Director, Compliance Counsel (Healthcare Law Compliance)

South San Francisco, California, United States


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Cytokinetics is a late-stage, specialty cardiovascular biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing first-in-class muscle activators and next-in-class muscle inhibitors as potential treatments for debilitating diseases in which cardiac muscle performance is compromised. As a leader in muscle biology and the mechanics of muscle performance, the company is developing small molecule drug candidates specifically engineered to impact myocardial muscle function and contractility.

We view our employees as the unequivocal ingredients to success. Each and every employee is an integral member of the Cytokinetics team, contributing to our shared goal of improving lives. While expectations of our employees are high, there is an equal commitment to ensuring that contributions are recognized and rewarded. We seek exceptional individuals to join us in our mission to develop potential medicines to improve the healthspan of people with cardiovascular and neuromuscular diseases of impaired muscle function.

We are seeking a Compliance Counsel to join our Compliance group.  This position will have the opportunity to provide compliance and business conduct advice and support across the company, although based on experience and prior job responsibilities, this role will also have primary responsibility for defined functional areas.  This position will report to the VP, Chief Compliance Officer.


  • Serve as a key subject matter expert in supporting the business conduct and compliance advisory needs of the Commercial organization.
  • Expert understanding of the laws, regulations, industry standards, and guidelines for interactions with healthcare professionals and other Ethical codes and regulations.
  • Advise and counsel on appropriate business conduct interactions with healthcare providers, patients, managed care entities, academic institutions, and government entities, including on topics such as fair market value, advisory board participation, sales and marketing, .
  • Enhance and implement systems or capture mechanisms for all business conduct and compliance advisory guidance for company posterity (e.g, electronic resource directory).
  • Oversee and manage the process and capture of timely, accurate and consistent data for incorporation into filings and reports related to required HCP payment disclosure, including U.S. Sunshine Act and state law reporting.
  • Partner with all Company internal clients to clarify and help validate data, and prepare reports and filings for transparency data for final attestation by the Chief Compliance Officer.
  • Oversee, manage, and engage in continuous improvement, review, drafting, and project management for all Compliance-specific policies, SOPs, guidelines, and work instructions.
  • Serve as an accountability partner for managing, maintaining, documenting, and dispatch of all Compliance-training materials, policies, or content (including New Hire Compliance Trainings) and other LMS project management areas.
  • Oversee and manage the process, data capture, analytics, and report generation for compliance monitoring activities (live monitoring and process/documentation monitoring) in conjunction with the Chief Compliance Officer.
  • Serve as principal Compliance reviewer for the Corporate Affairs Grants Review Committee (GRC).
  • Serve as primary reviewer for key compliance and risk identification expertise in both the Promotional Materials Review Committee (PMRC) and the Medical Review Committee (MRC).
  • Assist and partner with the Chief Compliance Officer on various privacy-related projects and policies, and Privacy project management areas, including the Privacy Council and affiliated workgroups, as applicable (e.g, Artificial Intelligence or Cybersecurity)
  • Partner and collaborate, as appropriate and applicable, with Legal colleagues on matters that pertain to overlap of compliance and Legal (e.g., Privacy documentation reviews)
  • Keep apprised of applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations and apply them to areas of responsibility.
  • Experience with drug advertising and pharmaceutical drug promotion practices, and privacy (CCPA and GDPR) helpful.


  • JD degree with a minimum of 5-10 years of experience as in-house counsel or associate at a major law firm with a background in biotechnology, pharma or healthcare related matters. A combination of both in-house and law firm experience is a plus. However, expertise in healthcare law compliance is a requirement.
  • Admitted to at least one state bar. Admitted to California bar or admitted as Registered In-House Counsel required.
  • Detailed-oriented with a high level of intellectual, professional and interpersonal agility and flexibility.
  • Solution-oriented and growth mindset in working with clients on matters of business advisory, compliance, and ethics in the many emerging and novel areas of pharmaceutical/life science.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Well-organized and hardworking, with the ability to manage numerous projects simultaneously under deadline pressure.
  • Excellent analytical skills, with a strong ability to draft and review legal documents, analyze legal advice and apply legal advice to business needs.
  • Ability to form strong working relationships with all levels of management, employees, and partners while maintaining firm adherence to proper legal standards.
  • Team-oriented, sound judgment, self-motivation and willingness to take initiative.


Our passion is anchored in rigorous and diligent scientific and clinical approaches to the discovery and development of novel mechanism therapeutics. With gratitude for the commitments and convictions of our employees who are inspired by the courage of patients we aim to serve, we believe Cytokinetics will continue to be a pioneering, values-driven, sustainable, fully integrated biopharmaceutical company.


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Cytokinetics is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Actual salary at the time of hire may vary and may be above or below the range based on various factors, including, but not limited to, the candidate’s relevant qualifications, skills, and experience, as well as the service line and location where this position may be filled.

Salary Pay Range$221,000—$270,000 USD

Our employees come from different backgrounds, and we celebrate those differences. We are looking for the best candidates for our open roles, but do not expect applicants to meet every qualification in order to be considered. If you are excited about what you could accomplish at Cytokinetics and believe you can add value to our team, we would love to hear from you.

Please review our General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) policy PRIOR to applying.  

Our passion is anchored in robust scientific thinking, grounded in integrity and critical thinking. We keep the patient front and center in all we do – all actions and decisions are in service of the patient and their caregivers. We champion integrity, ethics, doing the right thing, and being our best selves.

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Cytokinetics is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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Region: North America
Country: United States

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