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Associate Director, Legal Commercial Lead - PCSU & HBRG

Astellas Europe
Competitive + Benefits
Start date
23 May 2024
Closing date
22 Jun 2024

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Finance / Administration, Legal
Full Time
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Associate Director, Legal Commercial Lead - PCSU (Poland, Czech, Slovakia, Ukraine) & HBRG (Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Greece)

About Astellas:

At Astellas we are a progressive health partner, delivering value and outcomes where needed.

We pursue innovative science, focusing initially on the areas of greatest potential and then developing solutions where patient need is high, often in rare or under-served disease areas and in life-threatening or life-limiting diseases and conditions.

We work directly with patients, doctors and health care professionals on the front line to ensure patient and clinical needs are guiding our development activities at every stage.

Our global vision for Patient Centricity is to support the development of innovative health solutions through a deep understanding of the patient experience. At Astellas, Patient Centricity isn’t a buzzword - it’s a guiding principle for action. We believe all staff have a role to play in creating a patient-centric culture and integrating an awareness of the patient into our everyday working practices, regardless of our role, team or division.

We work closely with regulatory authorities and payers to find new ways to ensure access to new therapies. We deliver the latest insights and real-world evidence to inform the best decisions for patients and their care-givers, to ensure the medicines we develop continue to provide meaningful outcomes.

Beyond medicines, we support our stakeholder communities to drive initiatives that improve awareness, education, access and ultimately standards of care.

The Opportunity:

As Legal Commercial Lead of PCSU (Poland, Czech, Slovakia, and Ukraine) and HBRG (Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, and Greece), you will ensure overall commercial legal support and risk management for the assigned Affiliates, adapting to evolving business needs under the Senior Director's guidance. Serving as a key business partner, you will act as a first legal point of contact for your assigned area, collaborate closely with selected Affiliate teams within the Mid-Sized Markets Area to achieve the business’s strategic goals, optimize opportunities, and mitigate risks in a dynamic regulatory landscape and ensure legal compliance.

You will be part of an inclusive team that works to develop innovative therapies for patients.

Hybrid Working:

At Astellas we recognise the importance of balancing your work and home life, so we offer a hybrid working solution allowing time to connect with colleagues in person at the office alongside the flexibility to work from home; optimising the most productive work environment for you to succeed and deliver.

Key Activities for this role:

  • Strategic Support: Acting as a strategic partner to Assigned Mid-Sized Markets Affiliate functions in order to facilitate Affiliate strategic objectives and effectively and efficiently manage risk and maximize opportunities in compliance with laws and regulations, keeping abreast of industry legal developments and best practices.
  • Legal Oversight: Leading legal support for Assigned Mid-Sized Markets Affiliates, including but not limited to negotiating and managing contracts, disputes, product launches, and providing general commercial advice. Provide timely, proactive, strategic and risk-balanced legal advice and support on a broad array of complex issues, taking into account the business objectives of the organization and the unique and varying legal requirements of the relevant market.
  • Support Strategy: Developing and executing a legal support strategy aligned with the Mid-Sized Markets and Legal Division strategy, identifying key areas of focus and risk profiles.
  • Reporting and Guidance: Ensuring timely reporting of legal matters to senior management, advising on legal risks and industry developments, and assisting in higher-level reporting.
  • Efficiency and Collaboration: Driving a culture of informed risk-taking, streamline legal processes, facilitate training, and collaborate with other assurance functions to ensure compliance and governance.

Essential Knowledge & Experience:

  • Qualified attorney with substantial post-qualification experience in the pharmaceutical industry or at a life sciences department of a reputable international law firm , demonstrating expertise in general commercial and industry-specific legal matters.
  • Proven capability in navigating multinational organizations and diverse jurisdictions, with a strong understanding of the pharmaceutical and life science sector.
  • Strong communication and negotiation skills, adept at conveying complex legal issues in a clear and understandable manner, skilled in presenting to stakeholders of various seniority levels.
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly comprehend legal complexities, make informed decisions, manage a heavy workload, prioritize effectively, and deliver high-quality work under tight deadlines.
  • A dedicated team player with strong relationship-building skills, a detail-oriented approach, strategic thinking ability, and a commitment to maintaining professional integrity and excellence.
  • Professional proficiency in written and spoken English are essential for this role, whereas fluency in Polish, as the local language is an advantage. Additionally, fluency or communication level of knowledge in another language(s) would be a plus, contributing to the global communication and collaborative efforts within our diverse business environment.


  • Law degree, preferably LL.M. or equivalent

Additional Information:

  • This is a permanent, full-time position.
  • Location: Warsaw, although alternative locations may be considered.
  • This position follows our hybrid working model. Role requires a blend of home and a minimum of two days per week in our local office. Flexibility may be required in line with business needs. Candidates must be located within a commutable distance of the office.

What We Offer:

  • A challenging and diversified job in an international setting.
  • Opportunity and support for continuous development.
  • Inspiring work climate.

We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


At Astellas, we believe that nurturing exceptional relationships with our employees delivers exceptional results. We can offer an inspiring place to work and a chance to make your mark in doing good for others.

Our expertise, science and technology make us a pharma company. Our open and progressive culture is what makes us Astellas. It’s a culture of doing good for others and contributing to a sustainable society. Delivering meaningful differences for patients is our driving force. We all have a significant opportunity to make that difference, working locally in the areas we know best, whilst drawing inspiration from the different insights and expertise we have access to globally and from our innovative, external partners.

Our ethos is underpinned by the Astellas Way, comprising five core values: patient focus; ownership; results; openness and integrity.

We are proud to offer an inclusive and respectful working environment that fosters collaboration and ownership. Our aspiration is to bring the best brains together, to provide them with world-leading tools and resources and a unique structure that fosters real agility and entrepreneurial spirit.

For more information about our current career opportunities and how you can make a difference please visit

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300 Dashwood Lang Road,
Bourne Business Park
KT15 2NX

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