SUMMARY: The Corporate Counsel serves as a legal advisor to a Covance Drug Development business segment. The Corporate Counsel advises function leadership and managers regarding contract negotiations, dispute resolution, policy and compliance matters within the business segment, and contributes to the development and implementation of contracting policies and risk management strategies. The Corporate Counsel advises contract managers and function leadership regarding customer contracts, vendor contracts, confidentiality agreements, and other contracts as assigned under the supervision of Legal department leadership. The Corporate Counsel actively develops, supports and contributes to the continuous improvement of Legal processes and procedures including contractual templates, risk mitigation strategies, and function-specific legal research. The Corporate Counsel also supports corporate initiatives including corporate administration, transactions, dispute resolution, and other legal department initiatives as required.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Actively advises Contracts Management, operations, and Vendor Management staff and function leadership on the review and negotiation of contracts and dispute escalation matters within assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Directly negotiates with the company’s customers, vendors and others as necessary to resolve commercial issues during contracting or dispute escalation.
  • Supports the development and improvement of company standard operating procedures, business operating procedures, departmental practices, and other systemic documentation as requested.
  • Suggests improvements to departmental processes, templates, tools, and training on an ongoing basis in response to emerging trends, customer preferences, and the company’s risk management posture.
  • Regularly uses company systems including the action tracking system and other corporate systems as required and supports departmental reporting requirements.
    • Provides management with regular status updates on open matters and outstanding issues.
    • Travel up to 5%


License/Certification/Education: A Juris Doctor (JD) degree from an ABA-accredited law school is required.

Education and Experience: The Corporate Counsel should possess an advanced degree (juris doctor) and have at least 2 years of contract negotiation, drafting or related legal experience, including intern and law clerk activities.

  • Admitted or qualified attorney in a US state
  • Excellent contract drafting and negotiation skills are essential requirements
  • Capacity to review large commercial contracts and provide practical, business-focused advice is required
  • Comprehensive knowledge of general corporate business practices and a sound understanding of contracting models and commercial practices is required
  • Experience in the clinical research industry or a healthcare services field is helpful
    • Language capabilities in addition to English are valued
    • Excellent interpersonal skills
    • Good written and verbal communication
    • Commercial awareness
    • Exceptional organizational skills, time management and attention to detail
    • Strong Proficiency in Word/Excel/Powerpoint/Outlook
    • Flexibility in responding to job demands


  • A collaborative and persuasive personality able to influence executives and non-executives
  • Able to effectively communicate with internal and external customers and at all levels of the organization
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate complex legal issues and solutions clearly and succinctly
  • Highly detail-oriented
  • Self-starter capable of identifying challenges, responding to issues, and implementing effective solutions with limited supervision
  • Exceptional judgment in identifying risks, developing solutions, and implementing successful strategies to mitigate risk while achieving the organization’s commercial goals
  • Experience in dispute resolution processes including litigation
  • Practical, creative, results-oriented thinking style with demonstrated ability to understand issues from both the legal and business perspective
  • Growth-minded mentality with demonstrated ability to rapidly absorb and internalize new information and processes




Monday through Friday
8 am to 5 pm
NC Work Location(s): Wilmington or Cary or Burlington

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