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McKesson Has Open Recruitment For Legal Counsel

Posted on: 25 Sep 2020 184 views
: Corporate Counsel - Manufacturer Relations
: McKesson
: JD
: 4

McKesson Corp is a Fortune 7 company and is one of the largest providers of medicines, pharmaceutical supplies and health information technology (IT) products and services in the United States with revenues of $208.4 billion in 2018. The company was founded in 1833 by John McKesson and Charles Olcott in New York with a focus on importing and wholesaling pharmaceutical products. United by our ICARE values, McKesson's 78,000 employees work together every day to make better care possible for patients around the globe.

Current Need:

McKesson’s well-regarded General Counsel Organization is seeking an experienced healthcare transactional lawyer with regulatory experience to serve as the attorney supporting all aspects of McKesson US Pharmaceutical’s (US Pharma) manufacturer customer segment, which includes all domestic sourcing and drug distribution contracting with brand manufacturers, and other related small businesses.  US Pharma supplies pharmaceuticals and other healthcare-related services and technology products to a wide range of retail and institutional pharmacy customers.  US Pharma’s nation-wide network of distribution centers supplies medication to 1/3 of all health care providers in the United States, and we frequently invest in technology and other systems to enhance the safety and reliability of our core distribution services and technology offerings.  US Pharma’s relationship with its suppliers is a key component to the success of its business.

McKesson is in the business of better health and we touch the lives of patients in virtually every aspect of healthcare. We partner with payors, hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and others across the spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that deliver better care to patients in every setting. We believe in the importance of strong, vital organizations because we know that patients can only be healthy when our system is healthy.

Empowering healthcare starts with you — By joining McKesson you act as a catalyst in a chain of events that helps millions of people all over the globe. Talented, compassionate people are the future of our company—and of healthcare.  At McKesson, you’ll collaborate on the products and solutions that help us carry out our mission to improve lives and advance healthcare. Working here is your opportunity to shape an industry that’s vital to us all.  Our vision is to improve care in every setting — one product, one partner, one patient at a time.

Position Description:

The Legal Counsel is an independent, business-minded, healthcare-focused, transactional and regulatory attorney who serves as a highly visible point of contact for a wide array of legal and business matters.  Reporting to Senior Counsel and working directly with the McKesson business team, the Legal Counsel possesses exceptional professional judgment and provides decisive day-to-day legal counseling and advice to all levels of the organization, including all of the following:

Issue identification and escalation to business stakeholders and supervising attorneys, as appropriate;  

Drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts, from scratch or template, as appropriate;

Providing guidance to business stakeholders on contract risks and benefits to ensure successful completion or resolution, with escalation to supervising attorney, business teams, business owner, and executive management, as necessary;

Serving as responsive point of contact with attorneys representing customers, vendors, service providers and other McKesson affiliates.

This position requires a keen understanding of the ever-changing business, legal, and healthcare regulatory environment relevant to McKesson’s commercial contracts with pharmaceutical manufacturers and pharmacies.  Agreement types may include, without limitation, manufacturer supply and service agreements, 340B Agreements, payor agreements, and other business partner/vendor agreements, consulting services agreements and software services agreements.  Position will primarily be dedicated to supporting US Pharma at McKesson. The successful candidate will be expected to serve as a role model of professionalism and demonstrate strong leadership traits as part of a mutually supportive, highly engaged team with an exceptional reputation for performance and positive culture.

Minimum Requirements:

  • 4+ years of legal-practice experience with a substantial portion of that time spent practicing some aspect of healthcare law in a corporate legal department or law firm. Prior in-house counsel experience strongly preferred.
  • Admission to applicable state bar, registration as in-house counsel, or ability to gain admission or registration for either in applicable state within 90 days.

Job responsibilities:

  • Identifying, analyzing, researching, and resolving legal and business process issues and making appropriate recommendations to business and keeping supervising attorney informed;
  • Identifying and analyzing risks in business proposals or proposed legal agreements and escalating appropriately to business and legal leaders;
  • Negotiating contracts directly with counsel for contract counterparty;
  • Interacting directly with outside counsel or internal McKesson counsel to coordinate, scope, and understand legal research projects;
  • Developing an excellent rapport with the business teams and earning the trust of senior business leaders;
  • Consulting on legal-risk, regulatory, and business provisions in contracts;
  • Coordinating contract approval and enforcement of delegations of authority as needed;
  • Monitoring compliance with internal McKesson business and legal processes and policies;
  • Preparing and delivering informative and engaging legal presentations for the senior attorneys and presenting to senior business unit leaders, as applicable;
  • Preparing contract summaries and/or issues lists to present to supervising attorney or business unit partners for review, if applicable;
  • Demonstrating comprehensive understanding of McKesson business units (BUs), products, strategy, and operational model;
  • Providing legal guidance as an escalation point for paralegal staff managing their own transactional assignments;
  • Assessing transactions and issues and exercising appropriate judgment as to when to seek input from additional subject-matter experts in a large, highly matrixed environment;
  • Following stated contracting policies, procedures and processes;
  • Coordinating with colleagues to identify regulatory issues, assess business impact risk and communicate same to business partners;
  • Independently prioritizing and managing a constant portfolio of transactional work;
  • Working diplomatically and collaboratively to build consensus with colleagues and business leaders across multiple divisions, affiliate entities, and business units; and
  • Working with minimal supervision, a high degree of initiative and excellent independent judgment in escalating issues within broadly defined practices and policies.

Critical Skills:

  • Extensive legal experience with high-volume, sales-driven, complex commercial contracting – much of it in a healthcare context.
  • Extensive experience providing business-focused legal counsel to a corporate client in the healthcare sector, as in-house counsel or in a healthcare-focused practice group of a law firm.
  • Experience working for or closely with one or more of the following: pharmaceutical manufacturers, health plans, pharmacy benefits managers, hospitals, physicians or pharmacies.
  • Highly Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote) OneDrive, SharePoint and general Intranet and Internet research skills.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills with emphasis on knowing the audience.
  • Ability to present information, clearly, concisely and logically.
  • Ability to work effectively with clients and promote the reputation and integrity of McKesson and the McKesson Law Department.
  • Experience communicating effectively with all levels of personnel, both internal and external to the organization.
  • Ability to create, tailor, and deliver impactful educational presentations to other legal professionals or non-legal business leaders on complex legal topics in an understandable, engaging way.

Additional Knowledge & Skills

  • Experience working with key healthcare statutes and regulations, including pharmacy law and regulations (including licensing requirements), federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (including Drug Supply Chain Security Act), Controlled Substance Act, Federal and state Anti-Kickback Laws, Stark law, HIPAA, and state privacy laws.
  • Strong knowledge of the structure, implementation and operation of corporate compliance programs in the healthcare setting.


  • J.D. from ABA accredited law school required.


  • Business Travel approximately 3-4 days at a time 4-8 times per year

We take pride in our culture of connection and believe in a workplace where everyone can be their full, authentic self. We welcome and encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities and others with diverse perspectives to join our growing team. Your unique perspective and experience are valuable assets that can translate into a rewarding career path with us. Apply to join our team and help shape the future of healthcare!

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