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Corporate Counsel

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ArQule, Inc

Burlington, MA

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ArQule, Inc. is seeking an attorney with experience representing public biotechnology or pharmaceutical companies to join its Legal Department. Reporting directly to the President and COO, this role will handle a broad spectrum of legal issues related to pharmaceutical research and development, including responsibility for public company SEC reporting activities and general corporate matters, including contract negotiation, licensing, intellectual property and corporate governance.


Work across all business departments to meet corporate objectives

Implement and manage best practices to enhance and protect ArQule’s intellectual property

Manage outside counsel within scope and budget

Draft, review, negotiate and interpret a wide range of agreements, including clinical trial agreements, sponsored research agreements, master service agreements, licensing and research collaborations, and other strategic agreements for drug development

Interact with external counsels, advisors, external vendors and business partners

Handle corporate governance and SEC reporting matters

Work collaboratively with internal clients by clearly and effectively rendering practical and timely advice on legal issues/concepts

Keeping informed of new laws, regulations, and industry trends affecting the organization, and assisting with development of policies and training as needed

Experience, Education and Specialized Knowledge and Skills

Must thrive working in a fast-paced, innovative environment while remaining flexible, proactive, resourceful and efficient, and maintaining high quality and high standards. Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to develop important relationships with key stakeholders, good conflict management and negotiation skills, ability to analyze complex issues to develop relevant and realistic plans, programs and recommendations. Strong contract drafting and writing skills. Excellent analytical skills and an ability to communicate complex issues in a simple way and to orchestrate plans to resolve issues and mitigate risks.

Law Degree from a nationally recognized law school and member of a state bar.

3+ years’ experience in legal practice (with a combination of large law firm and in-house experience strongly valued).

Experience working as in-house counsel or external counsel in the biotech/pharmaceutical/life sciences industry responsible for providing legal advice on a broad set of general corporate matters.

Significant experience working on corporate governance and SEC reporting matters

Excellent organizational and planning skills and the capacity to simultaneously handle a variety of complex matters.

Strong demonstrated experience drafting and negotiating contracts.

Well-organized and hardworking, with the ability to manage numerous projects simultaneously under deadline pressure.

Ability to form strong working relationships with other employees and partners while maintaining firm adherence to proper legal standards.

Sound business judgment and strategic thinking. Flexibility and an interest in working on a broad variety of legal matters.

Experience working with all levels of management and consulting with key business stakeholders. An ability to influence for greater outcomes.

Strong team player that has a customer service approach and is solution oriented.

Attention to detail and the ability to work individually, within a multi-disciplinary team, as well as with external partners and vendors.

Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Demonstrated negotiation and conflict resolution skills

Strong sense of integrity and appreciation for confidential issues

Excellent business acumen

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Job Type: Full-time

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ArQule, Inc

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