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Vice President, Legal

Akebia Therapeutics
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
27 days ago


Akebia is seeking an experienced corporate lawyer to join its high performing legal department, lead a strong team of five lawyers and legal professionals, and oversee a variety of important legal matters for the company. Reporting to the Chief Legal Officer, the successful candidate will be both a strategic business partner and positive cultural leader. This position will be based in Cambridge, MA and will be the business partner for, or oversee the business partners for, the following functions at Akebia: alliance management, business development, manufacturing, research and development, and most G&A functions. They will have primary responsibility for securities and corporate governance, interacting frequently with our Board of Directors. This is a unique and exciting opportunity given the breadth of work, exposure to colleagues in many functions, and the high level of responsibility associated with the position.


Responsibilities include:

  • Manage and mentor a bright and hard-working team of five attorneys and legal professionals;
  • Serve as a key member of Akebia’s Senior Management Team as well as the Legal Leadership Team;
  • Have primary responsibility for general corporate, transactional, securities and corporate governance legal matters;
  • Serve as the primary business partner for Business Development, and manage the legal business partners for R&D, Manufacturing, Alliance, Procurement, HR, Finance, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications;
  • Work closely with the Chief Legal Officer on matters related to the Board of Directors and its committees;
  • Collaborate with Finance and Investor Relations on financial reporting, equity administration, and disclosure issues;
  • Support business development efforts and play lead role in all transactions; and
    • Build strong relationships across functions and work collaboratively to tackle complex issues.

Required Experience

The ideal candidate for the position of Vice President, Legal will have the following qualifications:

  • J.D. from an accredited law school and admitted to practice in good standing in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts;
  • At least 10 years of experience in both law firm and in-house biopharmaceutical company settings, including experience in securities and corporate governance at a Nasdaq-listed public company;
  • Ability to build strong relationships and work collaboratively across functions;
  • Experience leading, developing and retaining teams;
  • Excellent interpersonal, decision-making, organizational and communication skills;
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and priorities efficiently with a high caliber of execution;
  • Strong contract drafting and negotiation skills; and
    • Serious attention to detail.

Akebia Therapeutics, Inc. is a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company with the purpose to better the lives of people impacted by kidney disease. The Company was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For more information, please visit our website at www.akebia.com.

Akebia is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all job applicants. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other factors prohibited by law.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 56944828
  • Location:
    Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
  • Position Title: Vice President, Legal
  • Company Name: Akebia Therapeutics
  • Job Function: Legal/Licensing
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: Over 10 Years

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