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Senior Director, Commercial Legal

Company: Guardant Health
Location: Redwood City
Posted on: January 15, 2022

Job Description:

Company Description

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.

Job Description

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 structures.

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 matters.


  • 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 improvement.
  • 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.
      Additional Information

      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 time.

      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.

      All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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