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SQZ Biotechnologies

Vice President, Legal

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  • Description Our Purpose: EMPOWER CELLS TO CHANGE LIVES
    At SQZ Biotechnologies we believe that our cell therapies will revolutionize the way we treat diseases. Our unique capabilities enable us to engineer almost any function into any cell type, breaking down the barriers in the field, and creating the possibility for cell therapies that could not have been previously envisioned. Our Values:
  • Patients are the Purpose: We strive to transform patient quality of life so they can focus on living.
  • Squeeze Together: We are one team with one goal. Only through the sum of our strengths can we achieve our shared purpose.
  • Own the Outcome: We are what we do. Integrity and accountability are fundamental.
  • Challenge the Now: We fearlessly drive innovation by questioning what is possible, fostering creativity, and executing on our ideas.

  • The Role: SQZ Biotechnologies is seeking a Vice President/Head of Legal to join our team. This is a newly created role reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer. As the leader of the Legal function, you will be responsible for advising the SQZ leadership team and contributing to strategic decision making on a variety of matters ranging from investor relations, finance, clinical, human resources, contracts, and facilities. The successful candidate will be a strong business partner with a proven ability to collaborate across all functions.

    Responsibilities :
  • Oversees all legal matters including investor relations, corporate structures, finance, clinical, human resources, contracts, facilities, and intellectual property
  • Develops functional plans for managing legal matters, including activities to be performed in-house or through third-party relationships
  • Provide counsel on corporate governance related matters and corporate structure
  • Structure, draft, negotiate and advise upon general business transactions to include contracts ranging from routine supply and service contracts to one-off, complex, high-dollar-value transactions
  • Develop, revise, update and maintain the master service, non-disclosure, and other standard form agreements; perform regular internal reviews of existing legacy contracts and ensuring legal and policy compliance
  • Provide counsel to the executive team on a range of compliance, risk management and corporate governance matters
  • Review employment agreements, employment-related documents and assist with employment legal matters as needed
  • Work closely with CEO and senior team to develop board materials and facilitate approval and governance processes
  • Minimum Qualifications:
  • J.D. degree from an accredited law school and at least 10 years relevant work experience
  • Valid Bar Admission to Massachusetts State Bar
  • At least 5 years prior in-house experience at a life science or biotechnology company required; Startup experience highly preferred
  • Experience leading compliance and corporate governance functions in a public company setting
  • Experience with commercial contract terms and conditions with particular emphasis on the protection of intellectual property, confidentiality and minimizing liabilities and risks
  • Ability to prioritize and undertake mission critical tasks, providing exceptional service to various stakeholders
  • Self-starter who understands executing with urgency
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills, as well as a team player attitude; experience with cross-cultural communication a plus
  • Flexible, able to adapt to changes and different challenges in a fast-paced, start-up environment.
  • Experience leading and mentoring teams
  • Excellent and proactive communicator
  • SQZ Biotechnologies is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and to provide equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex or gender identity, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, SQZ complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.
    Associated topics: budget, chief finance officer, cpa, equity trading, finance, finance director, financial, financial planning, pay, tax

    * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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