Contracts Manager
Post Details
Job Title
Contracts Manager
Post Number
1003624
Closing Date
4 Mar 2019
Grade
SC5
Starting Salary
£39,150 - £47,850
Hours per week
37
Expected/Ideal Start Date
01 Apr 2019
Months Duration
12

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Job

The Norwich BioScience Institutes Partnership (NBIP) have an exciting opportunity for a Contracts Manager to join their busy Contracts department.

This post will work alongside our current Contracts Managers leading on drafting and negotiating sponsored research agreements, collaboration agreements, commercial contracts, confidentiality agreements, consultancy agreements and material transfer agreements. Working in support of the researchers and driven by business needs, they will need to provide a professional, effective, timely and responsive contracts service.

The post is important in protecting the institutes’ reputation with third parties and stake holders in how it drafts and negotiates contracts. It is key in managing risk in contracts, ensuring appropriate indemnity and mitigation from litigation. It will ensure scientific freedom to operate for the Norwich Bioscience Institutes researchers whilst ensuring appropriate IP provisions including access rights and financial considerations.

Key Relationships

The Contracts Manager shall work within the Contracts Team.
They will not have line management responsibilities, but will be an expert in contract management for the institutes. They will need to work closely in support of researchers across the institutes and their relevant Business Development teams. They will need to liaise on negotiation of contracts with other academic research organisations and HEIs as well as Companies across the sectors relevant to the Norwich Bioscience Institutes research activities.

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Percentage
Contract drafting and negotiation A. Lead on the drafting and negotiation of a variety of research and commercial contracts on behalf of the Norwich Bioscience institutes. B. Provide clear, pragmatic advice on the implications of contractual terms, and how to manage the activity in the context. C. Ensure that contractual terms meet the institutes' requirements, or that variations are highlighted and appropriately managed (in liaison with the Head of Contracts). D. Ensure that institutional risk is identified and appropriately assessed within each contract. E. Liaise with the relevant Project Managers to ensure that all aspects of an activity are covered in the contract, and that the Office and relevant scientist understands the contractual issues. F. Liaise with external stakeholders to negotiate relevant elements of agreements.
65
Liaison and Management A. Ensure, through liaison with the researchers and the Business Development teams, an understanding of the aims of the researchers in the context of each contract, and hence that the terms are appropriate. B. Ensure researchers are kept regularly informed of the status of contract development / negotiation, and are appropriately involved with the process. C. Ensure that contract terms are appropriately explained to researchers, and that they understand any implications. D. Interact with external customers, as appropriate, to communicate clearly and concisely the points of negotiation. E. Ensure a trusted good working relationship with internal and external 'customers'. F. Work closely with the other members of the Contracts Team and the Business Development managers, to ensure effective and co-ordinated approaches in support of research and knowledge exchange plans. G. Liaise with HR and Finance on Contractual matters using best practice to facilitate efficient contractual management and best use of resources. H. Foster good working relationships with potential sponsors and stakeholders.
20
Policies A. Maintain a good understanding and implement the institutes' policies as they relate to research and knowledge exchange. B. Develop and maintain an understanding of critical regulatory requirements and / or policy issues.
10
Intellectual Property A. Facilitating and liaising with Plant Bioscience Ltd and other third party technology transfer company (if appropriate) to ensure the interests of the institutes are protected. B. Dealing with on going IP protection and IP matters as they arise.
5
As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the role

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
Educated to degree level or equivalent qualification
Essential
Qualification in intellectual property law / processes
Desirable
First class degree
Desirable

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Proven experience in clear concise legal drafting
Essential
Able to multi-task and manage diverse workloads and deliver to tight deadlines under pressure
Essential
Able to work independently within a broad framework and with minimal guidance
Essential
A problem solver prepared to propose solutions
Essential
Excellent organisational skills
Essential
Competence using a broad range of IT packages, Word, Excel, Email, databases and PowerPoint
Essential
Ability to assimilate information from a wide variety of sources
Essential
Experience of Intellectual Property management and protection
Desirable

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Significant experience of contract law and drafting and reviewing contracts
Essential
Significant experience of negotiating contracts
Essential
Working in a similar role in a university or research organisation
Desirable

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Requirement
Importance
Excellent communication skills
Essential
Strong negotiating skills
Essential
Committed and results driven
Essential
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build good working relationships with colleagues
Essential
A team player able to work independently where necessary and to accept individual responsibility
Essential

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
Promotes equality and values diversity
Essential
Willingness to work longer / flexible hours as necessary to meet deadlines
Essential
Willingness to travel including overnight stays
Essential
Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work
Essential
Able to present a positive image of self and the Institute, promoting both the international reputation and public engagement aims of the Institute
Essential
Attention to detail
Essential

Who We Are

NBI Partnership

The NBI Partnership provides non-scientific services to the John Innes Centre (JIC), Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB), Earlham Institute (EI) and The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL). All of these organisations carry out scientific research funded by the UK Government, European Union, Charitable and Industrial Sponsors. The Partnership employs around 140 staff to cater for the needs of approximately 1100 Research Staff, Students and Visiting Scientists who are all located in close proximity on the Norwich Research Park.

The John Innes Centre, Quadram Institute Bioscience, the Earlham Institute and The Sainsbury Laboratory are registered charities (No’s 223852, 1058499, 1136213 and 106550) and are Equal Opportunity Employers..

Department

Contracts

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Contracts Manager

The Norwich BioScience Institutes Partnership (NBIP) have an exciting opportunity for a Contracts Manager to join their busy Contracts department.

Background:

The NBI Partnership provides an exciting and stimulating multidisciplinary environment in which to work. Set in 230 hectares of parkland, we are an equal opportunities employer with a comprehensive benefits package to include; competitive starting salaries, free parking, defined contribution pension scheme, generous holiday entitlement and excellent recreational and leisure facilities.

The NBI Partnership Contracts Office is highly respected, dynamic, professional, effective and results driven. It provides expert advice, guidance and management to the John Innes Centre, Quadram Institute Bioscience, The Earlham Institute and The Sainsbury Laboratory. The office supports scientists in identifying and winning grants from a wide variety of external funding sources including UKRI, the European Union (EU), and industry. In addition, the office negotiates and manages all research related contracts, ensuring freedom to operate, protection of interests, intellectual property and provision of appropriate indemnity.

The role:

The Contracts Manager will lead on drafting and negotiating sponsored research agreements, collaboration agreements, commercial contracts, confidentiality agreements, consultancy agreements and material transfer agreements. Working in support of the researchers and driven by business needs, they provide a professional, effective, timely and responsive service.

The post is important in protecting the Institutes reputation with third parties and stake holders in how it drafts and negotiates contracts. It is key in managing risk in contracts, ensuring appropriate indemnity and mitigation from litigation. It will ensure scientific freedom to operate for the NBI researchers whilst ensuring appropriate IP provisions including access rights and financial considerations.   

The ideal candidate:

The ideal candidate will be educated to degree level with significant experience of contract law and drafting and reviewing contracts.
They will need to be able to work independently within a broad framework and with minimal guidance and be able to multi-task and manage diverse workloads and deliver to tight deadlines under pressure. We are looking for someone with excellent organisational, communication and negotiating skills, who is committed, and results driven.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £39,150 to £47,850 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full time post for a period of 12 months.

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.

The closing date for applications will be 4 March 2019.