Senior Corporate Counsel, Environmental, Health and Safety

South San Francisco
California, United States of America

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The Position

Seeking environmental, health and safety (EHS) attorney with extensive experience in EHS counseling and site remediation matters.  The successful candidate will be part of a small team of attorneys, and must be able to work closely and independently with a diverse range of internal clients on all aspects of EHS law.  The candidate also must be able to direct and manage outside counsel retained to support the company’s EHS legal needs.      

Job Description:

Successful candidate will be responsible for providing legal advice to Genentech and Roche U.S. Pharma (Company) affiliated EHS departments, manufacturing operations, engineering and facilities, real estate/planning, research, and other site organizations and businesses. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Advising and representing the Company on complex EHS compliance and enforcement matters, including those arising under federal, California, and other state and local EHS laws and regulations on hazardous waste, hazardous materials, air emissions, wastewater, storm water, radioactive materials, process safety issues, and occupational safety and health;
  • Analyzing issues, developing strategy, and managing complex site remediation- related matters and activities including state and federal Superfund sites;
  • Coordinating environmental due diligence activities and providing legal support for site acquisition and development, divestitures, and other real property-related matters;
  • Partnering with Company transactional attorneys and diverse internal stakeholders to prepare and negotiate EHS provisions of transactional documents;
  • Preparing, reviewing, negotiating, and advising upon EHS-related contract documents, and EHS aspects of vendor relationships;
  • Partnering with representatives of other departments on internal investigations, including, for example, accidents and worker injuries;
  • Contributing to cross-functional or departmental projects and teams;
  • Managing outside counsel retained to support EHS legal matters; and
  • Advising on various EHS programs and procedures


  • J.D. with Bar admission and 10 years of EHS law experience; experience can be at law firm, corporate in-house setting, governmental authority, or a combination; at least five years’ experience at a law firm and/or corporate in-house setting is desirable. 
  • Excellent knowledge and prior practice of major California and federal EHS laws and regulations.
  • Prior experience providing EHS regulatory compliance advice to industrial clients, preferably to the pharmaceutical or biotech industries.
  • Experience with multi-party site cleanup litigation.
  • Working knowledge of real estate and/or land use law desirable.
  • Experience with federal and/or Cal-OSHA desirable.
  • Outstanding communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Superior client relations and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent negotiation skills.
  • Self-motivated, team player, with demonstrated history of resolving challenging legal problems.
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to provide legal advice within a business context.

Who We Are

A member of the Roche Group, Genentech has been at the forefront of the biotechnology industry for more than 40 years, using human genetic information to develop novel medicines for serious and life-threatening diseases. Genentech has multiple therapies on the market for cancer & other serious illnesses. Please take this opportunity to learn about Genentech where we believe that our employees are our most important asset & are dedicated to remaining a great place to work.

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Genentech is an equal opportunity employer & prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, disability, marital & veteran status. For more information about equal employment opportunity, visit our Genentech Careers page.

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