Contracts and IP Manager : National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

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Contracts and IP Manager

National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

£35,222 - £40,505

Full time



About the role:

We currently recruiting for a Contracts and IP Manager, who will work as a key member of a dedicated team of staff to support our scientists, engineers and other key stakeholders in pursuing and winning funding from commercial and government sources.

You will deliver a range of professional advice and support in the area of legal contract negotiation, including reviewing legal documents related to research collaboration, consultancy, service provision, IP protection and confidentiality by ensuring the terms and conditions are acceptable to the organization; consistent with our policies and strategy. 

In addition, you would be required to manage the growing requirement for legal support and contracts for a portfolio of major commercialization deals including for the licensing of intellectual property, the creation and management of spinouts, and for high value enterprise projects.

Taking responsibility for reviewing and drafting documentation and leading on the legal negotiations to ensure timely completion of agreements and related legal documentation. Ensuring appropriate due diligence and rights clearance is undertaken prior to completion of any deal and all necessary confirmatory assignments, revenue sharing or other rights clearance measures are in place.

You will lead a team of contracts support personnel and report to the Head of Legal. 


About you:

You will have relevant experience of preparing, submitting and completing contract reviews, including negotiating terms and conditions. Preferably, this will have been gained in a university and/or research environment, and with a focus on commercial, government and overseas funding.

You will be able to demonstrate an awareness of intellectual property rights and risk.  You will be able to work effectively under pressure and to deliver multiple projects to deadlines, together with a desire to find appropriate solutions to contractual challenges. 

A degree (under or postgraduate) in law or with a substantial law element would be an advantage. An ability to interpret and communicate complex information effectively both verbally and in writing is essential.


Other information:

The starting salary for this position will be between £35,222 and £40,505 per annum (Band 5). Depending upon skills and experience, additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates.

Please note for this role we are not able to sponsor candidates who require a right to work in the UK


About us:

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean and is one of the top five institutions of its kind in the world. With sites in Liverpool and Southampton, it is the UK’s leading centre for sea level science, coastal and deep ocean research and technology development.           


NOC is part of the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC), which is one of the nine partners within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). For more information visit


What we can offer you:

At the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) we know that the quality of our science and the impact that we want it to have depends entirely on the knowledge, skills and engagement of our people. The NOC is committed to flexible employment practices which support employees’ work and personal commitments where possible. Our flexi-time system and flexible working policy contribute to this important aim.  Working predominantly from home may also be considered. 

In return for your talents, we offer a competitive remuneration package, including a RCUK pension scheme, 30 days’ annual leave with a further 14 Public/local days off. The centre is well connected by public transport and has ample cycle parking in addition to free car-parking. We support opportunities for further training and development.


For more information visit Working at NOC.


Our Commitment as an Employer:

The NOC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. There is a guaranteed interview scheme for suitable candidates with a disability and we welcome applications from ethnic minorities currently under-represented. The NOC is an Investors in People organisation, and has signed up to the Athena SWAN charter principles to take action to address gender inequality.


How to apply:

To apply, please forward an up-to-date CV and cover letter to Please quote reference number NOC10006 on all correspondence.  For general enquiries regarding this role, please contact Helen Storey, Head of Legal via


Closing date: 20 Jan 19


Closing date: 
Sunday, January 20, 2019
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