Amgen Counsel - Legal Head, Brazil in São Paulo, Brazil



Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Educational and Professional Requirements: Law degree from recognized university. Qualification to practice law in Brazil.

Experience Required: A minimum of 5 years of law practice at a top law firm and/or experience working in a legal department of a multinational company (including training period). Experience in the life sciences/healthcare sector is strongly preferred but, if lacking, experience in other regulated industries would be considered.

Reporting: The Counsel will be part of the International Legal Group (ILG), which is based in Zug, Switzerland, and will report to a more senior member of that group based in Zug or elsewhere.

Responsibilities : The Counsel will be responsible for day-to-day legal matters associated with Amgen's operations in Brazil. This dynamic position will provide broad based legal support services to Amgen's commercial, medical, regulatory and related business functions, including Amgen's wholly owned generics business Laboratório Químico Farmacêutico Bergamo Ltda. This role serves as an important advisor to the General Manager and extended senior management team in Brazil.

This person will work closely with other members of the ILG team located throughout Latin America and elsewhere, as well as with outside counsel.

This person will also have responsibility for managing Amgen Brazil's Sr. Associate Counsel.

Examples of specific responsibilities include:

General Business Support

  • Advise on all aspects of general Amgen and Bergamo business-related matters

  • Draft and/or review commercial agreements

  • Review advertising and promotion materials and activities

  • Provide advice and prepare relevant documents with external counsel in connection with litigation and other dispute resolution matters, such as labor claims Compliance

  • Advise on general compliance matters related to appropriate interactions with health care professionals and government officials

  • Participation on local grants, donations and other committees Regulatory/R&D/Medical Affairs Support

  • Experience in the laws and regulations related to the filing and promotion of pharmaceutical products in Brazil

  • Review clinical trial agreements and Informed Consent Forms

  • Draft and/or review medical affairs agreements, including Consultancy Services Agreements, Advisory Board Agreements, Confidential Disclosure Agreements and Steering Committee Agreements Corporate Administration

  • Build and keep Corporate Calendar up to date

  • Draft and review Board of Directors and/or Shareholders meeting minutes

  • Keep up to date internal register, powers of attorney and related corporate documents

  • Keep Company fact sheet up to date

  • Advise on various corporate administration matters Administrative Matters

  • Manage external counsel (i.e. ensure outside counsel retention policy is respected, that all queries are managed or supervised by legal, etc.)

  • Budget: monitor costs vs. estimates; proper invoicing Other Basic Qualifications:

  • Native-level fluency in Portuguese, and full professional fluency in English

  • Excellent personal and communication skills

  • Ability to manage competing priorities and provide high level of services across multiple stakeholders

  • Ability to operate both independently and as part of a larger in-house legal group

  • Judgment, maturity and organizational skills