AD, Corporate Counsel - Clinical Operations and Contracting


The Associate Director Counsel -Clinical Operations and Contracting will be part of the Legal Operations, Employment and Transactions team and will report to the Director Strategic Transactions and Contracting.  This role will support all ongoing legal activities concerning contract management in the US including developing, reviewing, interpreting, drafting, revising, negotiating, and providing strategic direction for contracts and related activities.  Viable candidates should have experience in practicing law in at least one specialized legal area (e.g., clinical operations, scientific communications, human biospecimen licensing, FDA Regulatory, commercial, contracts, etc.), with the objective of gaining more in depth knowledge of an additional legal area as well as insight into practicing law within a corporate setting. This role will also assist with strategic transactions including mergers & acquisitions, divestitures, and critical collaborations as needed. 


As an employee of Boehringer Ingelheim, you will actively contribute to the discovery, development and delivery of our products to our patients and customers. Our global presence provides opportunity for all employees to collaborate internationally, offering visibility and opportunity to directly contribute to the companies' success. We realize that our strength and competitive advantage lie with our people. We support our employees in a number of ways to foster a healthy working environment, meaningful work, diversity and inclusion, mobility, networking and work-life balance. Our competitive compensation and benefit programs reflect Boehringer Ingelheim's high regard for our employees.


Location: This position can be based in Ridgefield, CT or Duluth, GA offices. It is a Hybrid role on site  2-3 days per week.  This is not a fully remote position.


Duties & Responsibilities

  • Ensures contracting templates, forms, policies, standards, and procedures are up-to-date and compliant with laws applicable to the organization.
  • Provides contract support to the Clinical Operations, Scientific Communications, Human Biospecimen and Customer Operations teams including, without limitation, reviewing, drafting and negotiating clinical trial agreements, scientific grant agreements, external collaboration agreements, human biospecimen licensing agreements, investigator-initiated study agreements and HCP/HCO speaker and advisor agreements. 
  • Supports sourcing business partners in the negotiation of procurement contracts and serves as a strategic partner in streamlining and gaining efficiencies in the legal operations framework. 
  • Works closely with Sourcing, Finance/M&A, US and Global Legal colleagues and other individuals with contracting and strategic transaction responsibilities in the company.
  • Prepares, usually independently, legal documents, including letters, notices, legal opinions, contracts, etc.
  • Has an understanding of federal and state laws, regulations and policies in one specialized legal area; strong working knowledge of laws, regulations and policies in corporate law and governance, and transactions; has the ability to interpret and apply such laws, regulations and policies to inform business activities.
  • Influences clients by identifying and communicating to clients risks associated with complex business activities within lawyer's broad understanding of several specialized legal areas, which specialized legal areas may include: Clinical Operations, Scientific Communications, Corporate Governance, Intellectual Property, Regulatory, Trade, Compliance, Contracting, Environmental, Employment, Litigation and/or Antitrust; helps identify risks in areas outside lawyer's specialized legal area and provides value-added corporate law insight to evaluate risks effectively.
  • Partners with clients to proactively apply legal and regulatory framework to business activity by identifying business goals and developing alternative solutions to assist in the achievement of successful outcomes.
  • Negotiates on behalf of client to achieve solutions consistent with business objectives.
  • Has knowledge of national business environment in which client competes; keeps current with of evolving legal, regulatory and business issues within lawyer’s expertise, promotes corporate policies and proactively monitors client’s business environment.

Compensation Data

This position offers a base salary typically between ($183,000) and ($280,000).  The position may be eligible for a role specific variable or performance based bonus and or other compensation elements.  For an overview of our benefits please click here. 


  • Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from an accredited law school
  • At least four (4) to six (6) years of relevant legal experience, at least two (2) of which includes experience in clinical operations, scientific communications, licensing of human biospecimens and/or general pharma/life science contracts
  • Admission to at least one State bar
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrates discretion and ability to maintain confidentiality of information
  • Understanding of federal and state laws, regulations and policies in specialized legal area
  • This person will need to have a customer focus, possess integrity and ethics, adaptability, negotiation skills, and analytical thinking


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.
  • Must be willing to take a drug test and post-offer physical (if required).
  • Must be 18 years of age or older.