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Research Contract Officer

University of Bristol - Research and Enterprise Development

Location: Bristol, Work from home
Salary: £34,304 to £38,587 per annum
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 22nd September 2022
Closes: 5th October 2022
Job Ref: SUPP108808

The role

The Research Contracts & Research Compliance Team is looking for a skilled contracts negotiator/legal advisor to work closely with a Contract’s Manager to deliver and manage legal solutions intended to advance the University’s strategic research objectives.

The University of Bristol is regularly ranked as a world leader in research with a ‘research income’ of circa £200m per annum.  As a University we value and take pride in our research outcomes and this is an opportunity to be part of a process that is intended to create real impact both globally and locally.

As a Contract Officer you will work across teams and faculties and provide legal advice related to research contracts including but not limited to the drafting of research related contracts within set guidelines and more complex agreements under the supervision of the Contract Manager.

The Research Contract & Research Compliance Team is a progressive and pro-active team that is always looking to improve its systems and processes. We look to create a positive experience for the academic clients and a friendly and collaborative work environment for the Research Contract Specialists.

What will you be doing?

Reporting to the Contract Manager, you will be expected to: (1) working independently; (2) as part of a small, professional and busy team; (3) and draft, review, and negotiating contracts (where relevant under the supervision of the Contract Manager).

The type of contracts that you might be expected to negotiate/advise on are: Collaboration Agreements, Grant Agreements, Data Sharing/Processing Agreements, Material Transfer Agreements, Non-Disclosure Agreements, Studentships and other agreements typical for this role.

A key aspect of the role will be to build relationships, negotiate and influence effectively. You will need to be able to think laterally to develop a legal solution (along with guidance and processes to automate services) and work collaboratively with the Academic Staff to deliver it - as such being a calm, confident and able communicator is key to success in this role.

Knowledge and understanding of the Higher Education sector would also be an advantage.

You should apply if

The team are keen to receive applications from a diverse pool of applicants including:

  • Internal/External secondments (with approval from your current line manager);
  • you are currently a solicitor in private practice looking to make a move in-house;
  • an in-house solicitor looking for a new opportunity; or
  • a research contracts professional in the HEI sector, or work with contracts elsewhere.

We are able to offer/discuss flexible hybrid/fully remote working arrangements.

We have an excellent track record of providing training in both hard and soft skills designed to develop a well rounded pragmatic and commercially focused legal advisor.

Start Date: ASAP

Additional information

Fixed Term Contract - 12 months with the option to be a fully remote working role.

We are open to consider part-time hours.

For any informal enquires please contact Oliver Geidel; Oliver.Geidel@Bristol.ac.uk

We seek to attract, develop, and retain individuals from the widest possible talent pool and the broadest possible range of backgrounds.  We are committed to building an inclusive working environment where all colleagues can thrive and reach their full potential. We particularly welcome applications from Black African, Black Caribbean and other minority ethnic groups, as they are currently under-represented across our university.

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