Corporate Counsel, COVID Contracting


The Corporate Counsel, COVID Contracting will be responsible for providing legal counsel to the COVID-19 Business Leads , as well as for Commercial and Legal colleagues and in the Legal Biopharma team, in support of the contracting strategy for vaccine and protease inhibitor, including: (i) strategic advice to the business on legal aspects associated with contracting Covid vaccine and protease inhibitor, for both in-process and completed contracts; (ii) proactive identification and management of legal risks associated with government and supranational contracting; (iii) participation in various internal committees and teams as required related to Covid and protease inhibitor contracting, and (iv) general support for the Biopharma business.

The Corporate Counsel, COVID Contracting must be a, resilient, change agile attorney who thrives in the uncertainty that accompanies a fast-evolving and expanding landscape (both within Pfizer and globally). S/he must also have an understanding of the nuanced risks that impact our business, the ability to operate within a matrixed and multi-disciplinary team of lawyers and / or legal professionals, and the ability to execute under a strong vision for the ways in which contracting can transform the company and drive equity in access. S/he must be an accomplished team player and an excellent communicator.

The role reports to the VP - Covid-19 Contracting Lead.


Execute at the direction of the VP- Covid-19 Contracting on a global integrated and interdisciplinary risk mitigation strategy that includes:
  • Proactively identifying and managing the legal risks associated with contracting for new vaccine and protease inhibitor products
  • Providing broad risk management, strategic and contract interpretation advice and counsel to a range of internal stakeholders (including Commercial, the General Counsel, and others across Pfizer) concerning areas of risk
  • Operate within cross-functional models, policies, procedures and other tools or resources to support the negotiating, contracting and implementation efforts of the Commercial team
  • Seamlessly coordinate with other teams within Legal, including Litigation, Biopharma, PGS, CSP, International Platform
  • Proactively monitoring the emerging competitive landscape and regulatory environment as it relates to Covid-19 products
  • Operate within a CoE approach to manage workflow, including negotiating contracts and amendments, and driving implementation of agreements (bilateral, supranational, CoVax, resale & donation), including optimizing outside counsel support
  • Provide support to the Legal Biopharma team as requested
  • Relentless prioritization of work assignments

Influence and / or oversee the development and operationalization of next-generation solutions by:
  • Identifying opportunities to seamlessly embed risk mitigation solutions into client-facing advice and counsel;
  • Operating under a continuous improvement, post-Reimagine mindset to identify potential issues and implement solutions that improve the timing and quality of the value added by the team;
  • Partnering with the colleagues both inside and outside of the Legal Division to improve practices and embed risk-based insights in order to influence decision making and de-risk activities in real time; and
  • Creating and maintaining partnerships across the Pfizer Legal Division to understand, identify, influence and leverage the latest learnings and developments.

  • Legal / J.D. degree and 8+ years of relevant legal training and experience;
  • Significant experience with pharmaceutical industry regulatory and contracting and negotiating environment;
  • A thorough understanding of all Covid-19 offerings, as well as the risks presented in the healthcare industry
  • Must be a creative, innovative and strategic thinker, detailed-oriented, a quick learner, and able to set and juggle priorities while handling multiple tasks simultaneously with a high sense of urgency and responsiveness
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Excellent contracting and negotiation skills
  • Culturally sensitive with high awareness of international dynamics
  • Self-motivated and able to operate independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills
  • A genuine interest in solving complex business challenges
  • Strong reasoning skills
  • Demonstrated strength in judgment and initiative

Candidate demonstrates a breadth of diverse leadership experiences and capabilities including: the ability to influence and collaborate with peers, develop and coach others, oversee and guide the work of other colleagues to achieve meaningful outcomes and create business impact.

  • In-house experience a plus.
  • Experience with influencing key stakeholders.

  • Ability to travel

Other Job Details:
  • Last Date to Apply for Job: 12/6/2021

Pfizer requires all U.S. new hires to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the first date of employment. As required by applicable law, Pfizer will consider requests for Reasonable Accommodations.

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