May 19, 2021
San Francisco, CA
Atomwise is looking for an enthusiastic, accomplished and creative Contracts Director who can think outside of the box to develop innovative agreements that support paradigm-shifting drug discovery.
We are transforming preclinical drug discovery using artificial intelligence (AI). Our technology can screen billions of small molecules to discover novel scaffolds and potent analogs, and contribute to the rational design of molecules during lead optimization. Our partners include pharmaceutical companies, innovative biotech companies, top-ranked academic institutions and global non-profit foundations. We have hundreds of programs that reflect a commitment to lowering the barriers to drug discovery and improving health across all therapeutic areas.
Our team is our most valuable asset. As the Contracts Director, you will join a world class team that provides support and leadership across our business, operational and scientific functions. Everyone on our team is crucial to fully realizing the potential of our technology to transform drug discovery. You will draft and negotiate innovative collaboration, joint venture, licensing and other agreements with our non-profit and corporate partners that will help us build partnerships that advance drug discovery through the use of AI. Your role will be impactful and diverse (see responsibilities below).
You love being in a dynamic startup, and thrive working on multiple initiatives in a fast-paced environment. You are a problem solver who finds solutions that meet the needs of all parties. You have an uncanny ability to spot and manage potential risks and issues. Your attention to detail and clear reasoning gives your colleagues confidence in you. You improve our processes so we can be better partners. You are a great listener and value feedback. You create trust in every relationship.
We are based in San Francisco and provide excellent opportunities for professional development and advancement.
Responsibilities and Duties:
Draft and negotiate academic and corporate agreements, including collaboration, joint venture and licensing
Review and negotiate intellectual property and financial terms with our business development groups
Evaluate legal and business risk exposure for different agreements
Collaborate with outside counsel in specific areas, such as intellectual property or tax
Provide advice on contractual and business terms to other team members
Track agreement terms for compliance purposes
Improve and innovate internal legal workflows
Build and maintain relationships with key personnel in academic research, technology transfer offices, pharmaceutical and biotechnology research, and business development
Required Qualifications and Skills:
Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry or computational sciences
5+ years of experience in drafting, reviewing and negotiating complex corporate contracts
3+ years of experience with biotechnology/pharmaceutical agreements
5+ years of experience with intellectual property and contract law
Outstanding skills in reasoning and presenting logically and persuasively
Professional communicator, in writing, on the phone, and in-person
Preferred: JD or patent agent
Compensation & benefits:
Competitive salary, commensurate with experience
Stock compensation plan – you'll be an Atomwise co-owner
Platinum health, dental and vision benefits
401k with 4% match
Funding for professional development and conference attendance
Flexible work schedule
Generous parental leave
High performance culture
When applying, please include:
a cover letter
a paragraph describing how your skills and experience will make you successful in the position
a paragraph describing how we can help you achieve your career goals
Five non-confidential examples of notable agreements you have negotiated and your contribution
Atomwise is an equal opportunity employer and strives to foster an inclusive workplace. Our mission is to develop better medicines faster, and we know that we need a diverse team to develop medicines that serve diverse populations. Accordingly, Atomwise does not make any employment decisions (including but not limited to, hiring, compensation, and promotions) on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristics protected by applicable federal, state, and local law.
We strongly encourage people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives to apply.
Atomwise is not currently offering visa sponsorships for any position. Please only apply if eligible to work in the U.S.
Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.