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Contracts Manager (Maternity Cover)

11 October 2017

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated self-starter for the post of Contracts Manager in the Research Office. The post sits in the Clinical Schools Team and will be responsible for managing the contracts necessary to support the work and research portfolio with the School of Clinical Medicine

The Research Office works in partnership with the University's academic community to support its excellent research.  The post holder will act on behalf of the researcher and the University to negotiate agreements ranging from material transfers to multi-party research collaborations, funded by a range of sponsors including Research Councils, charities, the European Commission and a wide range of industrial sponsors.

As Contracts Manager, you will ensure both the researchers' and the University's interests are protected by agreeing terms that safeguard both the researchers' need to publish results and pursue further research and the University's charitable and academic position.  You will also consider protection of results for potential commercialisation, and appropriate access to intellectual property rights for sponsor and collaborators.

You will have a pragmatic approach to drafting terms that facilitate the partnership between the University's academic community and research collaborators, whilst assessing and managing inherent risks. You will need to liaise and interact with researchers to ensure agreements are appropriate to the research context.

You will ideally have gained extensive experience of drafting and negotiating agreements through working in either a university or a research-intensive organisation, including industry. Project management experience and a legal and/or scientific background would be an advantage. An understanding of the scientific research environment would also be desirable.

You must be well organised and able both to prioritise and work to deadlines. You must also be able to work well independently and in a team and have a positive, can-do approach. You will have excellent verbal and written communication skills with an aptitude for developing positive working relationships. In particular you will have the ability to communicate complex issues clearly and concisely to a wide range of people, including the highest levels of academic, corporate and government representatives. Diplomacy, tact, attention to detail and a calm approach are essential. You will be proficient in using Microsoft IT packages. You will be educated to degree level or equivalent.

Maternity cover: This post is fixed-term for 15 months or the return of the post holder, whichever is the earlier

Apply here: Contracts Manager (Maternity Cover)