Specialist, Contracts


About Aquinox:

Aquinox Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a late clinical-stage pharmaceutical company discovering and developing targeted therapeutics in disease areas of inflammation and immuno-oncology. Our primary focus is anti-inflammatory product candidates targeting SH2-containing inositol-5'-phosphatase 1, or SHIP1, which is a key regulator of an important cellular signaling pathway in immune cells, known as the PI3K pathway. Our lead product candidate, rosiptor (AQX-1125), is a small molecule activator of SHIP1 suitable for oral, once daily dosing. Having successfully completed multiple preclinical studies and seven clinical trials with rosiptor, we are now in a Phase 3 program with our lead indication of interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS). Other indications are under consideration for future investigation. Aquinox has a broad intellectual property portfolio and pipeline of preclinical drug candidates that activate SHIP1. 

 We are a focused team, achieving our goals through our values based culture. Our people are highly results-oriented, proactive and collaborative. 

 Aquinox is publicly traded on NASDAQ and has offices in Vancouver, BC, Canada and in San Bruno, CA, USA.

The Location of the Position:

This position will be located in our Vancouver, BC office.

The Opportunity:

Reporting to the Director, Contracts & Legal Affairs, the Specialist, Contracts & Legal Affairs will be responsible for drafting template agreements, reviewing proposals and pre-contract data collection. The incumbent will be responsible for managing the Contract database and ensuring administratively that all contractual documents adhere to company policy and conformance to master agreements. 

Specifically, the Specialist will:

  • Prepare, negotiate, and manage standard form agreements and a variety of other business-related documents in support of vendor and other third parties, including, but not limited to confidentiality, clinical trial agreements, master services agreements, consulting agreements and statements of work
  • Draft and negotiate contractual provisions based on strategy discussions, project meetings, senior management input, and organizational needs and expectations
  • Engage relevant stakeholders in negotiation decisions involving legal or regulatory requirements, contract standards, and budgets
  • Collaborate closely with internal departments and external organizations including third-party vendors, and clinical trial sites, ensuring deadlines are met
  • Provide leadership with respect to agreement negotiation, including responsibility for task and project completion
  • May support and interact with bid and proposal teams on pending requests for proposals on an as needed basis
  • Work collaboratively to develop, establish, and improve processes and procedures for the review, approval and tracking of all contracts
  • Assume responsibility for all aspects of contract management, including document and metric tracking and maintaining and managing the contracts database
  •  Other duties as assigned

What you bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field, post-graduate and/or additional certification preferred
  • Minimum of 5-7 years of relevant experience in contracts management or in-house paralegal, within the biotechnology, pharmaceutical or other related industry
  • Extensive experience drafting, reviewing and negotiating a wide range of contractual agreements
  • Experience managing a contracts database and related projects within an organization
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently while exercising initiative, flexibility and good judgment with a desire to identify needs, improve and streamline processes
  • Strong organizational and planning skills and a meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and multi-task, and remain focused in a fast paced, high volume work environment
  • Experience in applying organizational standards when developing requests for proposals, negotiating terms and drafting contracts
  • Proficiency using MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Creative problem solver with the ability to address issues quickly and independently, balanced with judgement to escalate issues as needed
  • Dedication to accurate and high-quality work

Interested candidates are invited to forward their resume and cover letter to careers@aqxpharma.com, indicating why you feel you are a fit for the Specialist, Contracts & Legal Affairs role at Aquinox Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, due to the volume of resumes we receive, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.