Senior Director, Commercial Legal
Company: Guardant Health
Location: Redwood City
Posted on: January 15, 2022
Guardant Health is a leading precision oncology company focused on
helping conquer cancer globally through use of its proprietary
blood tests, vast data sets and advanced analytics. The Guardant
Health Oncology Platform leverages capabilities to drive commercial
adoption, improve patient clinical outcomes and lower healthcare
costs across all stages of the cancer care continuum. Guardant
Health has launched liquid biopsy-based Guardant360 -, Guardant360
CDx and GuardantOMNI - tests for advanced stage cancer patients.
These tests fuel development of its LUNAR program, which aims to
address the needs of early-stage cancer patients with neoadjuvant
and adjuvant treatment selection, cancer survivors with
surveillance, asymptomatic individuals eligible for cancer
screening and individuals at a higher risk for developing cancer
with early detection.
The Director / Sr. Director, Commercial Legal reports to the VP,
Legal Affairs & Chief Compliance Officer of Guardant Health. This
role is crucial to the continued growth and evolution of Guardant
as we expand our core business to offer products across the entire
cancer continuum. To be successful in this role, you must have the
ability to anticipate and assess legal and business risks
associated with complex deal structures and transactions,
communicate recommendations to senior business leaders, and advise
on acceptable risk levels in line with the company's business
objectives. You will be expected to draft and negotiate complex
licensing and strategic commercial agreements and develop pragmatic
and innovative solutions to complex legal issues and business
We are seeking an experienced, strategic transactional attorney
with expertise in structuring, drafting and negotiating complex
licensing and strategic alliance transactions. The ideal candidate
will have experience in creating and implementing innovative
solutions to complex legal and business issues related to strategic
alliances and partnerships with a wide range of customers including
pharmaceutical partners, clinical institutions, academic and
technology partners, and platform vendors.
The Director/Sr. Director, Commercial Legal will provide legal
advice and guidance to the members of the Oncology and Screening
divisions on a wide variety of complex commercial and contractual
- Provide hands-on legal support in all aspects of structuring,
drafting, negotiating, and interpreting a variety of legal
agreements including biopharma companion diagnostic agreements,
data sharing agreements, laboratory services agreements strategic
partnership agreements, and counseling on risks relating to
strategic transactions, business development or commercial alliance
arrangements with domestic and international third parties
- Develop a strong rapport and working relationship with business
counterparts across the Oncology and Screening divisions to help
drive the delivery of effective legal services
- Work with the members of the Commercial Legal team and others
on process and contracting improvements to help create greater
consistency and process within the organization, including
appropriate contract standardization and contract process
- Develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of Guardant's
multifaceted business, its markets, products, customers,
competitors and regulatory environment, in order to identify
trends, stay abreast of material developments and provide high
level legal/commercial advice to the businesses on emerging
opportunities and risks.
Thrive in a fast-paced environment while remaining proactive,
resourceful, flexible and efficient, and maintaining high quality
and ethical standards. Excellent analytical and contract
interpretation skills, and an ability to communicate complex issues
in a simple way. Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to develop
relationships with key stakeholders, good conflict management and
negotiation skills, and the ability to analyze complex issues to
develop practical solutions and best outcomes.
- J.D. from a nationally recognized law school and member of a
state bar (California preferred).
- At least 7 to 9 years of legal experience (large law firm
and/or in-house experience) with exposure to complex commercial
contracts, patenting in healthcare and IP licensing.
- Demonstrated experience drafting and negotiating contracts,
with an emphasis on understanding life sciences transactions and
associated intellectual property issues.
- Experience working as in-house or external counsel in the
biotechnology industry; bachelor/graduate degree in the biological
sciences; and/or excellent academic credentials in intellectual
property, and contracts law.
- Familiarity with HIPAA and HITECH laws, healthcare fraud and
abuse laws desired, but not necessary.
- Personal integrity and ethics in business conduct.
- Sound business judgment and strategic thinking, with the
ability to define business tradeoffs, generate creative solutions
and anticipate the impact of decisions.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to form quality working relationships with other
employees and partners.
- Well-organized, responsive and hardworking, with the capacity
to handle a variety of complex matters and ability to manage
projects under deadline pressure.
- Willing to accept full ownership of work product and deliver
the highest quality results.
- Flexibility working on a variety of legal matters to understand
and advise across company functions, effectively present ideas and
contribute to decision making.
Covid Vaccination Policy: Starting January 7, 2022, Guardant Health
will require all employees to be fully vaccinated to either (a)
establish that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19; or
(b) request and obtain an approved exemption from Guardant's
COVID-19 U.S. Vaccination Policy as a reasonable accommodation. An
employee is considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks
after receiving the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or one dose
of a single-dose vaccination. Acceptable vaccines are approved or
under emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) and/or the World Health Organization (WHO). In
addition, fully-vaccinated employees will be required to maintain
their fully-vaccinated status under this Policy by obtaining, if
applicable, any FDA-approved boosters.
Employee may be required to lift routine office supplies and use
office equipment. Majority of the work is performed in a
desk/office environment. Ability to sit for extended periods of
Guardant Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified
applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard
to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,
national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be
discriminated against on the basis of disability.
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