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Head of Contracts

Health Data Research UK

Location: London
Salary: £70,000
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 14th September 2021
Closes: 27th September 2021


As a result of the pandemic, staff are currently working remotely. HDR UK’s primary office is in London, however we are flexibly working across a number of geographical locations and home working is possible. Travel may be required to HDR UK locations and partner organisations.

Reporting to:   

Head of Legal

About Health Data Research UK

HDR UK is the national Institute for data science in health. Our UK team of experts develop and apply cutting-edge data science approaches to clinical, biological, genomic and other multi-dimensional health data to address the most pressing health research challenges facing the public.

Our mission is to make game-changing improvements in the health of patients and populations through data science research and innovation.

For the first time we are bringing together our unique nationwide data assets and specialists across academia, research and healthcare to unlock knowledge and deliver new insights from molecule to man. By undertaking research at scale, across a population of up to 65 million people, we have an unrivalled opportunity to use data to the highest ethical standards to drive breakthroughs in medical research. This unleashes the potential to improve the way we are able to prevent, detect and diagnose diseases such as cancer, heart disease and asthma.

At Health Data Research UK, we employ talented individuals who bring their own unique skills and experience to support the vision and benefit the whole team.

Purpose of the post

The role will lead HDR UK’s growing Contracts Team. As the Head of Contracts, the successful candidate will work across the entire organisation to support HDR UK to deliver a range of high-profile public health initiatives including cutting edge efforts to coordinate UK health data infrastructure and facilitate COVID research in the UK and abroad. This includes regular work with universities, funders, and governmental entities regarding complex data infrastructure and research projects. The role will also assist with a variety of business contract mattersincluding supplier agreements and services engagements that support HDR UK’s public health initiatives. This fast-paced role will involve regular contact with senior internal and external stakeholders.

The successful candidate will share our values, have strong influencing and collaboration skills, find practical solutions to complex issues, and be comfortable with working at pace.

Main Responsibilities

  • Lead the HDR UK Contracts Team, which supports the whole of HDR UK and its strategic priorities, balancing robust negotiation with timely conclusion of contract matters.
  • Line manage a small team of contracts staff, with responsibility for their standards of output and their professional development.
  • Lead on maintaining and improving HDR UK’s existing contracting processes, policies, and templates.
  • Work across all teams at HDR UK to contribute to other projects or activities as the need arises, including assisting with procurement related tasks.
  • Manage the overall risk profile of contracts including escalating matters as appropriate.
  • Deputise for the Head of Legal as needed.

Application Process

For the full job description and for details to how to apply, click here.

The closing date for this position is 27th September 2021 at 5PM.

Interviews are expected to take place the following week via videoconference.

Health Data Research UK is an equal opportunities employer.

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