Sr Counsel


Gaithersburg, MD, US, 20879


We go where others won’t, taking on some of the biggest public health challenges to protect and enhance millions of lives, and create a better, more secure world. Here, you will join passionate professionals who advance their scientific, technical and professional skills to develop products designed-to protect and enhance life.

Emergent is seeking a Senior Counsel to focus on pharmaceutical, biologic, and medical device contracting issues.  This position will provide strategic advice and assistance in the areas of commercial contracts, government contracting, cross-border transactions, international sales, and product distribution issues.  
Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

•    Draft, review, and negotiate commercial contracts, including supply and service agreements, development agreements, research agreements, license agreements, and clinical trial agreements
•    Provide support and legal advice on U.S. government and foreign government contracting, including drafting and negotiation support for procurement contracts and subcontracts
•    Provide support and assist in the drafting and negotiating of dealer, distribution, and sales agreements for medical countermeasure product sales in the U.S. and internationally 
•    Draft, review, and negotiate a variety of agreements in support of the company’s functional groups including procurement, IT, manufacturing, process and analytical development, clinical, material transfer, laboratory services, and others as needed
•    Provide general legal advice and support on day-to-day operational issues and significant company-wide matters
•    Assist with government contract related due diligence reviews of acquisition targets and the integration of newly acquired companies or contracts
•    Prepare and provide occasional training to internal clients

The above statements are intended to describe the nature of work performed by those in this job and are not an exhaustive list of all duties. Nothing in this job description restricts managements right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time which reflects management’s assignment of essential functions. 


Education/Bar Membership: 
•    J.D., licensed to practice law in the United States
•    Active membership and in good standing in a state bar

•    7+ years of experience in-house, or combination of government, in-house and law firm drafting, negotiating and executing a wide variety of commercial contracts in the biopharmaceutical industry 
•    Experience in navigating successfully in a highly matrixed global work environment
•    Government contracting experience is a plus

•    Knowledge of biopharmaceutical industry and manufacturing is required 
•    Knowledge of FAR, DFARS and other federal agency regulations is desired 
•    Working knowledge of export law including the Export Control Act and International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) is desired

Skills and Abilities: 
•    Excellent oral and written skills
•    Self-motivated, strong leadership, works well independently on projects, meet aggressive deadlines, handle multiple projects, technical knowledge, business acumen, and excellent communication skills
•    Sound conflict resolution skills and ability to work in a collaborative, global environment
•    Effective decision making; proven ability to assess and calibrate and effectively communicate legal risks to senior management and others.
•    High level of legal innovation and cross functional capacity; ability to lead and think beyond “legal” and to lead cross functional innovative initiatives
•    Serve as a senior legal advisor to leadership teams contributing business and legal expertise/guidance to medical countermeasure product development and strategy
•    Maintain an enterprise view in developing and delivering legal guidance to client base
•    Lead educational sessions for legal group and company
•    Ability to advise on risk-based decisions involving significant risk to company reputation and financial risk and to act with a high degree of autonomy and to act globally
•    Manage outside counsel as needed
•    Team-oriented with a strong sense of humor 



Per CDC guidelines, Emergent strongly recommends that all employees working on site are vaccinated to help ensure their safety, as well as the safety of fellow employees. This includes the use of good judgment when determining when the CDC guidelines advise that you stay home when ill. 

There are physical/mental demands and work environment characteristics that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. This information is available upon request from the candidate.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform all essential functions.

Emergent BioSolutions is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and values the diversity of our workforce.  Emergent does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), gender identity or gender expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, physical or mental disability, military service or veteran status, genetic information or any other characteristics protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

Information submitted will be used by Emergent BioSolutions for activities related to your prospective employment. Emergent BioSolutions respects your privacy and any use of the information submitted will be subject to the terms of our Privacy Policy .

Emergent BioSolutions does not accept non-solicited resumes or candidate submittals from search/recruiting agencies not already on Emergent BioSolutions’ approved agency list. Unsolicited resumes or candidate information submitted to Emergent BioSolutions by search/recruiting agencies not already on Emergent BioSolutions’ approved agency list shall become the property of Emergent BioSolutions and if the candidate is subsequently hired by Emergent BioSolutions, Emergent BioSolutions shall not owe any fee to the submitting agency.


Protecting and Enhancing 1 billion lives by 2030 focuses our energy to improve the quality of life for individuals around the world, giving them the opportunity to experience the fullness of life.

Our drive towards this vision informs all of our actions—whether it is our approach to product development, manufacturing, encouraging employee health and wellness or giving back to the community—we strive every day to achieve this shared goal.


  • Lead with Integrity
    • We gain trust and confidence through ethics, quality, and compliance excellence
  • Stand shoulder to shoulder no matter what
    • We combine our best thinking and communicate openly to support each other.
  • Own it always
    • Every person at Emergent is engaged and accountable for delivering on our commitments.
  • Break through thinking
    • We take smart risks, pursue innovation and challenge ourselves to constantly improve.
  • Compete where it counts
    • We set the right goals and respect each other as we conquer them together.

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC