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Associate Director, Assistant General Counsel - Market Access

Posted Jul 06
Full Time
HybridParsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey



About Pacira
Pacira BioSciences, Inc. is a leading provider of non-opioid pain management and regenerative health solutions dedicated to improving outcomes for health care practitioners and their patients. Our in-depth knowledge of non-opioid pain management, coupled with our passion for advancing patient care, drives our commitment to providing solutions that address unmet medical needs and improve clinical results.     
Why work with us?
Rarely do you have an opportunity to do work that really matters. What drives us is our mission. What makes us successful are our people.  At Pacira, you are part of an inclusive culture that fosters collaboration, growth, and innovative thinking - a place where you can make an impact and help change the standard of care in non-opioid pain management. Be part of our movement, let’s pursue excellence together.  
This position provides legal expertise and support across all business functions within Pacira BioSciences, Inc., with specific focus on market access strategies and agreements. The position will need to frequently interact with senior level staff, as well as other constituents within Pacira and externally to ensure complete alignment with respect to market access strategies and agreements. In addition, this position will assist with various projects, litigations, and investigations as needed. 
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
 The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an individual assigned to this job. Other duties may be assigned.
  • Partner with and provide legal guidance and advice to Market Access team and related business departments within the Company including, but not limited to Commercial, Marketing, Business Development, and Trade, in support of commercial strategies for the sale and distribution of Company products.
  • Advise on potential legal issues related to customer contracting including pricing and price reporting, government pricing, FD&CA, and anti-kickback.
  • Work closely with Legal Department and business colleagues in preparing, negotiating, reviewing, and revising commercial and market access agreements, including discount and other sales, supply and distribution, discount and rebate, GPO, PBM, wholesaler, and other distribution vendor and service agreements. May also be asked to draft contracts and provide substantive legal review of third-party contracts for other business partners, including but not limited to Commercial, Marketing, Medical, Clinical, Business Development, Supply Operations and Research and Development regarding the drafting and negotiation of agreements.
  • Work with colleagues in Legal and Compliance to provide legal counsel on a variety of legal issues including but not limited to health care laws, including the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute, False Claims Act, and compliance with laws, regulations, industry standards, and Company policies, as well as other related health care legal obligations to other business departments on an as needed basis; including keeping up to date on relevant legal developments.  
  • Potentially supervise and direct activities of Paralegal(s), as well as outside counsel, to ensure efficient and accurate operations.
  • Other ad hoc analysis / projects as deemed appropriate.
Education and Experience: 
  • Juris Doctorate degree from Accredited Law School is required.
  • Admission to the N.J. State Bar or eligible to obtain a N.J. limited license for in-house counsel.
  • Minimum of 5 years of major law firm or in-house experience. Experience representing pharmaceutical and/or biotech companies preferred.  
Supervisory Responsibilities: 
Depending on experience of the candidate, this position will potentially manage one or more paralegals.
The incumbent works closely with employees in all functional areas of the company to provide Legal guidance and support.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 
  • Experience reviewing and providing advice on market access strategies and agreements.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the U.S. Legal requirements related to the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Strong grasp of relevant federal and state laws, regulations, rules, and guidance as well as industry codes and principles impacting pharmaceutical manufacturers, focused on drug labeling, drug advertising, fraud, and abuse (anti-kickback, off-label promotion), product liability, clinical trials, etc.
  • Knowledge of enforcement landscape, including relevant industry investigations, litigation, and settlements.
  • Experience drafting and negotiating contracts such as master service agreements, statements of work, confidentiality agreements, supply agreements, consulting agreements, clinical trial and related agreements, and other corporate pharmaceutical-related agreements is required.
  • Must understand contract law and have effective communication and negotiation skills and the ability to influence and work collaboratively at all levels and across functions.
  • Proven ability to interpret and apply legal requirements to specific projects and agreements.
  • Proven knowledge of corporate legal issues, particular to the pharmaceutical and/or biotech industry including contracts.
  • Excellent written and verbal English communication skills.
  • Demonstrated excellent organizational skills.
  • Proven negotiation skills.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects, set priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent skill level in MS Office including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
Physical Demands: 
Ability to safely navigate and work in office environment consistent with pharmaceutical industry. Moderate noise level, work in cubicles. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk, move between spaces, reach with hands and arms, and stoop. Close vision and the need to focus on computer screen, use of hands, fingers, and wrist to type on keyboard and manipulate mouse.
Work Environment: 
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Typical office setting, noise level is moderate with consistent printer, telephone ringing and conversation.
  • Medical, Prescription, Dental, Vision Coverage
  • Flexible Spending Account & Health Savings Account with Company match
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Mental Health Resources
  • Disability Coverage
  • Life insurance
  • Critical Illness and Accident Insurance
  • Legal and Identity Theft Protection
  • Pet Insurance
  • Fertility and Maternity Assistance
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Flexible Time Off (FTO) and 11 paid holidays
  • Paid Parental Leave


EEO Statement: Pacira is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants because of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), veteran status, disability or genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. At Pacira we are committed to intentionally cultivating a culture of inclusion where all feel welcomed and valued for their background, perspectives, and experiences. We hold one another accountable to promote trust and transparency in support of our communities and collective purpose.
Agency Disclaimer: Pacira Biosciences, Inc. (Hereafter, Pacira) does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies in response to the Pacira Careers page or a Pacira social media post. Pacira will not consider or agree to payment of any referral compensation or recruiter fee relating to unsolicited resumes. Pacira explicitly reserves the right to hire said candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency. Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted to hiring managers, are deemed to be the property of Pacira.