Novartis Technical Operations - Director, Legal Counsel

21 Mar 2018 9:21 PM | Anonymous



Job Title:

Director, Legal Counsel, Novartis Technical Operations

Job Grade:



Legal (NTO)

Reports to:

Executive Director, Legal NTO Region Americas

Job Purpose  

To provide counsel to management and other key decision makers by staying abreast of latest development in key areas of expertise (e.g. complex manufacturing supply agreements) that have an impact on current and long term profitability of the company. 

Major Accountabilities 

  • Contract Review/Counsel – Structure, manage, negotiate and execute complex 3rd party supply and procurement agreements. Provide legal and risk management counsel to senior leaders. Influence and guide business decisions
  • Legal Counsel/Leadership – Act as counsel for assigned clients on broad range of legal matters. Proactively manage legal issues via coordination with Legal Centers of Excellence, Legal management and other functions, as appropriate. Lead legal review of plans, presentations, communications and other materials from BU Leadership team.
  • Risk Management/Compliance - Make appropriate judgment calls during times of ambiguity and can lead team through new legal territory. Pursue calculated risk-taking in an unpredictable environment with appropriate contingency planning and continually challenge status quo
  • Ensure compliance with all government regulations and mandates. Contribute to investigations as needed to address potential compliance concerns.
  • Innovation – Drive innovation and actively contribute to new strategies supporting business goals. Identify and develop “best practices” in support of key projects and initiatives.   Create and deliver training to clients
  • Functional Leadership – Actively contribute to Legal Function though participating in initiatives to build departmental knowledge and capabilities by sharing best practices. Partners with colleagues to contribute expertise as needed.

Key Performance Indicators 

  • Trusted credible partner of senior leadership
  • Collaboration across legal function and broader organization
  • Providing sound legal advice by balancing risk and potential opportunities
  • Contribution to NTO Legal Department and development of high performing team culture.

Job Dimensions 

Number of associates:    

No Direct Reports/Matrix management

Impact on the organization:        

Medium/High – Provides legal counsel to senior management in Novartis Technical Operations

Ideal Background 

Education (minimum/desirable):

·       Juris Doctor or equivalent degree and prior Bachelors or equivalent 4-Year university degree required.


·       Fluent English

Experience required

·       > 5 Years’ experience in legal counseling role in pharma/biotech industry or major law firm

Technical Knowledge/Skills

  • ·       Strong knowledge and key expertise in multiple areas of law, including: contracts, procurement, pharmaceuticals/healthcare, labor and employment, regulatory,  transactions
  • ·       Significant experience drafting and negotiating complex contracts including manufacturing & supply agreements

·       Strong business acumen with deep understanding of pharmaceutical manufacturing and related legal issues

Leadership/Organizational Behaviors

·       Excellent collaboration, communication, interpersonal and presentation skills - Ability to adapt style, simplify and communicate complex issues to all levels of the organization

·       Proactive, entrepreneurial approach to recognizing business needs, anticipating  issues, and developing solutions

·       Strong negotiation and conflict management skills

·       Good project management skills

·       Strong analytical and organizational skills

·       Demonstrated ability to lead and drive organizational change to ensure compliance with federal, state and local laws, regulations and requirements.

·       Ability to manage and influence across a cross-functional matrix organization

·       Ability to manage high volume of work in fast paced environment


·       Up to 10-20% travel required


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