Head Of Contracts And Counsel To R&D

Ultragenyx Pharmaceuticals Brisbane , CA 94005

Posted 3 months ago

Why Join Us?

Be a hero for our rare disease patients

Ultragenyx is a biopharmaceutical company committed to developing treatments for rare and ultra-rare diseases. Founded in 2010, the company has rapidly built a diverse portfolio of small molecule, monoclonal antibody, mRNA and gene therapy candidates with the potential to address debilitating genetic diseases for which the unmet medical need is high, the biology for treatment is clear, and for which there are no approved therapies.

Developing new treatments for rare genetic diseases is challenging work. It takes courage, talent, and dedication to look past the easy answers and uncover new solutions that can make a meaningful impact. At Ultragenyx we push each other to perform at our very best because we never lose sight of our mission to make a difference in our patients' lives.

Come join our team during this exciting time of growth and opportunities!

Position Summary

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In this role, you will serve as Head of the Contracts group and serve as Counsel to the R&D Legal function within Ultragenyx's Legal Department. You will provide expertise with R&D contracting. You will also manage and provide expert advice to a team consisting of a Commercial Contracts Associate Counsel, Contract Paralegals, and Operations Specialists. You will bring strong skills in management, collaboration and collegiality to the role with strong emphasis on ethics. You will develop and nurture a culture of high performance and professionalism. Position reports to the Vice President, Legal - Commercial and R&D.

Responsibilities, including but not limited to:

  • Manage and provide expert advice to a team of 7 experienced Contracts managers and specialists performing similar work

  • Negotiate, draft, review and counsel on a wide variety of R&D agreements

  • Oversee and ensure consistent legal advice on clinical trial contracts, informed consents, consulting agreements, investigator-initiated studies, patient engagement contracting, confidentiality and other types of agreements

  • Support, oversee and assign R&D legal support to appropriate sub-teams of the company's development focused global product teams

  • Foster strong relationships within R&D, compliance, commercial law, intellectual property law and other related groups within the global enterprise to create efficient and effective processes and tools for clients

  • Establish the corporate contracting strategy, managing governance processes, implementing strategies and proposing corrective actions as corporate dynamics change

  • Establish key performance indicators, building performance dashboards, analyzing performance and recommending corrective actions to drive contracting initiatives resulting in growth and efficiency

  • Manage transactional team and contracting operations

  • Work closely with the Vice President Legal to monitor market conditions, changes in laws and regulations and educate internal and external personnel on the implications of any such changes

  • Collaborate with Finance, Legal, Government Pricing, Compliance and other departments to establish consistent business rules and "playbooks" focused on appropriate reporting and compliance with all laws and regulations.

  • Establish key performance indicators (including pre/post contract analytics tools/metrics), building performance dashboards, analyzing performance and recommending corrective actions related to contracting

  • Build contracting SOP's, cross functional consensus and approval process

  • Support and assist the Vice President Legal in developing recommendations for senior leadership pertaining to the overall strategies across the organization

  • Lead in the development and delivery of performance metric programs (internal and external stakeholders)

  • Collaborate with key stakeholders to develop key performance dashboards/metrics


  • JD from an accredited institution

  • Active member of a U.S. State Bar

  • Pharmaceutical or Biotech experience required

  • Extensive knowledge in the areas of commercial and clinical pharmaceutical contracting

  • 10+ years of experience and technical/functional expertise in biotech, pharma industries

  • Experience with cross-functional, large scale initiatives with high degree of complexity

  • Attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously while adjusting priorities as needed to meet deadlines

  • Demonstrated experience in leading teams

  • Must possess strong analytical and communication skills

  • Strong problem solving and strategic thinking


Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We understand that diversity of thought, culture and background will help us do the best for our patients. We prohibit unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, disability, marital and veteran status.

Note to External Recruiters: All candidate activity and open positions are managed strictly through our Human Resources Department. Our Human Resources Department kindly requests that recruiters not contact employees/hiring managers directly in an attempt to solicit business and present candidates. Please note that failure to comply with this request will be a factor in determining a professional relationship with our organization. Submission of unsolicited resumes prior to an agreement set in place between the Human Resources Department and the recruiting agency will not create any implied obligation. Inquiries on developing a recruiting relationship with us, may be directed to: talentacquisition@ultragenyx.com.

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