Major Contract Manager : University of Southampton

Contracts, Policy & Governance
Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £38,460 to £48,677 Per annum 
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Wednesday 14 August 2019
Interview Date:   Wednesday 11 September 2019 
Reference:  1162919TW


Research and Innovation Services (R&IS) delivers a range of services which support academic and research staff to fulfil their research and enterprise objectives.  In particular R&IS support the development of collaborations with industry or other partners, consultancy services and commercialisation of intellectual property.

You will be part of a specialist team within R&IS providing advice on research contracts and collaborations whether with other universities or industry. Being one of four Major Contract Managers you will be expected to negotiate and provide professional yet pragmatic advice on a wide range of agreements. The focus of support will be on high value, strategic or complex matters which could involve multiple partners, international collaborations or longer term relationships. 

The Major Contract Manager will also play a significant role in providing guidance and advice to their allocated faculties who will be handling the greater volume of contracts and more routine matters. You will oversee research and finance staff on research contracts as well as more junior team members. The Major Contracts Manager will have overall responsibility for contracts allocated to their faculties to ensure that matters are processed and concluded in a timely manner.

You must have recent experience of complex contract review, negotiation, and be able to draft amendments appropriately and have an excellent understanding of intellectual property. Ideally this experience will have been gained in an industry-university setting, on research and development activities. Experience coordinating and negotiating agreements for multiparty projects, high value strategic relationships and international collaborations is highly desirable, as is commercial experience gained in or working with at least one of the following industry sectors: aerospace, defence, engineering, ICT, health and pharmaceutical.  

You will need to have excellent written, presentation and verbal skills, with the ability to communicate at a variety of levels including senior managers in large multinationals. You must be a team player with the ability to work collaboratively with others to disseminate and share knowledge and information. You will have a degree (or equivalent) in law and have had further contract training. 

For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Doug Akins, Head of Contracts (Interim), Research and Innovation Services: call 023 8059 8567.

Interview Date: Week commencing 9th September 2019.


Application Procedure

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Geraldine Lewis (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 23462. Please quote reference 1162919TW on all correspondence.

Closing date: 
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
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