• Legal Counsel

    Job Locations (All) | US-PA-Blue Bell | US-NC-Raleigh
    Posted Date 2 months ago(9/4/2018 12:23 PM)
  • Overview

    At PRA Health Sciences, a leading global contract research organization (CRO), we provide outsourced clinical development services to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. In partnership with leading biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, we strive to move drug discovery forward to help develop life-saving and life-improving drugs. With global reach and expertise across all major therapeutic areas, we customize our services to fit each client’s unique needs, capabilities, processes, and systems.



    We are seeking an experienced attorney to join our legal team at our Blue Bell, PA or Raleigh, NC locations.  This position will work as a member of an international team of attorneys and paraprofessionals responsible for providing legal advice and counsel to the business. Primary duties for this position will involve the drafting and negotiation of agreements with PRA’s clients, vendors, and subcontractors. The position will have significant exposure to senior management and depending on the skills and abilities of the applicant the role may expand to include a diverse mix of legal work.


    If you are looking to be a part of an established organization with strong growth potential, this is your opportunity.


    The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 3-5 years’ experience working in a law firm or in-house legal department, with a combination of relevant commercial experience in healthcare or technology, transactions, commercial contracting, and HIPAA/data privacy and compliance. In terms of technical expertise, candidates will have a broad understanding of and appreciation for the technical and functional components of the legal function, including: contracts and commercial law; litigation; intellectual property; compliance, strategic partnerships; and due diligence/integration related to acquisitions. The successful candidate will be a legal generalist, with an excellent sense of operations as well as commercial activities and an appreciation for the interplay between the two.  The contracting activity supported by this team is fast-paced, with short deadlines and quick turnaround times.  Therefore, the candidate must be capable of managing their workload and priorities so as to meet business requirements in a timely fashion.


    Among the skills required for this position are:

    • Contract drafting and review– the candidate must have strong drafting skills and familiarity with the terms and conditions of CRO, pharmaceutical, or data sciences service agreements.  They must be capable of reviewing and commenting upon contracts prepared by others in a manner that balances business requirements with practical legal analysis.
    • Communication – the candidate must have excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to write and speak clearly and effectively such that the attorney is persuasive, concise and confident in their communications.
    • Problem Solving – the candidate must be capable of helping the business to achieve its objectives by successfully resolving complex problems, including the ability to quickly identify and analyze key business and legal issues and provide practical advice to appropriate levels of management on options to achieve business objectives.
    • Client Service – the candidate must be capable of delivering excellent client service and must possess the personal and professional maturity to develop and maintain strong relationships with key business clients.


    Minimum Qualifications

    • Read, write and speak English
    • Minimum 3-5 years’ work experience in law firm or in-house counsel
    • Law degree from an accredited law school
    • Bar membership in at least one jurisdiction

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Work experience in CRO, pharmaceutical, data sciences, or other relevant area
    • Regulatory experience in the CRO, pharmaceutical or data sciences industries

    PRA is an EEO/AA employer and is committed to providing opportunities to minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities.


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