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Legal Counsel R&D and Procurement

Country:  Germany
City:  Aachen
Department:  Corporate Functions
Job ID:  44203


Our Corporate Functions teams make sure everything at Grünenthal runs smoothly by bringing together people with a wide range of skills – from experts in finance, IT, HR, law and compliance through to business strategists and creative media minds. If you’re a great collaborator and a strong communicator, you’ll feel right at home here. Join our team and join forces with colleagues across our business to maximise our company’s positive impact on patients and their families.


What the job looks like
Each day you'll enjoy a variety of challenges, such as:

  • Providing legal advice to R&D and Procurement regarding various legal areas of health care, pharma and life science
  • Drafting, negotiating and executing various types of procurement and other (operational) agreements, including general services, services related to R&D, supply, consultancy and collaboration with external profit and non-profit organizations
  • Delivering legal content to strategic and groupwide initiatives driven by Global Legal Operations focusing on digitalization, automation and standardization, e.g. contract lifecycle management, matter management, process optimization, implementation and usage of artificial intelligence in Global Legal, Procurement and beyond
  • Managing external international law firms in relation to all areas of responsibility


What you'll bring to the table
To make the most of this role and truly thrive, you should have:

  • An above average German university degree as fully qualified lawyer
  • Around 5 years of relevant working experience
  • Relevant working experience within an international law firm and/or legal inhouse team in all areas of responsibility with proven track record, ideally in the pharmaceutical or healthcare sector
  • High interest in and willingness to support Legal Operations Initiatives
  • “Can do” and “hands on” mentality and creativity, good collaboration skills and eagerness to learn
  • Proven stakeholder management and intercultural communication skills, ability to understand complex information and data and to communicate in simple terms to diverse stakeholders
  • Performance-driven approach combined with a high sense of responsibility and the right degree of pragmatism
  • Business-fluent negotiation skills in German and English, additional language skills (e.g. Spanish) are a plus


What are some of the local benefits

  • Hybrid working model
  • Bilingual daycare centre “Karlinis“ and holiday activities for employees’ children
  • 30 holidays, plus 6-8 bridging days and possibility to convert salary into up to 5 additional holidays
  • (E-) Bike leasing and e-charging stations


About Grünenthal

Grünenthal is a global leader in pain management and related diseases. As a science-based, fully-integrated pharmaceutical company, we have a long track record of bringing innovative treatments and state-of-the-art technologies to patients worldwide. Our purpose is to change lives for the better – and innovation is our passion. We are focusing all of our activities and efforts on working towards our vision of a world free of pain.

Grünenthal is headquartered in Aachen, Germany, and has affiliates in 27 countries across Europe, Latin America and the US. Our products are available in approx. 100 countries. In 2023, Grünenthal employed around 4,400 people and achieved revenues of € 1.8 bn.

Your HR contact:
Hannah Klötzer

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