Sr. Corporate Counsel, Transactions and Commercial

Req ID #:  82451

US Wilmington, MA, US, 01887

For 70 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work we perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.

Job Summary

We are seeking an experienced individual for our Senior Corporate Counsel, Transactions and Commercial position within our Legal Department.  This is a remote position, with travel to Wilmington, MA expected on a regular basis.


The Senior Corporate Counsel, Transactions and Commercial position is responsible for providing expert analysis and counsel on complex corporate legal issues (both domestic and international), including general commercial transactions and contracts, strategic corporate transactions and agreements, international and cross-border transactions, litigation management and other specific matters as requested;  anticipating and guarding against legal risks facing the company and developing and recommending company policies and positions on legal issues. 


Other key responsibilities of the Senior Corporate Counsel, Transactions and Commercial position include:

  • Managing, drafting, and advising on corporate transactions such as acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, collaboration, and licensing agreements.
  • Serving as principal counsel to one or more businesses or functions, including coordinating the delivery of legal services to the businesses/functions and collaborating and establishing strong relationships with their respective leadership teams
  • Drafting, negotiating and reviewing commercial and corporate contracts, including license, partnership and collaboration agreements.
  • Providing analysis and counsel on legal and policy issues to include proposed new products and services and commercial transactions,
  • Monitoring and analyzing changes to laws and regulations to ensure continued company compliance.
  • Advising senior management on changes which may affect the business.
  • Managing outside counsel in related litigation matters
  • Developing and recommending operating policy and procedural improvements.
Job Requirements

The following are minimum requirements related to the Senior Corporate Counsel, Transactions and Commercial position:

  • Bachelor's degree (B.A. /B.S.) and Juris Doctor or equivalent from an accredited law school in the US or equivalent common law degree.  A current license in the State Bar as an attorney qualified to practice law in Massachusetts or similar license to practice law in another applicable jurisdiction.
  • Minimum 8 years of related experience (preferably in a combination of large law firm and corporate settings) with significant focus on experience in transactional law, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and minority investments with experience managing all stages of such transactions (e.g., organizing diligence, effectively negotiating transactional documentation, assisting with integration)
  • Ability to inspire trust and confidence through strong interpersonal skills and effective collaboration.
  • Ability to multi-task and effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to effectively communicate legal and compliance issues verbally and in writing in a clear and understandable manner to all levels of the organization.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.

About Corporate Functions 
The Corporate Functions provide operational support across Charles River in areas such as Human Resources, Finance, IT, Legal, Sales, Quality Assurance, Marketing, and Corporate Development. They partner with their colleagues across the company to develop and drive strategies and to set global standards. The functions are essential to providing a bridge between strategic vision and operational readiness, to ensure ongoing functional innovation and capability improvement.


About Charles River
Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.


With over 17,000 employees within 90 facilities in 20 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges. Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world. And in 2019, revenue increased to $2.62 billion.


At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of ~85% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2019.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/Disabled/Vet.


If you are interested in applying to Charles River Laboratories and need special assistance or an accommodation due to a disability to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the resume submission process, please contact a member of our Human Resources team by sending an e-mail message to This contact is for accommodation requests for individuals with disabilities only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.


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