June 5th, 2023 Legal & Compliance


San Diego, California, United States

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The Paralegal will provide paralegal support to the contracts group, managing multiple projects within required timelines and reviewing and revising a broad range of contracts. Additionally, our paralegal will conduct, research and prepare memoranda and other documents under the supervision of an attorney. Typical agreements include consultant agreements, vendor agreements, confidentiality disclosure agreements, material transfer agreement, SOWs, amendments, clinical trial agreements. 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Reviews and revises a high volume of contracts and ensures adherence to company policies, other requirements, and conformance to master agreements
  • Reviews appropriate terms and conditions, coordinating with internal legal counsel and business units for acceptance of any non-standard agreement terms where necessary
  • Coordinates and tracks a large volume of contracts and provides advice and guidance regarding contract requests
  • Organizes and analyzes information and cross-checks and validates information
  • Prepares correspondence, checks and edits legal forms and documents for accuracy
  • Gathers, assembles and analyzes information from a variety of sources to prepare and format contracts for legal review
  • Maintains electronic and physical filing systems for contracts
  • Performs project administration responsibilities as directed
  • Other duties as assigned 


  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of 5 years’ corporate or contracts paralegal experience. Equivalent combination of relevant education and applicable job experience may be considered. Certificate program in paralegal studies desirable.
  • Thorough knowledge of legal principles and practice, legal research techniques and legal and contract terminology preferred. Specific experience in contract review and administration is required
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in reviewing and assisting with the negotiation, drafting, and preparation of a wide variety of contracts, related documents and correspondence
  • Strong analytical, research and critical thinking skills with the ability to comprehend difficult instructions and maintain written records
  • Must work quickly, efficiently and calmly in a high-volume, high-demand environment
  • Discreet in handling sensitive and confidential information
  • Excellent professional ethics, integrity and judgment
  • Ability to work accurately, to follow instructions precisely and to handle multiple priorities efficiently and effectively
  • Self-motivation with excellent interpersonal and communications skills, including tact, diplomacy and flexibility
  • Ability to function independently as well as have effective interactions with team members
  • Knowledge of or experience in the Pharmaceutical or Biotech industry highly desired

Physical Requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, see, talk or hear in a standard office environment. Employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds.

The salary range for this role is $91,000.00 to $113,700.00. Actual amounts will vary depending on experience, performance, and location. In addition to a competitive base salary, this position is also eligible for discretionary bonus and equity awards based on factors such as individual and organizational performance.


What we offer you:

  • Competitive base, bonus, new hire and ongoing equity packages
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • 401(k) Plan with a fully vested company match 1:1 up to 5%
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan with a 2-year purchase price lock-in
  • 15+ vacation days
  • 14 paid holidays plus one floating holiday of your choice, including office closure between December 24th and January 1st
  • 10 days of paid sick time
  • Paid parental leave
  • Tuition assistance

EEO Statement: Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every single one of the qualifications in the exact way they are described in job postings. We are committed to building a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and innovative company and we are looking for the BEST candidate for the job. That candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background or may meet the qualifications in a different way. We would strongly encourage you to apply – especially if the reason you are the best candidate isn’t exactly as we describe it here.

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