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Senior Corporate Counsel

Location Wilmington, Delaware, United States Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States Job ID R-072805 Date posted 05/20/2020

AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven bio pharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of prescription medicines for some of the world’s most serious diseases. We're proud to have a unique workplace culture that inspires innovation and collaboration. We believe in the potential of our people and you’ll develop beyond what you thought possible

We need great people who share our passion for science and have the drive and determination to meet the unmet needs of patients around the world. If you’re curious about what science can do, then you’re our kind of person.  We do everything we can to make sure each AstraZeneca person has everything they need to stretch themselves and see what they can achieve.

We’re looking for a Senior Counsel, Corporate to work in Wilmington, DE or Gaithersburg, MD Are you an intellectually curious deal lawyer with significant experience with complex transactions involving digital and information technologies? Are you ready to take on a senior, global legal remit with a world-leading bio pharmaceutical company, working in a collaborative environment?

We’re a legal function that values flexibility, creativity, and a willingness to stretch and accept new challenges.  We focus on professional and personal development and place a premium on providing lawyers with broad exposure and the opportunity to counsel diverse stakeholders on legal risks.

As a member of the Corporate Legal group, you’ll be part of a team of transaction lawyers, focused on delivering the most important projects for our Business Development, Digital and Global Operations groups. Your work will include supporting critical digital, technology, licensing, JV, collaboration, M&A, and commercial deals for AstraZeneca.  We’re looking for a talented, ambitious lawyer to help AstraZeneca become a world leader in oncology, respiratory & inflammation and cardiovascular, renal & metabolic diseases. Your specialist expertise will be key to achieving this ambition.

Main duties and responsibilities

You’ll provide legal advice across AstraZeneca’s global organization, working closely with senior leaders. Using your knowledge of digital, IT, commercial and corporate law you will provide drafting, negotiation and business counsel support to key transactions, driving projects to completion and helping to mitigate critical legal and business risks. Your work may involve overseas travel.

The role will see you personally handling complex legal matters, interpreting and drafting contracts, and taking a global perspective. You’ll foster a culture of knowledge-sharing and collaborative working with your counterparts across the Legal function.

Essential requirements

  • JD and admission to the bar of at least one state
  • Substantial experience with complex transactions involving digital and information technologies
  • Understanding of legal considerations arising at the intersection of IT and healthcare (including data privacy laws such as GDPR and HIPAA, ownership of data and derived insights)
  • Strong leadership capabilities
  • Solution and action orientated approach
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to manage complexity and cultivate innovation
  • Demonstrable accountability and integrity
  • Ability to act independently and drive projects to completion

Desirable requirements

  • Knowledge of pharmaceutical or healthcare sector
  • Experience with general corporate and commercial legal matters, including M&A and licensing transactions
  • Understanding of manufacturing and supply chains
  • Previous experience working in-house
  • Experience of working in a global legal environment

Next Steps – Apply today!

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete the full application on our website at your earliest convenience – it is the only way that our Recruiter and Hiring Manager can know that you feel well qualified for this opportunity.  If you know someone who would be a great fit, please share this posting with them.



AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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