Associate Counsel, Contracts-151616

Europe, Middle East & Africa-UK-England-Cambridge
On Application
29 Nov 2018
27 Jan 2019
PPD is a leading global contract research organization providing comprehensive, integrated drug development, laboratory and lifecycle management services. Our clients and partners include pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, academic and government organizations. With offices in 47 countries and approximately 20,000 professionals worldwide, PPD applies innovative technologies, therapeutic expertise and a firm commitment to quality to help clients and partners bend the cost and time curve of drug development to deliver life-changing therapies that improve health. For more information, visit

We are seeking someone to join our Legal-Contracts team at Associate Counsel level. This position will be based in our Cambridge office on a full-time permanent basis.

Essential Functions:
  • Provide legal advice and support in the drafting, review and negotiation of agreements
  • Serve as the primary contact (within the department and with internal and external customers) for Agreements assigned to his/her group while working autonomously 
  • Ensures that PPD's best interests are protected at all times and that senior and executive management have the information necessary to make informed decisions and grant approvals for business risks
  • Provides recommendations and alternative mitigating resolutions to departmental management and senior management.  In addition, upon request, makes recommendations to Executive Management with regard to risks, strategies and recommendations 
  • Participates in committees as needed.      
  • Provides training to other functional groups within PPD on contract requirements.


Education and Experience:
  • Qualified lawyer
  • Minimum of two years’ prior negotiation experience in a legal context
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail with proven ability to handle multiple tasks efficiently and effectively
  • Flexible and able to re-prioritise workload to meet changing project needs
  • Comprehensive MS Excel and MS Word skills
  • Excellent English and grammar skills
  • Excellent analytical and decision based thinking
  • Capable of drafting and negotiating  routine contract provisions autonomously and complex contract provisions, with oversight
  • Must be able to work independently and as a team player
  • Must be able to identify issues and escalate appropriately


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