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Associate Counsel, Contracts Law (Research & Innovation)

US R&I Legal Counsel- Contracts
Responsibilities:
Draft and maintain comprehensive set of templates, including those for non-disclosure agreements, material transfer agreements, proof of concept agreements, service agreements (e.g. terms and conditions), consulting agreements, consumer consents and releases
Draft and maintain GDPR-compliant consumer consent and release forms (i) for clinical evaluation of cosmetic and beauty products; (ii) participation in company sponsored events aimed at conducting consumer research; and (iii) terms of use and privacy policies for websites and mobile applications
Advise and work closely with finance and purchasing teams on contracting best practices, contracting process improvement, developing, drafting and implementing internal control policies and procedures to educate R&I clients on these practices
Review and advise on research and development agreements and related agreements aimed at developing materials, technologies, devices and software in the cosmetics and beauty field (e.g. proof of concept agreements, prototyping agreements, pre-manufacturing trial agreements) including those pertaining to research conducted with US universities, start-ups, raw material suppliers, contract manufacturers and contract research organizations
Review and advise on aspects of contract manufacturing agreements and packaging development and supply agreements, working with and under the direction of in-house counsel responsible for these agreements
Review and advise on a variety of non-disclosure agreements and material transfer agreements, including those pertaining to sensitive R&D matters and experimental materials;
Advise due diligence regarding external technologies, working closely with intellectual property team, and structure and implement due diligence related data firewalls, clean teams etc.
Review and advise on service agreements and procurement related matters, including clinical trials, analytical/microbiology related services, lab equipment/supplies, consumer research services, SAAS agreements, consulting agreements, onsite contractor agreements (e.g. staffing agencies)
File and maintain copies of executed agreements and amendments in global document database
Qualifications:
JD with 10 years experience in contract management
Highly organized and ability to handle a variety of matters at once with consistently quick response to and follow-up with clients
Demonstrate equal proficiency and experience in administrative, internal control and legal matters
Experience drafting and negotiating research, development and services agreements for an R&D organization, and informing broad set of stakeholders on transactional risk
Experience with installing processes and tools to "automate" repetitive and straightforward tasks and improving processes to speed up contracting processes and reduce or eliminate attorney review for low-risk transactions
Focus on customer service, positive attitude and moving transactions forward while appropriately managing risk
Experience working with and reporting to non-attorney, and being the go-to legal advisor on a variety of legal matters
Experience being in a visible role and directly counseling and educating clients and representing the legal function throughput the global R&D organization with minimal supervision
High level of comfort presenting and explaining complex topics to a variety of stakeholders
Experience in developing and drafting internal policies and process flow documents, and writing and presenting training materials regarding these policies and workflows to all staff, including management, finance professionals, purchasing professionals, intellectual property professionals, laboratory personnel, researchers and raw material portfolio managers
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and take pride in a diverse environment. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, medical condition or disability, or any other legally protected status.
If you require a reasonable accommodation to complete an application for a recognized disability under applicable law, please email USApplicationAccommodation@support.lorealusa.com. Please note this email will only respond to specific requests for assistance completing the application as a request for accommodation for a disability. All others will not be considered.
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