Research and Business Contracts Manager / Trainee Manager

We are seeking an experienced Research and Business Contracts Managers to join the team within the Research Office. This is an exciting opportunity to work in a prestigious, research-intensive university alongside colleagues in research support, Knowledge Exchange (KE) and RVC Business – the College’s commercial arm. The latter operates the London BioScience Innovation Centre (LBIC) and has close ties to pharmaceutical, animal health and biotechnology businesses internationally, providing scope for considerable variety in the day-to-day work of the appointee.

The appointee will also be responsible for the review and negotiation of contracts covering grants from UK Research Councils and awards for contract research and consultancy as directed by the Head of Research Contracts and Due Diligence, and will act as the dedicated College’s Research and Business Contracts Manager. The Research and Business Contracts Manager will also assist the Head of Research Contracts and Due Diligence in the training of staff and students in relation to effective practice in the protection of intellectual property, consultancy, commercial research, and the building of sustainable relationships with the RVC’s strategic partners in business, government and the third sector.

The post is full-time open ended, if the candidate is appointed at Trainee Manager level (Grade 6) it is expected that the post holder will complete training within a minimum period of a year and be appointed to the Business Research Contracts Manager role at Grade 7 subject to successful completion of training and satisfactory performance.

Applicants will be educated to first degree level in a life science or legally related discipline and have experience in a contract negotiation or academic KE position. A good grasp of UK contract law, including its structure, terminology and practice, is essential. Demonstrable skills in the delivery of professional presentations and representing the organisation externally will also be valuable in this role.

Closing date: 27 August 2019
Interviews will be held on: 9 September 2019

Salary: £45,794 to £58,601 per annum, inclusive of London weighting, (£34,650 to £44,315 if appointed at Trainee Manager level)

Application Instructions: 

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Zareen Saleem, Head of Research Contracts and Due Diligence, on (020) 3905 4779 or email:

For further information and to apply on-line please visit our website:
Job reference: RVB-0109-19A
(Candidates are advised to indicate whether they are applying at Manager or Trainee Manager level)

Application Closing Date: 
27 August