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Contract Manager

Oxford Nanopore Technologies Ltd
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7 Mar 2021

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We are seeking an experienced Contract Manager to join the Business Development Team. This exciting and challenging role is responsible for contract activity, primarily sales related commercial contracts and customer-orientated agreements.

Responsible for contract activity, primarily sales related commercial contracts and other customer-oriented agreements. Involves independent thought, judgment and analysis of contracts, including identification of legal and business-related issues and their resolution. Requires self-motivation and a low degree of management attention. Interfaces with commercial team members, product managers, legal counsel, finance, the intellectual property teams and mid-to senior level corporate management. Life sciences commercial contract management experience, preferably in a Life Sciences platform technology company, is required.


Review moderate to complex solicitations and prepare specialized and/or non-routine responses to requests for tender, proposals, bids, and contracts. Analyze and negotiate contract requirements, special provisions, and terms and conditions to ensure compliance with corporate business strategy, policies and commercial procedures. Manage contract changes. Review and gain approvals for contract terms and conditions, forms and certifications with internal stakeholders. Ensure delivery of fully executed contracts.

Function as domain expert on commercial contracts issues. Provide guidance to internal business teams on the means by which contracting activity serves corporate and commercial strategy. Serve as a focal point for communication with legal, finance and commercial teams for resolution of contract-related issues. May assist in new business pursuits and development of associated contracts. Over time, participate in development of business alliances and partnering agreements.


Excellent internal and external negotiation skills. Ability to draft terms for moderately complex contracts taking into account corporate contracting policies and objectives. Working knowledge of contracting concepts and applicable contract law, including government and international contract regulations. Use of independent judgment and creativity applied to resolution of contract issues. Strong to excellent analytical, financial and communication skills. Ability to handle volume contract workload to deadline and work across time zones. Life Sciences industry expertise and understanding of market influences. Experience working in start-up/SME and larger organisations desirable.


A Bachelor Degree preferably in a Life Sciences discipline, is essential along with extensive knowledge and experience of business and contract management in the Life Sciences industry. A Masters Degree or Legal degree is desirable. Fluency in English is required. Fluency in German and Spanish is highly desirable.

Please note that no terminology in this advert is intended to discriminate on the grounds of a person's gender, marital status, race, religion, colour, age, disability or sexual orientation. Every candidate will be assessed only in accordance with their merits, qualifications and abilities to perform the duties of the job.

About Us:

Oxford Nanopore Technologies Ltd is a private company headquartered at the Oxford Science Park outside Oxford, UK, with satellite offices in Cambridge (UK), New York, Cambridge, San Francisco (US), Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, and a broader commercial presence that includes Japan, Germany, France and India. The company sells to nearly 100 countries and is in a period of rapid growth.

Oxford Nanopore employs over 600 employees from multiple disciplines including nanopore science, molecular biology and applications, informatics, engineering, electronics, manufacturing and commercialisation. The management team, led by CEO Dr Gordon Sanghera, has a track record of delivering disruptive technologies to the market.

Oxford Nanopore's sequencing platform is the only technology that offers real-time analysis (for rapid insights), in fully scalable formats from pocket to population scale, that can analyse native DNA or RNA and sequence any length of fragment to achieve short to ultra-long read lengths.

Our goal is to enable the analysis of any living thing, by anyone, anywhere. We offer real-time nanopore-based DNA/RNA sequencing technology: accessible, easy to use and fully scalable for any requirement.
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