering products and services to prevent and treat disease in farm animals and pets. We’re driven by our vision of ‘Food and Companionship Enriching Life’ and our approach to sustainability – the Elanco Healthy Purpose™ – to advance the health of animals, people, the planet and our enterprise.

At Elanco, we pride ourselves on fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. We believe that diversity is the driving force behind innovation, creativity, and overall business success. Here, you’ll be part of a company that values and champions new ways of thinking, work with dynamic individuals, and acquire new skills and experiences that will propel your career to new heights.

Making animals’ lives better makes life better – join our team today!

Senior Assistant General Counsel, Business Development

Work Location: Global Elanco Headquarters - Greenfield, IN - Hybrid Work Environment

Position Summary: The Senior Assistant General Counsel, Business Development is a role in Elanco’s global legal organization, responsible for working closely with senior leaders and Business Development teams across the globe including by supporting domestic and international M&A, complex licensing and distribution agreements, and related transactions.


  • Work with business development leadership and other partners to successfully execute asset divestitures, strategic partnerships and other corporate transactions on a worldwide basis, ensuring transactions are consistent with business strategies and reflect appropriate legal risk positions.
  • As a critical member of a cross-functional deal team, work on legal due diligence, develop and negotiate key deal terms, draft asset purchase and other agreements of varying complexity, ensure compliance with regulatory and other requirements, and manage post-closing integration and other activities.
  • Leverage thought leadership and external networks to conduct training and other professional development activities for Elanco’s global legal and business development organizations, ensuring continued understanding of material developments related to corporate and transactional law.
  • Assist with the selection and engagement of outside counsel to provide critical support on complex legal, regulatory, and business issues.
  • Collaborate with and create business solutions with other members of both legal and business teams to mitigate risk to Elanco, optimize service levels, and minimize the utilization of outside counsel where practicable.
  • Leverage legal expertise and business acumen to support Elanco in achieving its objectives.
  • Help Identify process improvements available to the business and ensure continuous improvement across the corporate law and global legal teams, the business development organization, and anywhere else relevant within Elanco.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school and at least eight (8) years of corporate law experience within a large, global corporation or major law firm.
  • Significant experience drafting, negotiating, and successfully executing complex corporate transactions in a publicly-traded corporation.
  • Member of at least one state bar in good standing.
  • Effective, concise communicator.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, meet tight deadlines and act decisively.
  • Familiarity with specialized subjects that arise in transactional matters, including securities laws, tax, IP, antitrust, employment, data privacy, regulatory and technology.
  • Excellent interpersonal, strategic thinking, communication, and organizational skills.
  • Proactive, positive leadership style that thinks holistically and addresses issues before they arise.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform successfully in cross-functional teams by breaking down silos, ensuring consistent information flow, building trust, and developing strong relationships.
  • Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to be employed in the United States. Elanco Animal Health does not anticipate providing sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H-1B or TN status) for this position.

Additional Skills and Preferences:

  • Familiarity with the animal health or crop science industry or prior experience in the fields of pharmaceuticals, biotech or medical devices.

Elanco Benefits and Perks: We offer a comprehensive benefits package focusing on financial, physical, and mental well-being while encouraging our employees to pursue our purpose! Some highlights include:

  • Multiple relocation packages
  • Two weeklong shutdowns (mid-summer and year-end) in the US (in addition to PTO)
  • 8-week parental leave
  • 9 Employee Resource Groups
  • Annual bonus offering
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Up to 6% 401K matching

Elanco is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.