Job Description

Job title: Global Services Legal - Senior Counsel Life Sciences

Career level: 6 – Senior Manager

Location: Dublin

 

Job description


Organization: Corporate Functions/Legal 

 

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions — underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network — Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With 469,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

People in the Corporate Function career track contribute to the running of Accenture as a high- performance business through specialization within a specific functional area, and grow into internally focused roles by deepening their skills and/or developing new skills within an internal functional area.

The Global Services Legal team is seeking to appoint senior counsel with 8+ years legal experience to act as the Senior Services Counsel - Life Sciences.  In-house and private practice candidates will all be considered, but experience of working with international teams in support of a global business is a pre-requisite.  A background in science or technology would be an advantage.  

The role is broad and covers not only medical law, but also requires awareness in areas such as bioethics and human rights, information law and intellectual property in support of healthcare, (including health systems, and hospitals and clinics, health insurers and retail pharmacies), medical device, pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients. Due to the size of the revenues involved, an understanding of the U.S. health system would be an advantage.

You will report into the Global Legal Lead – Health & Life Sciences,  as part of the Global Services Legal Team, whose mission is to drive sustainable business growth for Accenture by providing deep expertise at the intersection of business strategy, industry and technology services in the development and ongoing support of client offerings in a highly dynamic environment. Accenture’s Services are:

Strategy & Consulting is the home of our Strategy practitioners, industry and functional expertise, data insight and design, which is where the Health & Life Sciences Global Network sits.

Interactive is a new breed of agency designed from the ground up to empower clients to own Experience, through customer-centered service design and innovation, from start to finish.  

Technology anticipates future trends and brings our solutions to clients.

Operations provides business process services to drive business and financial outcomes for clients.


Life Sciences


Life Sciences is a key industry network within Strategy & Consulting and plays a critical role in Accenture’s overall strategy.  You will act as a trusted advisor to senior Business leadership dedicated to the Life Sciences organization, collaborating with senior stakeholders across the Business, across Legal and other Corporate Functions.

You will:

Provide input into, and shape strategic decisions, which impact Accenture’s Go to Market approach for the Life Sciences Global Industry networks, including conducting portfolio level risk reviews and developing risk mitigation strategies (contractual, operational and technical) across multiple jurisdictions;

Help Accenture to capitalize on scientific breakthroughs and innovations;

Work closely with management advisers, research and academic institutes, pharma-economic and medical experts and leaders in scientific thought;

Support complex licensing, distribution, development and manufacturing arrangements, from research and development to manufacturing, protection of intellectual property and patients’ confidentiality and consent;

Lead cross-functional project teams (internal and external counsel) on complex, nuanced initiatives to produce high quality outcomes;

Play a key role in escalations and Accenture’s overall governance and risk management policies & processes;

Develop and roll out training to increase the industry acumen of Legal, and Sales & Delivery teams; and

Utilize excellent networking and collaboration skills to cascade insights to the wider Legal organization.


Responsibilities

  • Shape Offerings & Solutions: Conduct assessments and provide recommendations and tools that mitigate risks while helping shape innovative commercial models in compliance with government frameworks, policies and processes and internal policies;
  • Regulatory Compliance: Work with Accenture’s regulatory and compliance counsel to synthesize and apply regulatory and compliance advice, including future-looking projections of any anticipated regulatory changes potentially impacting the Business; 
  • Client Opportunity: Provide contracting tools such as guidance and templates to Business and Legal teams to enable their day-to-day contracting. You will support relevant approvals and escalations; 
  • Problem Projects & Delivery Issues: Support the Accenture Quality & Risk organization, litigation team and Business in the development of remediation strategies;
  • Responsible Business: Work with other teams and participate in initiatives to create frameworks related to cutting edge, cross-industry topics that address technology, ethics, human rights, legal and societal issues;
  • Thought Leadership: Collaborate with Business and Legal in shaping commercial and regulatory environments through support of thought leadership activities; 
  • V&A: Support Accenture’s Ventures & Acquisitions Business and Legal leadership in evaluating prospective acquisition targets, development of PMI strategy and divestiture activity;
  • Strategic Alliance & Partnerships: Shape new third-party strategic alliances and partnerships, including capability sourcing via vendor and resale/agency transactions; and
  • Business Operations Projects: Adjusting Accenture policies and procedures to accommodate requirements of the Business.


Qualifications

Basic Qualification 

  • JD degree or equivalent degree or legal qualification. 
  • 8+ years legal experience of relevant attorney work (some of which will have been gained at a leading law firm) with deep industry expertise and extensive knowledge of FDA and global regulation impacting the provision and receipt of services to Health and Life Sciences services client

 

Preferred Skills and Qualifications:  

  • Admitted to the bar or local equivalent and in good standing or otherwise authorized to practice law. A Common Law qualification is preferred. 
  • Understanding of trends impacting provision of Health and Life Sciences services/products and clinical trials, including; digital tools, use of data and new technologies;
  • Strong commercial, IP/IT and data protection experience and broad legal knowledge (e.g. spanning employment, litigation, corporate law and governance);
  • Experience in advising on the development and launch of new technology products, from ideation through to go to market;
  • Risk analysis, appreciation and management;
  • Extensive experience of analysis and synthesis of complex facts and situations to achieve outcomes;
  • Developing trusted relationships with senior Business leaders, particularly for functions that have not worked extensively with legal;
  • Strong program management and pathfinding skills, leading diverse teams to achieve defined outcomes;
  • Deal shaping and innovative commercial modelling expertise;
  • Ability to influence and manage multiple stakeholders and other parts of Legal to drive successful results; and
  • Co-ordinating and overseeing the activities of external counsel and managing legal budget

 

You will be: 

  • Resilient, demonstrating comfort adapting to new circumstances in a dynamic and demanding workplace;
  • Self-motivated, enjoy working hard and being continually challenged;
  • Comfortable with ambiguity;
  • Pragmatic and client-focused - enjoying talking to colleagues, understanding their requirements and helping problem solve to balance risk with commercial considerations;
  • Emotionally intelligent, able to deal with people from different countries, cultures and backgrounds and with varying skill sets. You will need to be able to understand different viewpoints, motivations and thought processes to attain a legally appropriate business solution; 
  • A team-player, but able to work independently and unsupervised;
  • Interested in technology solutions; 
  • Have exceptional organizational and communication skills; and
  • Willing to work global hours where necessary and to travel occasionally 

About Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions — underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network — Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With 505,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

 

Please note that Accenture is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of society and does not discriminate on grounds of race, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin, disability, age, citizenship, marital, domestic or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

All employment decisions shall be made without regard to age, race, creed, colour, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status or any other basis as applicable by law.

Job candidates will not be obligated to disclose sealed or expunged records of conviction or arrest as part of the hiring process.

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