Research and Innovation Contracts Manager

This is an exciting opportunity to be at the heart of the University’s support for its world leading and impactful research.


The Research and Innovation Directorate plays a crucial role in supporting the University to secure funding for research across the breadth of the institution’s portfolio. This includes a diverse range of disciplines from the creative arts and business to environmental sciences and medicine. We work closely with academics from across the University in support of our ambitious institutional strategy around research excellence, with an aim to increase our research income significantly by 2030.


We are looking for an experienced Research and Innovation Contracts Manager to join our team. Working closely with a team of Research Funding Managers, you will play a key role in enabling research funding and collaboration by drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts and collaboration agreements, ensuring that they are put in place in a timely and effective manner, reflecting the needs of the University and those of the funder. These will include research funding contracts, multi-party collaboration agreements, and sub-contracting arrangements involving academics and facilities managers from across the University.


You will have a proven track record of negotiating both grant and contract research related contracts in a university or similar research-intensive environment, including negotiating contracts or agreements with private or public sector clients. Working directly with academics and professional service colleagues from across the University, as well as external partners, a good record of building positive internal and external relationships, and exceptional communication skills are also required.


Please demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria outlined in the knowledge, qualifications, training and experience elements of the job description in your supporting statement.


For an informal discussion to find out more about the role then please contact Adrian Dawson: by email at Tel: 01752 588343.


Interviews are likely to take place on Thursday 28 March 2024 and you will be notified if you have been shortlisted or not.


This is a full-time position working 37 hours per week on a permanent basis.


Flexible working options including job share will be considered.


We offer a competitive salary package and a generous pension and holiday scheme. We also offer a range of other benefits, including ongoing development opportunities.  A summary of our comprehensive benefits can be viewed here.


Closing date:  12 midnight, Monday 18 March 2024


A successful external candidate for this position would be employed by the University of Plymouth Services Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Plymouth. Employees of the University of Plymouth Services Limited work alongside the University of Plymouth colleagues in delivery of Plymouth’s strategic vision, and will adopt the University of Plymouth’s HR policies and procedures in full unless otherwise stated.


The University of Plymouth is a diverse, welcoming community where everyone makes a difference and is encouraged to bring their whole selves to work. To find out more about our inclusive community, initiatives such as Athena Swan and the Race Equality Charter and our range of benefits / support mechanisms such as flexible working, staff networks and enhanced maternity, paternity & adoption leave please visit our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion webpages


We particularly welcome applicants from under-represented groups such as BAME/BIPOC and LGBT+


For further details and how to apply, please click here

Closing date: 
Monday, March 18, 2024
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