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Foghorn Therapeutics Contract Specialist in Cambridge, Massachusetts

About Foghorn

Foghorn® Therapeutics is discovering and developing a novel class of precision medicine therapeutics targeting the chromatin regulatory system in oncology. Through its scalable Gene Traffic Control? product platform, Foghorn is systematically interrogating and drugging the chromatin regulatory system. The Company, currently in pre-clinical stage, is advancing over 10 small molecule and protein degrader programs across a wide range of cancers. The company expects to file an IND for its first program later this year.

Foghorn, a Flagship Pioneering® company, was founded in 2016 by Cigall Kadoch, Ph.D., Gerald Crabtree, M.D., and Doug Cole, M.D., of Flagship Pioneering. Learn more about Foghorn at

About the Chromatin Regulatory System

The chromatin regulatory system regulates gene expression by directing the movement of molecules that turn genes on and off. Disease dependencies associated with the chromatin regulatory system are estimated to impact over 2.5 million cancer patients across the United States, Europe and Japan. This system is further implicated in neurological, autoimmune, and other serious diseases.

Job Summary

Contract Specialist to be an integral member of the Foghorn Therapeutics legal team, reporting to the Contract Manager. This position will provide legal support and assistance to internal and external counsel, as well as internal clients managing day to day legal operations activities and supporting contracts-related matters. The complexity and volume of the work required of the Contract Specialist requires an individual with great attention to detail and the ability to work independently with strong judgement and problem-solving skills.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Perform the following tasks: daily tracking, draft, review, negotiate and/or provide oversight and execution of a variety of agreements, including confidentiality, material transfer, services, consulting, clinical trial, purchase, and other business agreements in accordance with Foghorn?s legal standards.

  • Ensure the contract repository is accurate and up to date.

  • Performs contract administration functions including: assisting with obtaining approvals on authorization forms as required; maintaining a contract tracking system to report contract signing status updates; providing notice of all executed contracts to the appropriate team members along with contract values; and scanning and filing executed contracts in the contract database for access by other staff members.

  • Provides management with regular status updates on all open contracts and any outstanding issues.

  • Generate reports, presentations, spreadsheets, memos, and other documents for the Legal and Compliance Department, internal/external clients and/or the senior management team, as requested.

  • Assist in preparing correspondence, updating files, and performing other administrative tasks pertaining to contract management.

  • Complete special projects as requested.

Core Competencies & Critical Factors for Success:

  • Strong project management skills.

  • Ability to adapt and handle multiple projects in a fast-paced deadline-driven environment.

  • Self-directed and proactive with an ability to work both independently and within a team environment across various functional groups and levels within the organization.

  • Outstanding organizational, collaboration and written and verbal communication skills.

  • Excellent attention to detail, problem solving, and proofreading abilities.

  • Demonstrated business acumen and sound judgment.


  • A Bachelor?s degree required and a minimum of two years of experience performing paralegal duties or equivalent; experience in drafting, negotiating and executing contracts, preferably in the biopharmaceutical industry.

  • Knowledge of and proven ability to manage contracts from initiation through execution and tracking.

  • Proficient skills in MS Suite applications.

  • Familiarity with basic legal concepts and transactional forms.

  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, problem solve and carry out multiple related assignments in a fast-paced deadline-driven environment.

  • Commitment to integrity and ethical conduct and ability to handle confidential and proprietary information with discretion and sound judgment.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.