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Senior Corporate Counsel, Litigation and Investigations

Bridgewater, New Jersey

Sanofi US' Bridgewater, NJ office location offers direct access to Somserset County's rich culture and diverse attractions. You can immerse yourself in art, explore history, and find fun entertainment and recreation all in one location. Sanofi US is proud to be a part of the Somerset County business community, which has so much to offer employees.

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Responsibilities

Reporting to an Assistant General Counsel, the Senior Corporate Counsel will be responsible for managing litigation, internal investigations, government inquiries and claims involving a variety of Sanofi U.S. practice areas.  The position requires effective and efficient management of litigation and investigations, with an emphasis on favorable results while managing costs.  

The person filling this position must have knowledge of the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, must be an effective communicator, and have the ability to work with colleagues in Legal and diverse functional and operational areas throughout the company (such as HR, Finance, Pharm Ops., Business Development, IA, IS, etc.). The person filling this position must have the ability to analyze complex situations, develop and communicate plans of action and carry them out. The person filling this position may also provide advice and counsel on business issues and the legal implications of those issues.                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Role Responsibilities:
The specific Role Responsibilities of the NA Litigation & Investigations Senior Corporate Counsel include:

  • Support of a diverse caseload, including development of action plans and communication of issues, status, case developments, and litigation risks. Case load will include handling government and internal investigations, government subpoenas, regulatory/administrative proceedings, , false claims act (“qui tam”) litigation,, class action litigation, and general commercial litigation
  • Conduct and document Internal Investigations relating to potential violations of company compliance policies/SOPs or law
  • Supervise the collection and production of documents during discovery of pending litigation and in response to subpoenas, preserving all privileges.
  • Effectively work with outside counsel to determine case strategy, spearhead discovery efforts through collaboration with the business and IS colleagues, manage outside counsel spend
  • Analyze complex situations; develop, communicate, and carry out plans of action
  • Maintain detailed knowledge of the legal and regulatory environmental and current developments in those areas, and proactively apply that knowledge to matters
  • Develop trust and instill confidence in senior management; advise management of significant case developments and risk area, and recommend strategy accordingly
  • Resolve disputes with other companies or individuals through negotiation or mediation with or without the involvement of outside counsel
  • Lead and participate in cross-functional teams throughout the Company, including providing direction to employees in other functional areas with which there is no reporting relationship
  • Devise novel solutions to problems and execute
  • Demonstrate Sanofi values and commitment to compliance on a consistent basis
  • Perform other duties as requested

Management Responsibility:

  • The position has indirect managerial oversight of mid-level legal professionals, and must be able to lead and participate in cross-functional teams throughout the company, including providing direction to employees in other functional areas with which there is no reporting relationship.
  • This position manages the performance of outside counsel.
  • The position does not have budgetary responsibility. 


Qualifications:

Education:

  • J.D. degree from an accredited law school is required
  • Admission to at least one State Bar is required

Experience:

  • A minimum of 10 years of litigation and/or government investigation  experience working in a law firm or in-house legal department is required
  • Substantial healthcare and/or pharmaceutical industry experience is required
  • Working on matters involving claims under the False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Statute is preferred
  • Strong academic credentials
  • Other regulatory, compliance or business experience
  • Significant experience with complex litigation is required
  • Knowledge of pharmaceutical compliance environment and FDA requirements is strongly preferred
  • Experience and expertise in conducting internal and/or government investigations is strongly preferred
  • Experience working independently and effectively with cross-functional groups, such as Legal, Compliance, Regulatory, Medical and Commercial while maintaining strict compliance with relevant laws, regulations and policies
  • Computer proficiency required
  • Project management experience, or skills are desirable
  • •    Position will require sporadic travel, based on case-load

Professional Skills:

  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and to consistently exercise seasoned and sound judgment
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Ability to develop, present and follow-through on innovative solutions
  • Extensive knowledge of regulations and laws affecting the pharmaceutical/healthcare industry
  • Maintains the highest standards of ethics and integrity and respects confidentiality of sensitive matters
  • Must be a team player; ability to develop and utilize collaborative relationships with cross-functional teams
  • Able to handle multiple responsibilities simultaneously and still meet high quality and timeliness standards
  • Courage to deliver factually accurate findings
  • Ability to identify risks and creatively find solutions
  • Handle tasks efficiently under pressure when circumstances dictate a sense of urgency
  • Build a sense of trust that encourages employees to report suspect activities and assures them that issues are dealt with appropriately
  • Ability to streamline complex factual scenarios in order to identify relevant issues


Sanofi Inc. and its U.S. affiliates are Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employers committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; nationality; marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; sex, gender, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status or liability for military status; domestic violence victim status; atypical cellular or blood trait; genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other characteristic protected by law. #GD-SA; #LI-SA

At Sanofi diversity and inclusion is foundational to how we operate and embedded in our Core Values. We recognize to truly tap into the richness diversity brings we must lead with inclusion and have a workplace where those differences can thrive and be leveraged to empower the lives of our colleagues, patients and customers. We respect and celebrate the diversity of our people, their backgrounds and experiences and provide equal opportunity for all.

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