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Abbott Senior Counsel in Santa Clara, California

Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines. Our 103,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

Over the past few years, Abbott has undertaken a dynamic transformation spanning its innovative products to its technology infrastructure. With leading devices like FreeStyle Libre, Xience Sierra and CardioMEMS, among others, Abbott and the patients we serve live in an increasingly advanced world. Moreover, Abbott’s strategic acquisitions in 2017 of St. Jude Medical and Alere have amplified the breadth and complexity of its commercial business.

Abbott Legal:

Who We Are: We are legal experts who support and help advance the interests of Abbott’s global businesses. As a part of the Abbott Legal Division, we have an opportunity to work for a life-changing medical technology company. We provide thorough and reasoned advice, and engage as business leaders to solve problems for the company as well as the customers and patients we serve.

What We Offer: With Abbott’s proud heritage of developing and delivering life-changing technology and products, and commitment to doing business the right way, a position in Abbott Legal provides an opportunity to engage in meaningful and challenging work on a global scale. As our company grows and evolves, so can our roles and experiences.

How We Work: We expect and encourage our employees to be holistic thinkers and to collaborate so we can get to the best solutions. We value diversity of backgrounds and experiences. We expect our team members to consider both internal and external factors and impact when providing advice and making decisions. We strive to find creative ways to address business challenges, and are committed to leading and shaping the environment in which Abbott operates.

Primary Job Scope:

Abbott is seeking a Senior Counsel to support the commercial work of its multi-billion-dollar vascular products groups. The ideal candidate will have strong and demonstrated leadership as well as communication skills, diverse contracting and transactional experience, the ability to work in a team setting, and the experience or flexibility to advise on issues in multiple areas of law. This Senior Counsel may supervise staff.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Work with Division Counsel and other Senior Counsels to develop and implement legal programs that ensure the business is equipped with the legal guidance, contracts, tools, and solutions to execute business objectives in an effective and legally-compliant manner.

  • Provide transactional capabilities, including drafting contracts and advising on legal matters related to such transactions.

  • Review laws, cases, rules, regulations, releases and requirements.

  • Review, draft and revise legal documents and provides input.

  • Resolve legal issues, provide proactive legal advice and manage high risk, high complexity matters under guidance of more senior attorneys.

  • Assist with U.S. and international compliance initiatives.

  • Anticipate internal/external business and regulatory issues and provides applicable legal advice.

  • Advise key business and legal leaders on issues of concern to Abbott.

  • Communicate with third parties such as regulators, outside counsel, parties to negotiations.

  • Supervise and review the work of Counsel and outside counsel as and when needed.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree and be licensed to practice in any state.

  • 7+ years of legal experience in the medical device or related industries.

  • Demonstrated experience advising all levels of clients on a wide variety of legal issues of interest to Abbott, including: commercial, legal regulatory, research and development, and clinical matters.

  • Strong commercial contracting background.

  • Experience successfully representing and managing the legal affairs of a business having international operations.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated understanding of the laws, regulations, standards, and guidance governing the conduct of a medical device company.

  • Leadership and ability to see and handle more than the legal issues of a project; strong, pragmatic business acumen with the ability to recognize the business consequences of legal advice; a strategic and innovative thinker who can develop and articulate a clear understanding of the company’s strategy from all perspectives and find creative solutions to complex legal problems.

  • Must be able to move easily between a hands-on, operations-focused view and a strategic outlook.

  • Ability to work in a highly matrixed and geographically diverse business model.

  • Demonstrated ability to be an effective leader within a legal department, with a focus on developing talent.

  • Ability to build collaborative relationships with leaders and co-workers at all levels.

  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally (approximately 10%).

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

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