Assistant General Counsel - R&D Transactional Law & Business Development

Facility:  Legal, Compliance and Audit

Cambridge, MA, US

About the Department                                                                                                                                 

The Novo Nordisk Boston Innovation Hub is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with the highest density of innovation in the world. The goals of the site are to partner with universities, academic hospitals, biotechs and other organizations in the area. We hope to identify and foster partnerships, access early innovation through company co-creation, and feed NN's R&D pipeline to accelerate new ways of helping patients with chronic diseases.

Competencies anchored in this site include business development, alliance management, and search and evaluation. The site reports into global R&D in Denmark and works cross functionally with the worldwide NN organization.


Are you an experienced life science transactional attorney and want to be part of a high-performing team that is building Novo Nordisk’s future pipeline of medicines? Then you might be our next Assistant General Counsel.


The Position

As our new Assistant General Counsel, you will provide legal advice and support to R&D Business Development. Your work will focus on drafting and negotiating various types of agreements such as research and development collaborations and partnerships, license agreements, M&A agreements and various transactional intellectual property matters.


You will engage with a diverse range of stakeholders within the business and across Global Legal. This role will work closely together with the R&D Business Development, Global R&D teams located in Cambridge and Denmark as well as other Novo Nordisk lawyers in Novo Nordisk's US headquarters in Plainsboro, New Jersey. As part of the Global Legal organisation, you would also be involved with cross-functional global legal projects and will have opportunities, both in the United States and abroad, for further professional development.



This position is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts and will work together with R&D Business Development team located in Cambridge. This position reports to the Vice President – Legal Business Development & Trademarks located in Denmark.


The position will be a key member of the highly collaborative and high-performing Legal Business Development & Trademarks team which provides legal support to Novo Nordisk’s global Business Development teams, Global Research, Digital Health, Trademarks, including leading support for IP licensing transactions, M&A and other global strategic collaborations. The team is primarily located in Novo Nordisk’s headquarters in Denmark, as part of Global Legal & Patents. Novo Nordisk’s Global Legal organization has more than 250 global legal colleagues situated at +40 locations around the world with US headquarters in Plainsboro, New Jersey.


Essential Functions

  • Lead drafting, negotiating, structuring and advising on complex life science transactions, including global licensing transactions, strategic collaborations and acquisitions
  • Be a key business partner with R&D Business Development and Global R&D teams
  • Advise on and manage critical legal issues and work closely with other Novo Nordisk functions such as Patents, R&D operations, finance, tax
  • Manage outside counsel


Physical Requirements

0-10% overnight travel required.



  • J.D. Law degree from recognized university and state bar admission required and ability to obtain a Massachusetts in-house counsel license
  • Minimum of 8 years of relevant transactional experience from a major law firm or in-house legal department
  • Relevant experience providing legal advice to life sciences/pharmaceutical industry required
  • Experience in drafting and negotiating complex life sciences/pharmaceutical industry agreements required
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to interact effectively with all levels within the organization
  • Has personal drive, “can-do” approach and results-oriented attitude, which enables you to establish strong professional relations internally and externally
  • International mind-set and enjoy being part of a global work environment
  • Strong work ethic and business judgment and ability to assess risk and think strategically
  • Ability to work under pressure, manage numerous and changing priorities effectively and solid attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment


We commit to an inclusive recruitment process and equality of opportunity for all our job applicants.


At Novo Nordisk we recognize that it is no longer good enough to aspire to be the best company in the world. We need to aspire to be the best company for the world and we know that this is only possible with talented employees with diverse perspectives, backgrounds and cultures. We are therefore committed to creating an inclusive culture that celebrates the diversity of our employees, the patients we serve and communities we operate in. Together, we’re life changing.


Novo Nordisk is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal laws, rules or regulations.


Novo Nordisk requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the first date of employment. As required by applicable law, Novo Nordisk will consider requests for reasonable accommodation.


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