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Senior Corporate Counsel

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Location: Durham, United States
Position Type: Unfixed Term
Job Function: Legal & Intellectual Property

A family-owned company, bioMérieux has grown to become a world leader in the field of in vitro diagnostics. For almost 60 years and across the world, we have imagined and developed innovative diagnostics solutions to improve public health. Today, our teams are spread across 44 countries and serve 160 countries with the support of a large distribution network. This includes our SLC site, formerly known as BioFire Diagnostics.



The bioMérieux Legal Department is a dynamic team engaged in a wide variety of projects at many levels of the organization.  The Senior Corporate Counsel position is an integral part of that environment where practicality, communication and collegiality are necessary components.


Core Responsibilities:

The Senior Corporate Counsel position will report to the VP and General Counsel, North America, and will be expected to provide a broad range of legal analysis, services, support and counsel, primarily in the areas of commercial contracts in addition to other general corporate and compliance matters, including:


  • Drafting, negotiating and advising on a wide range of transactional matters, with a primary focus on supporting of the Purchasing Department (i.e. supply of direct and indirect goods and services, including professional services agreements, SaaS and technology licensing agreements, and confidentiality agreements);
  • Partnering with Purchasing Department to support designated business partners, understanding operations and procurement needs, and assisting in establishment and maintenance of supplier relationships;
  • Partnering with the Clinical Affairs Department to support ongoing clinical trials, operations and needs;
  • Involvement with business development and M&A activities, including due diligence, maintenance of legal databases and handling document control matters;
  • Supporting administration of corporate governance matters for bioMérieux, Inc. and other bioMérieux corporate entities in the Americas region;
  • Advising on the interpretation of legal documents and applicable laws and regulations in a manner that provides practical legal advice while properly managing risk to the organization;
  • Leading special projects as assigned and participating in cross-functional teams and committees while demonstrating leadership ability to colleagues and business partners;
  • Working closely with other members in the Legal Department to ensure consistency in approach across areas of the overall business and providing support for areas outside of his/her primary areas of responsibility as needed (including some exposure to compliance, employment, import/export, FCPA, regulatory, bankruptcy, real estate, environmental, etc.);
  • Staying abreast of and advising on changes in laws/regulations and industry trends affecting bioMérieux and its business, and assisting with development of policies and training as needed;
  • Exposure to and a general understanding of intellectual property law and concepts, including licenses and technology issues;
  • Management of outside counsel.


Key Factors for Success:

  • Team Player & Contributor:Build strong relationships with business partners to tactfully influence and gain their support to drive desired outcomes.  Bring with you an ability to independently and effectively manage a substantial workload in cooperation with and support other attorneys on a wide range of time-sensitive legal matters. Must demonstrate professionalism, confidence, and ability to strike a balance between ambition and humility.
  • Innovative: Holistic, big picture thinker, who anticipates changes in the law, enforcement, and/or business objectives and adapts approach as necessary to manage risks effectively and mitigate issues before they arise.
  • Solutions Oriented: Strategic legal thinking and capability of arriving at practical legal solutions. Demonstrate expertise and sound judgment, understand how assigned responsibilities support bioMérieux’s business objectives, and provide practical, risk-balanced advice based upon a thorough understanding of the scope of an issue, taking full advantage of internal networks and external intelligence.


Required Qualifications and Skills:

  • Law degree (JD) and admission (in good standing) to a state bar.
  • Strong academic record and excellent organization, communication and writing skills.
  • 10 - 15 years of law firm and/or corporate legal experience.
  • Ability to independently and effectively manage a substantial workload in cooperation with and support of other attorneys on a variety of time-sensitive legal matters.
  • Professionalism, confidence and ability to strike a balance between ambition and humility. Flexible ‘can do' approach.
  • Excellent communication skills and credibility so as to interact effectively and influence management at all levels.
  • Strategic legal thinking and capability of arriving at practical legal solutions.
  • Exposure to and a general understanding of data privacy law, trends and concepts, including HIPAA and GDPR issues;
  • Commercially-minded and solution-oriented with an ability to analyze legal situations, understand the facts and the client’s business position and efficiently assimilate information from a variety of sources.
  • Genuine desire to work in a global business environment that involves broad cultural variety, with a high level of enthusiasm for diversity of work.
  • Prior experience in the healthcare device industry and/or software industry is a plus but not essential.
  • Some travel required (less than 25%)


BioMérieux Inc. and its affiliates are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Please be advised that the receipt of satisfactory responses to reference requests and the provision of satisfactory proof of an applicant’s identity and legal authorization to work in the United States are required of all new hires. Any misrepresentation, falsification, or material omission may result in the failure to receive an offer, the retraction of an offer, or if already hired, dismissal. If you are a qualified individual with a disability, you may request a reasonable accommodation in BioMérieux’s or its affiliates’ application process by contacting us via telephone at (385) 770-1132, by email at [email protected], or by dialing 711 for access to Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS).

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