Senior Legal Counsel Job at Novartis – Ciudad de México

1 of the five Service Centers worldwide is based in Mexico with +1395 employees & +50 countries scope. As a Diverse & Inclusive company, we are positioned in the Number 10th of Top Companies Rankings of places to work. Supplying +450 Million Dollars in the growth domestic product (GDP) & generating +7000 employees directly & indirectly, our passion is to help patients improve and extend their lives. Have you imagined all the work done before a patient can take his treatment?

Your Key Responsibilities:Your responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • To provide effective legal counsel to assigned business functions or senior leadership teams within a global BF/BU or Corporate function or lead the function for a country organization through business partnering, acting as a legal advisor and Business Partner by shaping their business decisions, negotiating contracts, managing litigation and counselling on substantive area legal issues. To lead large or complex legal projects and transactions based on deep legal expertise.Typically leads the Legal function for a large country / cluster of countries or manage a legal substantive area globally.
  • Act as a legal Business Partner to the Country Head in all activities relating to the contractual negotiations and statutory obligations.
  • Draft complex transactions and contracts independently and provide complex and contextual legal advice and guidance (incl. training of key customers in specified legal areas).
  • Identify risks relating to business activities and potential solutions thereof; raise business’ awareness of legal issues and ensure early legal involvement.
  • Conduct robust risk assessments that substantiate recommendations, and advise on and determine appropriate actions to support the management decision processes.
  • Manage significant disputes and litigation and/or investigations and make decisions independently within a broad framework. -Provide expertise in one or more substantive areas (e.g. Transactions, Litigation, HR and Regulatory).
  • Lead large or complex legal projects and transactions based on deep legal expertise and provide legal support for commercial initiatives and activities.
  • Lead, direct and develop the legal resources within one division or across all divisions in the country (depending on whether divisional or cross-divisional role) & guide, counsel and support the work of more junior Legal counsels, paralegals and support staff.

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:
Novartis is committed to building an outstanding, inclusive work environment and diverse teams representative of the patients and communities we serve.

Minimum requirements

  • Education: Master Degree (e.g. MSc) / University Diploma or equivalent.
  • Languages: Fluency in English and Spanish (speaking / writing). Knowledge of any additional language is a plus.
  • Experience: · Acknowledged as an expert and a resource for the legal function in the manufacturing, regulatory and transactional field with the ability to: analyze complex legal issues; lead contract negotiations of several complex projects independently; and play a key coordination role with lawyers and other functional experts, and having a minimum of: – 8-10 years post-Bar experience, ideally gained within an healthcare / pharmaceutical environment or, alternatively, with a top-tier law firm representing healthcare clients, of which, – five years of that experience was in leading complex legal transactions, restructuring and outsourcing projects. · Able to set priorities and to manage a wide-ranging work load under time and organizational pressure, often involving multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Competences: Excellent team player with strong verbal and written communication skills, and experience working in cross-functional teams. Strong ability to influence and negotiate with a clear demonstration of professional and culturally sensitive work ethics.
  • CDMX located

Why Novartis?

766 million lives were touched by Novartis medicines in 2021, and while we’re proud of this, we know there is so much more we could do to help improve and extend people’s lives.

We believe new insights, perspectives and ground-breaking solutions can be found at the intersection of medical science and digital innovation. That a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment inspires new ways of working.

We believe our potential can thrive and grow in an unbossed culture underpinned by integrity, curiosity and flexibility. And we can reinvent what’s possible, when we collaborate with courage to aggressively and ambitiously tackle the world’s toughest medical challenges. Because the greatest risk in life, is the risk of never trying!

Imagine what you could do here at Novartis!



Business Unit




Work Location

Distrito Federal

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Functional Area

Legal & Intellectual Property & Compliance

Job Type

Full Time

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Shift Work


Early Talent


About the Company

Company: Novartis –

Company Location:  Ciudad de México

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