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Rapid Micro Biosystems General Counsel in Lowell, Massachusetts

The General Counsel will be responsible for developing and executing global strategic legal initiatives. S/he will provide the senior management with effective legal advice on company strategies and their implementation, manage the internal legal function, and manage all outside counsel relationships and workstreams. The General Counsel will be directly involved in complex business transactions and critical contractual negotiations. S/he will ensure legal compliance globally. The General Counsel will be a team player who works with multiple key functions throughout the global organization. S/he will serve as Secretary of the company and play a lead role in board administration activities.

The General Counsel position requires an exceptionally accomplished attorney with a distinguished professional record, demonstrated leadership skill, and a strong business orientation. Candidates must be self- motivated and exhibit a passion for understanding the company?s business and contributing in a meaningful way to its long-term strategic goals. In addition to possessing the requisite legal and technical skills, the successful candidate must approach this role with a commercial focus, demonstrating a high degree of business savvy and strategic thinking capabilities. Proven leadership ability, including the ability to lead a team and manage the work of others, is required, as is exceptional judgment, gravitas, executive presence, and maturity.


  • Provide advice and counsel to key stakeholders on a variety of corporate, commercial and contract issues, and on Federal, State, and international regulatory issues that apply to the Company?s products and business.

  • Facilitate essential business transactions by consulting, negotiating, and drafting commercial agreements.

  • Advise management on legal risks inherent in proposed contractual arrangements and transactions and devise practical, business-oriented alternatives to reduce risks.

  • Develop the legal function with a focus on organizational efficiency and professional development. Manage, monitor, and coordinate the activities of in-house legal staff and outside legal services to ensure work meets the company?s requirements.

  • Provide support for a potential future initial public offering and manage SEC compliance, disclosure and reporting in the event such an offering is successfully undertaken.

  • Provide support for new business opportunities by advising, drafting, and negotiating complex transactions including, corporate acquisitions, divestitures and, joint ventures agreements as well as conducting due diligence.

  • Provide expertise and support to the Board of Directors and Board Committees on matters related to corporate governance.

  • Develop relevant operating procedures and ensure comprehensive management and satisfaction of the company?s compliance and regulatory obligations.

  • Be the champion of the company code of conduct and all matters pertaining to compliance.

  • Assume responsibility for ensuring the company conducts business in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations on a global basis.

  • Manage relationships with outside counsel and act on behalf of the Company in both the defense and prosecution of lawsuits.

  • Provide support to Human Resources on employment and labor matters, including the draft and review of policies, procedures, employee relations, GDPR and compliance matters.

Experience and Education:

  • Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from a nationally recognized law school and active admission to practice law.

  • Minimum of 15 years of legal experience as a corporate attorney, which should include top law firm and in-house experience, ideally including several years as a General Counsel at a public company, or experience as Deputy General Counsel (or other legal #2) at a public company.

  • Overall broad legal knowledge, including corporate transactions and securities, litigation, labor, and employment law, etc.

  • Significant corporate, securities and international experience.

  • Experience working on complex transactions including mergers and acquisitions.

  • Experience working on matters of corporate governance and with a board of directors.

  • Experience managing outside attorneys.

  • Experience building and managing internal legal teams.

  • Experience drafting complex legal agreements working on a global basis.

  • Experience at a manufacturing company is preferred, outstanding candidates from other industries (software/internet and biotech, for example) will be considered.

  • Familiarity with regulatory regimes applicable to the pharmaceutical industry is a plus.

Key Attributes:

  • Proven leadership and influencing skills to change and inspire others.

  • Outstanding judgment, legal reasoning, business acumen, maturity, and emotional intelligence.

  • Strong executive presence and experience managing and/or presenting to a board of directors.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to present ideas in a clear, concise, and compelling fashion, as well as strong interpersonal skills, are required.

  • Excellent listening skills and ability to appreciate diverse positions.

  • Ability and flexibility to re-invent, re-define, and achieve change.

  • Strong negotiating skills.

  • Strong financial acumen and deep understanding and appreciation of business strategy and entrepreneurialism.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, the ability to work independently, when necessary, and collaboratively with the business teams.

  • Strong sense of initiative as well as excellent teamwork, management, and delegation abilities.

  • Strong solution orientation and ability to develop creative solutions.

  • Strong customer/client focus.

  • High degree of professional ethics, integrity, and gravitas.


The ideal candidate will be an attorney with an entrepreneurial and open mindset and the agility, energy, drive and discipline to execute and produce results in a rapidly emerging company. She or he must also possess the intellectual strength, business savvy and personal gravitas to influence and work effectively with a cadre of experienced senior executives. Required leadership characteristics include:

Results Orientation: Can quickly separate the mission-critical from the trivial; quickly senses the next most important thing to work on; focuses on the critical few tasks that really add value and puts aside or delays the rest.

Business Experience: Knows the business and industry; understands various types of business propositions and understands how businesses operate in general; learns new methods and technologies easily.

Process Management: Is an effective process and workflow implementer; is good at figuring out what to measure to track progress; sets up systems that can almost manage themselves; is a master at the effectiveness and efficiency of work systems; can quickly diagnose and fix a workflow problem; always looking for incremental process improvement.

Complex Decision-making: Can solve even the toughest and most complex of problems; great at gleaning meaning from whatever data is available; is a quick study of the new and different; adds personal wisdom and experience to come to the best conclusion and solution, given the situation; uses multiple problem-solving tools and techniques.

People Skills: Works well with technical and non-technical people; gets the most and best out of team members; communicates well; rewards accomplishments; holds people accountable and gives useful feedback; delegates and develops; keeps people informed; provides coaching for today and for the future. Handles differences and difficult issues with tact and discretion; has high personal standards of integrity; demonstrates personal accountability and good judgment and inspires confidence.

SPECIAL NOTICE: How do we protect our employees from COVID-19?

Our Lowell facility is fully CDC compliant and as well we follow the State of Massachusetts and local guidelines. At Rapid Micro Biosystems employee health & safety is our top priority. We have implemented and maintain precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at our facility. We provide masks, appropriate PPE gear, and hand sanitizer to all essential employees who must report to work. Before entering the facility, employees have their temperatures checked. In addition, we take great care that all frequently touched surface areas are sanitized throughout the day, as well our facility is fully cleaned daily.


Rapid Micro Biosystems creates, sells, validates, and services innovative products for fast, accurate, and efficient detection of microbial contamination in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, biologics, biotechnology products, medical devices, and personal care products.

The company?s Growth Directthe first and only growth-based system to automate rapid compendial QC Micro testing?ensures data integrity, compliance, and operational efficiencies driven by rapid methods and automation.

Rapid Micro Biosystems is dedicated to providing groundbreaking technology and products to support companies in their journey to achieve greater reliability, efficiency, and better predictability, ultimately providing higher quality products for improved patient outcomes.

Rapid Micro Biosystems is headquartered in Lowell, Massachusetts, with operations in Lowell and Freising, Germany.

Equal Opportunity:

Rapid Micro Biosystems is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity. Applicants for employment and employees are reviewed on their individual qualifications for a position. Under no circumstances will Rapid Micro Biosystems discriminate against qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religious creed, retaliation, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, mental illness, genetics, choice of health insurance, marital status, age, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited under applicable law.

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