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Commercial/Contracts Attorney | Twist Bioscience

Steven John & Associates is pleased to announce our firm's exclusive partnership with Twist Bioscience in the company's search for the newest member of its talented legal team.

Reporting to the Intellectual Property Counsel, the Commercial/Contracts Attorney, will be responsible for legal matters for a leading synthetic biology company. The Commercial/Contracts Attorney will prepare, review, and negotiate contracts and other legal documents, advise the Sales and Marketing Department on applicable law, and ensure that the company’s sales and marketing practices are in compliance with all applicable law.

What You’ll Be Doing

  • Responsible for contracts and commercial law.

  • Negotiate and draft contracts with vendors, suppliers, purchasers, and customers.

  • Advise company on best practices and legal updates affecting contracting.

  • Provide legal support to e-commerce efforts.

  • Responsible for end user license agreements, NDA’s, CDA’s, privacy policies, proprietary rights agreements, supply and services agreements and other contracting needs.

  • Assist on other projects as needed, including but not limited to biosecurity issues.

  • Provide training to stakeholders.

  • Other responsibilities as assigned.


What You’ll Bring to the Team

  • J.D. degree required. Must be licensed to practice in the State of California and before local Federal Courts.

  • 4-8 years of experience in a law firm and/or in house legal department  with emphasis on contracting and commercial experience.

  • Creative problem solver.

  • Hands-on attorney.

  • Substantial experience working with a biotech or pharmaceutical company.

  • Experience building for scale.

  • Experience with domestic (U.S.) and international contracts.

  • Experience with government contracting and subcontracting.


About Twist Bioscience

Twist Bioscience synthesizes genes from scratch, known as “writing” DNA. Just as children learn to both read and write, the next phase of development for the genomics revolution is the ability to write DNA.

At Twist Bioscience, we work in service of people who are changing the world for the better. In fields such as health care, agriculture, industrial chemicals and data storage, our unique silicon-based DNA Synthesis Platform provides precision at a scale that is otherwise unavailable to our customers.

Twist Bioscience Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Twist Bioscience Corporation provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic characteristics, or any other category protected by law.

Application Process

Interested, qualified attorneys are encouraged to apply by sending an electronic copy of the following: (1) a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position and the ways in which you satisfy the qualifications specified above, and (2) a resume.


Application materials should be sent in MSWord or PDF to search consultants Steve John and Jason Snyder at the email addresses listed below. All inquiries and/or resumes sent directly to Twist Bioscience will be redirected to Steven John & Associates, LLC for review, which may cause significant delay in evaluation and response.


On behalf of Twist Bioscience, we thank you for your interest in the Commercial/Contracts Counsel opportunity.


Steve John

Founder & Principal

Steven John & Associates, LLC


(415) 505-6685


Jason Snyder

Managing Director

Steven John & Associates, LLC


(415) 505-6687