Head of Corporate & Commercial Legal, North America - Mahwah, NJ in Mahwah, NJ at Getinge

Date Posted: 9/29/2019

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    Mahwah, NJ
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Job Description

Position Overview:

As part of the global Ethics & Law team, the head of Corporate & Commercial Legal NAM, will lead a team of three lawyers and one paralegal in providing high-quality, strategic and practical legal advice, guidance and support for Getinge’s corporate and commercial issues in the North America region. The role will be a part of the North American Sales Leadership team and also involves close collaboration with the business/product areas, sales and service, corporate and group functions, as well as, other regional in-house counsels and the overall global Ethics & Compliance team.

Job Functions: (Primary “essential” duties and responsibilities)

Responsible for leading and managing the NAM commercial and corporate legal team in:

• Providing legal support for the general corporate affairs of Getinge’s North American legal entities, including governance-related matters.
• Managing a substantial contract workload with customers and suppliers, contractors, distributors and agents, service providers, software/technology providers, other internal corporate entities, etc.
• Drafting, reviewing and negotiating a wide variety of agreements, including without limitation: product and service supply or purchase agreements, distribution agreements, agency agreements, licensing agreements, OEM agreements, product development agreements, co-development or collaboration agreements, confidentiality agreements, quality agreements, consultant agreements, freight, logistics and warehousing agreements, facility management agreements, real estate agreements, healthcare provider engagement agreements, training agreements, focus group agreements, clinical trial agreements, grant agreements, as well as, other types of agreements involving transactions of various departments.
• Advising on contract status, legal risks and the legal liabilities associated with different deals.
• Evaluating business transactions and identify potential liability related to business practices, policies and compliance risk.  Providing guidance and feedback regarding business, legal, compliance, regulatory, quality and other related risks.
• Drafting and revising contract templates for various transactions, and support the continuous improvement of standard form agreements and legal processes.
• Developing processes and procedures for management of legal requests and documentation flow, approvals and reporting consistent with internal processes.
• Conducting training for various legal topics, including training of other attorneys.
• Researching and anticipating unique legal issues that could impact the organization.
• Dealing with complex matters with multiple stakeholders and forces.
• Performing other related duties and special projects as required.

Required Skills and Abilities:

• This position requires proven leadership skills and capability to teamwork and cooperate with all levels of an organization with a positive and engaging leadership style despite sometimes challenging circumstances.
• Solid experience working in a global organization and experience working in a non-US corporation is useful
• Broad commercial experience and strong analytical and negotiation skills, as well as, the ability to work seamlessly with cross-functional teams in a matrix reporting structure. 
• Solid knowledge of corporate and corporate governance matters, and knowledge of global business and international matrix models.
• A team player with a proactive and customer-oriented mind set, providing high-quality legal support, often under time pressure.
• Must possess good judgment in knowing when and how to escalate issues to the appropriate level and propose solutions.
• Strong interpersonal and presentation skills, along with the ability to communicate effectively with others at all levels of the organization.
• Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
• Perform work with integrity and responsibility.
• Advanced skills in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) is required.

Experience and Education Requirements:

• At least 10 years of legal experience from a top tier law firm and an in-house legal function of a multinational company within the Life Science/Medical Device/Pharma sector, or other relevant business facing the equivalent commercial and regulatory concerns. At least 5 years of experience should be from work in-house.
• Leadership experience
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) is essential.
• Law degree from accredited legal program and member of the bar in at least one state.

Getinge is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, genetic information, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.