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Foundation Summary Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. We focus on improving people's health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. Based in Seattle, the foundation is led by CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann and co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.
Group Summary "Guidance, Solutions, Integrity" describes the Legal Team's approach to providing responsive legal guidance supporting the implementation of the foundation's strategies. The Legal Team offers creative solutions that accomplish programmatic objectives, develops and implements efficient legal processes to streamline the foundation's grant making and contracting practices, and applies preventive legal strategies and compliance policies to minimize risks and safeguard the foundation's reputation.
Leadership and Culture We believe that energized people, working well together, fueled by great leadership in an inclusive environment in which they thrive, will do phenomenal things.
Position Summary & Responsibilities The primary focus of this role is on complex transactions and legal advice supporting the foundation's Global Health Program (https://www.gatesfoundation.org/What-We-Do) and (@gateshealth), but may also support other legal needs of the foundation. Superior drafting and negotiating abilities are required and a combination of in-house experience at a pharmaceutical, bio-technology or similar company and law firm experience is strongly preferred. Provide guidance in developing and implementing grants, contract and Program Related Investments in alignment with global access and program priorities. Collaborate with other members of the legal team and foundation personnel as appropriate. Provide practical business-oriented legal advice and counsel, and become a trusted advisor to the foundation's internal client groups. Understand the programmatic and business objectives of internal client groups, develop creative solutions, and resolve issues using the legal framework and the foundation's values. Manage outside counsel as needed. Train and educate program staff regarding laws and best practices applicable to health R&D, product development, global access and private foundations. Keep current on new and emerging laws and policy developments impacting R&D for human health and private foundations. Provide support in other legal matters or foundation policies and issues as needed and serve as an active member of the legal team. Some travel may be required.
10+ years of experience leading, drafting and negotiating highly complex transactions (such as those involving health-related R&D, intellectual property, human therapeutics, diagnostics, vaccines or the like).
Experience with multi-party and international agreements
Extensive experience in life sciences R&D, licenses, collaborations, MTAs, clinical trial agreements, technology transfer, CRO and CMO agreements, commercialization and supply arrangements
Complex IP licensing & global IP strategy and due diligence experience
Law firm and in-house counsel experience highly preferred
Understanding of FDCA, EMA and international regulations governing pharma & biotech product development (INDs, NDAs, BLAs, MAs, WHO Prequalification) and human subjects protection, highly preferred
Knowledge of privacy law, antitrust and anti-bribery laws a plus
Experience supporting equity and debt investments, M&A or other complex transactions a plus
Scientific background a plus (such as PhD, MD, PharmD or Equivalent)
Keen eye for detail
Comfortable in individual contributor role
Ability to collaborate across highly matrixed and global teams
Sense of humor, humility, perspective, equity and generosity
Passion for innovation, learning and continuous improvement
Comfortable with change and ambiguity
J.D. in good standing
History of effectively servicing highly-skilled and demanding client base, balancing and prioritizing multiple tasks, establishing a role as a trusted advisor and providing innovative solutions in a complex and fast-paced highly matrixed environment. Strong business sense and client focus, with the ability to work with business teams and embrace appropriate risk-taking to achieve programmatic objectives. Ability to work with flexibility, efficiency, enthusiasm and diplomacy both individually and collaboratively as part of a team effort. Strong interpersonal skills, sound judgment and the ability to communicate and interact effectively with clients at all levels of the foundation and build strong client relations. Self-motivated and a passion for both the mission of the foundation and understanding the foundation's programmatic goals. Flexibility and ability to deal with ambiguities associated with innovative culture tackling cutting edge issues. Highest standards of ethics and integrity.
Required Education and Experience JD and current bar membership are required, with 10+ years of experience.
As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value. We're committed to creating a workplace where employees thrive both personally and professionally. We also believe our employees should reflect the rich diversity of the global populations we aim to serve-in race, gender, age, cultures and beliefs-and we support this diversity through all of our employment practices.
All applicants and employees who are drawn to serve the mission of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will enjoy equality of opportunity and fair treatment without regard to: