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Senior Counsel, Information Governance

Emergent BioSolutions Inc.
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Those who join Emergent BioSolutions feel a sense of ownership about their future. You will excel in an environment characterized by respect, innovation and growth opportunities. Here, you will join passionate professionals who advance their scientific, technical and professional skills to develop products designed-to protect life.


This Senior Counsel, Information Governance will be a new position at Emergent on the Global Employment Law, Litigation & Information Governance team. The position will serve as the legal representative on cross-functional teams for establishing and managing information governance processes such as data classification, records management, legal holds, and eDiscovery, as well as managing or assisting with all non-intellectual property litigation and advising on privacy and cybersecurity issues.


Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Advise on data protection, cybersecurity, incident/breach response, business continuity and the protection of company assets through the use of cutting-edge technology. 
  • Work with cross-functional teams to assess, design and implement technology and processes for Records Management including retention schedules, Legal holds, and eDiscovery for pre-case assessments, administrative proceedings, investigative matters, and litigation with a focus on compliance and litigation readiness
  • Advise on appropriate retention and destruction policies and processes of various types of data and information
  • Manage third-party subpoena responses
  • Assist with employee and dispute escalations, alternative dispute resolution, and pre-litigation and litigation matters
  • Work closely on global Privacy legal obligations with other legal team members, members of Ethics and Compliance, and IT Security (especially around data mapping and responding to data subject access requests)
  • Monitor and share best practices and trends on legal issue regarding information governance and cybersecurity
  • Identify opportunities to enhance effectiveness of legal department operations.
  • Communicate, educate and train on technology solutions/processes
  • Help drive performance of business objectives by identifying possible solutions for identified legal issues
  • Actively participate in department initiatives and devise scalable processes to support busy legal department
  • Retain, supervise and direct outside counsel and other third-party vendors effectively and efficiently managing legal expenses consistent with the Legal operations budget.


The above statements are intended to describe the nature of work performed by those in this job and are not an exhaustive list of all duties. Nothing in this job description restricts managements right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time which reflects managements assignment of essential functions.



  • Law Degree from an ABA accredited school and licensed and in good standing in at least one U.S. State
  • 5-10 years of legal experience in a law firm, in-house and/or government setting
  • Significant experience working on setting up and/or overseeing processes/software tools for at least 2 of the following: e-Discovery, data classification, contracts management, and records management
  • Significant experience working with IT/ Information Security teams on programs, policies and processes
  • Significant litigation experience in U.S. state and federal courts
  • Experience with working with teams to implement technology for legal departments and clients/customers
  • Familiarity with privacy law and cybersecurity
  • Preferably experience with US and global issues
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively work in a matrix team environment
  • Strong organizational and prioritization skills in order to effectively manage multiple projects in a fast-moving, quickly-changing environment and communicate across functions effectively
  • Excellent judgment, analytical and strategic thinking skills 
  • Ability to work well in a fast pace, changing environment with confidence, focus, efficiency, and accountability
  • Motivated self-starter who can ask important questions, exercise good judgment, make decisions, and follow-through to completion of projects in an expeditious manner.
  • Strong and consistent attention to detail
  • Willingness to pitch in on varied legal department needs
  • Strong ability to grasp legal issues quickly, exhibit strong analytical problem solving and decision-making skills, exercise sound judgment, and provide practical and constructive legal advice in a time-sensitive, dynamic, and fast-paced complex environment.
  • Strong negotiation and communication skills (both oral and written). Ability to communicate legal and technology issues in a clear and understandable manner to attorneys and non-attorneys.
  • Ability to build relationships across functions and sites and inspires trust and confidence through effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong work ethic and ability to manage large workload, focus on critical priorities, and otherwise effectively meet client needs directly and with members of the Legal Department.
  • Defines success in terms of team goals, adapts quickly to changing resource requirements, has a clear understanding of other groups business priorities, and uses knowledge of organizational culture to achieve objectives.

There are physical/mental demands and work environment characteristics that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. This information is available upon request from the candidate.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform all essential functions.

Emergent BioSolutions is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and values the diversity of our workforce. Emergent does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), gender identity or gender expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, physical or mental disability, military service or veteran status, genetic information or any other characteristics protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

Information submitted will be used by Emergent BioSolutions for activities related to your prospective employment. Emergent BioSolutions respects your privacy and any use of the information submitted will be subject to the terms of our Privacy Policy<> .

Emergent BioSolutions does not accept non-solicited resumes or candidate submittals from search/recruiting agencies not already on Emergent BioSolutions approved agency list. Unsolicited resumes or candidate information submitted to Emergent BioSolutions by search/recruiting agencies not already on Emergent BioSolutions approved agency list shall become the property of Emergent BioSolutions and if the candidate is subsequently hired by Emergent BioSolutions, Emergent BioSolutions shall not owe any fee to the submitting agency.


Protecting and Enhancing 1 billion lives by 2030 focuses our energy to improve the quality of life for individuals around the world, giving them the opportunity to experience the fullness of life.

Our drive towards this vision informs all of our actionswhether it is our approach to product development, manufacturing, encouraging employee health and wellness or giving back to the communitywe strive every day to achieve this shared goal.


  • Stand shoulder to shoulder no matter what
    • We combine our best thinking and communicate openly to support each other.
  • Break through thinking
    • We take smart risks, pursue innovation and challenge ourselves to constantly improve.
  • Own it always
    • Every person at Emergent is engaged and accountable for delivering on our commitments.
  • Compete where it counts
    • We set the right goals and respect each other as we conquer them together.


Posted: 2020-12-31 Expires: 2021-02-07

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Emergent BioSolutions Inc.
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

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