Contracts Manager or Attorney

SAGE Therapeutics Cambridge, MA

Position Summary:

The Contracts Manager or Attorney will be responsible for a portion of the contract activities for the entire company, as part of a member of the Contracts Team reporting to a Senior Director in the Legal Department. This position will be responsible for the review and negotiation of a variety of contracts for the Clinical, Market Access, Commercial and Corporate functions, with an emphasis on clinical contracts and management of clinical research organizations.

Primary Responsibilities:

* Handle contracting activities primarily for a range of Clinical Trial Agreements, Master Services Agreements and related Work Orders, Consulting Agreements, Confidentiality Agreements, as well as others

* Train clinical research organizations on our templates and fall-back language for clinical trials on a mutli-national basis

* Learn and work efficiently within the Contracts Management System (Conga/Novatus), including regularly training new hires on its use and our contracting process

* Create, utilize and help maintain Legal department templates to prepare/draft and negotiate contracts

* Serve as a point of contact for legal contract questions from within and outside the Company

* Work in collaboration with cross functional teams and external contract vendors to ensure timely contract renewals

* Identify related process issues, propose solutions and implement process improvements


* A Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 5 years of experience, OR law degree with 3 years creating, negotiating and executing contracts in the Pharmaceutical or Healthcare industry

* Experience with clinical trial agreements and working knowledge of GCP is required and regulatory requirements for clinical trials is preferred

* Intermediate to advanced skills in MS Suite applications including Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel

* Ability to Work Independently - Able to draft and negotiate contracts independently

* Organizational and Communication Skills - Outstanding organizational, written and verbal communication skills, as well as strong attention to detail

* Team Player/Commitment to Cause - Understands the big picture and ability to manage position's areas of responsibility in a manner consistent with the Company's risk tolerance and strategy; team oriented; able to thrive in a fast-growing company poised for commercialization

* Integrity - Capacity to build trust among colleagues; is accountable; lives up to commitments

* Interpersonal Skills - Relates to employees and management in a cooperative manner that helps others to achieve their best

* Productivity/Organizing/Planning - Meets deadlines, demonstrates effective use of time, and handles multiple assignments simultaneously

* Embrace our core values: Put People First, Do Big, Be Accountable, Grow through Learning and Change, and Work Fun

* Excitement about the vision and mission of Sage

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