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Sr. Legal Counsel- Princeton, NJ



Firmenich is currently seeking a commercial lawyer to join its North American legal team based in Princeton, NJ. The position will report to the Senior Legal Director, North America and will primarily support North American business operations, particularly the Flavor, Perfumery, Ingredients, R&D and Innovation groups.

Key Responsibilities:
• Lead and ensure completion of strategic contract negotiations that impact Firmenich’s business (Flavors, Perfumery, Ingredients, R&D and Innovation) in North America, such as sales agreements, R&D agreements, Collaboration/Joint Development Agreements, and Material Transfer Agreements. 
• Provide strategic legal advice to the business functions and partner with business clients
• In coordination with the in-house M&A lawyer, support M&A negotiation & completion and integration for North American transactions. 
• Act as liaison for North American legal team with in-house IP team on contract-related matters
• Provide legal advice and support to in-house QHSE, Regulatory, and Trade Compliance teams as needed
• Closely collaborate with the other members of the North America Legal Team (Sr. Legal Counsel and Contract Manager) to meet the needs of business clients and other internal stakeholders
• Along with other members of the Global Commercial Legal Team, identify unmet needs and future legal issues and design and deliver legal strategies and solutions to support ever-evolving business objectives
• Be an active member of the Global Commercial Legal Team and work to achieve the goals and strategies of the Global Team


We value:
• Pragmatic judgment, particularly in determining the significance of legal matters and effectively measuring and balancing legal and business risks
• Ability to identify and initiate needed actions and follow-up and to innovate
• Excellent written and oral communication skills, with ability to synthesize complex legal issues to essential elements to provide clear, concise practical business-minded advice. 
• Ability to manage time effectively, to prioritize matters, to work under pressure, and meet deadlines.
• Strong, hands-on work ethic with willingness to assume heavy workload to meet timing and project needs. 
• Excellent team player
• Strong interpersonal skills, including optimism, diplomacy and flexibility, and the ability to interface effectively with personnel at many different levels, customers and business partners to work effectively in a cross-functional/multi-cultural global teams
• Being a change champion and leading by example.


• 5-8 years of experience, with some in-house experience with an international company or B2B preferred.
• JD from an accredited law school and member in good standing of at least on state bar (preference for licensure in NJ or ability to secure in-house admission)
• Confirmed experience in drafting and negotiating commercial and R&D/Innovation agreements


We offer: 
• High Challenge and High Reward Environment
• Entry to exciting and inspiring world of perfumes and taste
• Culture that values diversity where people are at the heart of the company
• Opportunity to work for a company that cares about environment and sets and achieve ambitious sustainability objectives


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function.
 Firmenich is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran
At Firmenich, we create an environment in which employees are valued, motivated and encouraged to reach their full potential. We foster entrepreneurial spirit and imaginative teamwork with freedom to act within our strategic plans. We recruit and develop the best talents, rewarding them accordingly. We offer competitive pay, career growth opportunities, and an outstanding benefits program that features:
* Generous Paid Time Off!
* Quarterly Bonus Potential!
* Retirement Plans!
* 401(k) with Company Match!
* Low Cost Medical, Dental & Rx & Vision Coverage!
* Tuition Assistance for Employees and Children!
* Flexible Spending Accounts!
* Subsidized Cafeteria!
* Tobacco-Free Campus!
* And Many More Employee-Friendly Programs!