Senior Corporate Counsel- Glasgow

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) is the world leader in serving science, with annual revenue of approximately $40 billion. Our Mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. Whether our customers are accelerating life sciences research, solving complex analytical challenges, increasing productivity in their laboratories, improving patient health through diagnostics or the development and manufacture of life-changing therapies, we are here to support them. Our global team delivers an unrivaled combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and pharmaceutical services through our industry-leading brands, including Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific, Unity Lab Services, Patheon and PPD.

Role Profile: 

The Senior Corporate Counsel will be a key member of the EMEA Legal function, providing cross-regional internal legal support on a wide range of matters. The initial focus of this role is on the North region (comprising the UK, Ireland & the Nordics) but based on the Team’s harmonisation and shared services strategy the role will support other EMEA regions as needed.  

The overall focus of the role will be general commercial contracts work with a emphasis on (i) public sector (and NHS in particular) tenders and strategy; and (ii) key supply chain contracts. The successful candidate will also be expected to provide advice including advising on a wide range of commercial contracts, compliance and regulatory issues and day to day claims and disputes. 

Provision of ad-hoc advice on other legal matters (e.g. data privacy and competition law) will also be expected from time to time and the successful candidate should be keen to take an active role in the Team’s process improvement and automated legal solution strategy.  

The Sr. Corporate Counsel will report to Regional Senior Sr. Corporate Counsel EMEA North and will work closely with other lawyers in the EMEA Legal team, as well as Division Counsel across all Thermo Fisher businesses, to provide high quality and comprehensive legal advice and assistance on EMEA matters. The Sr. Corporate Counsel will also work closely with other functions across EMEA, including Finance, Procurement, IP, Quality and Regulatory. 

The role may be based in Glasgow or Altrincham. Remote working location also considered.

Key responsibilities: 

  • Support review of high value government contracts and public tender opportunities and provide strategic guidance on risk;
  • Draft various complex agreements for all parts of the organisation in support of their objectives, including sales agreements, strategic supply agreements, collaboration/joint venture agreements, IT agreements, co-marketing agreements; term sheets, etc.
  • Consult with other parts of the organisation on the interpretation of the agreements in effect or in development.
  • Manage disputes/settlement and support litigation.
  • Educate and train employees on their obligations under the terms of various contracts and under applicable legal requirements.
  • Take an active role in the Team’s process improvement and automated legal solution strategy by participating and/or leading certain relevant Team projects.
  • Update existing processes, playbooks and templates and constantly work with the business on improving processes to ensure efficient support.
  • Train internal clients on risk management and how to effectively engage with the Legal team.
  • Work closely with EMEA Legal Contracting Centre of Excellence (CCoE) to assist the CCoE in managing matters on behalf of EMEA Legal North team.
  • Work with other members of the EMEA Legal team and the various divisions with a presence in EMEA to manage a wide range of commercial contracts, focussing on more complex agreements and covering a broad spectrum of operational business issues
  • Work collaboratively with Division Counsel across all Groups and on various EMEA matters and initiatives.  
  • Contribute positively to a strong culture of business integrity and ethics.

Experience and Skills Required: 

• Law degree obtained in a European jurisdiction (preferably a UK jurisdiction) from an internationally recognised University/law school. 

• Working knowledge of EU Procurement Law would be advantageous for the role.

• At least 5+ years PQE (preferably in-house or in a full-service international law firm), representing life science, fast moving consumer good and/or other multinational companies. 

• Proficient legal drafting skills and ability to provide pragmatic, astute advice on contractual risk under a variety of commercial contracts (including providing basic advice on intellectual property and IP licensing issues).

• Strong commercial awareness and business sense, including the ability to fully engage with and influence business stakeholders. 

• Strong negotiation and communication skills.

• Ability to prioritize works based on business needs and to effectively manage multiple key projects simultaneously via effective resource utilization.

• Ability to develop practical processes/approaches, and to drive solutions to completion. 

• Strong ‘Can Do Attitude’ and high self-motivation required; ability to deal with an ever changing, complex business environment; excellent communication/negotiation skills, robust and enthusiastic self-starter, excellent team player. 

• Fluent in spoken and written English (additional European language(s) an advantage). 

• Occasional travel within EMEA.

To Apply:

For a confidential discussion about this position or to apply, please contact:

David Thomson- Director

Telephone: 0141 244 0260


David Thomson

Founder and Director of Thomson Legal Recruitment Company- award-winning legal consultant and a veteran of the legal recruitment market.