BE THE NEW
Senior Legal Counsel
in a biotech company focused on the discovery, design and development of innovative peptide-based medicines
Currently, we are looking for a skilled and dedicated Senior Legal Counsel, who has several years of experience and interest in fostering successful business relationship through well-crafted partnership agreements and would appreciate working in an international setting. The successful candidate will play an important role in advising stakeholders on structuring and drafting partnership agreements that align our strategic goals. If this sounds like you, and you are ready to take on a broad area of responsibilities with an independent attitude, you are a match for us.
As Senior Legal Counsel (Director Position) you will report direct to the General Counsel who is a member of the management team and be expected to take a lead on the negotiation and execution of commercial partnership agreements that support Zealand’s partnership strategy. We are business-oriented and have a value-adding approach and we work both independently and in cross-functional groups.
You will be the main driver of all partnership agreements within Zealand and ensure that key stakeholders in Business Development, Alliance Management, and Finance have a single point of contact for legal advice when planning for, executing and then management of partnership agreements.
Understand Zealand’s strategic ambitions within product research & development, sourcing and ensure alignment with legal terms in partner contracts.
Work closely with our Business Development, Alliance Management and other stakeholders when entering into complex and large-scale partner agreements to ensure a position that matches Zealand’s needs and ambitions.
Work closely with stakeholders to ensure that legal considerations are integrated into all business decisions and that all legal decisions are driven by and aligned with business objectives and strategy.
Act as a strategic sounding board to leaders, particularly within Business Development, Alliance Management, Finance, and other key stakeholders
Act as a key member of the legal department representing best contracting practices within Zealand and drive a professional approach to partnership agreements within the organization.
Oversight and liaison with external counsel involved in partnership agreement and contract negotiation.
Provide legal counsel on various partnership agreement structures, terms, and risks.
Your interpersonal skills, such as the ability to build relations, establish trust and collaborate across different functions are key to thriving and succeeding in this role. You have a solid business sense and can factor in a multitude of facts when making decisions, sometimes during ongoing negotiations.
Are a qualified lawyer (In Denmark or any jurisdiction) or cand.merc.jur.
Have several years of experience as a lawyer which can be from private practice or from an in-house counsel role in an international organization with a proven track record of working with contracts.
An experience with and an understanding of pharmaceutical or biotech development
Are forward-thinking with a good commercial understanding and ability to balance legal risks with business risks and business needs.
Have experience with managing business complexity in a organization.
A significant level of independence, innovation, and initiative to lead and develop the area of partnership and alliance contracting.
8+ years of legal experience
Be fluent in English.
Detail-oriented with a commitment to delivering high-quality work.
Bonding to innovate
Our employees are fundamental to our success, and we continue to be able to attract and retain people with vast experience and talent. We have a unique culture, characterized by excellent teamwork and strong engagement across the organization.
Making bonds is at the core of everything we do. From discovering and developing the best new peptide drugs for patients, to engaging with our partners or connecting with each other.
We bond as a result of our entrepreneurial culture where our people are encouraged to pursue their ideas and turn them into reality. We are curious about each other’s knowledge and expertise.
We bond through curiosity and playfulness as a team, allowing ourselves to challenge common thinking and drive future innovation. Zealand Pharma is a place where everyone is heard and contributes to the success, we all want to experience.
The Zealand Pharma DNA builds on four values: (1) We are bold, (2) We empower people, (3) We work as one team, and (4) We can be trusted.
Let’s bond and be bold
We offer a combined compensation package which includes a base salary, pension, bonus, and a possibility to join our employee share program. We care about our employees’ well-being and offer health insurance, use of massage, fitness, and a range of social clubs and activities
To find out more about working at Zealand, visit
Interested? Please apply no later than October 17th, 2023, or as soon as possible. The applications will be reviewed as they come in.
For further information, please contact SVP, General Counsel Ravinder Singh Chahil
Phone number: +45 50603795
About Zealand Pharma A/S
Zealand Pharma A/S (Nasdaq Copenhagen: ZEAL) ("Zealand") is a biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of innovative peptide-based medicines. More than 10 drug candidates invented by Zealand have advanced into clinical development, of which two have reached the market. Zealand’s current pipeline of internal product candidates focus on specialty gastrointestinal and metabolic diseases. Additionally, the portfolio includes clinical license collaboration with Boehringer Ingelheim and pre-clinical license collaboration with Alexion Pharmaceuticals. Zealand is based in Copenhagen (Søborg), Denmark. For further information about the Company's business and activities, please visit
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