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Associate General Counsel in Sunnyvale, California at Cepheid

Date Posted: 12/4/2018

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Job ID: CEP001588

About Us

At Cepheid, we are passionate about improving healthcare through faster, more accurate diagnostic tests. With our GeneXpert® System, we’ve taken the most sophisticated molecular technology and packaged it into an automated, easy-to-use format that has quickly become the platform of choice worldwide. From the largest laboratories to small physician offices, our game-changing solution delivers critical answers when clinicians and patients need them most. Through strong molecular biology capabilities and ongoing product innovation, we are focused on developing tests for healthcare-associated infections, sexual health, critical infectious disease, virology, and oncology applications. Come join our vision for a better way and help make life better for us all! For more details, visit us at www.cepheid.com or follow us on Twitter (@CepheidNews).


Description

Description

The Associate General Counsel will act as a primary commercial legal resource for the US business of Cepheid. The position will be based at Cepheid’s North American headquarters in Sunnyvale, CA. Working directly with business executives and colleagues in the legal department, the successful candidate will provide the highest level of legal support. From a commercial perspective, the candidate will have a focus on North American operations but will also serve as a first point of contact for certain global issues while working with Danaher’s regional local counsels.

The successful candidate will develop a good understanding of the company’s business and possess the ability to evaluate and balance both legal and business factors when providing advice. The candidate would ideally have a broad knowledge base in areas appropriate for an experienced in-house counsel at a medical device company.

The position requires both domestic and international travel, primarily to Cepheid locations in the United States and abroad. A successful candidate will have experience working on global teams. This individual understands the importance of operating with a global mindset and models global and cultural sensitivity.

This position joins a growing legal department in a dynamic and industry leading medical device company. Cepheid is part of Danaher’s diagnostic platform, the largest group of companies within Danaher. This position is a terrific opportunity for in-house counsel skillset development and enhancement in a broad range of areas for an experienced attorney looking for a long and prosperous career within a global organization that consistently outperforms its competitors.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Gaining a solid understanding of Cepheid’s businesses, their goals and challenges and identifying appropriate legal and compliance strategies to facilitate those goals and minimize those challenges.
  • Participating in local business management team meetings and functioning as a strategic business partner who provides trusted counsel on legal issues considering both global and local requirements. Educating business leadership on the appropriate use and “leverage” of in-house counsel.
  • Preparing strategy for, negotiating, reviewing and drafting transactional documents, contracts and other legal agreements such as complex distributor, GPO, sales, RFP, public tenders, supply, licensing, real estate, joint development and employment agreements.
  • Providing legal advice for the corporate communications of the sales and marketing teams including review of press releases, internal communications and promotional content for medical devices and other medical products.
  • Developing appropriate approaches to dispute resolution, lawsuits, and arbitrations; providing regular, clear communication of litigation issues and opportunities to the affected business and legal function.
  • Working closely with the Regulatory Affairs/Quality Assurance departments on medical device registrations, customer complaints and MDR reporting, market withdrawal/recall analysis and labeling review.
  • Assisting with mergers & acquisitions from due diligence to documentation depending on the situation and background.
  • Managing employment matters, providing counsel to the HR department on policies and procedures, handling employee relations, investigations and litigation.
  • Conducting compliance-related investigations and implementing action plans to remediate identified issues.
  • Advising on day-to-day general compliance questions and questions under local civil, commercial, corporate, conflicts of interest, data protection and privacy laws.
  • Providing legal advice on new business models such as social media initiatives and new forms of commercial interactions with healthcare professionals and customers.
  • Building collaborative relationships within the Cepheid legal team and Danaher’s legal community.
  • Partner with the appropriate business areas to deliver training at company events that focuses on relevant areas of law for the applicable employee audience and addresses specific needs within Cepheid.
  • Willing to work on the smallest and simplest, as well as the most complex, legal matters faced by the company.

Job Requirements



Qualifications

Qualifications

Functional Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 15+ years of corporate legal experience either within a large corporate law firm or a prominent in-house company or a combination thereof.
  • Experience with complex commercial and corporate transactions, employment, and general corporate law.
  • Medical device or healthcare industry experience preferred including knowledge and understanding of legal issues facing global medical device companies including anti-bribery, FCPA, anti-kickback, Medicare fraud and abuse, FDA regulations, Sunshine, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage legal risks for complex strategic transactions.
  • Experience in managing litigation a plus.
  • Understanding of intellectual property laws.

    Interpersonal and Leadership Skills:

  • Ability to apply business and technical expertise to identify potential issues and partner with colleagues across Cepheid to help solve problems of significant importance to the company.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills, ability to act as a change agent through dynamic interactions with others. Strong negotiation skills.
  • Ability to work in a matrixed, multidisciplinary organization.
  • Strong relationship management skills: ability to build and maintain productive relationships with leaders of other functional areas within and across the business areas to seek alignment on objectives for the benefit of Cepheid and Danaher Corporation.
  • Demonstrated ability to make final decisions regarding the resolution of complex regional or functional business problems, independent of popularity of decision.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects. Highly motivated with the ability to be proactive, take initiative, and carefully monitor, follow through, and complete projects in a professional and timely manner.
  • Professional maturity and confidence in expressing a point of view with senior management.

    Education:

  • Juris Doctor with excellent academic credentials from top tier law school.
  • Active bar membership in at least one US jurisdiction.

    Cepheid Overview

    Cepheid is a leading and innovative global molecular diagnostics company that develops, manufactures, and markets accurate and easy to use molecular systems and tests. Cepheid's fully automated GeneXpert® systems enable rapid, sophisticated genetic testing and provide test results for the management of infectious diseases, among many clinical applications. With the largest global installed base of instruments and the broadest test menu available in molecular diagnostics, Cepheid delivers a unique, scalable and accessible system for institutions of any size and sophistication.

    Danaher Corporation Overview

    Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, dental, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 62,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $16.9B in revenue last year. We are ranked #133 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 1,300% over 20 years.

    At Danaher, you can build a career in a way no other company can duplicate. Our brands allow us to offer dynamic careers across multiple industries. We’re innovative, fast-paced, results-oriented, and we win. We need talented people to keep winning. Here you’ll learn how DBS is used to shape strategy, focus execution, align our people, and create value for customers and shareholders. Come join our winning team.



Danaher Corporation Overview

Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, dental, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 67,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $18.3B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 1,200% over 20 years.
At Danaher, you can build a career in a way no other company can duplicate. Our brands allow us to offer dynamic careers across multiple industries. We’re innovative, fast-paced, results-oriented, and we win. We need talented people to keep winning. Here you’ll learn how DBS is used to shape strategy, focus execution, align our people, and create value for customers and shareholders. Come join our winning team.