Counsel – Small Corporation – Foster City, Calif.

The Commercial Legal Group at Gilead Gilead Sciences is seeking a health care contracts attorney to take on a range of challenging areas within the legal department applicable to the distribution, pricing and reimbursement of prescription drugs. Responsibilities will include providing counsel and guidance to the organization’s commercial group regarding (i) legal and regulatory issues arising from contracting with wholesale and specialty distributors of prescription drugs; (ii) legal and regulatory issues arising from contracting with managed care organizations; (iii) coverage and reimbursement methodologies relevant to pharmacies, healthcare professionals, and third party payers; and (iv) federal and state fraud and abuse laws applicable to the distribution, pricing and reimbursement of prescription drugs.

The person in this position will, among other things:
• Negotiate and draft rebate agreements with managed care organizations and pharmacy benefit managers, including rebate agreements with Medicare Part D Plan Sponsors
• Negotiate and draft agreements with vendors and for donations, grants and sponsorship recipients
• Provide state licensing and general commercial business operations support
• Negotiate and draft various commercial transactions in cooperation with more senior attorneys, including inventory management agreements with wholesalers; and drug distribution, service agreements and other arrangements with pharmacies
• Collaborate with internal business clients, colleagues and external counsel to ensure various programs meet compliance standards
• Provide guidance to company regarding federal and state privacy laws
• Provide guidance to company’s commercial organization on healthcare fraud and abuse risks when interacting and/or contracting with pharmacies, healthcare professionals, commercial, state and federal payers, managed care organizations and pharmacy benefit managers
• Support company product launch initiatives
• Support more senior level attorneys in providing guidance to company regarding reimbursement and coverage matters
• Provide legal support for a range of activities associated with implementing patient assistance and support programs
• Track Affordable Care Act legislative developments and challenges
• Potential to support some of the above activities on an international basis

Essential Duties and Job Functions:
Recognized as a resource for consistent, timely and reliable legal advice. Operate at a level of autonomy; have strong client service orientation; collaborate well within legal group and with internal business clients; effectively manage outside counsel; may involve supervision of a paralegal responsible for assisting with administration, initial draft review and negotiation of rebate agreements with managed care organizations and pharmacy benefit managers as well as specialty pharmacies. Appropriately triage a heavy workflow, setting priorities and delivering results within agreed timelines. Demonstrate ability to think creatively and devise solutions to challenging problems, and understand when issues require escalation to a higher level for resolution, but typically able to handle smaller legal matters. Exercise good judgment while enjoying the company's enthusiastic, informal and fast-paced environment.

Knowledge, Experience and Skills:
• Juris Doctorate from a nationally recognized law school
• Admitted to practice (preferably in California)
• 2-5 years experience in contract drafting and negotiation
• 2+ years as health law counsel either in a private practice, company and/or government (FDA) experience
• Familiarity with health care compliance, pharmaceutical distribution, managed care rebates and discounts for products and general government pricing implications
Other Skills and Qualifications:
• Experience drafting and negotiating contracts
• Some knowledge of regulations governing pharmaceutical industry and understanding of contract provisions is required
• Good decision-making skills
• Comfortable providing guidance to senior attorneys and/or business with the ability to evaluate and articulate risk
• Good interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal)
• Ability to work cross-functionally and build consensus among various stakeholders while maintaining a compliant approach
• Understanding of compliance and its importance in the pharmaceutical industry
• Managerial experience preferred

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Additional Info:
Employer Type: Small Corporation
Job Location: Foster City, California

Gilead Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative therapeutics in areas of unmet medical need. The company's mission is to advance the care of patients suffering from life-threatening diseases worldwide. Headquartered in Foster City, California, Gilead has operations in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.