Corporate Counsel, Contracts

NextCure Inc
Beltsville, MD
Dec 01, 2021
Dec 03, 2021
Accountant, IT
Full Time
NextCure is a growing clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company located in Beltsville focused on discovering and developing first-in-class immunomedicines for the treatment of cancer and other diseases. NextCure is committed to professional development in the context of learning, managing, and developing its employees. We create a unique environment for our employees, providing exposure to various facets of our operations cultivating career growth and development. We are excited about the ongoing work at NextCure and invite you to come join us in the culture and build your career in an environment that nurtures professional growth and development. Job Description We are seeking a highly motivated, self-starter, and versatile Corporate Counsel to join the legal department at the company. The candidate will perform a broad range of legal work, drafting and negotiating a wide variety of contracts, and managing the workflow of the contracting process. This position will report directly to the Senior Director of Legal Affairs will support key initiatives which are critical to the successful development and implementation of growth strategies for the Company. This is an impactful position with significant cross-functional team interactions with the Development, Research, Clinical, and Business functional units to drive project completion. We are looking for an individual who thrives in a high-volume, fast-paced, high-performing and collaborative corporate environment, who excels at and enjoys client service, and who takes pride in owning and producing high-quality work product and independently managing their workload. Responsibilities Draft, review, and revise contracts and advise on contracts and other transactional agreements, including, supply and manufacturing agreements, services agreements, consulting agreements, sponsor research agreements, clinical trial agreements, data privacy agreements, collaborations, material transfer agreements, nondisclosure agreements, and other business documents Advise the business on contract interpretation, terms, issues, risks and negotiating strategies, protecting confidential and privileged information and protecting company IP and other assets Give accurate and timely counsel to the different internal business units and executives in a variety of legal topics (business law, contracts law, corporate compliance, privacy laws, etc.) Assist in improving and maintaining contract workflows, document management databases, and document retention procedures for contracts and other company records Keep business units and any other involved properly and timely informed of the progress and status of the contracts assigned to you Keep proper track of the negotiations in the contract management and repository systems, and assist the division in the signature process, uploading, filing and maintenance of updated records in both systems Draft Memorandums, e-mails, letters and other documents to ensure clarification on legal language or specifications Maintain current knowledge of changes in business law, contracts legislation and other regulations Conduct your work with the highest degree of confidentiality, integrity, responsibility, and excellence in client service Other duties as assigned Required education and experience JD from an ABA accredited law school and must be admitted to practice law in at least one US jurisdiction At least 3-5 years of relevant experience negotiating and drafting agreements (large law firm or in-house legal department), preferably with experience in a technical corporate environment, such as a biotechnology company, pharmaceutical company, life sciences firm, healthcare, or laboratory environment knowledge of legal and regulatory environment as it relates to the diagnostic and pharma/biotech industries Comprehensive knowledge and demonstrated experience in contracting processes, lifecycle and administration Qualifications A flexible and adaptive self-starter with motivation and ability to take initiative Ability to tactfully but successfully engage colleagues to embrace contracting process exceptional written and verbal communication skills and be able to multi-task and prioritize Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tight deadlines in a fast-paced business environment Has excellent interpersonal skills and can successfully manage internal client expectations and can work/operate well with a variety of personalities/capabilities in cross-functional teams, matrix environment Creative, thoughtful, and practical problem-solving skills Must have high integrity, ability to assess risk, ability to make decisions and think strategically while applying knowledge of applicable legal issues Ability to provide practical, timely, and risk-appropriate legal counsel to a wide variety of internal clients and interact effectively with employees at all levels of the organization Proficient in computer PC skills, including but not limited to MS Office including: Outlook, Word, Excel, and the Internet NextCure is an Equal Opportunity Employer and offers a competitive salary and benefits package in a scientifically engaged team work environment

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