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Associate General Counsel - Florham Park, NJ

At BASF, we create chemistry through the power of connected minds. By balancing economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, we are building a more sustainable future through chemistry. As the world’s leading chemical company, we help our customers in nearly every industry meet the current and future needs of society through science and innovation.
We provide a challenging and rewarding work environment and are always working to form the best team—especially from within, through an emphasis on lifelong learning and development.
We are constantly striving to become an even better place to work. BASF has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s Best Employers in 2016. Come join us on our journey to create solutions for a sustainable future!
Where the Chemistry Happens…
Associate General Counsel is responsible for a broad range of intellectual property matters, primarily focused on biotechnologies, care chemicals, performance chemicals, chemical intermediates, nutrition and health, and catalysts though may include other areas as appropriate. This position leads a team of IP attorneys, and drives patent strategies with regard to competitive IP environment on a global basis.
Formula for success. You will…..
  • Lead a team of attorneys to accomplish the goals in a collaborative manner
  • Develop patent strategies and competitive assessments to support the business, working closely with business leaders and global teams
  • Manage budget to ensure alignment with legal function goals
  • Prepare agreements and other transactional support in support of business goals
  • Prepare freedom to operate guidance to the business
  • Assist and manage outside counsel
  • Lead IP support for contentious proceedings
Leadership Core Responsibilities:
  • Coach and develop team members to reach their full potential
  • Support development assignments and movement of talent across units
  • Motivate and challenge to drive high performance
  • Commit to "hiring the best" internally and externally
  • Create an inclusive environment which embraces and derives value from diversity
  • Execute performance and career development discussions
  • Role model and enable development of competencies in others needed to implement BASF's strategy
  • Establish and support a safety culture in which all accidents are preventable

Create Your Own Chemistry: What We Offer You…
Adding value to our customers begins with adding value to you. You@BASF is the suite of benefits, perks, programs and unique opportunities we offer to support you—the whole you—in all stages of your life and career. With you@BASF, you create your own chemistry.
The total rewards that you receive as a BASF employee go way beyond a paycheck. From competitive health and insurance plans, to robust retirement benefits that include company-matching contributions, to making sure you never stop learning, we believe investing in you is investing in our success. Working for a large, global organization, you’ll have a chance to grow professionally and personally, expand your network and build a rewarding and dynamic career.

Ingredients for Success: What We Look For in You…
  • Bachelor’s degree in science or engineering discipline required
  • J.D. from an ABA accredited law school required
  • Minimum 10 years of intellectual property legal experience, primarily in patent and trade secret law required Experience should include preparation/prosecution of patent applications; freedom to operate assessments; contentious proceedings at the USPTO and globally (including IPRs, reexaminations, interferences, oppositions); IP transactional work, including research and development agreements, licenses, service agreements and confidentiality agreements; IP infringement analysis; and IP due diligence in support of acquisitions, divestitures and other transactions.
  • Admitted to practice in a U.S. jurisdiction required
  • Admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office required
  • Experience managing others and/or leading legal teams required
  • Experience working in a corporate legal function highly preferred
  • Demonstrated experience with managing budgets for a team or organization

Leadership Expectations: As a leader at BASF, you will play a key role in creating value for the company through people. Our top candidate will be expected to enable greater personal success among our employees through quality people development, coaching, and performance management. Leaders at BASF are role models to help employees develop the competencies needed to implement BASF's strategy. Our expectation is that leaders will coach and develop team members to reach their full potential, and support relevant development assignments, opportunities and moves while motivating and challenging employees to drive high performance. Our leaders must be committed to "hiring the best" internally and externally at the same time they are creating an inclusive environment which embraces and derives value from diversity. Finally, a leader at BASF must establish and support our safety culture in which all accidents are preventable.