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Assistant Regulatory Counsel, FDA

Date: Apr 3, 2021

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.


Requisition ID: 6540

Built on talent, technology, and trust, Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts and engineered materials. The company’s two industry-leading business segments—Catalysts Technologies and Materials Technologies—provide innovative products, technologies, and services that enhance the products and processes of our customers around the world. Grace employs approximately 3,900 people in over 30 countries.


Job Description

W.R. Grace & Co., a multi-national specialty chemical manufacturing company, is hiring an Assistant Regulatory Counsel- FDA.  As a key member of the Legal-EHS group, you will specialize in regulatory requirements for the complex global Grace business, with a focus on food, drug, and cosmetics laws and have an opportunity to support the company’s product stewardship program.  You will be based at our corporate headquarters in Columbia, MD and will report to the Associate General Counsel-EHS. Responsibilities include:

  • Provide well-informed, practical legal advice for Grace’s global business focusing on the application to our products of food, drug, and cosmetics laws, and chemical inventory laws
  • Negotiate for advantageous, achievable, and adequately flexible terms in contractual and permitting contexts
  • Provide training on evolving global food and drug regulatory requirements
  • Support due diligence and integration of merger and acquisition targets
  • Work cross functionally and with all levels within the company
  • Advance regulatory, commercial, and operational excellence

Required Experience

  • Know federal and state food, drug, and cosmetics regulatory systems
  • Write and communicate clearly; explain complex information to non-lawyers
  • Convey credibility and trust when communicating in and outside the company
  • Prioritize work volume and meet deadlines
  • Travel up to 20%, some international

Required Skills

  • Admitted to at least one bar and in good standing
  • J.D. from an accredited law school with strong academic credentials
  • 5- 15 years’ experience in a law firm, trade association, corporate legal department and/or government agency dealing with food, drug, and cosmetics compliance counseling
  • Experience in enforcement and litigation matters involving FDA required, and USDA regulated substances desirable

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with non-US legal issues and food and drug laws
  • Experience in another language other than English  
  • Interest in expanding expertise into product stewardship regulatory programs.
  • Intellectual curiosity




Grace is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Grace via email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Grace. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Grace as a result of the referral or through other means.


EOE Statement:  W. R. Grace & Co. is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other legally protected status.


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