Deputy Director, Legal (Gates Medical Research Institute)
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Type: Full Time
We are the largest nonprofit fighting poverty, disease, and inequity around the world. Founded on a simple premise: that people everywhere, regardless of identity or circumstances, should have the chance to live healthy, productive lives. By building a global and cultural workplace that supports greater diversity, equity, and inclusion — of voices, ideas, and approaches — together with our employees and partners, we can help all people improve their lives from poverty and health to education. As an organization we offer full healthcare premiums coverage, generous paid time off, contribution to your retirement fund, several employee communities, and a commitment to embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion into everything we do.
The Business Operations organization strives to enable the foundation’s and its affiliates’ mission-driven work by maintaining an efficient, well-run global organization where employees can thrive and make their best contributions. Doing this well requires effective collaboration, strong alignment, and thoughtful planning across both operational and programmatic teams – as well as shared accountability for mitigating risk and optimizing the foundation’s operational resources.
"Guidance, Solutions, Integrity" describes the legal team's approach to providing responsive legal guidance supporting pursuit of the foundation’s mission and implementation of the foundation's programmatic and operational strategies. The legal team delivers comprehensive legal services by providing efficient and reliable legal guidance, managing legal risk, and supporting the development of solutions.
Gates Medical Research Institute
Headquartered in Cambridge, MA, the Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute is a non-profit organization and an affiliate of the foundation dedicated to the development and effective use of novel biomedical interventions like drugs and vaccines addressing substantial global health concerns. The institute works through collaborating partners and organizations, coordinating and driving biopharmaceutical product development activities, including pre-clinical development, clinical development (conducting phase 1 through to and including phase 3), and global regulatory interactions.
The Deputy Director, Legal is a member of the foundation’s legal team and is responsible for providing sophisticated and creative legal advice to the Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute (GMRI), the foundation and its other affiliates. You will provide legal strategies in a fast-paced and evolving environment, develop trusted relationships with the institute’s senior leadership team, and manage one or more legal team members.
What You’ll Do
Understand and support the objectives of the institute and the foundation, develop creative solutions, and resolve issues using the appropriate legal framework and in consideration of the institute and foundation values and risk philosophy.
Identify, mitigate and/or resolve areas of legal risk, including as related to biopharmaceutical development and global clinical studies.
Provide guidance regarding applicable laws and regulations as well as institute and applicable foundation policies and processes.
Structure, draft and negotiate and advise on complex legal agreements for biopharmaceutical product development.
Manage legal aspects of the contracting processes of the institute including prioritization and coordination with other stakeholders including Strategic Sourcing & Procurement, Compliance & Risk Management, and Quality.
Manage one or more direct reports and serve in a consultative role to the Legal Leadership Team (LLT).
Manage and support the professional development of other legal professionals.
Understand and implement legal compliance best practices for the institute and the foundation across a wide range of legal subject matter areas.
Demonstrate generalist expertise to identify legal issues and collaborate, where appropriate, with other legal team members or foundation or institute stakeholders to lead the resolution of complex and strategic legal issues.
Provide support in other legal matters or institute/foundation policies and issues as needed.
Facilitate compliance with, and ensure current knowledge regarding, applicable domestic and foreign legal and regulatory requirements in countries where the institute is active.
Collaborate with the LLT and broader legal team to ensure effective coverage, work allocation and communication regarding legal issues related to the institute, all from a “one team” perspective; collaborate to ensure legal advice is consistent across the foundation and its affiliates.
Manage outside counsel as needed.
Support training and education of staff of foundation and its affiliates on legal issues.
10 years' post-admission legal experience in the biopharmaceutical field with experience in supporting product development and complex contracting; a combination of law firm and in-house counsel experience preferred.
Demonstrated experience with or commitment to organizing and motivating successful teams and/or individuals.
History of effectively serving a demanding client base in a complex and fast-paced work environment.
Thorough and self-motivated.
Demonstrate sound judgment in assessing legal risks (including in biopharmaceutical development, partnering, and contracting) and recommending or implementing solutions to resolve or mitigate such risks.
Flexibility to multi-task and agility to advise internal clients at all levels in the organization, including advising senior leadership.
Ability to communicate difficult legal concepts clearly and non-legalistically to clients orally and in writing.
Ability to prioritize work in context of the foundation’s and institute’s risk tolerance framework.
Ability to work with efficiency, enthusiasm and diplomacy both individually and collaboratively as part of a team effort.
*Must be able to legally work in the country where this position is located without visa sponsorship.
As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.
Depending upon your work location, we may require proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 and any recommended booster doses. All employees based in the United States are to provide proof of full vaccination upon hire and any recommended boosters, subject to applicable laws.
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