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Amgen Senior Counsel - Strategic Transactions in Thousand Oaks, California

Amgen is seeking transactional attorney who thrives in a high-performing and collaborative environment.

This Senior Counsel will be part of a legal team that supports Amgen’s Business Development group in a variety of life sciences transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, collaborations, and in-licenses and out-licenses involving biotech and pharmaceutical products and technology, while working closely with other Amgen functional groups (R&D, Finance, Operations, Commercial), and coordinating with various members of the Law Department. This position may also provide support for equity investments by Amgen’s venture fund and ongoing alliances with Amgen’s key partners.

This position can be based out of either our Thousand Oaks or South San Francisco location

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 and/or corporate transactions, such as M&A transactions, with a strong preference for biotechnology industry or pharmaceutical industry transactions experience

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.

Key Attributes

Excellent analytical and legal drafting skills

Strong interpersonal skills to interact directly with clients and colleagues at all levels and across different functions of the organization

Ability to handle, prioritize and follow through on a high volume of work, setting appropriate priorities with clients and delivering results efficiently

Demonstrated ability to be a self-starter, to develop and implement strategic solutions to challenging problems and effectively drive issues to closure and to participate in a highly collaborative, team-oriented environment

We understand that to effectively sustain and grow as a global enterprise and deliver for patients — we must ensure a diverse and inclusive work environment.

Our culture is what makes Amgen a special place to work. We have a powerful shared purpose around our mission – to serve patients. We respect one another, recognize contributions, and have embedded collaboration, trust, empowerment and inclusion in all that we do.

At Amgen, contributions are recognized – and strong performance is rewarded. Regularly recognized as a “Best Place to Work,” we enable staff to chart their own career paths based on their unique talents by offering challenging assignments, active career development, coaching and individual rewards.

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.

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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.​