Legal Counsel EMEA

Legal Counsel EMEA

Cepheid

Paris or Maurens-Scopont, France

The Legal Counsel will be responsible for providing guidance, direction and assistance in connection with a wide variety of legal and business matters for Cepheid business in EMEA.

In this role you will have the opportunity to:

  • Draft, review, negotiate, strategize, document commercial transactions, contracts, and other legal arrangements including distribution, supply, services, sub-contracts, and procurement transactions, both with Governments agencies and private partners;
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with local leadership and other strategic partners; proactively engage and advise colleagues on the prioritization of risks and to identify, monitor and improve key processes and internal controls;
  • In coordination with Senior Counsel, develop and implement appropriate approaches to dispute resolution, lawsuits, and arbitrations; provide regular, clear communication of litigation issues and opportunities to the affected business and other stakeholders;
  • Provide effective, strong and well researched legal advice to the business, finance or other teams, in a timely and efficient manner;
  • Collaborate with the EMEA and Platform Legal Teams on team initiatives, learning exercises and sharing of best practices;
  • Constantly emphasize and demonstrate operational excellence and balanced risk taking;
  • Conduct training and education as deemed necessary or appropriate, i.e. within legal matters, legal spend;
  • Assist Quality and Regulatory Affairs colleagues with regulatory law support;
  • Assist HR colleagues with labor law support;
  • Support Cepheid’s comprehensive Compliance Program;
  • Collaborate closely with colleagues in Legal, Internal Audit, HR, Finance and other core functions to direct compliance and legal issues through the appropriate channels for investigation and resolution as well as work towards future improvements to the Compliance Programs and other Legal Initiatives;
  • Support Danaher and the Diagnostic Platform’s compliance efforts and other initiatives and projects as needed;
  • Under Senior Counsel direction, select appropriate outside counsel and work closely with them;
  • Monitor external legal spend closely and constantly work to reduce cost for outside counsel;
  • Educate business leadership on the appropriate use and leverage of in-house counsel;
  • Ensure transparent and reactive reporting to Senior Counsel.

Required skills:

We are looking for candidates with the following skills and experience:

  • University Degree in Law;
  • 10 years of practice, preferably from an international law firm, or equivalent in-house experience, or a combination of the two, in the Life Sciences, Medical Device or Pharmaceutical industry;
  • Significant experience in drafting, reviewing, negotiating commercial agreements, such as distribution, sales, procurement, cooperation, settlement agreements, allowing the Legal Counsel to handle whole contractual process in an autonomous manner;
  • Experience in reviewing Public procurement agreements and negotiation with public agencies and international organizations;
  • Knowledge and understanding of compliance programs, including data protection laws, health related regulations and clinical trials;
  • Project management skills, to include managing and prioritizing multiple concurrent projects and reporting progress;
  • Exposure to and success in a dynamic business environment;
  • Some experience that suggests an ability to hit ground running in a “start-up” function within a complex, matrixed organization is necessary;
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally as needed;
  • Experience working with a multinational company headquartered outside the EU, supporting geographically dispersed teams.

Skills:

  • Must be an excellent lawyer, able to explain complex legal points to business leaders with varying degrees of sophistication about legal matters; able to take business leaders’ concerns and demands into account in how best to pursue legal strategies;
  • Business minded. Able to quickly understand the business’ needs, work effectively with business teams, other members of our department, and other internal groups to craft solutions and efficiently deliver results;
  • Juggle multiple, time-sensitive projects;
  • Excellent communication, drafting, and negotiation skills;
  • Demonstrated capability of working efficiently, learning quickly, meeting demanding deadlines in a fast-paced environment, prioritizing workflow, and adjusting to frequent change;
  • Practical approach to problem-solving and the ability to effectively counsel internal clients by providing them clear, concise advice to meet their business needs;
  • High integrity and ethics in all dealings – internal, external and personal; non-political in conduct, while understanding internal and external political dynamics;
  • Innovative, adaptable, creative, with the appetite to challenge assumptions and working practices constructively;
  • A resilient individual, who can operate independently, show skills in analysis, judgment and decision making, and work for long-term, sustainable change;
  • Capable of building positive relationships within Cepheid and with its customers, including welcoming others and taking opportunities to help others to achieve their objectives;
  • An excellent listener with a high degree of curiosity and appetite for learning;
  • Highly responsive and service-oriented with superior legal and business judgment.

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