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Arbutus Biopharma

Legal Counsel, Contracts

Legal Affairs – Warminster, Pennsylvania
Department Legal Affairs
Employment Type Regular Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

 At Arbutus we have a vision: to cure chronic Hepatitis B virus (HBV).  We have a dedicated and innovative team and we are uniquely positioned to transform the HBV treatment landscape.  We are developing a portfolio of drug candidates with multiple mechanisms of action that we believe will result in a combination therapy to cure HBV.

Role Summary:

Reporting to the EVP, General Counsel, the Legal Counsel Contracts oversees the draft, review and negotiation of agreements.

Duties and responsibilities will include:

Draft, review, edit and/or negotiate: 

  • confidentiality agreements, materials transfer agreements, research collaboration agreements, government grants, formulation development agreements, manufacturing agreements, clinical trial agreements with clinical sites and contract research organizations, consulting agreements, raw material purchase agreements, preclinical service agreements, bioanalytical testing agreements, compound screening/testing agreements, investor relations agreements
  • statements of work, work orders, proposals and quotations (a) emanating from master service agreements, and (b) generated as standalone documents in the absence master service agreements,
  • HR related agreements to support agency hires and temp placements
  • Subscription agreements associated with on-line libraries and software licenses
  • lease or sublease agreements, and agreements to support facilities repair and maintenance,
  • quality agreements in collaboration with the head of QA
  •  term sheets and license agreements under the direction of the GC
  • such other agreements as requested by the GC or by stakeholders

Maintain and update contract templates for conformance with regulatory requirements

Provide input and review comments on other matters as directed by the GC

Possess a deep working knowledge of, and oversee the legal department admin. assistance’s day-to-day tasks of: 

  • electronic record and document management
  • tracking progress of pending contract drafts
  • contract circulation for approvals and execution
  • review, entry and maintenance of critical contract terms onto a contract database 
  • maintain bring forward/reminder systems to notify stakeholders of upcoming obligations and contract expiries
  • preliminary drafts of CDAs, contract extensions, notices of terminations or amendments, as applicable, in coordination with stakeholder needs
  • reconciliation of IP invoice accruals


  • Minimum 4 years of prior work experience in a pharmaceutical or biopharmaceutical company 
  • Demonstrate familiarity with terminology typically used within the areas of drug regulatory affairs, quality control, quality assurance, analytical development, process development, manufacturing and clinical trials 
  • Possess a good understanding of work flows and interdependencies among departments within a biopharmaceutical company
  • Have a basic understanding of intellectual property rights sufficient to collaborate with IP counsel
  • Prior life sciences research experience is highly desirable
  • Must have proficiency in contract drafting and template creation
  • Ability to multi-task and manage timelines
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
  • Must be licensed in Pennsylvania

*This is not a remote position.

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  • Location
    Warminster, Pennsylvania
  • Department
    Legal Affairs
  • Employment Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
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