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Cardinal Health Senior Legal Counsel – Global Procurement in Des Moines, Iowa

Senior Legal Counsel – Global Procurement

At Cardinal Health, we're developing the innovative products and services that make healthcare safer and more productive. Join a growing, global company genuinely committed to making a difference for our customers and communities.

What Legal Department contributes to Cardinal Health

The Legal Department is responsible for providing legal advice, counsel and related services to Cardinal Health’s business units. Legal provides the company with strategic, proactive, practical and cost-effective legal advice and services in order to protect the organization's assets, operations and image. The Legal team drafts and negotiates contracts, participates in and provides input on business strategy and legal risks, receives and refers matters to Regulatory and Compliance Department’s subject matter experts and manages those matters to conclusion and otherwise acts as the primary legal counsel for the business unit clients.

What Senior Legal Counsel contributes to Cardinal Health

The Senior Legal Counsel serves as the primary legal partner to leaders of a division within a business unit, providing counsel on legal issues and risk mitigation guidance. They provide legal advice, counsel and services to domestic and international businesses in support of customer, vendor, supplier, and strategic relationships. This includes drafting and negotiating commercial contracts with external parties on behalf of the business, protecting the business’ interests and ensuring that contracts are compliant. Also, Senior Legal Counsel liaises with a variety of Legal and other internal teams to resolve legal issues while participating in and providing input on business strategy, and otherwise acting as primary day-to-day legal contacts for business clients.


  • Provide proactive and pragmatic legal advice and guidance to Global Sourcing business clients based on advanced knowledge of commercial healthcare transactions, knowledge of corresponding laws and regulations a plus

  • Demonstrate strong business acumen and ability to draft and negotiate contracts

  • Handle fast paced and high volume workload

  • Identify legal and compliance issues and business risks and escalate appropriately

  • Effectively communicate with all levels of the Cardinal Health organization

  • Identify and collaborate with subject matter experts from other teams, especially Litigation, Regulatory Counsel and Compliance

  • Proactively identify opportunities for process improvements and efficiencies, including enhancements or adjustments to contract templates based on changes in legal requirements or business strategies

  • Work under the general supervision of senior attorneys and exercise sound judgment as to matters that require attention of Legal and Department senior leadership

  • Provides excellent client service, counsels assigned division leaders on a variety of legal issues and serves as a trusted partner to the business proactively identifying legal risks and providing insights on how the business can incorporate risk mitigation into strategic planning.

  • Interfaces with Contract Administration teams in order to set-up contracts and drafts or revises these commercial agreements for customer and vendor to negotiations.

  • Meets with external parties to negotiate terms of agreements and to achieve the most favorable terms for the business. Based on combination of legal considerations and business acumen, counsels business leaders on the acceptance or refusal of external party terms.

  • Reviews all terms and revisions from external parties and manages the iterations of commercial agreement terms.

  • Reviews a variety of marketing and public relations communications to ensure the compliance of all product information and messaging.

  • When the business engages in litigation, serves as a primary liaison and expert on the business in support of the Litigation team.

What is expected of you for success in your role

  • Provide sound, practical judgment in the interpretation and application of relevant laws, especially Antitrust laws, but also Anti-Kickback Statute, and False Claims Act

  • Consult with and seek guidance from senior attorneys and subject matter experts when appropriate

  • Have excellent writing, contract drafting and negotiating skills

  • Proactively identify and assess business and legal risks, including pre-litigation disputes and inquiries

  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills and ability to provide business clients with clear and precise guidance on business and legal risks

  • Develop and conduct legal training for business clients

  • Seek input and expertise from other in-house lawyers and outside counsel and provide guidance to the business based on discussions with subject-matter experts

  • Understand complex legal and business situations and discern relevant versus non-relevant facts and information

  • Collaborate with others and build knowledge of business and key stakeholders

  • Proactively develop and maintain legal knowledge in specialized area(s), remaining up-to-date on applicable regulations, cases, trends and best practices

  • Identify opportunities to improve efficiency while providing high services levels

  • Communicate in a professional and persuasive manner and have appropriate support and substantiation for legal advice and recommendations Interpret and provide guidance on Cardinal Health’s policies and procedures

  • Be able to develop and implement policies, projects, processes, systems and controls across a complex company

  • Be able to work independently, cross-functionally and collaboratively

What is expected of you and others at this level

  • Applies advanced knowledge and understanding of concepts, principles, and technical capabilities to manage a wide variety of projects

  • Participates in the development of policies and procedures to achieve specific goals

  • Recommends new practices, processes, metrics, or models

  • Works on or may lead complex projects of large scope

  • Projects may have significant and long-term impact

  • Provides solutions which may set precedent

  • Independently determines method for completion of new projects

  • Receives guidance on overall project objectives

  • Acts as a mentor to less experienced colleagues


  • J.D. with a record of high academic achievement in the undergraduate level and in law school

  • License to practice law in Ohio or active bar license in another state

  • 8-12 years in related field, preferably in a large complex organization preferred

  • Commercial/transactional experience required, knowledge of healthcare law preferred

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; acute attention to detail

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, including diplomacy and flexibility, and the ability to interface effectively and engender trust and confidence with personnel at many different levels throughout the company

  • Enthusiasm and "self-starter" qualities enabling him or her to manage responsibilities with an appropriate sense of urgency; the ability to function effectively and efficiently in a fast-paced and dynamic environment

  • Business acumen, including a well-developed understanding of business and commerce and the ability to diagnose corporate legal problems and present positive, creative solutions and alternatives

  • Anticipated salary range: $119,800 - $171,100

  • Bonus eligible: Yes

  • Benefits: Cardinal Health offers a wide variety of benefits and programs to support health and well-being.

  • Medical, dental and vision coverage

  • Paid time off plan

  • Health savings account (HSA)

  • 401k savings plan

  • Access to wages before pay day with myFlexPay

  • Flexible spending accounts (FSAs)

  • Short- and long-term disability coverage

  • Work-Life resources

  • Paid parental leave

  • Healthy lifestyle programs

  • Application window anticipated to close: 5/25/2024 *if interested in opportunity, please submit application as soon as possible.

Candidates who are back-to-work, people with disabilities, without a college degree, and Veterans are encouraged to apply.

Cardinal Health supports an inclusive workplace that values diversity of thought, experience and background. We celebrate the power of our differences to create better solutions for our customers by ensuring employees can be their authentic selves each day. Cardinal Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, pregnancy, veteran status, marital status, creed, status with regard to public assistance, genetic status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.

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