Senior Legal Counsel


Verona, Italy

Main scope of role:

  • Support Evotec’s global business development/operations functions on all day-to-day legal commercial matters: this may include drafting, negotiating and approving all kinds of commercial agreements (in particular confidentiality agreements, terms and conditions, master service agreements, amendments, novations, assignments and single service agreements, supply agreements, license, collaborations, and consultancy agreements) as well as representing the company in the corresponding negotiations with customers/third parties;
  • Support operational teams in Italy on legal matters, as necessary.

Key Responsibilities or Core Accountabilities:

  • Review and negotiate agreements related to the research and development activities at Evotec, as assigned;
  • Prepare and review contract specimen, standard templates and approve contracts and legal agreements in the internal pre-signature approval process;
  • Problem Solving: provide solutions to daily enquiries of internal stakeholders;
  • Continous improvement;
  • Serve as a point of contact for contract questions within Evotec;
  • Participates and contributes to special projects, as needed.

Skills or attributes:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law or Economics and a minimum of 5 years of experience drafting, negotiating and executing contracts in the Pharmaceutical/Biotech industry;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English;
  • Exceptional attention to detail with a focus on accuracy in all contractual documents;
  • Self-starter who is resourceful and able to work effectively both independently as well as with a team;
  • Motivated and enthusiastic;
  • Strong negotiation skills;
  • Ability to handle complexity of the work under pressure and meet deadlines while remaining highly organized, prioritise and manage multiple tasks, and provide high quality work;
  • Teamplayer with a proactive and organised approach;
  • Outstanding organizational, written and verbal communication skills both internally with personnel of all levels and externally with clients;
  • Strong networking ability and able to be decisive in decision making when facing ambiguity;
  • Demonstrated flexibility in adjusting to a rapidly changing workload providing support to colleagues during times of increased workload;
  • Ability to lead change in processes and responsibilities as a result of process improvement initiatives and manage any conflict that is a result of this change.

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