Legal Counsel – IP & contracts
If your experience and professional interest comprises contracts and IP, and you are looking for an opportunity to put your mark on the development of a very successful international company, now is your time to act. For our Corporate Legal department in Hørsholm we are looking for a strong IP Legal Counsel who can partner up and work closely with the Business Units and R&D in realizing the Nature’s No. 1 strategy.
Chr. Hansen’s business is first and foremost based on our innovative capacity. We experience strong growth, and securing ongoing protection of our knowledge is key to our success. As IP Legal Counsel you will play an important role in ensuring that strategies are anchored in well-crafted and negotiated agreements and in our activities to further develop Legal Affairs.
Contracting, compliance, dispute resolution and legal advice
Your main focus will be to protect Chr. Hansen’s intellectual property rights working with contracts, but your area of responsibility will be broad with focus on general contracting, compliance and dispute resolution. Your primary tasks will be:
- Drafting, reviewing, negotiating and providing legal advice regarding R&D and commercial agreements, including in particular agreements related to non-disclosure, material transfer, joint R&D, clinical trials, licensing and contract manufacturing
- Handling dispute resolution
- Providing guidance, training and coaching to the organization particularly in the IP area
- Providing other legal support to the Business Units and Corporate Functions as required within commercial agreements (such as supply, distribution, procurement etc.)
- Contributing to the further development of Legal Affairs – process optimization, and contractual tools
A vital part of your road to success will be founded within your ability to establish a constructive collaboration with multiple stakeholders across the business. You will work closely together with your colleagues in Legal Affairs as well as the broader Compliance function including in particular the IPR & Licensing department and Regulatory Affairs. You can look forward to travelling approx. 10 days per year to meet colleagues and participate in external meetings.
+5 years’ experience within contracts and IP
You hold a MA Law degree from an accredited law school and have at least 5 years’ experience from working with contracts and IP law. Preferably, you have experience from the biotech/pharma industry. As part of a high paced growth environment you will need a solid professional foundation backed by the ability to create an overview, prioritize and make the necessary decisions in order to accomplish the business objectives.
Working as IP Legal Counsel you must thrive on delivering clear and concise legal advice in a positive and solution centered way while drawing on your business acumen. This includes the ability to know when to stand your ground and when to compromise – in dialogue with strong stakeholder personalities in high level positions. As you will join a small and agile team, you will also need strong collaboration skills, as our key to success as a team is ongoing knowledge sharing and strong teamwork.
Your new team
You will join 5 highly skilled and motivated Legal Counsels at Chr. Hansen’s headquarters in Hørsholm, approx. 30 minutes drive north of the Copenhagen city center. Additionally, we have 6 colleagues placed in Hørsholm and at local offices around the globe. We are proud of the direct and visible business critical value we deliver to the company. Positive thinking and focus on continuous improvement characterize our work environment – we are a team with high spirit and high pace.
If you have any questions about the position, please feel free to contact IP Legal Counsel, Marie Hovel Hansen at +45 5218 0170.
Please apply online. Here you can enter your details into our CV-bank.
Deadline for applications is 20 September 2017. Please note that we review applications on an on-going basis and close the process when we find the right person.
Read more about working for Chr. Hansen at: www.chr-hansen.com/career.
Chr. Hansen is a global bioscience company that develops natural ingredient solutions for the food, nutritional, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. The products include cultures, enzymes, probiotics and natural colors, and all solutions are based on strong research and development competencies coupled with significant technology investments. Revenue in the 2015/16 financial year was EUR 949 million. The company has more than 2,800 dedicated employees in 30 countries and main production facilities in Denmark, France, USA and Germany. Chr. Hansen was founded in 1874 and is listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen. For further information, please visit www.chr-hansen.com