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Posted on: 12 Dec 2019 148 views
: Corporate Counsel
: syneoshealth
: Morrisville, North Carolina, United States
: 3

Syneos Health

Syneos Health® (Nasdaq: SYNH) is the only fully integrated biopharmaceutical solutions organization. Our company, including a Contract Research Organization (CRO) and Contract Commercial Organization (CCO), is purpose-built to accelerate customer performance to address modern market realities. Created through the merger of two industry-leading companies – INC Research and inVentiv Health – we bring together approximately 24,000 clinical and commercial minds with the ability to support customers in more than 110 countries.

Corporate Counsel


Syneos Health is looking for a dynamic attorney to join our Office of General Counsel (OGC) in New York City. The successful candidate will provide general legal support and advice to our commercial solutions business. You will lead complex client negotiations and counsel internal stakeholders across the commercial business (and around the world). This role will also interact closely with colleagues throughout the Company’s legal and compliance functions in order to support the development of new products, services, and partnerships.



  • Identifies and mitigates risks and proposes alternative structures regarding the Company’s commercial transactions.

  • Drafts, reviews, and provides advice and counsel regarding contracts between the Company and customers.

  • Develops standard form contracts, contracting processes, and policies on legal issues affecting the Company’s commercial business units.

  • Provides training and education to the Company’s business units regarding legal updates, best practices, and risk mitigation.

  • Supports internal legal team regarding corporate due diligence.

  • Supports junior team members by reviewing escalated contracting issues.

  • Supports the commercial business as it relates to key client accounts.

  • Provide general advice and counsel on technology and intellectual property-related transactions with a focus on software, SAAS, maintenance and support, web hosting; data and content licensing; outsourcing implementation transactions; data usage agreements; counseling on digital strategy concerns including open source licensing, data security, data use and privacy issues (including CCPA, GDPR, GLBA and cross-border data privacy issues); hosting, cloud computing and software services agreements; internet exchanges and marketplaces; internet advertising and sponsorship agreements
  • Develop, document and implement contractual protections, processes, and policies to effect compliance with the evolving legal and regulatory environment.
  • Instruct, manage and work with external counsel and consultants.
  • Opportunity to work with subject matter expert lawyers regarding the structuring, negotiation, and execution of complex transactions. 
  • Partner with stakeholder teams to ensure agreements are consistent with applicable legal requirements, internal corporate policies, and processes.
  • Develop streamlined, organized and efficient policies and procedures for contracts, including establishing playbooks, and template language.

  • Manage processes and workflows governing the intake, review, and approval of contract requests.

  • Manage workload and metrics, driving turnaround times with high quality work product.

  • Provide pragmatic day-to-day and strategic advice to minimize legal risks while advancing goals and initiatives.

  • Identify training needs within the business and develop and present training sessions on relevant transactional issues and processes.
  • Manage external counsel within specified budgetary limits and in line with business and legal management’s expectations.  
  • Must be able to work under tight deadlines and interact with lawyers and business teams globally.

  • Perform other work-related duties as assigned. Travel may be required (up to 25%). 




  • Judgment: Demonstrates expertise and sound judgment, understands how assigned responsibilities support Syneos Health’s business objectives, and is able to provide practical, risk-balanced advice based upon a thorough understanding of the scope of an issue, taking full advantage of internal networks and external intelligence. Ability to promote company objectives while also applying the law with the highest ethical standards.

  • Collaboration: Works with others to gain a firm understanding of available legal, functional, and business resources, integrates information from a number of sources, capably navigates a matrixed environment and works well in a team in order to achieve optimal business results.

  • AnticipationAnticipates changes in law, enforcement, and/or business objectives, develops contingency plans, and adapts approach as necessary to manage risks effectively and mitigate issues before they arise.

  • Influencing SkillsBuilds strong relationships with business partners to tactfully influence and gain their support to drive desired outcomes. Represents Syneos Health externally to customers, suppliers, and competitors. Resolves or avoids legal issues using negotiation skills and legal expertise.




  • Completion of law school with a J.D. or L.L.B. degree and admission to the bar and in good standing in at least one jurisdiction in the United States required.

  • 3+ years of experience in private practice or in-house capacity (or a combination thereof) with exposure to commercial contracts, preferably in the life sciences sector.

  • Experience counseling organizations and assisting in developing strategic solutions, with a track record of building business relationships and gaining the trust of internal clients.

  • Strong negotiation skills and excellent interpersonal skills.

  • Familiarity with clinical research organizations and/or the pharmaceutical industry is strongly preferred.

  • Ability to understand complex contractual issues, assess risk, and provide business-focused advice.

  • Experience handling multiple projects in a fast-paced environment, with a high degree of client service orientation, and performing successfully in cross-functional teams.

  • Able to independently handle complex matters with minimal supervision. Understands when to escalate issues to senior management for awareness or decision.

  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, strategic thinking, communication and organizational skills.

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    Tasks, duties, and responsibilities as listed in this job description are not exhaustive.  The Company, at its sole discretion and with no prior notice, may assign other tasks, duties, and job responsibilities.  Equivalent experience, skills, and/or education will also be considered so qualifications of incumbents may differ from those listed in the Job Description.  The Company, at its sole discretion, will determine what constitutes as equivalent to the qualifications described above.   Further, nothing contained herein should be construed to create an employment contract.  Occasionally, required skills/experiences for jobs are expressed in brief terms.  Any language contained herein is intended to fully comply with all obligations imposed by the legislation of each country in which it operates, including the implementation of the EU Equality Directive, in relation to the recruitment and employment of its employees.


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