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Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
13 days ago


Job Description

The Legal Senior Counsel provides solutions-oriented legal advice and support to assigned business functions supporting pipeline programs and New Product Planning on a broad array of strategic and tactical matters within a highly regulated environment. This position will report to the VP, Commercial and Development Legal and will be responsible for providing legal support to business partners in various departments across the organization, such as Global Medicines Development and Medical Affairs (GMDA), Real World Evidence, HEOR, Global Marketing, NA New Product Planning, Market Access, Regulatory Affairs, Public Affairs, and Corporate Communications.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

Provide Advice and Counsel to Business Partners
  • Advise business partners on various pipeline program and New Product Planning initiatives in a way that advances the company's strategy while addressing legal risks and protecting the company's integrity and reputation
  • Provide legal advice and counsel on business partner strategies and activities, including: dissemination of scientific information; disease awareness; product development and labeling; pharmacovigilance; healthcare fraud and abuse; and, other matters relevant to the development, manufacture and commercialization of prescription drugs
  • Serve as a member of various cross-functional teams, including the Global Commercialization Team, Communication Review Committee, and Medical Review Committee
  • Act as a subject matter expert on matters relating to healthcare law and related business operations, staying stay abreast of evolving healthcare legislation and regulations and the enforcement landscape

Contribute to the Legal & Compliance Department
  • Participate in various Legal & Compliance Department projects and initiatives, including committees such as Talent & Development; Culture, Diversity & Inclusion; and Pro Bono & Community Engagement
  • Share information and knowledge through group presentations and individual discussions with peers and managers

Basic Requirements:
  • JD from an ABA accredited law school and member of a state bar
  • Minimum of 8 years post-JD experience advising on legal matters in a life sciences space, whether in a law firm or in-house in the biopharmaceutical industry, or both

Preferred Requirements:
  • Outstanding ability to effectively communicate sound legal advice to lawyers and non-lawyers alike, coupled with a strong understanding of business needs
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Experience advising on statutes, regulations, and guidance documents applicable to development, commercialization, and medical affairs activities, including: research and interpretation of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act; FDA regulations and guidance; federal and state anti-kickback statutes; OIG guidance document and advisory opinions; the False Claims Act; the Sunshine Act; and the PhRMA Code
  • Experience serving on communication review committees
  • Experience providing legal advice on cell and gene therapies is highly desired.

Self-starter and life-long learner with a strong work ethic and excellent interpersonal skills who
  • Enjoys working collaboratively and cross-functionally on teams, as well as independently, Proactively solves problems and makes decisions. Thrives in a fast-paced and dynamic environment & is eager to take on new challenges
  • #LI-TH1

Company Information

Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation.

Vertex is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Vertex is an E-Verify Employer in the United States. Vertex will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law. Any applicant requiring an accommodation in connection with the hiring process and/or to perform the essential functions of the position for which the applicant has applied should make a request to the recruiter or hiring manager, or contact Talent Acquisition at

Job Information

  • Job ID: 59125494
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Position Title: Legal Senior Counsel- Commercial & Development
  • Company Name: Vertex Pharmaceuticals
  • Job Function: Other / Not Listed
  • Job Type: Full-Time

At Vertex, we bring together the brightest minds in the relentless pursuit of creating transformative medicines for people with serious and life-threatening diseases. Founded in 1989 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, we are one of only a handful of biotechnology companies founded since 1976 that has discovered and developed four or more approved medicines in our own labs. In addition to the four medicines we’ve developed to treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis, we have ongoing research programs focused on the underlying ...

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