Senior Legal Counsel for General Law


Basel, BS, CH



About Idorsia Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Idorsia Ltd is reaching out for more - We have more ideas, we see more opportunities and we want to help more patients.

In order to achieve this, we will develop Idorsia into one of Europe’s leading biopharmaceutical company, with a strong scientific core.

Headquartered in Switzerland - a European biotech hub - Idorsia is specialized in the discovery and development of small molecules, to transform the horizon of therapeutic options. Idorsia has a broad portfolio of innovative drugs in the pipeline, an experienced team, a fully-functional research center, and a strong balance sheet – the ideal constellation to bringing R&D efforts to business success.

Idorsia was listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ticker symbol: IDIA) in June 2017 and has over 600 highly qualified specialists dedicated to realizing our ambitious targets.


Job Responsibilities


This role of the Senior Legal Counsel will have a focus on general law and will suppport Idorsia Headquarter in drafting, reviewing and negotiating a wide variety of agreements integrally for the benefit of the company, taking into account financial and operational aspects and delivering high-quality legal advice in relation to: 


  • Agreements with contract manufacturing organizations (CMOs) and other contracts related to sourcing of services from third parties (e.g. warehousing, transportation, consulting, headhunting services); 
  • IT agreements (licensing, AI development agreements, SaaS, etc.);
  • Human resource matters (employment law advice, disputes, settlements and benefits);
  • Real Estate, incl. site management legal support;
  • Managing potential disputes relating to matters arising from assigned transactions;
  • Managing and developing standardized template documents and training materials;
  • Monitoring and tracking all relevant regulations worldwide;
  • Providing pragmatic and timely strategic legal support on diverse local and international legal, compliance, transactional and other issues;
  • Delivering trainings to the supported Business Departments (e.g. on basic principles of contract law, Idorsia policies and best practices).

In a second line, the job responsibilities entail support of various legal functions in the following fields (as needed):


  • Preclinical
  • Business Development
  • Clinical Development


Candidate’s Requirements




  • Master of Law of a University in Switzerland or in another European country, with Swiss Bar Admission


Job experience


  • 8+ PQE years of working experience in general & contract law (i.e. manufacturing and supply agreements, indirect and direct procurement, wide variety of services agreements – headhunting, consulting services, warehousing and logistics) and general legal advice
  • Prior in-house experience strongly desired
  • Extensive experience in negotiating transactions and agreements globally
  • Preferable prior experience in the pharmaceutical industry or FMCG


Skills (functional/technical/soft)


  • Excellent knowledge of contract law required
  • Sound knowledge of Swiss legal framework while strong interest or broad understanding of other European jurisdictions and common law countries is a benefit
  • Knowledge of Swiss labour law
  • Knowledge of trial and procedural processes
  • Knowledge of licensing law and intellectual property desirable
  • Excellent negotiation and diplomacy skills as well as excellent oral and written communication skills, suitable for all levels of the organization
  • Sound general knowledge of commercial legal aspects and of laws and regulations governing biopharmaceutical companies
  • Willingness to work collaboratively by incorporating diverse perspectives and appropriately managing relationships
  • Resourceful, creative, enthusiastic, results-oriented and displaying intellectual curiosity
  • Team-player with ability to set priorities and manage a wide-ranging work under a time-pressure
  • Entrepreneurial, enjoys working in an international, fast-paced, fluid, small-company environment
  • Strong ability to determine the significance of legal issues in the context of business objectives and to conduct risks and benefits assessment pertaining to legal aspects in agreements
  • Proactive business-minded lawyer with strong ability and motivation to develop problem solving strategies and execute on them
  • Strong ability to act efficiently in different cultural environments
  • Fluent in English (obligatory) and in German (strongly desired)
  • Strong work ethics and values, accuracy and sense of responsibility and ability to work independently and responsively
  • Ability to be flexible and willingness to accept new responsibilities as needed

What Idorsia offers


  • Exciting opportunities for development and professional growth within our dynamic organization: you can make a difference!
  • A collaborative and solution-oriented environment
  • An innovative and open culture in a truly multicultural environment
  • A competitive salary and generous social benefits


Work Location: Allschwil

Country: Switzerland

Business Area: Corporate Functions - Legal & Compliance

Schedule: Fulltime, 100%

Job Type:  Permanent

Job ID: 2868



If you are interested, please click on apply now.

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