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Manager, Contracts (Legal)

$105,300- $130,100/ year
Posted May 24
Full Time
On Site
Brisbane, California

Why Join Us?

Be a hero for our rare disease patients
At Ultragenyx, we fundamentally believe that taking real impactful action to care for the needs of patients and our people is always the right thing to do. To achieve this goal, our vision is to lead the future of rare disease medicine. For us, this means going where other biopharma companies won’t go – challenging the status quo and creating a new model that advances our field so more patients and caregivers can benefit from life-changing treatments. We do this by following the science, applying a novel rapid development approach, making innovative medicines at fair and reasonable prices, and creating a collaborative ecosystem to reach patients in ways that are most meaningful for them. 
Our commitment and care for patients extends to our people, so culture is an essential cornerstone for Ultragenyx. We remain continuously focused on creating a supportive and inclusive environment of profound learning and growth – so employees can thrive in all areas of their lives, in and outside of work. Ultimately, we want to be an organization where we would be proud for our family, friends and children to work.
If you want to have a meaningful impact, do the best work of your career, and grow a lot, both professionally and personally, come join our team.


Position Summary:

ultradedicated – Your biggest challenges yield rare possibilities

Reporting to Counsel, the Contracts Manager will lead and provide support to specific clients in drafting, negotiating, and analyzing contracts of higher complexity or impact to the organization. In addition, this position will support the corporate legal function as needed. This role may be located in Brisbane, CA or Novato, CA.


Work Model: 

Flex: This role will typically require onsite work 2-3 days each week, or more depending on business needs. In many locations, the business will set certain days each week that Flex employees are required to be onsite.



  • Draft, negotiate, and administer contracts under minimal supervision
  • Partner with business functions to draft, negotiate and administer a wide variety of complex contracts including but not limited to: master service agreements, standalone agreements, work orders, change orders, amendments, consulting and confidentiality agreements as needed;
  • Management of contract template processes, including systematic reviews of templates and playbooks, and incorporation of best contracting practices and provisions
  • Respond to complex inquiries regarding contract obligations and revisions
  • Identify risks and issues, suggest alternatives that lead to the best solution
  • Communicate and present information to stakeholders about all contract-related matters
  • Develop and implement improvements to the contracting process and ongoing compliance
  • Monitor agreements throughout the contract life cycle
  • Advise internal teams of company processes, contract status, and make recommendations based on company policies and standards
  • Works with internal attorneys, Compliance and other business functions to ensure that templates, and agreements are in compliance with legal requirements and best practices
  • Support the corporate legal function in variety of matters, including preparation and review of D&O Questionnaires, preparation and handling of Section 16 filings, providing information and reviewing the proxy statement and Exchange Act reports, as needed
  • Works on other legal projects as needed



  • Bachelor’s degree required; JD or paralegal certification preferred
  • 5+ years of direct contract experience, Biotech / Pharmaceutical Industry preferred
  • Ability to independently draft, negotiate, and administer contracts
  • Strong contract drafting, negotiating and analytical skills
  • Ability to work successfully towards strict deadlines, as well as independently on multiple, simultaneous assignments
  • Good judgment in working with clients, and occasionally under ambiguous or challenging circumstances
  • Ability to effectively collaborate in a dynamic environment
  • Experience with Contract Management systems, Icertis a plus
  • PC literacy required; MS Office skills (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) #LI-CS1 #LI-Hybrid

The typical annual salary range for this full-time position is listed below. This range reflects the characteristics of the job, such as required skills and qualifications and is based on the office location noted in this job posting. The range may also be adjusted based on applicant's geographic location.

This position is eligible for annual bonus and equity incentives. Actual individual pay is determined by demonstrated experience and internal equity alignment.

Pay Range

$105,300 - $130,100 USD

Full Time employees across the globe enjoy a range of benefits, including, but not limited to:
·         Generous vacation time and public holidays observed by the company
·         Volunteer days
·         Long term incentive and Employee stock purchase plans or equivalent offerings
·         Employee wellbeing benefits
·         Fitness reimbursement
·         Tuition sponsoring
·         Professional development plans
* Benefits vary by region and country

Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, disability, marital and veteran status, and any other status or classification protected by applicable federal, state, and/or local laws. Reasonable accommodation will be provided for all protected statuses or classifications protected by applicable law, including individuals with disabilities, disabled veterans, for pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions, and based on sincerely held religious beliefs. Applicants can request an accommodation prior to accepting a job offer. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, or in any part of the recruitment process, you may contact Talent Acquisition by emailing us at

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