Senior Commercial Counsel

Jan 11, 2023
Jan 29, 2023
Contract Type
If you find science, speed, and success exhilarating, you have come to the right place. Novavax, Inc (Nasdaq:NVAX) is a biotechnology company that creates transformational vaccines that address some of the world's most pressing infectious diseases. We have more than a decade of experience contending with some of the world's most devastating diseases, including COVID–19, seasonal influenza, RSV, Ebola, MERS, and SARS. Hard–won lessons and significant advances illustrate that our proven technology has tremendous potential to make a substantial contribution to public health worldwide. Our scientists are committed to developing vaccine candidates for some of the world's toughest viral threats by utilizing the power of our innovative recombinant nanoparticle vaccine platform. Our vaccine technology combines the power and speed of genetic engineering with the immunogenicity enhancing properties of our Matrix–M adjuvant to efficiently produce highly immunogenic particles targeting some of the most pressing viral infectious diseases. Novavax, Inc. is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland with additional facilities in Uppsala, Sweden and Bohumil, Czech Republic. Summary of the Position : Novavax is seeking a seasoned commercial attorney to provide contracting, product and compliance counsel for commercialization of Novavax' growing vaccine portfolio. The role will support the commercial, medical affairs, and communications departments, providing advice on matters related to sales, promotional and educational activities, engagements with healthcare professionals and entities, and other applications of commercial law and regulatory compliance in the vaccine industry. This position will report to the Associate General Counsel and will work closely with colleagues in compliance, regulatory, finance, privacy and the rest of the legal function to advance the company's commercial objectives. Responsibilities include but are not limited to : Provide strategic and day–to–day legal direction and guidance to the commercial, medical, patient advocacy and communications teams on sales and marketing strategies, programs, policies, practices and initiatives with respect to compliance with relevant healthcare laws, guidance documents or opinions, and industry codes. Draft, review and negotiate contracts in support of the commercial department, including purchase and distribution agreements, payor agreements, and marketing vendor services agreements. Serve as legal representative for the Medical Legal Regulatory Committee, and any related sub–teams (Promotional Review Committee and Medical Regulatory Committee). Counsel the business on appropriate communications about our products and relationships with external stakeholders, including healthcare professionals, patients, academic institutions and payors. Provide guidance on speaker bureau and advisory board participation and other HCP related contracts such as consulting and speaking on behalf of the company. Review and provide legal guidance on financial and other interactions with healthcare professionals, patients, or others in a position to influence healthcare decisions (e.g., payers, advocacy groups, wholesalers/distributors, healthcare institutions etc.) to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations. As necessary, direct and manage the work of outside counsel within area of responsibility. Relationships and Influence : Naturally connects and builds strong relationships with others, demonstrating strong emotional intelligence and an ability to communicate clearly and persuasively. An ability to inspire trust and followership in others through compelling influence, powerful charisma, passion in his/her beliefs, and active drive. Encourages others to share the spotlight and visibly celebrates and supports the success of the team. Creates a sense of purpose/meaning for the team that generates followership beyond his/her own personality and engages others to the greater purpose for the organization as a whole. Minimum Requirements : Juris doctorate from an accredited law school and member in good standing of a state bar 10+ years of providing legal advice and counseling on commercial contracting and pharmaceutical promotion Experience with pharmaceutical or biotech industry, preferably with vaccines or infectious disease Significant experience acting as an in–house legal counsel in the US Successful track record of advising management on legal issues and building a culture of compliance and ethics Detailed knowledge of U.S. laws and regulations related to pharmaceutical products, including the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act, US Anti–Kickback Statute, False Claims Act, HIPAA, privacy–laws, advertising laws and regulatory guidances and other government regulation of pharmaceutical products Proven judgment in working through complex issues, including those with significant strategic risk to a company Customer centric and solutions–oriented approach in supporting both external and internal clients while protecting the best interest of the company Strong verbal and written communication skills Team player capable of leading and participating within cross–functional project teams to meet key milestones under tight timelines Strong work ethic with ability to work independently Preferred Qualifications : Working knowledge of international promotional laws and regulations for pharmaceuticals Product launch experience is strongly preferred Experience dealing with government agencies and other regulatory and/or enforcement bodies Novavax offers a base salary, annual bonus, equity grants, professional career development/growth opportunities, and a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, Rx, STD, LTD, Life, Optional Life, 401(k) plan. Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled Novavax is an equal employment opportunity employer. Employment and advancement opportunities are available to all individuals on an at–will basis, regardless of their race, color, national origin, religion, ancestry, citizenship status, military or veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, family responsibilities, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, protective hairstyle, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Except where prohibited by applicable state law, this position requires that you be fully vaccinated against COVID–19 unless you need a reasonable accommodation or qualify for an exemption. Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60–1.35(c)