US Legal Counsel

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OPEN Health Legal & Compliance

About the role:

This is a new role in the Open Health Group. The US Legal Counsel will be accountable for providing professional-level support across all legal and relevant compliance aspects of OPEN Health’s North American practices and subsidiaries, working closely, and in partnership with the central legal team, based in the UK (the “Central Legal Team”).

This individual will efficiently ensure business processes and transactions follow relevant US legal and internal guidelines, and will work to harmonize processes and policies of the North American businesses to bring them in line with the spirit and intent of the OPEN Health core values, policies, processes and procedures, as well as ensure compliance with US laws, regulations and codes of practice.

Whilst the role is required to support OPEN Health’s North American business, your geographical location is of lesser importance, provided that core US opening hours are covered and the OPEN Health Group have the geographical, operational and managerial infrastructure in place to support appropriately.

You will love this role if you:

  • You are a qualified US Attorney and have passed a US based state Bar Examination, and are living in the UK or EU, and/or have plans to return to the US in the future
  • Enjoy liaising with people
  • Like to solve problems
  • Are highly organized
  • Enjoy implementing new systems and processes
  • Like to work and plan independently
  • Are self-motivated and like to over-deliver

You will be a success if you:

  • Enjoy training and guiding non legally trained colleagues
  • Want to be part of, and help to shape a rapidly growing business with ambitious plans for future expansion

As part of the OPEN Health Legal & Compliance team, you’ll be responsible for the following activities:

  • Support of all day to day US-based legal and contracting issues, covering core US working hours
  • Working with the Group Legal Counsel and the Head of Risk, Compliance and Privacy and other key senior management to implement and manage an effective US legal & compliance program including developing and manage policy guidelines and standard operating procedures that will build or modify business capabilities, behaviours, structures, and processes
  • Negotiating, reviewing and amending contracts with clients and suppliers within the OPEN Health Group’s agreed risk appetite
  • Increasing internal efficiencies by developing and reviewing company policies with the knowledge of industry standards and all applicable US federal, state, and local law and regulation affecting the OPEN Health North American businesses
  • Overseeing legal compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws for employees and freelancers
  • Assessing and quantifying legal risk and litigation avoidance to provide strategic options for company operating and business decisions
  • Making recommendations for change in policies and procedures as required
  • Providing accurate and timely counsel to OPEN Health senior management team on a variety of matters including commercial, corporate, company secretarial, intellectual property, IT, data privacy, employment and real estate law as required, towards the achievement of its established goals
  • Instructing, liaising and managing external lawyers and other professionals on legal matters where the needs of the business require expert external advice in an efficient manner
  • Cost control of external lawyers and other professionals
  • Briefing the Central Legal Team & senior management team on legal matters for review in advance of meetings of the board and present to senior management on legal and compliance matters affecting the US businesses and staff
  • Drafting and implementing improvements to contract templates and the contract management processes in partnership with the Central Legal Team
  • Contributing to the development of US applicable safety practices and data privacy procedures and oversee compliance in partnership with the Central Legal Team
  • Staying apprised of and advise relevant management of new laws and regulations or when changes have been made in the US
  • Delivering such training on legal & compliance processes and issues to the OPEN Health Group & its business practices as considered desirable from time to time
  • Responsibility for generation and filing of own electronic filing, implementing own general office administration processes, including time recording of activities
  • Following standard operating procedures and internal policies and processes
  • Developing and maintaining a good working relationship with clients and internal colleagues, serving as an ambassador to promote the Group’s high quality and ethical image
  • Performing any other duties as assigned by the Central Legal Team or management as are deemed appropriate
  • Supporting colleagues in the Central Legal Team as necessary to help them meet departmental objectives and responsibilities, being a good team player at all times
  • Occasional travel may be required from time to time

What you’ll bring:

Required experience and qualifications:

  • 2 - 5 years of experience in contract and commercial law and associated risk management, preferably with experience of an in-house environment. A background in the pharmaceutical sector a significant plus
  • Good knowledge of general compliance and regulations requirements
  • BA/BSc law and/or JD Post-graduate law degree
  • High level of IT proficiency (MS Office 365)
  • Excellent written & spoken English
  • Demonstrable ability to establish a sensible and practical balance between legal risks and the need to do business
  • Demonstrable project and process management skills, with a deadline-driven mindset and approach
  • Demonstrable ability to effectively thrive in a fluid, fast-changing environment as part of a team
  • Exercise excellent judgment, attention to detail and ability to handle sensitive and confidential information

What we offer:

At OPEN Health, we are entirely dependent upon our people. They are the basis of every contract we win, every service we provide and every project we deliver. As a result, we are always on the lookout for the brightest, most enthusiastic, creative and ambitious individuals to join our teams. We work hard to create friendly and collaborative workplaces; to provide fascinating professional challenges and amazing opportunities.

We have an extensive benefits package that includes:

  • A total of 29 days holidays – 25 plus an additional 3 at Christmas shutdown and your birthday off
  • Flexible start and finish times around core office hours
  • 4 pm Friday finish
  • A training platform that provides access to self-paced and face-to-face learning & development
  • Group Income Protection
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Life Assurance
  • Enhanced parental leave
  • Casual dress code
  • Active CSR community supporting a range of worthwhile causes

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About OPEN Health

OPEN Health is a family of expert practices, working in partnership to drive positive change in healthcare communications & market access.

Currently, we are a group of around 500 people, operating across a wide range of disciplines. We work with almost all of the world’s top 40 pharmaceutical companies, as well as with many device, diagnostic and healthcare delivery organisations, from small start-ups to major multinationals at a UK, regional and global level.

Through our ‘no walls’ approach to collaboration, OPEN Health can bring together the most appropriate team to develop and deliver the best possible solutions for our clients.

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If you're interested in this position, please click the link below to apply. If you have any questions, please email us at talentteam@openhealthgroup.com, or call the Talent Team on 01628 481112.

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