- Job Title
- Contracts Manager
- Post Number
- Closing Date
- 16 Aug 2020
- Starting Salary
- £40,785 - £49,750
- Hours per week
- Months Duration
Main Purpose of the Job
The Norwich Bioscience Institutes Partnership (NBIP) has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Contracts Manager to join their busy Research Grants and Contracts department.
This post will work alongside our current Contract 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 Intellectual Property provisions including access rights and financial considerations.
The Contracts Manager will be a member of the Contracts Team and 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
- Contract drafting and negotiation • Drafting, reviewing and negotiating terms on a variety of research and commercial contracts on behalf of the Norwich Bioscience Institutes. • Ensure that contractual terms meet the Institutes' requirements, or that variations are highlighted and appropriately managed (in liaison with the Head of Contracts). • Ensure that institutional risk is identified and appropriately assessed and mitigated within each contract. • Liaise with external stakeholders to negotiate relevant elements of agreements.
- Liaison and Management • 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. • Ensure researchers are kept regularly informed of the status of contract development / negotiation, and are appropriately involved with the process. • Ensure a trusted good working relationship with internal and external 'customers'. • 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. • Liaise with HR and Finance on Contractual matters using best practice to facilitate efficient contractual management and best use of resources.
- Policies • Maintain a good understanding of and implement the Partnership and Institutes' policies as they relate to research and knowledge exchange. •Develop and maintain an understanding of critical regulatory requirements and / or policy issues.
- Intellectual Property • Facilitate and liaise with Plant Bioscience Ltd and take account of other third party technology transfer companies (if appropriate) to ensure the interests of the Institutes are protected. • Dealing with ongoing IP protection and IP matters as they arise
- As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the role
Education & Qualifications
- Educated to degree level
- Qualification in intellectual property law / processes, or relevant experience
- Legal qualification
Specialist Knowledge & Skills
- Proven recent experience in clear concise legal drafting
- Able to multi-task and manage diverse workloads and deliver to tight deadlines
- Able to work independently within a broad framework
- A problem solver able to propose solutions
- Excellent organisational skills
- Competence using a broad range of IT packages, Word, Excel, Email, databases and PowerPoint
- Ability to assimilate information from a wide variety of sources
- Recent experience of Intellectual Property management and protection
- Recent, substantial experience of contract law and drafting and reviewing contracts
- Recent, substantial experience of negotiating contracts
- Recent experience of working in a similar role in a university or research organisation
Interpersonal & Communication Skills
- Excellent communication skills
- Strong negotiating skills
- Committed and results driven
- Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build good working relationships with colleagues
- A team player able to work independently where necessary and to accept individual responsibility
- Application must include a supporting statement which shows how the applicant meets the person profile criteria
- Attention to detail
- Promotes equality and values diversity
- Willingness to work outside standard working hours as required
- Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work
- Able to present a positive image of self and the Institute, promoting both the international reputation and public engagement aims of the Institute
Who We Are
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..
The Norwich BioScience Institutes Partnership (NBIP) has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Contracts Manager to join their busy Contracts department.
About NBI Partnership:
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 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 role of Contracts Manager 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 be able to work independently within a broad framework, manage diverse workloads and successfully deliver to deadlines. We are looking for someone with excellent organisational, communication and negotiating skills, who is committed, and results driven.
Salary on appointment will be within the range £40,785 - £49,750 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full-time post offered on a permanent basis.
As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.