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Senior Director, Legal



Legal, Sales & Business Development
Foster City, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, May 24, 2024

We’re a well-funded start-up. You’ll get a chance to wear many hats, be a part of a growing team, and have the potential for exciting financial and career growth.

Here’s what sets us apart. We’ve set our sights on some of the biggest challenges facing biology today. We’re amassing a world class team of engineers, scientists, team builders and problem solvers to tackle these challenges heads-on. We’re passionate about developing the next generation technologies that will unravel the complexities of biology.

This is a unique opportunity to build, be part of an exciting start-up and be surrounded by good humans who are super capable, humble and down-to- earth.

We are looking for a strong generalist with broad legal expertise to support multiple aspects of the company including commercial, operations, contracts, employment, licensing and collaborations. You will be responsible for developing effective legal strategies that contribute to the long-term success and competitive advantage of our company. This is a new role that will help contribute to the long-term success and competitive advantage of our company.

Essential Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Partner with leadership, team members and other stakeholders across the company to address legal matters related to the business, employment, etc.
  • Draft, maintain and review a spectrum of corporate, commercial, and supplier agreements including but not limited to: CDAs/NDAs; MTAs; service agreements (both providing & receiving services); consulting agreements; supply agreements; instrument/method evaluation agreements; terms & conditions of sale; employee agreements; patent licensing; etc.
  • Draft and maintain legal document templates and policies.
  • Anticipate and analyze legal issues or risks and propose creative and effective solutions to address those risks.
  • Negotiate and/or counsel management or staff in their negotiations with agreements with outside parties.
  • Manage outside counsel relationships and external partners as needed.
  • Ability to travel up to 15% of working time away from work location, may include overnight/weekend travel at times.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctorate/United States law degree and current bar admission in California.
  • 10+ years of combined experience in law firms and in-house legal departments, preferably within the biotechnology, life sciences tools, or medical devices industries.
  • In-depth expertise in commercial law.
  • Demonstrated success in efficiently resolving complex business issues by collaborating effectively across business units and internal functions.
  • Practical yet creative problem-solving approach, prioritizing business needs while safeguarding the company's interests with sound and practical business judgment.
  • Proactive, dynamic, and results-driven self-starter with strong attention to detail.
  • Familiarity with working globally, supporting multiple time zones and cultures.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, with a strong ability to collaborate and communicate effectively across all departments in the organization, demonstrating a highly responsive and service-oriented attitude.

The estimated base salary range for this position is $196,000 - $314,000/year. Within the range, individual pay is determined by work location and additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training.

What you can expect from us:

You’ll feel the energy when you walk in our door – we work hard, we have fun and we have ambitious plans to grow. Cellanome offers a comprehensive employment package that includes a competitive salary, generous stock options, great individual, and family health plans, a 401(k) and flexibility to balance work and life.

We embrace and celebrate the diversity of our employees. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, national origin, gender, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital or parental status, disability, veteran status, or other class protected by applicable law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.