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Senior Contracts Manager

University of Cambridge - Cambridge Research Office

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £42,149 to £53,348
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 19th November 2021
Closes: 12th December 2021
Job Ref: EW28892

We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated self-starters for the post of Senior Contracts Manager within the Research Operations Office. The post holders will be responsible for managing the contracts underpinning the research portfolio of their team.

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 researchers 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 a Senior 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 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 will be educated to a degree level or equivalent. Having excellent leadership and team management skills is a must. You will be well organised and able both to prioritise and work to deadlines. Able to work well independently 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.

We have three roles available:

1 Permanent position that supports the University's School of  Technology

1 Permanent position that supports the University's School of  Clinical Medicine with a particular focus on Medicine

1 Temporary cover: This post is fixed-term for 1 year or the return of the post holder, whichever is the earlier and supports the University's School of  Clinical Medicine with a particular focus on Population Science

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit :

http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/32234.

Closing Date: 12th December 2021

Interviews for shortlisted applicants will be scheduled shortly after the application closing date. Interviews will be conducted by MS Teams

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact CROrecruitment@admin.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference EW28892 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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