Senior Legal Counsel- Market Access (Remote)

Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc Boston , MA 02298

Posted 2 months ago

Job Description

We are recruiting top legal talent to support U.S. Market Access and related functions.

Why Join Us?

Vertex is a transformative biotechnology company that creates new possibilities in medicine to cure diseases and improve people's lives and it is seeking a solutions-oriented healthcare attorney to provide proactive strategic and tactical legal support to the business. The company currently has four drugs on the market that treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis. It has also developed a deep pipeline, investing billions of dollars into R&D over the past two decades.

As Legal Senior Counsel, you'll be a part of Vertex's whip-smart and highly respected Legal and Compliance Department. The Department is committed to a trusting and collaborative culture where we value growth and development. We engage proactively with our business colleagues to truly understand them and deliver results for our company and for patients. If you are looking for an entrepreneurial, hands-on, team-oriented environment where you can have a big impact, then this is the right place for you!

This position has the ability to be fullly REMOTE or on-site in the Boston, MA office.

Job Summary

As Senior Legal Counsel you will provide expert advice and counseling to the business on a broad array of strategic and tactical projects within a highly regulated environment. This position will report to the Assistant General Counsel and will be responsible for providing legal support to business partners in various departments across the organization, such as Market Access which includes both Trade & Distribution and Government Pricing, Government Affairs & Public Policy, Health Economics and Research, and pipeline.

The ideal candidate will have prior experience counseling prescription drug companies on legal issues relating to market access, government pricing, contracting, federal and state laws impacting pricing and access, antitrust, state pricing transparency and patient assistance.

Key Responsibilities

Provide Advice and Counsel to Business Partners

  • Advise business partners on various Commercial initiatives in a way that advances the company's strategy while addressing legal risks and protecting the company's integrity and reputation

  • Provide legal advice and counsel on:

  • Statutory and regulatory obligations under Medicaid, Medicare, 340B program, Veterans Health Care Act

  • Market access and reimbursement issues

  • Government pricing, including price reporting compliance policies and reasonable assumptions documents

  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid final rules and correspondence including letters and public comments on proposed rules and guidance

  • Proposed and enacted United States federal and state legislation impacting pharmaceutical companies relating to market access, pricing, reimbursement as well as state drug price reporting and transparency laws and compliance

  • Services and contracting relating to specialty distributors and specialty pharmacies

  • Data and special projects

  • Brand strategic planning and business operation plans

  • Staying abreast of evolving healthcare legislation and regulations and the enforcement landscape

  • Ensure compliance with applicable laws and company policies, including Anti-kickback Statute and other US healthcare compliance laws and regulations

  • Collaborate with legal colleagues supporting commercial, pipeline and privacy to ensure delivery of comprehensive legal advice

  • Review select materials in Communication Review Committee

Contribute to the Legal & Compliance Department

  • Participate in various Legal & Compliance Department projects and initiatives, including committees such as Talent & Development; Culture, Diversity & Inclusion; and Pro Bono & Community Engagement

  • Share information and knowledge through group presentations and individual discussions with peers and managers

Basic Qualifications

  • JD from an ABA accredited law school

  • Member of a state bar

  • Minimum of 8 years post-JD experience advising on legal matters in a life sciences space, whether in a law firm or in-house in the biopharmaceutical industry, or both

  • Government price reporting experience

  • Experience advising on statutes, regulations, and guidance documents applicable to market access activities, including Medicaid, 340B program, Veterans Administration, federal and state anti-kickback statutes, state drug pricing transparency laws, OIG guidance documents and advisory opinions, the False Claims Act, and the PhRMA Code

  • Outstanding ability to effectively communicate (verbally and in writing), sound legal advice to lawyers and non-lawyers alike, coupled with a strong understanding of business needs

  • Advanced contracting and redlining skills with strong attention to detail

  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving and organizational skills to handle multiple responsibilities simultaneously and still meet high quality and timeliness standards

  • Ability to effectively and efficiently manage outside counsel and adhere to a budget

  • Experience providing legal advice on cell and gene therapies and/or in the pain therapeutic area is highly desired

Personal Attributes

Self-starter and life-long learner with a strong work ethic and excellent interpersonal skills who

  • Enjoys working collaboratively and cross-functionally on teams, as well as independently

  • Proactively solves problems and makes decisions with integrity and ethics

  • Thrives in a fast-paced and dynamic environment

  • Is eager to take on new challenges


Company Information

Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation.

Vertex is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Vertex is an E-Verify Employer in the United States. Vertex will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.

Please note that Vertex requires COVID-19 vaccination for all employees working in the U.S. as a condition of employment at Vertex, subject to medical, religious or other accommodations or exemptions required by law. We believe this requirement is vital to keeping everyone at Vertex and in our communities safe. This requirement applies to both existing and new employees who may at any time work on-site at a Vertex facility or visit another location on behalf of Vertex (e.g., conferences, customer visits, etc.), including all remote employees. Any applicant requiring an accommodation in connection with the hiring process and/or to perform the essential functions of the position for which the applicant has applied should make a request to the recruiter or hiring manager, or contact Talent Acquisition at

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Senior Legal Counsel- Market Access (Remote)

Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc