SUMMARY OF JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: The Practice Group Leader leads the EHS/LURE practice group in the Genentech Legal Department. The Practice Group is responsible for providing legal advice to Genentech and Roche U.S. Pharma-affiliated EHS departments, manufacturing operations, engineering and facilities, real estate/planning, research, and other site organizations and businesses. Specific activities of the Practice Group include:
Advising and representing the Company on complex EHS compliance and enforcement matters, including those arising under federal, California, and other state and local EHS laws and regulations on hazardous waste, hazardous materials, air emissions, wastewater, storm water, radioactive materials, process safety issues, and occupational safety and health;
Analyzing issues, developing strategy, and managing complex site remediation- related matters and activities including state and federal Superfund sites;
Coordinating environmental due diligence activities and providing legal support for site acquisition and development, divestitures, and other real property-related matters;
Counseling on safety matters and internal investigations involving accidents and worker injuries; and
Providing legal counsel and strategic advice in support of land use matters, including the Genentech master site plan, coordinating and handling the legal support of all real estate and construction matters.
This position has management responsibility for the attorneys and other staff in the Practice Group, and serves on the extended leadership team for the Genentech Legal Department. Responsibilities of the practice group leader include the following:
Practice Group and Personnel Management
Oversee the delivery of high quality legal services by the practice group, currently comprised of four environmental attorneys, one land use/real estate attorney, one paralegal, and two additional personnel (finance and site operations) responsible for a site remediation project in New Jersey
Establish leadership vision and strategic direction for the Practice Group
Evolve legal practices as needed to meet changing business requirements and establish best practices in support of environmental, safety, health, land use and real estate work
Prioritize work of the Practice Group, oversee workload and resource allocation, provide ongoing coaching and training to elevate the performance of the team
Collaborate with leaders of other functions on matters involving shared responsibility (e.g., Site Services, Corporate Safety, Health and Environmental Group, Government Affairs)
Lead recruitment, hiring and on-boarding for direct report positions
Develop talent and build capabilities within the Practice Group and across the broader Corporate Law organization; establish and maintain a succession plan for key roles; support individual professional/career development plans of practice group members
Manage outside counsel providing advice and deliverables to the Practice Group and, where applicable, negotiate rates, project fees, and timelines
Serve as a strategic legal advisor to senior business leaders; Regularly anticipate future needs, challenges and risks to the company and innovate to prevent risks, find solutions and create business value; Provide counsel on Roche Group sustainability and other directives
Chair the U.S. Environmental Response Site Steering Committee
Foster strong relationships with client groups and create efficient and effective processes for working with clients
Serve as a standing member of the Corporate Law Leadership Team and contribute to the leadership of the Corporate Law organization by developing and implementing strategies to increase the business knowledge and strategic perspective of Corporate Law members, enhance information sharing and collaboration, and expand professional development opportunities; Contribute to Corporate Law’s talent management and succession planning for key positions
Cultivate a culture that reflects a strong commitment to employee engagement, diversity, inclusion and community
Support the leadership of the Legal Department by leading various department-wide projects and initiatives, developing relationships with and supporting peers in their work and development, and actively supporting the growth and learning of individuals more generally across the broader department
Identify and support strategic opportunities in the Legal Department to collaborate across practice groups to innovate and better serve the business
12+ years of legal experience, including counseling on EHS, real estate, land use or related matters, preferably in the pharmaceutical/life sciences industry, with 5+ years of experience serving as a strategic legal advisor to executive business leaders;
4+ years’ experience leading and managing a team of attorneys and staff, and leadership experience with demonstrated success advancing people, culture and organizational strategies;
Expert knowledge and prior practice of major California and federal EHS laws and regulations; prior experience providing EHS regulatory compliance advice to industrial clients, preferably to the pharmaceutical or biotech industries; experience with multi-party site cleanup litigation; working knowledge of real estate and/or land use law desirable; and experience with federal and/or Cal-OSHA desirable.
Track record of success in innovating and creating business value as a legal leader, fostering teamwork and collaboration with other teams, handling complex matters, influencing and resolving conflict, and assessing, calibrating and counseling on legal risk.
Additional core leadership capabilities required for this role include having a continuous learning mindset, a passion for developing and enabling the success of others, and being a culture champion who values diversity, inclusion at every level, community, and celebrating successes and learnings.
Functional knowledge of research, development, manufacturing and commercialization of a pharmaceutical drugs desirable
J.D. degree (required); Admission to a State bar or the District of Columbia bar
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