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Associate Counsel Contracts

About PPD:

PPD is a leading global contract research organization providing comprehensive, integrated drug development, laboratory and lifecycle management services. At PPD, we are passionate, deliberate, and driven by our purpose- to improve health!

About the Department:

Our colleagues in Legal Contracts strive for excellence in every task, at every moment. We are game changers seeking improvements to processes and more efficient ways of working or adapting to changing financial and industry environments.

About the Position:

The Associate Counsel Contracts position provides legal advice and support in the drafting, review and negotiation of agreements with minimal oversight. He/she serves as the primary contact, within the department and with internal and external customers, for agreements assigned to their group.

About our Culture, Career Advancement and Benefits:

At PPD we hire the best, develop ourselves and each other, and recognize the power of being one team. We offer continued career advancement opportunities, award winning training and benefits focused on the health and well-being of our employees.

Job Description:

The Associate Counsel Contracts role ensures that PPD's best interests are protected at all times and that senior and executive management have the legal information necessary to make informed decisions and grant approvals for business risks.
  • With oversight, provides legal advice and represents PPD in legal matters.
  • Prepares, negotiates and finalizes PPD Agreements and/or other related documentation.
  • Assesses legal risks and provides recommendations and alternative mitigating resolutions to departmental and senior management. Makes recommendations to Executive Management with regard to risks, strategies and recommendations upon request.
  • Participates in committees as needed.
  • Provides training to other functional groups within PPD on contract requirements and other legal matters.
  • Develops processes and training, and takes advantage of other departmental improvement opportunities.
  • Understands and adheres to PPD and Client Standard Operating Procedures, Working Practice Documents and other regulations for all aspects of project implementation, execution and closeout.
  • Assists in other legal matters, as required.
  • Assists with customer disputes as requested.

Job Qualification:

Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree and advanced degree in law (juris doctorate or equivalent educational model in other jurisdictions).

Previous experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job (comparable to 2+ years); or an equivalent combination of education, training, & experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Substantial organizational skills and strong attention to detail with proven ability to handle multiple tasks efficiently and effectively
  • Must be flexible and able to reprioritize workload to meet changing needs
  • Comprehensive MS Excel and MS Word skills
  • Excellent English and grammar skills
  • Excellent analytical and decision based thinking
  • Capable of drafting and negotiating routine contract provisions autonomously and complex contract provisions, with oversight
  • Must be able to work independently and as a team player
  • Must be able to identify risk and evaluate fact patterns to advise on the application of the law (may require some oversight)
  • Ability to apply knowledge of and adhere to all PPD and Client SOPs, WPDs and other regulations in all aspects of project implementation, execution and closeout
  • Ability to identify legal risks and develop strategic and tactical ways to minimize such risks

PPD values the health and well-being of our employees. We support and encourage individuals to create a healthy and balanced environment where they can thrive. Below is listed the working environment/requirements for this role:
  • Able to communicate, receive, and understand information and ideas with diverse groups of people in a comprehensible and reasonable manner.
  • Able to work upright and stationary for typical working hours.
  • Ability to use and learn standard office equipment and technology with proficiency.
  • Able to perform successfully under pressure while prioritizing and handling multiple projects or activities.
  • May require minimal to no travel

PPD Defining Principles:

- We have a strong will to win - We earn our customer's trust - We are game changers - We do the right thing - We are one PPD

If you resonate with our five principles above, and ultimately wish to accelerate the delivery of safe and effective therapeutics for some of the world's most urgent health needs, then please submit your application - we would love to hear from you.

Diversity Statement

PPD is proud to be an affirmative action employer that values diversity as a strength and fosters an environment of mutual respect. PPD is committed to providing equal employment opportunities without regard to age, race, color, pregnancy, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status or status within any other protected group.

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