General Information

Job Advert Title
Senior Legal Manager
Function/Business Area
Legal, Risk, Ethics & Compliance
Legal Commercial for Established & International Markets
Employment Class


Senior Legal Manager, Legal Counsel Spain and Portugal

About Astellas:

At Astellas we can offer an inspiring place to work and a chance to make your mark in doing good for others.

Our expertise, science and technology make us a pharma company. Our open and progressive culture is what makes us Astellas. It’s a culture of doing good for others and contributing to a sustainable society.

Delivering meaningful differences for patients is our driving force. We all have a significant opportunity to make that difference, working locally in the areas we know best, whilst drawing inspiration from the different insights and expertise we have access to globally and from our innovative, external partners.

Our global vision for Patient Centricity is to support the development of innovative health solutions through a deep understanding of the patient experience. At Astellas, Patient Centricity isn’t a buzzword - it’s a guiding principle for action. We believe all staff have a role to play in creating a patient-centric culture and integrating an awareness of the patient into our everyday working practices, regardless of our role, team or division.

Our ethos is underpinned by the Astellas Way, comprising five core values: patient focus; ownership; results; openness and integrity.

We are proud to offer an inclusive and respectful working environment that fosters collaboration and ownership.

Our aspiration is to bring the best brains together, to provide them with world-leading tools and resources and a unique structure that fosters real agility and entrepreneurial spirit.

About This Job:

We are looking for a new Senior Legal Manager, Legal Counsel Spain and Portugal to join our legal team!

The Senior Legal Manager, Legal Counsel Spain & Portugal supports the Legal Commercial Lead Spain & Portugal, and other Affiliate Leads in Established Markets as may be required, by providing the full range of legal support and effective management of legal risks in the relevant Affiliate markets.

As the Strategic business partner to all Affiliate functions for the supported Affiliates in order to facilitate Affiliate strategic objectives and effectively and efficiently manage risk and maximize opportunities in compliance with laws and regulations in a complex and fast evolving commercial and regulatory environment of high potential liability where any errors in advice concerning interpretation of contracts and applicable local laws could result in legal action, investigation by regulatory bodies and/or reputational damage to the Company.

This is an important senior position in the Affiliate responsible for independently managing a broad range of stakeholders at Affiliate, Global and Regional level with a significant impact on business decisions and outcomes.

The role comprises support of and responsibility for multiple countries as well as global and regional projects assigned to it within the Global Legal Department of the Astellas group.

Essential Knowledge & Experience:

  • Qualified attorney with (minimum 5-7 years) post qualified experience in pharmaceutical company
  • Knowledge and understanding of key business, legal and compliance issues within pharma and life science industry including emerging markets (where relevant)
  • Proven ability to influence diverse senior stakeholders
  • Experience in working in multi-functional, cross-cultural teams
  • Strong ability to grasp legal issues quickly, 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 global environment
  • Strong negotiation and communication skills (both oral and written); ability to communicate legal issues in a clear and understandable manner
  • Strong work ethic and ability to manage large workload, multi-task, focus on critical priorities, and otherwise effectively meet client needs
  • Ability to produce high quality work under deadline pressures
  • Team player with demonstrable ability to build relationships both internally and externally
  • Strong organizational skills, detail oriented, innovative, strategic, self-motivated and ability to motivate others
  • A strong commitment to integrity and professionalism and demonstrated passion for excellence

Preferred knowledge/Experience:

  • A combination of top tier law firm and in-house experience is preferred
  • Experience working on Portuguese law aspects – is a plus


  • Law Degree: Master Degree is a plus
  • Languages: Fluent in written and verbal business English is mandatory: good knowledge of Portuguese is a strong plus

Additional information:

  • Full time
  • Location: Madrid, Spain

We offer:

  • A challenging and diversified job in an international setting
  • Opportunity and support to continuous development
  • Inspiring work climate

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.