Research Contracts Manager - 80805

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Full time starting salary is normally in the range £40,792 to £48,677. With potential progression once in post to £54,765 a year.

The Research Contracts Manager reports to the Head of Research and Knowledge Exchange (KE) Contracts within the Research Contracts team based at the University Edgbaston Campus. The post holder will be responsible for the management, motivation and development of a team of Research Contracts Officers supporting specific Colleges / Schools. He / she will be responsible for instilling a service-oriented culture within their team, ensuring that the contract support needs of the academic research community are consistently met or exceeded in the preparation, review, negotiation and approval of a broad range of research contracts within agreed timescales, the appropriate assessment of contractual risk and the timely resolution of complex contractual queries. This will require the post holder to prepare and negotiate complex contracts and to draft bespoke contract documentation in response to specific research contract needs.

As a team leader the post holder will be required to monitor service performance and where appropriate implement system and process improvements to respond to changing needs and circumstances and ensure that their team can deliver consistently outstanding support to instructing academics. He / she will have a key role in coaching and supporting their team to recognise the appropriate balance of maximising benefit and minimising risk to the University as a result of the academic activities undertaken to deliver the University’s external research portfolio. This requires an understanding and interpretation of external influences and their effects on research activities and attendant risk, and the ability to instigate and lead change in response to these influences.

Educated to degree standard.

Understanding of the role of research contracts in a University’s knowledge exchange and collaborative research activities with a wide range of partner organisations (eg. small and large commercial organisations, health sector bodies, charities, public bodies, etc).

Extensive knowledge of contract law and practical experience in drafting and reviewing contracts, preferably including experience gained in a research contract role within the higher education sector.

Experience of negotiating agreements for collaborative projects, working proactively with the academic and other stakeholders to seek as far as possible mutually agreeable terms in view of the risks, the partners involved, and University priorities.

Good understanding of team management, motivation and development; demonstrable experience of successfully leading a team in a high-throughput customer-focused environment is desirable

Proven ability to deliver service quality improvements, with a strong preference for a demonstrable track record of using KPIs to monitor service standards and drive innovative service quality improvement initiatives.

Excellent communication and influencing skills, including proven track record of engaging effectively with senior academic and professional services staff


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