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Research Contracts Manager

University of Oxford - Research Funding & Contracts Team

Location: Oxford
Salary: £43,414 to £51,805 Grade 8
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 6th December 2022
Closes: 18th January 2023
Job Ref: 162278

The University of Oxford is a stimulating work environment, which enjoys an international reputation as a world-class centre of excellence. Our research plays a key role in tackling many global challenges, from reducing our carbon emissions to developing vaccines during a pandemic.

Research Services is one of the key Professional Services Department supporting Oxford’s research and innovation community. Our values include teamwork, professionalism, continuous improvement, empathy, respect and trust.

As a Research Contracts Managers, you will play an important research facilitation role by assisting in enabling research activities and securing research funding.

What We Offer

As an employer, we genuinely care about our employees’ wellbeing and this is reflected in the range of benefits that we offer including:

  • An excellent contributory pension scheme
  • 38 days annual leave
  • A comprehensive range of childcare services
  • Family leave schemes
  • Cycle loan scheme
  • Discounted bus travel and Season Ticket travel loans
  • Membership to a variety of social and sports clubs

This role also offers the opportunity for hybrid working

About the Role

You will be responsible for putting in place contractual arrangements appropriate for specific situations by liaising with departmental administrators, researchers and external collaborators/funders to acquire the necessary information to understand the context of a situation and to assess potential requirements. As a result, you will then, review and/or draft the appropriate contracts and carry out the negotiation, if needed, in order to ensure that the terms fall within the University’s legal, policy and risk management framework and protect the researcher’s interests. As a senior member of the team, you will work on some of the more complex agreements and portfolios, and have a role providing training, support and potentially line management to more junior colleagues.

About You

To be successful in this varied and interesting role, you will need to be someone who strives for excellence and enjoys providing high quality customer service, whilst acting as a role model and providing training and support to other members of the team. You will have extensive experience of negotiating, reviewing and drafting agreements, ideally in a similar setting, and an understanding of the university research sector and its drivers. You will also have great communication skills, be confident in the ability to communicate with external parties, students and academic staff with courtesy and politeness. You will also have a positive attitude with a flexible and adaptable approach to your work, be comfortable when priorities (for your work and other more junior members of the team) suddenly need to change or flex.

Application Process

You will be required to upload a supporting statement, CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 18 January 2023 at 12:00 noon.

Interviews will take place during week commencing 30 January 2023 and will be conducted either face to face or virtually.

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