Legal Counsel – Leiden, NL

Job description

Pleased to meet you, we are Galapagos, a dynamic fast growing Biotech company with offices in Europe in Belgium (Mechelen), France (Romainville), the Netherlands (Leiden), Switzerland (Basel) and in the US (Boston).


We’re in the business of changing lives.  In our quest to discover and develop life-improving medicines we go where no one has ever gone before. In every challenge we face, we see new opportunities. We want to challenge the impossible. We need thought leaders and rapid thinkers, entrepreneurs in spirit and status quo-fighters. Collaborative innovators and perseverant idealists. We need the best-in-class.

Scope of the job

To reinforce our Legal Department we are looking for a Legal Counsel with experience in commercial contracts in the pharmaceutical industry, who will represent our legal team in Leiden.

Your role

  • Serve as the "go to" legal representative for the commercial team;
  • Proactively collaborate with the commercial team on new as well as ongoing commercial strategies, thereby identifying and analysing legal risks and proposing appropriate actions to secure compliance with relevant rules, regulations, and policies
  • Provide legal advice on market access, and promotion and commercialization of medicinal products
  • Draft and negotiate a wide range of agreements relevant to Galapagos’ operations
  • Provide training to commercial operations staff regarding legal and regulatory requirements pertaining to the biopharmaceutical industry
  • Manage commercial disputes and assist with litigation matters


Who are you?

  • Master’s degree in Law
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Excellent knowledge of rules and regulations pertaining to market access, promotion and commercialization of medicinal products
  • Experienced in supporting commercial operations functions; knowledge of contracts in commercial setting
  • Flexible and creative, strongly developed business sense, able to take decisions under time pressure
  • Good eye for detail and for compliance challenges


What’s in it for you?

You will be part of a fast growing and amazing company.  You will get all the support you need to make your job successful.  At Galapagos we aim to recruit the best people, who stand out among their peers, with integrity and excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. Our employees are the strength behind Galapagos, a highly motivated team, eager to maintain Galapagos’ leading position and achieve breakthroughs in pharmaceutical research. Galapagos offers a competitive remuneration package and a dynamic work environment.


We are Galapagos: together we can make it happen…!