Interim Senior Research Contracts Manager.

Venn Group
South East England
17 Feb 2019
10 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Venn Group's Specialist Legal Team is excited to be recruiting for an Interim Senior Research Contracts Manager to take on a locum position for one of Britain's largest centres for postgraduate teaching and applied research. The University are based in the Northern Home Counties and their academic and research staff work both nationally and internationally on research and development for the benefit of 1,500 organisations each year.

This excellent opportunity offers an hourly rate of £35 - £45 (Umbrella/Limited). The duration of the assignment will be dependent upon the success of permanent recruitment to the vacancy but is expected to go on for an initial 3 months.

The department that you will be working in supports researchers in working together to achieve excellence and impact in delivering the University's vision for research and innovation. The primary focus of the work will be enabling the research activities of the University whilst mitigating and protecting against contractual risk.

Primary responsibilities of the position will be to:

- Manage a team of two Research Contracts Managers to ensure they deliver an efficient, timely and professional service

- Review, draft and negotiate a range of research and commercial contracts covering the full spectrum of research related activities including agreements relating to industry sponsored research collaborations, EU contracts, charitable funding and research consortium agreements, along with NDAs, service, consultancy, framework and material transfer agreements

- Provide clear, pragmatic advice on the implications of contractual terms within the context of the research, using a comprehensive working knowledge of research contract issues, such as confidentiality, publication requirements, intellectual property, VAT and other related issues

- Ensure that contractual terms are clear and appropriate, and that institutional risk is identified and appropriately assessed within each contract, whilst meeting the University's approved contractual position

- Interact with external clients, as appropriate, to communicate clearly and concisely the points of negotiation, and work internally with the appropriate researcher

- Build, develop and maintain effective working relationships with all internal and external stakeholders

This position is suited to candidates who possess demonstrable knowledge and experience of complex contract negotiation, drafting and intellectual property issues as they apply in the context of a higher education institution and against the backdrop of funded research. It is not essential for this position that you are a Qualified Lawyer, however applications are welcomed from those candidates that are. However, it is essential that you have a Law Degree or equivalent or significant practical legal experience working in a large/diverse organisation and line management experience.

To apply for this position, please contact Tom Hoult or Philippa Turner at Venn Group on or . We endeavour to respond to all applications within 48 hours. However due to the volume of applications we receive we may not be able to respond to all applications individually. If you have not heard from us within a 48 hour timeframe your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

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