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Corporate Counsel

Department: Legal
Location: Seattle, WA

POSITION: Corporate Counsel, Contracts

REPORTS TO: Head of Legal

DEPARTMENT: Legal

STATUS: Exempt


POSITION OVERVIEW

TwinStrand is looking for an exceptional legal expert to join our team as Corporate Counsel. At TwinStrand we see the legal team as a key contributor to the company’s value, helping to identify opportunities, avoid risks, leverage our intellectual property, and negotiate favorable contract terms as we introduce game-changing accuracy to DNA sequencing applications across medicine and research. As an expert in contracts, the Corporate Counsel will have primary responsibility for contract drafting and review, as well as organizing, managing, and tracking of contract documents and obligations.  The Corporate Counsel will carry out a variety of contracting tasks to ensure contract terms meet business goals through effective and expeditious review, drafting, and negotiation. This role is responsible for collaborating with various levels of the organization, such as operations, sales and marketing, R&D, finance, and human resources. The Corporate Counsel must efficiently manage a variety of contract types, handling numerous agreements at various stages simultaneously and prioritizing based on business objectives.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Draft, edit, and negotiate various contracts including Confidentiality Agreements, Research Agreements, Material Transfer Agreements, Master Service Agreements, Statements of Work, Employment and Consulting Agreements, and various other partnering agreements.
  • Implement best practices and ensuring agreements adhere to current law for company’s standard templates, and draft new templates as needed by the business.
  • Interpret key contractual provisions in light of the Company’s business objectives and business operations considerations, as well as legal or regulatory requirements, and advise internal stakeholders on the ramifications of such provisions.
  • Work with outside counsel and other internal and external resources as needed to efficiently perform responsibilities. 
  • Negotiate contract terms with third parties and conduct the back-and-forth review and redlining process for contract documents.
  • Provide drafting and other legal support related to corporate activities such as licensing, partnering, mergers and acquisitions.
  • Keep informed of new laws, regulations, and industry trends affecting the Company.
  • Utilize, maintain, and improve TwinStrand’s internal contract workflow system for prioritizing and tracking contracts under drafting and review.
  • Solicit feedback from internal stakeholders for improvement and optimization of the contract drafting and review process.
  • Implement and manage contract management system to handle organization and maintenance of all company contracts.
  • Take responsibility for tracking and compliance with contractual obligations and deadlines.

EXPERIENCE AND CAPABILITIES

  • J.D. degree from an accredited law school required; qualified for in-house practice in Washington, or willingness to become qualified.
  • 5+ years of relevant experience in contract drafting and review in the life sciences field in a law firm and/or corporate legal department; in-house legal department experience preferred.
  • Genomics and/or biotech industry strongly preferred.
  • Entrepreneurial and excited to improve quality and efficiency of Company’s contract process.

OUTSTANDING CANDIDATES WILL:

  • Thrive in a collaborative and team-orientated environment; is pragmatic, and solutions oriented.
  • Possess unquestioned high level of integrity and strong business ethics. Always leads by example and demonstrates a firm commitment to TwinStrand’s culture and values.
  • Have demonstrated success growing, managing and getting the most out of a diverse team with members of varying levels of skills, background and personalities.
  • Genuinely celebrate the achievements of colleagues and take pride in a culture of setting others up for success.

WHAT WE OFFER

  • A mission to be proud of. You will help to provide access to a technology with unprecedented sensitivity that makes it possible to solve previously unsolvable scientific problems in basic research and translational medicine, with direct and immediate benefits to human health.
  • Beautiful new waterfront facility overlooking Puget Sound, centrally located in downtown Seattle with nearby parks, food trucks, and a diversity of transportation options.
  • Competitive compensation and equity incentive plan.
  • Comprehensive benefits: medical, dental and vision benefits for employees and dependents, sponsored life, short and long-term disability insurance, and 401(k).
  • Subsidized transportation program: parking, bus, ferry, rideshare and more.
  • Onsite gym, showers, bike storage.
  • Social events, weekly happy hours, well-stocked kitchen.
  • Recognition that outside life exists and is important, that flexibility is needed for family and that work can often be effectively carried out remotely.
  • Casual, but high-performing work environment.

 

ABOUT TWINSTRAND BIOSCIENCES

We are a vibrant, young company committed to applying a powerful new genomic technology across disciplines to improve human health and accelerate scientific discovery. Our mission is to develop and deliver the unprecedented accuracy of Duplex Sequencing™ for applications in the life sciences and medicine where it can do the greatest good for the maximum number of people.

Our business is multifaceted and encompasses internal development projects, external collaborations, and empowering of our partner organizations and customers. Our mission is strongly rooted in academic principles of responsible citizenship within the broader scientific community, yet executed with the nimbleness of a startup, such that research can be rapidly translated into solutions that benefit the scientific and medical community. To the greatest extent possible, we strive for open sharing of knowledge and discovery through academic presentations and peer-reviewed publications.

At TwinStrand we put a premium on creativity, dynamic thinking and a rigorous scientific approach. You will be challenged to push the boundaries of your knowledge, skills and comfort zone and to take ownership of your area of expertise. We expect all team members to take on some form of leadership role over time and mentor new team members as we continue to expand. We want every member of our community to come to work excited each day and able to take pride in the high-quality science to improve human health that they are contributing to.

TwinStrand Biosciences is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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