Celgene Employment Counsel in Summit, New Jersey
Celgene is a global biopharmaceutical company leading the way in medical innovation to help patients live longer, better lives. Our purpose as a company is to discover and develop therapies that will change the course of human health. We value our passion for patients, quest for innovation, spirit of independence and love of challenge. With a presence in more than 70 countries, and growing - we look for talented people to grow our business, advance our science and contribute to our unique culture.
As part of Celgene’s Employment Team, the Employment Counsel will help manage a diverse array of employment matters in support of the company’s US workforce. This attorney will partner with Human Resources (including Compensation, Benefits, Payroll and Talent Acquisition) and management to provide guidance on all facets of employment law, play a central role in ensuring multijurisdictional compliance, supervise outside counsel on employment litigation matters and perform a variety of other legal duties as needed. The ideal candidate will have excellent writing, communication and interpersonal skills, with a high level of attention to detail. Occasional travel may be necessary. This attorney will report to the Sr. Employment Counsel.
Key Responsibilities:1. Provide day-to-day legal advice and counsel to the Human Resources team and management on a variety of employment matters.
Manage outside counsel in employment litigation and administrative agency proceedings, and provide risk assessment and strategic guidance to internal clients.
Work with cross-functional stakeholders to ensure compliance with employment laws across various state and local jurisdictions.
Draft and review various employment documents, including offer letters, separation agreements, performance reviews, performance improvement plans, written warnings, employee handbooks and employment policies.
Assist with employment diligence for potential business acquisitions, and support integration activities for completed acquisitions.
Stay current on employment law developments and evolving best practices, and provide training and updates to the Human Resources organization as needed.
Oversee immigration/work visa matters.
Provide day-to-day guidance to Employment Paralegal.
J.D. with a strong academic record, and membership in good standing in at least one state bar
5-7 years of relevant employment litigation and counseling experience
Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills
Excellent attention to detail and organizational and analytical skills
Strong grasp of all aspects of employment law, including discrimination, harassment and retaliation; disability, FMLA, leaves of absence, ADA and reasonable accommodation; wage and hour; contingent workers; background checks and drug testing; RIFs, reorganizations and WARN; non-competition and other restrictive covenants; and whistleblowing
Excellent interpersonal skills, with a demonstrated record of cross-functional collaboration, being a team player and forming strong working relationships with clients
Experience providing advice and counsel on the full range employment law issues
Experience with all aspects of employment litigation, including drafting pleadings, discovery (including e-discovery and depositions) and mediations/settlement conferences
Experience conducting workplace investigations
Strong work ethic and ability to produce high quality work quickly and efficiently
Ability to operate independently, be proactive and manage multiple projects simultaneously
Professional presence and the ability to interact effectively with senior management
Ability to manage and handle sensitive and confidential information with a high level of discretion
Strong grasp of New Jersey, California, Massachussetts and/or Washington employment law preferred
The following are a plus: experience in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry, mix of large firm and in-house experience, knowledge of immigration law, experience supporting field sales personnel, knowledge of OFCCP/AAPs
Celgene is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Celgene complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act. All applicants must have authorization to work for Celgene in the U.S.COMMITTED TO IMPROVING THE LIVES OF PATIENTS WORLDWIDE
At Celgene, we seek to deliver truly innovative and life-changing drugs for our patients. Our vision as a company is to build a major global biopharmaceutical corporation while focusing on the discovery, the development, and the commercialization of products for the treatment of cancer and other severe, immune, inflammatory conditions.
“At Celgene, we seek to deliver truly innovative and life-changing drugs for our patients.”
There are more than 300 clinical trials at major medical centers using compounds from Celgene. Investigational compounds are being studied for patients with incurable hematological and solid tumor cancers, including multiple myeloma, myelodysplastic syndromes, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), triple-negative breast cancer and pancreatic cancer. As committed as we are to clinical accomplishment, we are equally committed to patient support, which is a guiding principle at Celgene. We believe all who can benefit from our discoveries should have the opportunity to do so. Celgene puts patients first with industry-leading programs that provide information, support and access to our innovative therapies.