Head of Legal (gn), Research and Development (R&D)

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MorphoSys’s mission is to make exceptional, innovative biopharmaceuticals to improve the lives of patients suffering from serious diseases. Innovative technologies and smart development strategies are central to our approach. Success is created by our people, who focus on excellence in all they do, collaborate closely across disciplines. We all are driven by a desire to make the medicines of tomorrow a reality. Guided by mutual respect and trust, each member of the MorphoSys team is given the opportunity to develop and flourish within this exciting and inspiring environment. Join us in Planegg near Munich!

Your Responsibilities:

  • Provide business oriented, substantive legal support to the R&D functions (Research, Clinical Operations, Clinical Development, Biostatistics & Data Management, Regulatory Affairs, Medical Affairs and Program Management) at all levels of product development including outsourcing of R&D activities
  • Collaborate with R&D leadership team to drive legal compliance with a focus on the company’s strategic goals and governance processes
  • Proactively shape and give input to the overall strategic direction of R&D legal business partnership and support the General Counsel in creating and implementing a vision for the legal function and in establishing a high performing legal team
  • Lead and negotiate strategically important, complex transactions and R&D contracts in cooperation with R&D functional/project teams and other disciplines as needed (such as Business Development, Finance and Procurement), and manage other complex legal issues with strong operational and business acumen
  • Use broad legal and business knowledge to identify and advise R&D leadership team on the opportunities, as well as legal risks and propose solutions and guidance to mitigate risks and avoid interruptions to the business activities
  • Supervise and manage significant general legal disputes and litigations in the area of R&D including in particular contractual and regulatory disputes and represent company interests in supported negotiation, transactions, and other legal matters with external parties
  • Design and implement training program for R&D functions to enhance the level of knowledge regarding critical legal areas with a potential impact on business operation
  • Develop new approaches/structures to evolve legal services for the R&D functions by providing solution oriented and balanced risk assessment to achieve the business objectives
  • Build and maintain a strong, high performing R&D legal team and ensure high quality, solution oriented and consistent legal advice by all members of the team, support the further development of the lawyers and non-lawyers in direct line relationships
  • Assess legal needs for the R&D functions and devise resource plan including select and manage external counsel and associated spend
  • Responsible for up to 5 direct reports


  • Minimum 10 years of practical experience in handling pharmaceutical industry regulatory matters in business oriented law firm, corporate organization and/or governmental agency, ideally 3-5 years in oncology
  • Ideally 2-3 years of leadership experience in corporate organization and/or governmental agency
  • Deep understanding of pharmaceutical research and development issues and ability to understand the related people and organizational requirements
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving capabilities with ability to develop business solutions to complex legal & regulatory problems
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to work independently and coordinate workload, under pressure and in a team environment to meet established deadlines
  • Experience in working in matrix organizations, with readiness to take on work beyond your job description
  • Team player with well-developed interpersonal abilities
  • Ability to summarize complex regulatory legal issues & to coach R&D leadership team to take informed decision
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English

We offer:

  • Creative working in X-functional teams
  • Open and appreciative corporate culture
  • Multicultural environment
  • Working in an attractive, high-quality equipped building with restaurant
  • Free sports and language courses

Thank you for your interest! We are looking forward to receiving your pertinent application documents. For your application please use exclusively our career portal. We offer not only excellent career prospects, but also support you from the very beginning – even helping you move if neccessary.

MorphoSys AG, Semmelweisstraße 7, 82152 Planegg