Legal Counsel

A new opportunity has opened in our Ottawa, Canada office for a Legal Counsel, reporting to the Corporate General Counsel. The Legal Counsel uses legal, professional and business experience to support day to day legal matters for the organization.  This will include drafting contracts, identifying and communicating risks to leadership as well as working to find practical solutions to legal issues on a broad scope of projects.  Within our highly regulated, dynamic and fast-paced environment, this role works across multiple functional areas to provide legal support.  Navigating through the nuances of these relationships is critical to success in this role.

In this role you will…

  • Draft, review and negotiate a wide variety of commercial contracts with service providers, suppliers, research sites, partners, and collaborators
  • In collaboration with General Counsel, provide practical and timely advice regarding a range of legal matters including regulatory, compliance, privacy and employment matters
  • Keep abreast of legislation, pharmaceutical and policy initiatives in order to counsel business leaders on potential legal risks in a way that continues to advance corporate strategy while protecting corporate assets, integrity and reputation
  • Consult with and work collaboratively with global, cross-functional teams to support transactions and new initiatives
  • Advise on contract terms and potential issues that affect the business
  • Mitigate legal and project risk by staying current on applicable laws and overall jurisprudence in a variety of jurisdictions, including international laws of relevance

The ideal candidate will have…

  • LLB/J.D. and a member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario.
  • 2-5 years of corporate/commercial experience at a law firm or in house which includes drafting, reviewing and negotiating commercial contracts
  • Experience advising on statutes and regulations preferably in the pharmaceutical, health care or life sciences industry
  • Experience with intellectual property law would be an asset
  • The ability to manage, prioritize and support a wide range of different matters with short timelines;
  • Proactive problem solving skills as well as be comfortable at making decisions independently
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work within a cross-functional team environment with competing priorities and tight timelines
  • Excellent written and communication skills with the ability to explain complex legal concepts to a varied audience
  • Superior attention to detail and able to analyze legal decisions, laws, and contracts

How to Apply

If this describes you please introduce yourself by submitting your resume and cover letter outlining your qualifications and interest in joining VBI’s team to

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

VBI is an Equal Opportunity Employer who firmly believes our diversity fosters innovation. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates with disabilities participating in all aspects of the selection process.

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