Legal Associate

Genomics plc is leveraging recent advances in genomics and precision medicine to improve patient lives and advance healthcare. We were formed in 2014 by four leading scientists at the University of Oxford, including Professor Sir Peter Donnelly (then Director of the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics) and Professor Gil McVean (Director of Oxford’s Big Data Institute). We closed our oversubscribed £33 million series B round in 2018, from investors like Vertex, Foresite and F-prime. 

By amassing and curating data from publicly available sources, we have developed the largest engine of its kind in the world linking genetic variants to changes in thousands of measurements and disease outcomes, together with its own breakthrough machine learning algorithms that use this data at scale to learn directly about human biology and improve healthcare delivery.

We are seeking a solicitor to join a small in-house legal team in a successful, growing, and disruptive company. This will be a varied and interesting role in which you will work with the Head of Legal & Compliance to provide legal advice on corporate, commercial, intellectual property, data privacy, and related matters. 

The role would suit solicitors with up to three years’ post-qualified experience working in a life sciences or healthcare company, or advising clients in the life sciences or healthcare sectors. You will be expected to have familiarity with corporate law issues and typical commercial contractual terms relevant to these sectors. Given the small size of the legal team, you must be able to work as a generalist, even if your experience to date has been as a specialist. 

This is a great opportunity to support the development and launch new products, and contribute to the overall success of the company. You will work alongside world-leading scientific experts, with the shared aim of delivering on the potential for genomics to transform drug discovery and healthcare. 

Responsibilities:

  • Drafting, reviewing, and negotiating a wide range of agreements and other legal documents. 

  • Providing timely, business minded legal advice on corporate and commercial issues, as well as intellectual property and data privacy matters.

  • Working with the Head of Legal & Compliance and other colleagues to support and provide advice related to the day-to-day operations of the company, including on compliance and regulatory issues, and new product development and launches.

  • Helping to devise, implement, and maintain appropriate legal procedures.  

Essential requirements:

  • Qualified solicitor with one to three years’ post-qualified experience.

  • In-house experience in a life sciences or healthcare company or experience advising life sciences or healthcare clients in private practice.

  • Strong grounding in drafting and negotiating corporate and commercial contracts and other legal documents. 

  • Fluent in legal English (verbal and written). 

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to explain legal concepts to a variety of audiences, within and outside the company.

  • A problem-solving approach to providing legal advice. 

  • A “can do” attitude, combined with a low ego, with the drive to do what it takes to help the company succeed.

Desirable requirements:

  • Legal training in a leading UK law firm, with a strong science and technology client base.

  • Good awareness of intellectual property, data privacy, software, and regulatory issues relevant to the life sciences and healthcare sectors. 

  • Scientific or technical qualifications e.g. an undergraduate degree. 

In addition to the specific opportunities of the role, we offer:

  • The opportunity to work alongside highly-talented colleagues in a fast-growing company that combines a focus on cutting-edge science with commercial delivery.

  • The chance to do work that directly benefits healthcare, and improves people’s lives.

  • Dedicated time - for all staff - to hacking on “blue sky” projects and research.

  • A competitive salary with pension, private healthcare, share options and other benefits.

  • A good work/life balance. 

  • A flexible, and family-friendly workplace with enhanced parental policies.

Given the sensitive nature of data used in Genomics plc you will be expected, as with all other employees, to ensure high standards of information security in your work.

Please apply with a CV and a cover letter addressing the above criteria via https://www.genomicsplc.com/work-with-us/

Genomics plc welcomes applications from all candidates irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, or marital or civil partnership status.