June 5th, 2023 Legal & Compliance

Contracts Attorney

San Diego, California, United States

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The Contracts Attorney provides legal expertise and counsel for all company contract activities. Provides legal advice to internal business units on contract matters, including transaction structuring, contract interpretation and enforcement, risk assessment, legal and regulatory compliance, and corporate policies.

 Primary Responsibilities:

  • Reviews, drafts, and negotiates a high volume of contracts relating to the company’s business and commercial relationships, such as distribution agreements, lease and sublease agreements, manufacturing and supply agreements, subscription agreements, master service agreements, marketing agreements, consulting agreements, common interest and joint defense agreements, and the like; analyzes and provides advice with respect to termination of existing business and commercial agreements or arrangements
  • Provides legal advice to internal teams on contract matters, including transaction structuring, contract interpretation and enforcement, risk assessment, legal and regulatory compliance, and corporate policies
  • Participates in developing policies, procedures, and systems to support and facilitate efficient contract development and analysis
  • Monitors the legal environment and trends concerning the contract areas
  • Manages outside legal counsel with regard to contract matters
  • Develop and master familiarity with the information systems used by the Company (i.e. Agiloft, Coupa, Microsoft Teams, etc.)
  • Actively demonstrate our core values and help build a strong company culture as we continue to grow and evolve the organization
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • JD from ABA accredited law school. Current membership in the California Bar or qualified for in-house practice of law in California through licensure and/or good standing within another state. An equivalent combination of relevant education and applicable job experience may be considered
  • Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience including significant experience reviewing, drafting and negotiating contracts
  • Knowledge of contract, commercial and general business laws and regulations
  • Strong contract drafting and negotiation skills
  • Biotech, pharmaceutical, or life science industry experience preferred
  • Ability to gain trust at, and work with, all levels of organization
  • Ability to prioritize workload and self-manage projects, handle multiple tasks and meet strict deadlines
  • Expert document redline experience required. Familiarity with Contract Management software platforms is also highly desirable, but not required
  • Skilled at negotiating with business partners or management and influencing senior level leaders regarding matters of significance to the organization
  • Proficient at creating and communicating a clear vision among team members effectively aligning resources and activities to achieve functional area and/or organizational goals

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 $101,000.00 to $126,600.00. 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.

It is the policy of Acadia to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and employment applicants without regard to considerations of race, including related to hairstyle, color, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, gender transition, country of origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, legally-protected medical condition or information, marital status, domestic partner status, family care status, military caregiver status, veteran or military status (including reserve status, National Guard status, and military service or obligation), status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, enrollment in a public assistance program, or any basis protected under federal, state or local law.

As an equal opportunity employer, Acadia is committed to a diverse workforce. If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you have the right to request a reasonable accommodation. Furthermore, you may request additional support if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access Acadia’s career website due to your disability, along with any accommodations throughout the interview process. To request or inquire about your reasonable accommodation, please complete our Reasonable Accommodation Request Form or contact us at [email protected] or 858-261-2923.

Please note that reasonable accommodations granted throughout the recruiting process are not guaranteed to be the same accommodation given if hired. A new request will need to be submitted for any ADA accommodations after starting employment.

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