Manager, Legal (Lawyer)

Legal and Intellectual Property Vancouver, BC


Why Work for Us?

Innovation. Act with Integrity. Collaboration. Embrace Diversity. Care

We come from many countries, cultures, races, ethnicities, abilities and nationalities. We bring our passions including singing, biking, swimming, dancing, cooking, volunteering, parenting, coaching and much more! We are proud of our nearly equal balance of men and women and strengthened by our non-binary and transgender team members. Every employee belongs.

We offer challenging career opportunities, competitive benefits and an environment that recognizes and rewards performance.

Company Description

Zymeworks is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of next-generation bispecific and multifunctional biotherapeutics, initially focused on the treatment of cancer.  Zymeworks’ suite of complementary therapeutic platforms and its fully-integrated drug development engine provide the flexibility and compatibility to precisely engineer and develop highly-differentiated product candidates.

Zymeworks is seeking a highly motivated Manager, Legal who is looking to grow their career with our company. This is a lawyer position reporting to Associate Director, Legal and will be located in either Vancouver, British Columbia or Seattle, Washington. 

As a condition of employment, Zymeworks requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and provide verification of such.

Key Responsibilities

  • Drafts, negotiates, and facilitates execution of a broad range of agreements in a timely manner with vendors, contractors, and collaborators.
  • Reviews, identifies, and mitigates contractual and business risks in third party agreements and presents findings to management.
  • Manages and administrates executed agreements to ensure internal and external compliance.
  • Liaises with internal/external stakeholders (Business Development, Legal, R&D, Intellectual Property, Finance, etc.) in the negotiation of contracts and associated statements of work.
  • Supports internal stakeholders as the contracts subject matter expert in order to provide contractual and commercial risks and issues. Provides mentorship and leadership within the organization.
  • Ensures accurate, easily accessible and complete records of the Company’s contractual and business matters.
  • Monitors contract expiration periods, engages with internal stakeholders to determine renewal priorities and changes in the business drivers, and manages the process for renewals, amendments, or extensions.
  • Actively works to foster an environment of effective and collaborative working relationships amongst employees, management, and external partners.

Qualifications and Education

  • J.D. or LL.B. degree with 2 to 5 years’ related experience with successful negotiation and execution of a broad range of agreements, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.  Member in good standing of U.S. state and/or British Columbia bar.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Proven interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively as a member of a cross-functional team and effectively solicit stakeholder input. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills and the ability to work effectively in a high-paced, fast-changing environment. Results oriented.
  • Has a strong working knowledge of key operational controls, contract law, and financial regulations.
  • Strong leadership and mentorship skills.
  • General understanding of the pharmaceutical drug development process, preference may be given to candidates with pharmaceutical, biotechnology, or healthcare experience.
  • Experience managing and using industry-standard contracts management software.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills with the ability to confidently present findings.
  • Demonstrated exemplary business ethics, integrity and transparency.
  • Demonstrated initiative and creativity.
  • Proficiency with MS Office.

NOTE TO EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES: Zymeworks values our relationships with our Recruitment Partners. We will only accept resumes from those partners whom have been contracted by a member of our Human Resources team to collaborate with us. Zymeworks is not responsible for any fees related to resumes that are unsolicited or are received without contract.