Chief Legal Counsel in Framingham, Massachusetts at SCIEX

Date Posted: 4/23/2018

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Job ID: SCI002040

About Us

SCIEX – An operating company within Danaher’s Life Sciences platform

SCIEX helps to improve the world we live in by enabling scientists and laboratory analysts to find answers to the complex analytical challenges they face. Our leadership in LC-MS and CE-MS have made us a trusted partner globally to those who are focused on basic research, drug discovery, food and environmental testing, forensic toxicology, clinical research and diagnostics. With over 40 years of innovation, we continue to redefine what is achievable in routine and complex analysis.

We are seeking smart, team-oriented people who have purpose and are committed to helping us deliver Answers for Science. Knowledge for Life. ™ Our global team, located on every continent, is our greatest strength, bringing diverse perspectives and breakthrough thinking. With the power of the Danaher Business System behind us, it’s our people who have made us the industry leader. Come join our winning team. Visit us at

Sciex offers a broad array of comprehensive, competitive benefit programs that add value to associates' and their families' lives. 

Sciex is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Essential Duties, Critical Success Factors, Responsibilities, Authorities and Required Interactions: 

The SCIEX Chief Counsel supports SCIEX and is responsible for providing leadership, guidance, direction, and assistance in connection with a wide variety of legal, regulatory, compliance, and business matters globally. The Chief Counsel reports to the General Counsel of the Life Sciences Platform, with a dotted line reporting relationship to the President of Sciex.  Reporting to the Chief Counsel is a team of professionals managing intellectual property, general legal, export/import and Environmental, Health & Safety matters. 

General Business

Gaining a solid understanding of the business, its goals, and challenges and identifying appropriate legal and compliance strategies to facilitate those goals and minimize those challenges  

Negotiating, strategizing, documenting commercial transactions, contracts, and other legal arrangements

Developing appropriate approaches to litigation, arbitration, and dispute resolution; providing regular, clear communication on litigation issues and opportunities to the president and the leadership team as well as the Life Science Platform General Counsel’s office

Assisting the business and Danaher with mergers & acquisitions from due diligence to documentation depending on the situation and background

Assess the needs of the business from a legal and regulatory perspective and work with the president to deploy existing or new resources against those needs

Being an effective business partner for the president and his team  

Educating business leadership on the appropriate use and “leverage” of in-house counsel

Selecting appropriate outside counsel and managing the output and costs  

Build collaborative relationship within the global Danaher legal community


Lead the compliance program including risk assessment and appropriate countermeasures, Anti-Corruption education and monitoring, associate Standards of Conduct

Ensures robust trade compliance and Environment, Health and Safety programs, reporting and achievement of targets.

Intellectual Property

Being a critical team member in formulating an appropriate IP strategy

Advise on IP protection in support of expansion into new geographies

Support the acquisition of new technologies, licenses, etc.


Job Requirements


A law degree from a U.S. law school, preferably one recognized for graduating top lawyers

Extensive exposure to and success in a dynamic med-device or pharma business environment 

Fifteen or more years of practice, background in IP preferred but not required

Understanding of Quality Management Systems in a regulated and non-regulated environments

Seven to ten years of leadership experience

Major law firm experience, partnership preferred, or equivalent in-house experience, or combination of the two

Substantial responsibility in various areas of law and/or business  

Experience in-house is not necessary but helpful; some experiences that suggest an ability to hit ground running in a complex, semi-matrixed organization is a must

Ability to travel domestically and internationally as needed, perhaps as much as 20-30% of time  

Some international experience, foreign language capability a plus

Additional Requirements: 

Must be an excellent lawyer, able to explain complex legal points to business leaders with varying degrees of sophistication about legal matters; able to take business leaders’ concerns and demands into account in how best to pursue legal strategies 

Intelligent and articulate; nimble and quick-minded; able and willing to engage in debate; unwilling to accept unethical conduct or outcomes that threaten SCIEX or Danaher


Demonstrated leadership experience

Ability to balance numerous matters and “masters” while prioritizing same on a day-to-day basis as events require  

Able to command the respect of, and influence, business leaders, and outside counsel across a wide spectrum of experience and sophistication  

Can work effectively with lower level employees, yet communicate with effectiveness and polish at the most senior levels  

Tough-minded but able to be flexible when the situation demands it, able to think on feet, ability to engage in searching, critical discussion without personalizing outcomes  

High integrity and ethics in all dealings – internal, external, and personal; non-political in conduct, while understanding internal and external political dynamics

Open to learning, enthused by the day, resilient, sense of humor

Willing to work on the smallest and simplest, as well as the most complex, legal matters faced by the company

Ability to lead and communicate with a team of highly qualified professionals, provide coaching and developmental opportunities

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.