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Contracts Manager

Avidity Biosciences

Avidity Biosciences

San Diego, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, May 11, 2024


Job Title:

Contracts Manager


San Diego, CA / Hybrid

Position type:


Full time




Strive to Bring a Profound Difference to our Patients

At Avidity Biosciences, we are passionate about the impact of every employee in realizing our vision of improving people’s lives by delivering a new class of RNA therapeutics. Avidity is revolutionizing the field of RNA with its proprietary AOCs, which are designed to combine the specificity of monoclonal antibodies with the precision of oligonucleotide therapies to address targets and diseases previously unreachable with existing RNA therapies. If you are a committed, solution-oriented thinker, join us in making a difference and become part of our growing culture that is integrated, collaborative, agile and focused on the needs of patients.

Avidity Biosciences, Inc.'s mission is to profoundly improve people's lives by delivering a new class of RNA therapeutics - Antibody Oligonucleotide Conjugates (AOCs™). Utilizing its proprietary AOC platform, Avidity demonstrated the first-ever successful targeted delivery of RNA into muscle and is leading the field with clinical development programs for three rare muscle diseases: myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1), Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD). Avidity is broadening the reach of AOCs with its advancing and expanding pipeline, including programs in cardiology and immunology through internal discovery efforts and key partnerships. Avidity is headquartered in San Diego, CA. For more information about our AOC platform, clinical development pipeline, and people, please visit and engage with us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

The Opportunity

Avidity Biosciences is currently seeking a motivated and skilled individual to join our legal team to administer corporate legal processes and manage company agreements. This position requires relevant in-house experience in the legal department of a biotech or pharmaceutical company, although experience with a leading law firm may be considered. The successful candidate will join a growing legal team in the support of all aspects of our business, clinical, corporate, and research goals. This is a full-time position and is located at our corporate headquarters in San Diego, CA.

What You Will Contribute

  • Primary responsibility is contract drafting, negotiation, management and administration.
  • Creates, analyzes, updates, and manages Company contract records in the contract management system.
  • Reviews contract records for completeness and accuracy.
  • Completes initial review and redlines of contracts with escalations to attorneys as required.
  • Maintains and updates contract management system.
  • Manages life cycle of contracts from contract request through expiration/termination/extension.
  • Supports creation of contracts by gathering and vetting required inputs including, but not limited to, business terms from a variety of functional owners.
  • Guides internal colleagues in the contract request process and obtains input as needed.
  • Reviews contract requests for consistency with Company requirements and policies and responds to requests according to current priorities.
  • Performs review of mature contracts and manages renewals and amendments.
  • Works with Procurement, Finance, IP, and IT to streamline the contract process and integrate information with other functional area needs.
  • Maintains standardized forms and templates and assists in updating them.
  • Formats documents for finalization and execution including use of e-signature services.
  • Creates contract reports in contract system.
  • Gathers, analyzes, and reports on legal department budget related information.
  • May assist Contract Administrators with status inquiries, process questions, and directs inquiries to the appropriate colleague.
  • Participates in the creation and presentation of PowerPoint presentations to the company as well as the new hire onboarding process.

What We Seek

Avidity is a newly public company that is rapidly expanding in all aspects of its business. Avidity is a company with a specific focus on biotechnology pharmaceutical research and development and the legal department handles a variety of different relationship types. As such the requirements of this position are not routine, and include:

  • A life sciences Bachelor’s degree is preferred, and a paralegal certificate is a plus but not required.
  • 4+ years contract/budget management work experience in a pharmaceutical company.
  • High degree of ability to navigate unsettled contract issues to find solutions.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects to be efficient and timely with work product.
  • Excellent communication skills among colleagues and outside parties.
  • Ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders including colleagues, vendors, CROs, CMOs, service providers, consultants, collaboration partners, and clinical sites in a highly professional manner.
  • Comfortable communicating issues and problems and proposing solutions for timely resolution.
  • Expressing ideas for continuous improvement.
  • Proficient in managing the processes related to contracting and purchasing.
  • Familiarity with the life sciences industry, especially in drug discovery and clinical development.
  • Excellent time management, prioritization, written and oral communication skills.
  • Superior attention to detail and adaptability with new/evolving processes will be key.
  • Positive outlook, willingness to learn and contribute, and a team-oriented attitude.
  • Advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Office products, Adobe, DocuSign.

What We will Provide to You:

  • The base salary range for this role is $121,900 - $134,700. The final compensation will be commensurate with such factors as relevant experience, skillset, internal equity and market factors.
  • Avidity offers competitive compensation and benefits which includes the opportunity for annual and spot bonuses, stock options and RSUs, as well as a 401(k) with an employer match. In addition, the comprehensive wellness program includes coverage for medical, dental, vision, and LTD, and four weeks of time off.
  • A commitment to learning and development which includes a variety of programming internally developed by and for Avidity employees, opportunities for job-specific training offered by industry, and an education reimbursement program.

Avidity Biosciences

10578 Science Center Dr. Suite 125

San Diego, CA


O: 858-401-7900

F: 858-401-7901