Geltor we design award-winning sustainable ingredients for the world’s biggest consumer product companies. Geltor is seeking a dynamic, experienced, and enthusiastic GENERAL COUNSEL to join our team in San Leandro, CA.

This strategic role provides legal support for a variety of general corporate matters, with a strong emphasis on contracts. The Corporate Counsel will work collaboratively with our Commercial and Manufacturing teams, helping to close complex transactions and partnerships and generally advise on Geltors intellectual property strategy. You will advise management and the board of directors on various legal risks, business strategies and other areas of legal matters. Were looking for someone with excellent business judgment, strategic thinking, and the ability to work independently and collaboratively in a start up environment.

Key responsibilities:

Structure, draft, negotiate and advise upon general business transactions

Streamline contract management processes and templates ranging from standard contracts to one-off, complex, or high-dollar-value transactions. Contracts may address commercial, manufacturing, intellectual property, and general corporate securities matters

Serve as a key strategic advisor and partner to the Management Team with ability to make decisions that balance the important business and legal priorities of the company

Draft, review and negotiate a variety of complex agreements with clients and partners

Review and recommend contract language changes for major vendor agreements (MSAs, SOWs)

Build trusted relationships with key stakeholders by providing honest and practical legal advice

Stay on top of changing regulations, laws, and industry standards

Partner with a variety of business stakeholders to facilitate solutions and best practices that enable Geltor to continue to innovate and grow.

Lead by example, champion Geltor, and uphold company values of excellence,fueled by curiosity


Must have a JD degree and be a member in good standing with the California State Bar

10+ years of experience as a practicing attorney, including at least 8 years at a top-tier law firm or in-house legal department (ideally a consumer product goods or FDA-regulated manufacturing company)

Strong work ethic along with the ability to effectively prioritize and advance multiple deals and projects amidst tight timelines with exceptional attention to detail

Excellent contract negotiation and contract drafting skills

Superior business partnering abilities and business acumen

Own a personal alignment with sustainability and Geltors mission

Communication skills to articulate legal positions and strategies concisely with the ability to discuss complex technical concepts with a variety of audiences

Have a proven track record of successfully identifying and analyzing legal issues, drafting key documents, presenting clear recommendations, and ensuring legal compliance

A positive, open, and intellectually curious Team Player who embraces the challenges and excitement of an entrepreneurial business, building relationships both internally and externally on a global scale

About Geltor

Geltor designs high-performance, sustainable ingredients for consumer product companies by combining computation, biology and materials science. Our first products are collagen proteins optimized for cosmetics and personal care applications and produced through a proprietary animal-free fermentation process. The company was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area.

At Geltor we believe the most innovative progress and scientific discoveries happen when we include, celebrate, and embrace difference. We are committed to building a team that includes and respects a variety of voices, identities, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Geltor is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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