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Job Details

Senior Counsel

Company name
Kite Pharma, Inc.

6 yrs required

Santa Monica, CA, United States

Employment Type


Posted on
May 22, 2020

Valid Through
Sep 04, 2020


Senior Counsel

Duties: Drafting and negotiating contracts and other legal documents in support of a broad range of client groups which may include Corporate Development, Alliance Management, Commercial Operations, Finance, R&D, Manufacturing and Tech Ops and Medical Affairs; providing legal support for the company’s existing collaborations and partnerships, including strategic investments and joint ventures; drafting and negotiating agreements for complex business transactions; providing senior management with effective advice on legal issues and risks, company business strategies, and their implementation; and) working collaboratively with the senior leaders and client groups at Kite, Gilead (Kite’s parent company), and Gilead’s affiliates and subsidiaries around the globe. Draft and negotiate stock purchase agreements, investor rights agreements and other agreements ancillary to investments in private companies alone or in collaboration with more senior attorneys in the Kite corporate legal group or outside counsel, depending on the transaction. Draft and negotiate complex licensing agreements, partnering agreements and asset purchase agreements alone or in collaboration with more senior attorneys in the Kite corporate legal group or outside counsel, depending on the transaction. Draft and negotiate a wide range of contracts typical for the life sciences industry, including simple license agreements, funded research agreements, development and supply agreements and various vendor services agreements. Serve as in-house lead for M&A transactions, coordinating with internal stakeholders, outside counsel and advisors and opposing counsel. Provide legal advice and support for existing alliances and partnerships. Advise internal client groups and senior management on contract interpretation, dispute resolution, IP ownership, product registration, legal issues related to the development, marketing and distribution of pharmaceutical products, corporate governance and other legal risks. Advise junior attorneys and contract specialists on the preparation, negotiation and execution of more routine documents and agreements. Work with the Corporate Development team and other departments within the company to conduct and coordinate due diligence efforts with strategic investments, licensing and M&A transactions. Assist with the development of policies and procedures, and standard template language to be used in contracts. Willingness and ability to work with and coordinate activities across a large number of individuals across various departments in a rapidly expanding company, not only within Kite’s headquarters in Santa Monica, but also at Kite’s parent company’s headquarters in Foster City, CA, and throughout the company’s domestic and international affiliates in Europe and Asia. Appropriately triage a heavy workflow, setting appropriate priorities with clients and delivering results efficiently. Ability to think creatively, devise solutions to challenging problems and effectively drive issues to closure. Exercise mature and reliable judgment while enjoying the company’s enthusiastic, informal and fast-paced environment. Mentor and train junior attorneys and contract specialists in the corporate legal group. Effectively collaborate with and manage outside counsel. Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Additional Information

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Company info

Kite Pharma, Inc.
2225 Colorado Avenue
Santa Monica
United States 90404
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