Head of Legal Operations

St.-Prex, Switzerland

Posted: 6-Dec-2018

Ref#: CH-FER-0108 / R0008364

Headquartered in Saint-Prex, Switzerland, Ferring Pharmaceuticals is a research-driven, specialty biopharmaceutical group active in global markets. The company identifies, develops and markets innovative products in the areas of reproductive health, urology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and orthopaedics. Ferring has its own operating subsidiaries in nearly 60 countries and markets its products in 110 countries. To learn more about Ferring or its products please visit www.ferring.com.

In our Headquarter in St-Prex/Lausanne (Switzerland), we are looking for an:


Your mission:
Reporting to Ferring’s Chief Legal Officer, the head of Legal Operations will be responsible for driving, leading, and implementing operational excellence for Ferring’s global Legal and IP team. The position will be located at Ferring’s global headquarters in St. Prex, Switzerland. Ferring is creating this position as its first Legal Operations position in the company and we are looking for an experienced, motivated individual to build, shape, and drive the Legal Operations function at Ferring and lead the restructuring of Ferring’s global legal services based on a best-in-class standard.

Main responsibilities:
  • Driving efficiency and productivity in Ferring’s legal services
  • Implementing and overseeing a technology infrastructure for legal services
  • Vendor/law firm management
  • Overseeing the agreement process and contract management system with a focus on continuous improvement
  • Identifying and implementing training, business intelligence, and knowledge management solutions to enhance legal expertise
  • Overseeing and managing digital communications strategy and tools for the Legal Department
  • Developing and monitoring meaningful legal service metrics
Required Experience & Competences:
  • Minimum of a combined 10 years’ experience in (1) legal operations with an in-house legal department or a law firm, and (2) other relevant areas, such as IT, Finance, Project Management, etc.
  • University degree in business or technology, MBA preferred
  • Experience working in a multi-national corporate environment
  • Experience in contract lifecycle management, including process redesign, technology and project management
  • Comfort learning new technology and teaching it to others who have limited technical expertise
  • Demonstrated ability to lead successful change management in a corporate setting
  • Ability to work independently and take ownership of projects; demonstrated project management skills
  • Willingness to travel internationally to Ferring’s offices world-wide

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