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Legal Counsel, Iberia, UK & Ireland

Madrid, Madrid
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The Europe & Canada (EUCAN) Business unit supports Takeda's mission at a regional level and as the leader in rare diseases and specialty care, we champion better health and a brighter future for patients, healthcare providers and our people.

Across the EUCAN BU, patients come first in every decision we make. We develop strategic partnerships which deliver value for society and create a culture within which our people can thrive and reach their full potential.

Our mission is to empower and enable our people to fulfill their potential by embracing diversity and creating a high-performance, collaborative working environment. In the EUCAN region integrity is one of our key values. We put patients, trust and reputation before business and this is one of the main reasons why our people choose to work here.

Job ID R0099105 Date posted 08/30/2023 Location Madrid, Madrid

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Job Description


Provides high quality legal support to the Iberia, UK and Ireland Cluster.  Has a good understanding of corporate and/or commercial law.  A general understanding of the law and practices of the pharmaceutical industry in UK, Spain and Portugal is desirable. 


  • Primary legal business partner for Spain and Portugal commercial teams;
  • Primary legal business partner for UK and Ireland commercial teams;
  • Contributor to workings of EUCAN Legal group;
  • Managing corporate/commercial or other litigation or investigations through external counsel as required;
  • Analysing legal and commercial risks and effectively advising relevant senior teams on how to manage such risks;
  • Drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, including contracts for the supply of goods and services; drafting and maintenance of templates for business to use and training on use of such templates
  • Facilitating the roll out of training on policies and processes in Legal and related areas eg Contracting, Data Protection, Compliance, Quality,
  • Providing effective management of external advisors  ​


Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise

  • High academic achievement in the study of law;
  • Professional training in corporate/commercial law or health care law, gained at a highly regarded law firm or in-house position;
  • At least 3+ years of relevant post qualification legal experience;
  • Experience advising or representing clients in the pharmaceutical or biotech industry is preferred;
  • In-house pharmaceutical or biotech experience is preferred;
  • Experience of developing and implementing legal or other processes required

Leadership, Decision-making and Autonomy, Interaction,Innovation and Complexity

Builds a Collaborative Culture

  • Moves easily between addressing current needs and planning for the future with informed insight
  • Builds and models a culture of questioning and constructive challenge to foster openness and candid dialogue
  • Acts with an understanding and sensitivity to others locally and globally, internally and externally

Navigates Change

  • Clearly communicates the need for change and is actively responsive to the resistance it can evoke
  • Quickly focuses on the critical issues while prioritizing current work
  • Decides and acts, even when faced with uncertainty

Develops Organizational Capability

  • Builds and improves effective internal systems and processes that align with organizational priorities
  • Considers and addresses business and development needs both locally and globally

Drives Innovation

  • Operates from a framework of possibility
  • Generates breakthrough solutions, and enables others to do the same


  • Qualified Lawyer in Spain.
  • Master in legal to be considered.
  • At least 3+ years of relevant post qualification legal experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in Spanish and English, knolowgedt in Portuguese preferreible.


Madrid, Spain

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