Global Product Counsel

  • Pfizer Inc.
  • New York, NY, USA
  • May 02, 2024
Full time Legal Other

Job Description



The Global Product Counsel (“GPC”) will serve as counsel for prescription product(s) across one or more businesses within Pfizer’s Primary Care, Specialty Care and/or Oncology.

This GPC will provide legal guidance and counsel to commercial, medical and cross-functional teams, and support contracting, access, and policy initiatives in a matrixed corporate environment that requires an enterprise mindset and effective collaboration with internal legal subject-matter experts and key cross-functional stakeholders.


  • Operate as counsel, including risk counselor, for assigned in-line and pipeline products on a global basis, as well as assigned business teams, along with other related legal responsibilities in support of the business; 

  • Understand the strategic and tactical objectives of the relevant commercial, medical, HEOR, communications, or corporate affairs teams and develop creative and thoughtful solutions to key initiatives, taking into account current legal and regulatory landscapes, Pfizer policies and procedures and the current and future needs of Pfizer;

Support medical and commercial development for assigned products, including:

  • Regulatory and medical strategies

  • Proactive benefit: risk assessment, product safety and risk-mitigation activities

  • Market development/disease awareness

  • Product communication activities

  • Access, pricing and patient support initiatives

  • Liaise with litigation, IP, and transactional partners on ongoing litigations and disputes, and ensure timely updates to business lead to drive these matters to resolution

Support US marketing and sales activities for assigned products, including:

  • Advertising and promotion and all product communication strategies

  • Healthcare law compliance

  • Risk assessment and mitigation planning

  • Ongoing compliance monitoring

  • Collaborate with international platform colleagues on business strategies and practices being implemented in their markets, along with numerous competitor issues.

  • Ensure compliance with legal policies and procedures, controls and statutory requirements within relevant business areas.

  • Work constructively and collaboratively with other members of Pfizer’s Legal Division, legal staff, business colleagues and compliance professionals.

  • Demonstrate strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills as well as sound judgment with a high level of professionalism and minimal supervision. Must be detail-oriented, a quick learner, and able to work effectively in a highly matrixed organization.

Ability and willingness to:

  • Gain deep understanding of business strategies and actively counsel on business and legal approaches and opportunities

  • Devise and deliver tailored training programs to key client groups on a range of legal, policy and compliance matters

  • Anticipate, develop and advocate positions on important regulatory policy and external environment matters impacting Pfizer’s business objectives

  • Build networks throughout the Pfizer Legal Division and the company, and receive input from and collaborate with attorneys and other colleagues providing platform services, including colleagues supporting procurement, patent law, litigation, regulatory, medical, commercial business units, R&D and compliance

  • Track record of accountability and sound judgment, including the ability to take ownership of and move projects to closure

  • Excellent drafting and negotiation skills with an eye for detail combined with pragmatism/sound judgment

  • Excellent communication skills to convey complex legal issues to clients in a clear and concise manner



 The successful candidate must have the following qualifications, skills and attributes:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent.

  • Juris Doctorate or equivalent law degree.

  • 7+ years legal and/or compliance experience.

  • 3+ years in the pharmaceutical, biotech or healthcare industry, or at a law firm supporting those industries, including experience in regulatory law and commercial/medical-related matters.

  • Proven capacity to cultivate strong client relationships and successfully influence leadership in a fast-paced, innovative business climate.

  • A thorough understanding of regulatory and legal frameworks governing the sales and marketing of approved medicines, and regulatory framework for investigational medicines.

  • Candidate demonstrates a breadth of diverse leadership experiences and capabilities including: the ability to influence and collaborate with peers, develop and coach others, oversee and guide the work of other colleagues to achieve meaningful outcomes and create business impact.


  • Demonstrated ability to grasp statutory and regulatory concepts quickly, and to proactively identify and analyze potential legal issues and provide thoughtful and creative business-focused legal advice and solutions.


  • Some travel may be required