Director, Corporate Counsel (Contract/Corporate Lawyer)

South San Francisco, CA
Full Time
Exp.: 5+ Years
Cytokinetics is a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing, and commercializing first-in-class muscle activators as potential treatments for people with debilitating diseases in which muscle performance is compromised and/or declining. As a leader in muscle biology research, we’re developing small molecule drug candidates specifically engineered to increase muscle function and contractility. We take a purpose-driven approach by leveraging our unique muscle biology expertise to engineer compounds with specific characteristics aimed at treating diseases that impact muscle function, like heart failure, ALS and SMA.

We view our employees as the unequivocal ingredients to success. Each and every employee is an integral member of the Cytokinetics team, contributing to our shared goal of improving lives. While expectations of our employees are high, there is an equal commitment to ensuring that contributions are recognized and rewarded. We seek exceptional individuals to join us in our mission to develop the next generation of novel small molecule drugs specifically engineered to increase muscle function and contractility.

We are seeking a Corporate Counsel to join our Legal Department. This position will have integral responsibilities for key complex contracts and agreements. Depending on experience, this position will play a fundamental role for SEC and/or Corporate Governance support or Merger and Acquisition activities. The candidate will also have the opportunity to provide legal assistance and support across the company. This position will report to the General Counsel.

  • Critical to the role will be a deep understanding of complex contracts and strong knowledge of key provisions of such agreements such as indemnities, limitations of liability, intellectual property, warranties and covenants, regulatory, termination and other critical contract negotiation issues. Agreements will include indentures, lease agreements, clinical trial agreements, pharmaceutical license agreements, master service agreements, software license agreements and supply and wholesaler arrangements.
  • Also desirable is either 1) a strong background in Corporate Governance and Securities laws in order to advise regarding and manage the company’s compliance with U.S. securities laws and NASDAQ requirements, including the preparation and filing of periodic filings (10-K, 10-Qs, 8-Ks, etc.), Section 16 filings, proxy statements, annual reports, registration statements, and other securities filings as necessary and support of Board and Board committee related activities including the Annual Stockholder meeting and general Board compliance activities, or 2) Merger and Acquisition experience in the pharma or medical device space.
  • Lead certain general corporate contracts – drafting, negotiating and reviewing certain corporate contracts, as needed and knowledge of contract-related systems.
  • Independently provide leadership on cross-functional teams, identify legal issues, provide legal options and analysis of possible legal solutions, and give recommendations for addressing critical issues so that business and legal objectives are met.
  • May also provide support and advice to G&A departments and investor relations.
  • Manage outside counsel effectively and efficiently, and consistent with applicable budgets. Work creatively with outside counsel to minimize fees and costs.

  • JD degree
  • Admitted to at least one state bar. Admitted to California bar or admitted as Registered In-House Counsel in California is a plus
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience as in-house counsel in a biotechnology, pharma or healthcare company or a combination of in-house at large public company and/or nationally recognized law firm specializing in the area of interest
  • Strong working knowledge of U.S. securities laws and NASDAQ requirements. Experience with securities filings of public companies in the life science industry or strong experience in completing public Merger and Acquisition activities
  • Detailed-oriented with a high level of intellectual, professional and interpersonal agility and flexibility, combined with strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • A sophisticated existing understanding of financial regulations
  • An ability to operate independently
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Intellectual curiosity and a willingness to take responsibility for novel and emerging areas of regulation
  • Well-organized and hardworking, with the ability to manage numerous projects simultaneously under deadline pressure
  • Excellent analytical skills, with a strong ability to draft and review legal documents, analyze legal advice and apply legal advice to business needs
  • Ability to form strong working relationships with all levels of management, employees, and partners while maintaining firm adherence to proper legal standards
  • Team-oriented, sound judgment, self-motivation and willingness to take initiative

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