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Senior legal counsel – Pharmaceutical

Job title: Senior legal counsel – Pharmaceutical

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Johnson & Johnson India is recruiting for the position of Senior Legal Counsel for its pharmaceutical business (called Janssen). The details of the job description are provided below.
Designation: Senior Legal Counsel
PQE: 8-12 years
Reporting Line: Legal Director (Janssen India)
Job Description
As the onsite legal counsel, the Senior Legal Counsel for Janssen India provides broad legal counsel and general legal guidance at the India headquarters and also at the operational team level for Janssen‘s India operations as well as other South Asian markets. This is an exciting role with large exposure to all levels within the business. It will involve managing a small team.
This role will be responsible for providing strategic and operational legal advice and counsel in all areas of law to support the business teams and help them achieve their goals, while protecting the company’s rights, interests and reputation. The role requires a team-oriented, solutions-focused and agile business partner who will work with a hands-on approach on extensive and complex legal issues.
Key Accountabilities
Proficient at negotiating and drafting of various contracts including, without limitation, supply, distribution, wholesaler, co-marketing, co-promotion, sales, product licensing, clinical trials, post marketing survey, investigator-initiated study, donation, speaker engagement, employment and non-disclosure agreements
Be able to proactively assess legal and governance risks to the business and work with management to devise and implement policies and procedures to address and manage those risks including preventative actions, trainings and communications.
Coordinating with the global Intellectual Property team on trademark and patent matters pertaining to products commercialized and proposed to be commercialized by the India and the International (South Asia) business team.
Assisting the business on contractual and legal aspects of property and labour related matters.
Management of litigation initiated by and against the company and coordinating with external litigation counsel/ law firms in this connection.
Advising the Marketing and Medical functions on product labelling, marketing and ethical promotion. Monitoring the India legal environment and providing regular updates to the leadership team on relevant legal / regulatory changes.
Support new business development initiatives (acquisition and licensing transactions) including due diligence reviews, negotiation of transactions and drafting/execution of deal documentation.
As a solid business partner, actively participate in discussions and decisions and proactively provide legal counsel, strategic guidance and value-added support to the Janssen India business.
Be able to proactively assess legal risks to the business and work with management to devise and implement policies and procedures to address and manage those risks including preventative actions, trainings and communications.
Possess the communications and other skills in order to be able to positively influence business teams to make well considered decisions and achieve compliant growth.
Provide sound guidance on and ensure compliance with relevant laws and regulations applicable to the operations of Janssen India, including relevant industry codes and train business partners on relevant areas of law.
Challenge the status quo and proactively take leadership of various innovative initiatives, connect relevant stakeholders, shape the strategy, and deliver outcomes satisfactory to stakeholders in a timely manner.
Collaborate with business partners and the Health Care Compliance function to reinforce Credo based decision making in every critical business decision.
Manage all litigation across various judicial forums throughout India and the rest of South Asia and support any internal and external investigations related to the business of Janssen India.
Provide legal input and guidance to the Janssen India business on all J&J policies and procedures including the Code of Business Conduct, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Health Care Compliance and Health Care Business Integrity Guide. This includes advising management on any new policies or required changes to existing policies, creating appropriate training for management and employees on such policies and participating in disciplinary panels related to J&J’s policies and procedures.
Provide legal counsel and support on legal issues and risk management for all enabling functions of Janssen India including Human Resources, Operations, Quality, Government Affairs, Research & Development, Supply Chain, Sales, Marketing and Finance (e.g., employment law, procurement, product liability etc).
Work on various J&J Law Department projects from time to time.
Proactively partner with and share knowledge and best practices with other Johnson & Johnson lawyers in India/the region/globally to drive local alignment with cluster, regional and global when providing legal services.
Assist on brand protection initiatives including trademark support and counterfeit & grey market enforcement activities. Advise business on its copy clearance materials and internet-related activities.
Show agility in problem solving for innovative proposals from the business with an appropriate risk tolerance and maintaining compliance.
Strong commitment to the deliverables and the timeline despite time constraint situations.
Qualifications
Candidate Profile
Key Qualifications:
LLB or equivalent law degree from a nationally recognized university in India
License to practice law in India
Between 8-12 years of relevant legal experience since qualification. Preference will be given to candidates with a mixture of top tier law firm and/ or in-house pharma/ FMCG sector experience.
LLM from a top university in US/ UK will be given due credit but is not mandatory for this role.
Fluent in written and spoken English.
Candidates should also possess the following skills and capabilities:
A strong business partner with a proven ability to proactively engage with the business to find practical solutions and partner with them to implement desired actions.
Strong leadership skills and the ability to drive projects forward to conclusion along with the aptitude to proactively engage with colleagues and business partners to maintain appropriate ethical, legal and compliance standards.
An accomplished legal professional with in-house legal experience with multinational/ leading Indian companies.
Self starter with strong drive for results & strong sense of ownership but also willing to take direction.
Business Oriented – ability to proactively engage with business to find practical solutions and partner with them to implement desired actions and create compliant growth for the business.
Judgment capability, business consultative skills and structural thinking process.
Ability to work independently and effectively across all levels of a matrixed organization.
Comfortable working as part of a team and keen to interact with a diverse group of people spanning a broad range of business teams and executives within our client organizations.
Ability to influence stakeholders at all levels and a comprehensive understanding of the pharmaceutical industry.
Ability to manage conflicts in an open and constructive manner.
Able to set an example and ensure high ethical, legal and compliance standards at Janssen India and be proactive in engaging organization to identify opportunities to enhance ethics and anti-corruption practices and procedures.
Strong ability to deal with ambiguity and simplify issues for clients.
Ability to work innovatively and proactively to support clients

Expected salary:

Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra

Job date: Mon, 07 Sep 2020 22:46:24 GMT

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