ICON Clinical Research

Manager, Legal Counsel

06 May 2021
05 Jun 2021
Full Time
Contract Type
Experience Level
Experienced (non-manager)
Manager, Legal Counsel

Location: Leopardstown, Dublin 18

ICON plc is seeking a highly motivated, experienced commercial lawyer to join our legal team, at Global HQ in Leopardstown, Dublin 18. This is an exciting opportunity to join a leading multinational headquartered in Ireland and to be part of a large, experienced in-house legal department supporting the negotiation of commercial contracts with some of ICON's key vendors.

ICON's Legal team has been recognised by the GC Powerlist as one of the best in-house teams in Ireland. If you are an experienced lawyer who thrives in a fast paced environment, has excellent commercial contracts experience and an ability to deliver practical, actionable solutions to business stakeholders, at all levels, including to senior leaders, this could be the opportunity for you.

ICON is a true Irish success story. Founded in Dublin in 1990 by Dr. John Climax & Dr. Ronan Lambe, it has grown to 15,000 employees across 98 locations in 40 countries around the world, with an annual turnover of over $2.5bn. ICON is a global leader in the provision of outsourced development and commercialisation services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and government and public health organisations, with a mission to help our clients to accelerate the development of drugs and devices that save lives and improve quality of life.

The Role

As a Manager, Legal Counsel your primary focus will be to provide legal support and guidance as a key business partner to ICON's Procurement Vendor Management team. Responsibilities will include:
  • Review, draft and negotiate a wide range of commercial contracts on ICON's behalf such as, master supply of service agreements, bespoke contracts for vendor services, related data protection and ancillary agreements and confidentiality agreements.
  • Driving execution of these agreements and various legal projects in an efficient manner, partnering with internal stakeholders for input and support in such projects.
  • Supporting and mentoring more junior team members and assisting in the management and oversight of their performance
  • Managing and prioritizing workload in relation to timelines outlined in the Vendor Contracting Portal.
  • Advising on corporate and compliance issues, disputes and any other legal matters that arise in the day to day operation of the business.
  • Setting the standard for professional service at ICON, and delivering best practice in respect of risk management and service delivery for an in-house legal function.
  • Identifying inefficiencies in day-to-day operations and delivering on recommendations for process improvements.
  • Engaging and liaising with external counsel (managing and minimizing costs to the extent possible).
  • Undertaking other reasonably related duties as may be assigned from time to time.

What you need
  • Qualified lawyer with a minimum of 4+ years PQE and commercial contracts experience, preferably in an in-house role within the Pharmaceutical/CRO/Biotech/Medical Device industry or a multi-national organization, or in a leading commercial law firm;
  • Ability to independently evaluate complex legal concepts/issues and to provide concise commercially focused actionable solutions in simple language to the business.
  • Proven team player with demonstrated leadership, analytical and consultation skills.
  • Strong problem-solving skills with the ability to quickly assess potential for risk and opportunity.
  • An ability to work across varying levels of seniority.
  • Strong interpersonal, organization and time management skills.
  • Strong influencing style, articulate and confident.
  • Self-starter with the ability to work under their own initiative with a very strong work ethic.
  • Excellent attention to detail with excellent drafting skills.
  • Demonstrate ability to work under pressure and/or tight timelines in a fluid/fast-paced, highly collaborative, team environment.
  • Superior English written and oral communication skills.

Why join us?

Other than working with an outstanding team of ambitious people, we also offer a very competitive benefits package. This varies from country to country so a dedicated recruiter will discuss this with you at interview stage.

We care about our people as they are the key to our success. We provide an open and friendly work environment where we empower people and provide them with opportunities to develop their long term career.

Ongoing development is vital to us, and as a Manager, Legal Counsel, you will have the opportunity to progress your career and to experience a widely varied daily workload, working closely with ICON stakeholders, suppliers and clients all over the world. Our benefits package is competitive, our scope is international and we sincerely care about our people and their success.

ICON is an equal opportunity employer and committed to providing a workplace free of any discrimination or harassment.

EOE race/colour/religion/sex/sexual orientation/gender identity/disability/vet/national origin

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