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Amgen Senior Counsel - Strategic Transactions and Biopharmaceutical Licensing (Remote) in Thousand Oaks, California


If you feel like you’re part of something bigger, it’s because you are. At Amgen, our shared mission—to serve patients—drives all that we do. It is key to our becoming one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies. We are global collaborators who achieve together—researching, manufacturing, and delivering ever-better products that reach over 10 million patients worldwide. It’s time for a career you can be proud of. Join us.

Senior Counsel - Strategic Transactions and Biopharmaceutical Licensing

This role can sit remotely however preference would be to have someone within the Pacific time zone.


What you will do

Let’s do this. Let’s change the world. In this vital role you will be part of a legal team that supports Amgen’s Business Development group in a variety of life sciences transactions, including collaborations, in-licenses and out-licenses involving biotech and pharmaceutical products and technology, equity investments and mergers and acquisitions, while working closely with other Amgen functional groups (R&D, Finance, Operations, Commercial), and coordinating with various members of the Law Department. This position also provides support for ongoing alliances with Amgen’s key partners.

Specific Responsibilities May Include:

  • Draft and negotiate complex licensing agreements and collaboration agreements

  • Draft and negotiate a wide range of contracts typical for the life sciences industry, including simple license agreements, research agreements, development, and supply agreements

  • Draft and negotiate stock purchase agreements, investor rights agreements and other agreements ancillary to investments in private companies

  • Serve as in-house lead for M&A transactions, coordinating with internal stakeholders, outside counsel and advisors and opposing counsel.

  • Provide legal advice and support for existing alliances and partnerships

  • Advise internal client groups and senior management on contract interpretation, dispute resolution, IP ownership, product registration, legal issues related to the development, marketing and distribution of pharmaceutical products, corporate governance and other legal risks

  • Advise junior attorneys and contract specialists on the preparation, negotiation and execution of more routine documents and agreements

  • Work with the Business Development team and other departments within the company to conduct and coordinate due diligence efforts with strategic investments, licensing and M&A transactions.


What we expect of you

We are all different, yet we all use our unique contributions to serve patients. The collaborative professional we seek is an attorney with these qualifications.

Basic Qualifications

J.D. degree or LL.M. degree from an ABA accredited law school, admission to practice law in a U.S. jurisdiction and four (4) years of experience practicing law.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 7+ years of law firm or in-house experience

  • Experience with a Fortune 500 corporation (preferably in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry), or a nationally recognized law firm

  • Significant experience advising on, drafting and negotiating complex licensing and partnering agreements for biopharmaceutical industry transactions


What you can expect of us

As we work to develop treatments that take care of others, so we work to care for our teammates’ professional and personal growth and well-being.

  • Vast opportunities to learn and move up and across our global organization

  • Diverse and inclusive community of belonging, where teammates are empowered to bring ideas to the table and act

  • Generous Total Rewards Plan comprising health, finance and wealth, work/life balance, and career benefits

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Join Us

If you're seeking a career where you can truly make a difference in the lives of others, a career where you can work at the absolute forefront of biotechnology with the top minds in the field, you'll find it at Amgen.

Amgen, a biotechnology pioneer, discovers, develops and delivers innovative human therapeutics. Our medicines have helped millions of patients in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis and other serious illnesses.

As an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people around the world, Amgen fosters an inclusive environment of diverse, ethical, committed and highly accomplished people who respect each other but compete intensely to win. Together, we live the Amgen values as we continue advancing science to serve patients.

Amgen is an Equal Opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Amgen requires all staff in the United States and Puerto Rico to be vaccinated from COVID 19 as a condition of employment. In accordance with applicable law, Amgen will provide reasonable accommodations to staff members who qualify on the basis of a medical reason or a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance. Such accommodation may not pose an undue hardship to Amgen, its operations, or its staff.