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Contract Manager

The University of Edinburgh - Edinburgh Research Office (ERO)

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £37,099 to £44,263 Grade UE07, per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 6th December 2023
Closes: 10th January 2024
Job Ref: 9003

The Role

Due to team expansion, we are looking for experienced research contracts specialists to play a key role in the delivery of the University of Edinburgh’s Research Contracts service. You will work closely with the Head of Research Contracts and a team of solicitors and contracts specialists providing expert advice and create successful legal solutions to expedite the successful conclusion of a wide range of research contracts, providing exceptional customer service and legal expertise to support the University’s strategic research goals.

The successful candidates will embody our values of expertise, community, integrity and collaboration.

The Opportunity

As a Contracts Manager, you will work across the University using your expertise in drafting, reviewing and negotiating a range of legal agreements with UK, international partners and funders supporting the University’s extensive global research portfolio.

The University of Edinburgh is 4th in the UK based on the quality and breadth of its research - known as research power - and is Scotland’s top ranked institution, according to Times Higher Education's REF power ratings. The University increased its research income to £332m in 2022. 

The Research Contracts team is a positive, pro-active and friendly team that is focussed on delivering a high-quality professional service and continuously improving its services/systems for its internal customers by working closely across teams in the University and working in partnership with other stakeholders to find optimum solutions to common service challenges.

Your skills and attributes will enable you to:

  • provide expert contract advice to academic and professional services colleagues across the University
  • work closely across teams to develop and implement new systems and processes to improve service delivery
  • build relationships with colleagues across Edinburgh Research Office and with key stakeholders to ensure optimum solutions are developed to successfully resolve contracting issues and challenges.
  • progress and advise on the full range of research related agreements including, for example; funding agreements, framework agreements, collaboration agreements, research service agreements, EU agreements, clinical trial agreements, UK and international data sharing/processing agreements, material transfer agreements, non-disclosure agreements, studentships and Intellectual property provisions.
  • provide expertise and bespoke contract advice across a wide research portfolio including UK, EU and international contracts

This role would suit:

  • solicitors who are looking for a move in-house and the opportunity to use your legal skills in a world leading university
  • in-house solicitors wishing to work in a dynamic contract research environment
  • contract specialists with experience and knowledge of research agreements and associated legal issues - ideally in a higher education institution sector.

If you would like to have an informal discussion re this opportunity please contact Alan Shanks, Solicitor, Head of Research Contracts at; allan.shanks@ed.ac.uk

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