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Employment Counsel

Req #: 1800994
Location: Summit, NJ US
Job Category: Legal
Work Location: 86 Morris Avenue CELSUM 07901
Organization: Celgene Corporation
Schedule: 40
Employee Status: Full time
Job Type: Regular
Job Level:
Other Locations:US- NJ- Summit East


Celgene is a global biopharmaceutical company leading the way in medical innovation to help patients live longer, better lives. Our purpose as a company is to discover and develop therapies that will change the course of human health.  We value our passion for patients, ​quest for innovation, spirit of independence and love of challenge. With a presence in more than 70 countries, and growing - we look for talented people to grow our business, advance our science and contribute to our unique culture.

As part of Celgene’s Employment Team, the Employment Counsel will help manage a diverse array of employment matters in support of the company’s US workforce. This attorney will partner with Human Resources (including Compensation, Benefits, Payroll and Talent Acquisition) and management to provide guidance on all facets of employment law, play a central role in ensuring multijurisdictional compliance, supervise outside counsel on employment litigation matters and perform a variety of other legal duties as needed. The ideal candidate will have excellent writing, communication and interpersonal skills, with a high level of attention to detail. Occasional travel may be necessary. This attorney will report to the Sr. Employment Counsel.

Key Responsibilities:
1. Provide day-to-day legal advice and counsel to the Human Resources team and management on a variety of employment matters.

2. Manage outside counsel in employment litigation and administrative agency proceedings, and provide risk assessment and strategic guidance to internal clients.

3. Work with cross-functional stakeholders to ensure compliance with employment laws across various state and local jurisdictions.

4. Draft and review various employment documents, including offer letters, separation agreements, performance reviews, performance improvement plans, written warnings, employee handbooks and employment policies.

5. Assist with employment diligence for potential business acquisitions, and support integration activities for completed acquisitions.

6. Stay current on employment law developments and evolving best practices, and provide training and updates to the Human Resources organization as needed.

7. Oversee immigration/work visa matters.

8. Provide day-to-day guidance to Employment Paralegal.

Skills/Knowledge Required:

  • J.D. with a strong academic record, and membership in good standing in at least one state bar
  • 5-7 years of relevant employment litigation and counseling experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational and analytical skills
  • Strong grasp of all aspects of employment law, including discrimination, harassment and retaliation; disability, FMLA, leaves of absence, ADA and reasonable accommodation; wage and hour; contingent workers; background checks and drug testing; RIFs, reorganizations and WARN; non-competition and other restrictive covenants; and whistleblowing
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with a demonstrated record of cross-functional collaboration, being a team player and forming strong working relationships with clients
  • Experience providing advice and counsel on the full range employment law issues
  • Experience with all aspects of employment litigation, including drafting pleadings, discovery (including e-discovery and depositions) and mediations/settlement conferences
  • Experience conducting workplace investigations
  • Strong work ethic and ability to produce high quality work quickly and efficiently
  • Ability to operate independently, be proactive and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Professional presence and the ability to interact effectively with senior management
  • Ability to manage and handle sensitive and confidential information with a high level of discretion
  • Strong grasp of New Jersey, California, Massachussetts and/or Washington employment law preferred
  • The following are a plus: experience in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry, mix of large firm and in-house experience, knowledge of immigration law, experience supporting field sales personnel, knowledge of OFCCP/AAPs


Celgene is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Celgene complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act. All applicants must have authorization to work for Celgene in the U.S.
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