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General Electric PDx Legal Counsel, EMEA (f/m/d) in Chalfont St Giles, United Kingdom

Job Description Summary

GE Healthcare is a leading global medical technology and digital solutions innovator with over 100 years of healthcare industry experience and around 50,000 employees globally. We enable clinicians to make faster, more informed decisions through intelligent devices, data analytics, applications and services, supported by our Edison intelligence platform. We operate at the center of an ecosystem working toward precision health - digitizing healthcare, helping drive productivity and improving outcomes for patients, providers, health systems and researchers around the world.

Our Pharmaceutical Diagnostics (PDx) business is the number one global supplier of contrast media and molecular imaging agents used to enhance medical imaging exams. Used throughout all major disease area diagnostic and treatment pathways, PDx products support three patients every second around the world.

The Counsel for Europe Middle East and Africa, (the Region) will have responsibility for providing legal advice on all aspects of the company’s operations and initiatives in the Region, as well as structuring and negotiating a variety of strategic commercial contracts with GE’s key customers throughout the Region, with a primary focus on GE Healthcare ’s Pharmaceutical Diagnostics business (the PDx Business). These transactions and contracts typically include a wide range of products, software, and service offerings. Acting as a business partner, the Counsel is expected to provide advice to the senior business leaders on observed opportunities and direction, as well as to advise team members on day to day legal issues. The position will report directly to PDx EMEA Lead Counsel. Though the Counsel will work primarily on matters related to Middle East and North Africa, he or she will need to be flexible and ready to work on matters relating to other sub-regions of EMEA.

Job Description

Responsibilities

  • Working with the Business’ Commercial team for the Region as a business partner to help identify opportunities to drive business forward and support growth opportunities and initiatives.

  • The Legal Counsel will coordinate with all functions through the development of winning strategies on PDx contractual agreements, identify and mitigate risks in new agreements; Ensuring contractual rigor; drafting, reviewing and negotiating strategic and commercial business agreements and transactions with PDx key strategic customers (e.g. GPOs, wholesalers, contractors etc..);Providing legal training for the broader region teams, particularly on contract terms and conditions; Providing regulatory and compliance advice in conjunction with the Regulatory and Compliance specialist areas in PDx, in relation to Pharma compliance and Pharma regulatory matters; the FD&C Act, Anti-kickback laws, False Claims Act, Medicare/Medicaid issues, and associated regulations/guidance documents will be a core focus of this role, along with the transactional/contract activities.

  • Managing outside counsel, when brought in to assist.

  • In conjunction with the other business counsels, managing / supporting the management of disputes and litigation.

  • Supporting the development and maintenance of a strong culture of compliance including supporting Compliance projects, including e.g. support to the compliance specialists on forums such as the Compliance Review Board.

  • Applying combined business and legal judgment to proposed deals, relationships and other issues requiring legal or compliance attention.

  • Conducting impactful trainings to the Business’ team in relation to legal, regulatory and compliance matters.

  • Assisting on matters of corporate housekeeping such as related to powers of attorney, shareholders meetings and shareholding structures.

  • Help manage relationships with government authorities as and when needed e.g. in relation to corporate and business licenses, Pharmaceutical authorities, Ministries of Health, in close partnership with our government affairs team.

  • Provide specialist advice on matters of local law across the Region, in particular on public procurement laws, competition laws and integrity laws (anti-bribery and anti-corruption), anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing laws.

  • Drafting and Reviewing Sales & Supply agreements, Clinical Development and Clinical research agreements, Contract Manufacturing Agreements, Co-development and licensing agreements, Advertising and Promotional Reviews, service contracts in accordance with the Business’ policies and procedures.

  • Support, as and when applicable, the Business and the Region in relation to internal audits, external audits and follow up items resulting from such audits.

  • Support PDx’s specialist on the screening and on-boarding of third-party vendors / suppliers / partners, including by way of conducting on-boarding interviews.

  • Advising on matters of intellectual property, as and when applicable.

  • Support PDx in the operation of its internal compliance program; and

  • Supporting the Business on all aspects of distributor relationships with distributors across the Region, including the (yearly or bi-yearly) renewal of distribution agreements, the delivery of training to the management and employees of the Business’ distributors; the management of issues with and the termination of distributors

Qualifications and experience

  • Excellent verbal and written communication in English and a second working language : Arabic, French, German or Spanish

  • JD (or equivalent) with active bar membership preferably in a civil law jurisdiction, and dual civil law and common law qualifications including US or UK law preferably

  • Significant experience, with at least some in a law firm or a multinational company’s corporate legal department working on a variety of Healthcare/Pharma business legal matters in the region, including previous experience of drafting, negotiating and closing business transactions

  • Experience of the Pharmaceutical industry and previous exposure to Healthcare and Pharma industry regulations in one or several jurisdictions of EMEA

  • Strong command of civil/administrative law; EU competition law understanding and international commercial law

  • Previous experience in identifying and resolving legal issues quickly and effectively and ability to make on the spot risk calls

  • Previous experience prioritizing conflicting demands from multiple business clients in an extremely fast paced environment

  • Strong personal integrity and commitment to operating ethically and professionally

  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated team player ability

Desirable skills

  • Demonstrated experience providing legal advice and negotiating contracts in a highly regulated environment

  • Commercial customer orientation imperative

  • Strong financial acumen

  • Adaptable/Flexible: Being open to change in response to new information, different or unexpected circumstances, and/or to work in ambiguous situations

  • Clear thinking: Simplifying strategy into specific actions with clear accountability, making decisions with speed and accuracy based on best available information, and communicating priorities clearly and concisely

  • External focus: Understanding areas of law, regulations, risks, marketplace dynamics, industry trends, and the compliance landscape

Eligibility requirements

A good level of English and a valid work permit.

Inclusion and Diversity

GE Healthcare is an Equal Opportunity Employer where inclusion matters. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

We expect all employees to live and breathe our behaviors: to act with humility and build trust; lead with transparency; deliver with focus, and drive ownership – always with unyielding integrity.

Our total rewards are designed to unlock your ambition by giving you the boost and flexibility you need to turn your ideas into world-changing realities. Our salary and benefits are everything you’d expect from an organization with global strength and scale, and you’ll be surrounded by career opportunities in a culture that fosters care, collaboration and support.

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Additional Information

Relocation Assistance Provided: No

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