BAVARIAN NORDIC – Senior Legal Counsel

Job Description

To join the journey of becoming one of the largest pure-play vaccine companies in the world BN is now looking to fill a position as Senior Legal Counsel in its Legal Team in the Legal, Compliance & IP Department. As Senior Legal Counsel you will become part of a global and fully integrated vaccine company committed to improving and saving lives through innovative vaccines.

The key focus of the role is to provide high-quality legal advice in a range of commercial matters, e.g. relating to a wide range of commercial contracts, and you will additionally be responsible for managing the group’s insurance activities and liaising with business representatives, reporting to management, and instructing BN’s external insurance broker in relation to many of these activities.   

If you have a strong commercial law background and an interest in working in a successful growth company characterized by constant change and a diverse range of challenges, this might be the position for you.

BN believes in the power of the team, and you will be part of a global team of more than 1600 dedicated professionals with diverse backgrounds and viewpoints who are bound together by their commitment to protect lives every day. BN believes in creating an inclusive and flexible workplace with a strong focus on personal and professional development “because we need each other to take things further”.

Legal team

The Legal, Compliance & IP Department is led from Denmark with additional team members located in the US and Germany. The total team consists of 16 professionals divided into 3 main teams; Legal, Compliance & IP. The Legal, Compliance, and IP teams are each led by a functional manager, who reports to the General Counsel, Christian Vilstrup. You will be joining the Legal Team presently consisting of a Senior Legal Counsel and a Legal Counsel who report to Legal Director Troels Winkelmann. The Legal Team handles Bavarian Nordic’s legal, contractual, and corporate matters as well as insurance matters on a global scale. Core compliance and IP matters are handled out of the Compliance & IP Teams.

The Legal & Compliance Teams are based in Bavarian Nordic’s headquarters in Hellerup together with management and most other corporate functions (approx. 150 persons).

Areas of Responsibilities

As Senior Legal Counsel at Bavarian Nordic, you can expect to work closely with the entire business and provide legal advice in many different types of matters. Some of your main responsibilities will include:

  • Drafting, reviewing, and negotiating a wide range of commercial and other types of contracts, e.g. distribution agreements, wholesaler agreements, tender contracts, service agreements, consultancy agreements, R&D agreements, clinical trial agreements, CDMO agreements, various commercial and other types of contracts
  • Managing the BN group’s insurance activities, including maintaining an appropriate insurance portfolio and setup, and handling various day-to-day and ad hoc insurance matters, all in collaboration with BN’s external insurance broker, e.g.:
  • Reviewing and commenting on Insurance Policy/Philosophy & Stewardship Report and revision of wording of insurance policies.
  • Ensuring proper insurance coverage concerning one-off activities such as construction work, certain third-party vendors with high risk, business interruption risks, M&A, etc., and addressing claims concerning insurances.
  • Liaising with BN’s other corporate functions and reporting to management about insurance matters.

In addition, you will also:

  • Advise BN’s global business units and corporate functions on day-to-day and ad hoc legal matters in the commercial legal area.
  • Provide legal advice and support and negotiate key contracts in connection with business development (M&A), partnerships, and licensing activities.
  • Together with the rest of the legal team support the organization with ad hoc legal support in other legal areas, e.g. corporate law, incentive programs, stock exchange law, real estate law, and HR law (in cooperation with external legal counsel where required).

Reporting and Title

Reporting to: You will report to Legal Director Troels Winkelmann and have close collaboration with the rest of the Legal Department as well as other internal and external stakeholders.

Title: Senior Legal Counsel.

Ideal Experience

Education: Master of laws degree (cand.jur. or cand.merc.jur.).

Work experience: Minimum7 years of post-graduate work experience preferably from the pharmaceutical industry or a law firm.

Legal specialization: You have strong experience drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts and ideally also experience with insurance matters.

Pharma industry: Practical experience in the pharma industry either as an in-house lawyer or external advisor in a law firm is an advantage.

International: Experience with working in an international environment and proficiency in English as this is the language in which BN communicates, internally as well as externally.

Personal Capabilities

Collaboration: Good ability to cooperate and establish relationships with different levels in a company, including senior management level.

Communication: Clear communicator with the ability to keep things simple and clear by finding the right balance between being detail-oriented and structured.

Commercial mindset: Effective business acumen coupled with the capability to make decisions swiftly and pragmatically.

Responsible: Willing to take responsibility, set priorities, structure workflows, juggle multiple demands, and meet deadlines.

Initiative: Comfortable with taking ownership, initiative, and driving a process.

Bavarian Nordic´s value proposition to you

BN provides the opportunity to join a highly dedicated workforce and legal team within an international company on a compelling growth journey. BN’s goal is to become one of the world’s largest pure-play vaccine companies by 2025, excelling in R&D innovation, manufacturing, and commercialization to improve and save lives.

The dynamic work environment at BN presents an exciting chance for the development of both personal and professional competencies. BN offers a competitive compensation package and considerable flexibility to accommodate both personal and professional priorities.

If you see yourself fitting the profile BN is seeking, you might be an ideal match for BN.

About Bavarian Nordic

Bavarian Nordic (“BN”) is a fully integrated vaccines company focused on the development, manufacturing, and commercialization of life-saving vaccines with a vision of becoming one of the largest pure-play vaccine companies in the world. BN is a global leader in smallpox vaccines and has been a long-term supplier to the U.S. Government of a smallpox vaccine which has been approved, among others, by the FDA, also for the protection against mpox. The company’s commercial portfolio contains market-leading vaccines against rabies and tick-borne encephalitis, and the company also has a track record of pursuing the development of innovative vaccines to treat and prevent various diseases.

For more information about BN’s business visit www.bavarian-nordic.com or follow BN on www.twitter.com/bavariannordic and www.linkedin.com/company/bavariannordic.

Application and Contact

If you recognise the profile we are looking for and find this opportunity attractive please apply here and include a resume and other relevant documentation or call Mikkel Falkenberg on tel: +45 29993065, or Camilla Krogh on tel: +45 51261264 from RESOLVA to hear more about the position.

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