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Contracts Manager

University of Cambridge - Cambridge Research Office

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £40,521 to £54,395 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 15th February 2024
Closes: 6th March 2024
Job Ref: EW39752

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated self-starter for the position of Contracts Manager in the Research Office.  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 researcher 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 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's academic community 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 must be well organised and able both to prioritise and work to deadlines. You must also be able to work well independently and in a team 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. You will be educated to degree level or equivalent.

Please see the Further Particular document for more details. Your application should clearly set out how you meet the criteria listed in the person specification (the skills and experience required for the role) along with relevant examples. Candidates will be shortlisted based on these criteria. 

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please click on the apply button above.

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

Please quote reference EW39752 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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