Legal Counsel

  1. Dublin
  1. Legal
  2. ICON Full Service & Corporate Support
  3. Office Based

About the role

At ICON, it’s our people that set us apart. Our diverse teams enable us to become a better partner to our customers and help us to fulfil our mission to advance and improve patients’ lives.

Our ‘Own It’ culture is driven by four key values that bring us together as individuals and set us apart as an organisation: Accountability & Delivery, Collaboration, Partnership and Integrity. We want to be the Clinical Research Organisation that delivers excellence to our clients and to patients at every touch-point. In short, to be the partner of choice in drug development.

That’s our vision. We’re driven by it. And we need talented people who share it.
If you’re as driven as we are, join us. You’ll be working in a dynamic and supportive environment, with some of the brightest and the friendliest people in the sector, and you’ll be helping shape an industry.

Legal Counsel

Are you one of them?

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious and hardworking legal counsel to join ICON’s highly professional and experienced in-house legal department to support the negotiation and execution of contracts on a global basis.
Based in our global HQ, this is a fantastic opportunity to join one of Ireland’s largest legal teams in a position where you can make an impact globally and support ICON’s mission to help its clients to accelerate the development of drugs and medical devices that save patient lives and improve their quality of life.

Our legal leadership team were recently recognised by the Legal 500’s GC Power List for 2019.

The Role:

Based in Dublin or Sofia

Hybrid: office-based - 60%; remote - 40%


We are now looking for Legal Counsels to join a global legal team that supports the negotiation of clinical trial contracts with healthcare institutions and healthcare professional across the world. The new employee will provide legal support to ICON and its clients’ clinical operations, or can support and advise Large Pharma, Biotech and Procurement groups with all aspects of legal relationships with clients and vendors, particularly in the negotiation of master services agreements. You will be expected to provide commercially focused, concise, actionable legal advice to business stakeholders on a broad range of legal issues including in relation to contract, tort, corporate, data protection, litigation, and compliance. You will play a key role along with the rest of the legal team in optimizing team processes and procedures, improving standard templates and gathering and maintaining the latest team knowhow. 

Job Responsibilities:  

•    Negotiate a wide range of commercial contracts (e.g. master, standalone and start up services agreements, software licensing agreements, confidentiality agreements, data privacy agreements, work orders & change orders);
•    Advise on a wide range of legal issues including in relation to contract, tort, corporate, data protection, litigation, compliance and regulatory that arise in the day to day operation of the business;
•    Manage various legal projects to completion in an efficient and effective manner and liaise with internal stakeholders in the business for input and support in such projects;
•    The employee is expected to recognize the importance of and embrace a culture of continuous process improvement with a focus on streamlining our processes, adding value to our business and meeting client needs;
•    To be collegiate and supportive in the sharing of knowhow developed and gathered in the course of the role;
•    Manage and prioritize workload in relation to timelines and client submissions;
•    Travel (approximately 10%) domestic and/or international;
•    Engage and liaise with external counsel (managing and minimizing costs to the extent possible);
•    Undertake other reasonably related duties (including administrative tasks) as may be assigned from time to time.

What you need:   

•    Qualified lawyer with 2-5 years in commercial contract negotiations preferably in an in-house role (within the Pharmaceutical/CRO/Biotech/Medical Device industry or a multi-national organization) or a leading commercial law firm. Previous experience in commercial law and/or commercial contracts essential (in a commercial law firm or a leading multinational);
•    Ability to independently evaluate complex legal issues and to provide commercially focused pragmatic solutions in simple language to the business, both orally and in writing;
•    Ability to synthesize large volumes of information and present concise commercial conclusions and recommendations to business stakeholders at all levels tactfully.
•    Strong problem-solving skills with the ability to quickly assess potential for risk and opportunity;
•    Proven team player with demonstrated teamwork, analytical and consultation skills;
•    Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to build strong relationships across  business functions across varying levels of seniority;
•    Strong influencing style, articulate and confident;
•    Self-starter with the ability to work under their own initiative with a very strong work ethic;
•    Excellent attention to detail with excellent drafting skills;
•    Demonstrate ability to work under pressure and/or tight timelines in a fluid/fast-paced, highly collaborative, team environment;
•    Very strong working knowledge of PC Applications (Excel, Microsoft Word, Windows, etc.).

Benefits of Working in ICON:

Our success depends on the quality of our people. That’s why we’ve made it a priority to build a culture that rewards high performance and nurtures talent.

We offer very competitive salary packages. And to keep them competitive, we regularly benchmark them against our competitors. Our annual bonuses reflect delivery of performance goals – both ours and yours.

We also provide a range of health-related benefits to employees and their families and offer competitive retirement plans – and related benefits such as life assurance – so you can save and plan with confidence for the years ahead.
But beyond the competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits, you’ll benefit from an environment where you are encouraged to fulfil your sense of purpose and drive lasting change.

ICON is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer and is committed to providing a workplace free of discrimination and harassment. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please let us know through the form below

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