Syneos Health

Corporate Counsel (Technology Transactions) – (19005903)


Syneos Health is looking for a dynamic individual to serve as our first lawyer dedicated to technology transactions. The successful candidate will establish global corporate policies and practices for a broad range of technology-related issues, lead complex domestic and international negotiations, and provide counsel to internal stakeholders across the company. You will regularly handle problems that involve intellectual property, privacy, information security, and contract law. This is a highly commercial role that requires sound judgement and interfacing with a number of internal and external constituents.

The Office of General Counsel (OGC) is looking for an attorney with technology transactions expertise and experience to be part of the Business Services team tasked with advising, counseling, structuring and negotiating technology and intellectual property-related transactions. This position offers an opportunity to work closely with stakeholders across the company and around the world. You will handle matters that range from client-facing issues to vendor contracts… and everything in between. This role will also interact closely with colleagues throughout the firm’s legal and compliance functions in order to provide legal support in connection with the development of new products, services and partnerships and to provide subject matter expertise on a wide range of services and transactions.


  • Provide general advice and counsel on technology and intellectual property-related transactions with a focus on software, SAAS, maintenance and support, web hosting; data and content licensing; outsourcing implementation transactions; data usage agreements; counseling on digital strategy concerns including open source licensing, data security, data use and privacy issues (including CCPA, GDPR, GLBA and cross-border data privacy issues); hosting, cloud computing and software services agreements; internet exchanges and marketplaces; internet advertising and sponsorship agreements
  • Develop, document and implement contractual protections, processes and policies to effect compliance with the evolving legal and regulatory environment.
  • Instruct, manage and work with external counsel and consultants.
  • Opportunity to work with subject matter expert lawyers regarding the structuring, negotiation and execution of complex transactions.
  • Partner with stakeholder teams to ensure agreements are consistent with applicable legal requirements, internal corporate policies and processes.
  • Develop streamlined, organized and efficient policies and procedures for contracts, including establishing playbooks, and template language.
  • Manage processes and workflows governing the intake, review, and approval of contract requests.
  • Manage workload and metrics, driving turnaround times with high quality work product.
  • Provide pragmatic day-to-day and strategic advice to minimize legal risks while advancing goals and initiatives.
  • Identify training needs within the business and develop and present training sessions on relevant transactional issues and processes.
  • Manage external counsel within specified budgetary limits and in line with business and legal management’s expectations.
  • Must be able to work under tight deadlines and interact with lawyers and business teams globally.
  • Perform other work-related duties as assigned. Travel may be required (up to 25%).


  • Judgment: Demonstrates expertise and sound judgment, understands how assigned responsibilities support Syneos Health’s business objectives, and is able to provide practical, risk-balanced advice based upon a thorough understanding of the scope of an issue, taking full advantage of internal networks and external intelligence. Ability to promote company objectives while also applying the law with the highest ethical standards.
  • Collaboration: Works with others to gain a firm understanding of available legal, functional, and business resources, integrates information from a number of sources, capably navigates a matrixed environment and works well in a team in order to achieve optimal business results.
  • Anticipation: Anticipates changes in law, enforcement, and/or business objectives, develops contingency plans, and adapts approach as necessary to manage risks effectively and mitigate issues before they arise.
  • Influencing Skills: Builds strong relationships with business partners to tactfully influence and gain their support to drive desired outcomes. Represents Syneos Health externally to customers, suppliers, and competitors. Resolves or avoids legal issues using negotiation skills and legal expertise


  • Completion of law school with a J.D. or L.L.B. degree and admission to the bar and in good standing in at least one jurisdiction in the United States required.
  • 8+ years of progressively responsible and relevant transactional experience in private practice or in-house capacity (or a combination thereof) with 4+ years handling technology transactions, preferably some of which is in the life sciences sector. In-house experience preferred.
  • Ability to understand complex contractual issues, assess risk, and provide concise, plain English, business-focused legal advice.
  • Extensive background in technology transactions, drafting agreements, intellectual property with a solid understanding of information security and data privacy laws.
  • Knowledge and background using contracting tools and applications.
  • Experience counseling organizations and assisting in developing strategic solutions, with a track record of building business relationships and gaining trust of internal clients.
  • Experience handling multiple projects in fast-paced environment, with a high degree of client service orientation, and performing successfully in cross-functional teams.
  • Able to independently handle complex matters with minimal supervision. Understands when to escalate issues to senior management for awareness or decision.
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, strategic thinking, communication and organizational skills.


Tasks, duties, and responsibilities as listed in this job description are not exhaustive. The Company, at its sole discretion and with no prior notice, may assign other tasks, duties, and job responsibilities. Equivalent experience, skills, and/or education will also be considered so qualifications of incumbents may differ from those listed in the Job Description. The Company, at its sole discretion, will determine what constitutes as equivalent to the qualifications described above. Further, nothing contained herein should be construed to create an employment contract. Occasionally, required skills/experiences for jobs are expressed in brief terms. Any language contained herein is intended to fully comply with all obligations imposed by the legislation of each country in which it operates, including the implementation of the EU Equality Directive, in relation to the recruitment and employment of its employees.

Primary Location

North America – USA-NC-Morrisville-1030-SyncSt

Other Locations

North America – US Home-Based, North America – USA-Somerset-500-Atrium-Drive

Job: Legal

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Employee Status: Regular