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Chief Legal Officer

Company: Orbitaltx
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: May 23, 2023

Job Description:

Position Summary:
The role is an exciting opportunity to become a critical component of the legal and business operations of a leading high-growth company in the biotechnology industry. Orbital is seeking a pragmatic, business-minded professional with a deep understanding of the operations of a bio-pharma company and the concepts customarily addressed in agreements for the life sciences industry to structure, draft, negotiate and execute the full gamut of corporate development and licensing transactions, including, research and development collaborations, strategic partnerships, venture investments and M&A.
The successful candidate will also support our internal business and R&D leaders by being a critical thought partner in establishing strategy and managing ongoing relationships by interpreting complex contractual terms, providing risk assessments and recommendations, and navigating issues with partners.

  • Partner with corporate development, finance, research, manufacturing, and other business teams to establish and understand business strategy, structure transactions that deliver on that strategy, and negotiate and execute agreements in accordance with those requirements and the company's overall objectives, priorities and policies.
  • Provide best-in-class legal support for policies, processes, templates, governance principles and support structures that allow Orbital to successfully grow and scale globally.
  • Partner cross-functionally and collaborate with business and finance stakeholders acting as enterprise connector to ensure global excellence, consistency and compliance.
  • Conduct trainings and contribute to process improvements across our Legal, IP, Business Development, Licensing, Research, and Manufacturing teams.
  • Negotiate externally with senior executive leaders of prospective partners; advise senior executive leaders internally on critical matters.
  • Develop advanced concepts, techniques, and standards to resolve unusual, complex and/ or multi-disciplinary problems. Manage outside counsel engagements, performance, and budgets.
  • Provide post-execution relationship support by interpreting contract language for internal clients, drafting amendments and working to help avoid/resolve potential issues.
  • Work closely with members of finance and other departments to help ensure compliance with cross-functional policies and procedures.
  • Recognize high pressure, time sensitive situations and respond clearly and pragmatically with high quality and timeliness.


    • J.D. from an accredited law school; admitted into practice and in good standing in at least one state.
    • 15+ years of experience in a top tier law firm or pharmaceutical / biotechnology firm handling a variety of corporate transaction matters.
    • Experience drafting and negotiating a wide variety of contracts related to research, development, licensing, manufacturing, venture investments, M&A, and other business arrangements in the life sciences industry.
    • Strong drafting and communication skills, and an ability to maintain a high level of attention to detail without losing sight of the big picture.
    • Commitment to client service, finding solutions, relationship building, continued learning, proactivity and confidentiality.
    • Command of the concepts, terminology and interdependencies that are important in licensing and intellectual property matters.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills that are demonstrated by being articulate, direct and forthright, and serving as a collaborative and decisive team member and a strategic thinker with a broad perspective.
    • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple matters simultaneously and to respond to rapidly shifting priorities in ambiguous or challenging situations.
    • Demonstrated ability to own projects and consistently meet tight timing requirements and high quality standards.
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including proven ability to interact and communicate effectively with individuals from multiple departments at all levels of the organization.
    • Ability to handle confidential and proprietary information using impeccable discretion and judgment.
    • A desire to make an impact as part of a high-growth, transformational company that is Bold, Relentless, Curious, and Collaborative.

Keywords: Orbitaltx, Cambridge , Chief Legal Officer, Executive , Cambridge, Massachusetts

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