Senior Contracts Manager : MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

Senior Contracts Manager – LMB 1128

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology - Cambridge

Starting Salary - £38,341 - £44,968 (More experienced candidates may be awarded up to £51,595)

Band Salary £38,341 - £51,595 per annum

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK


The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in biomedical research, with research interests encompassing fundamental basic science and translational programmes enhancing the application to human health. More information can be found at

The LMB is seeking a Senior Contracts Manager to lead a team in supporting scientific staff at LMB for research contracts and agreements, technology transfer, industrial collaborations, strategic partnerships and external funding applications. The team also provides advice in the requirements of research ethics and research governance policies.

You will also ensure compliance with research governance legislation and ethics policies, make risk-based judgements in respect of drafting research collaboration agreements, review grant funding terms, and promote best practice and guidance.

Key to the success of this role will be the ability to combine an understanding of the research of the LMB, and the potential and implications for collaboration or exploitation, with extensive experience of research contract negotiation and management in this fast-paced environment. There are often pressing timescales for the contracts under negotiation, and you will need to enjoy the challenge of working across many activities simultaneously, and meeting tight deadlines, and be able to assign time in accordance with risk.

You should have a first degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Experience of, or a degree in biological research and/or law, is desirable. You should also have extensive experience of contract drafting, vetting, approval and management in a research environment. You should have strong analytical abilities and a good understanding of intellectual property rights.

You will be expected to demonstrate the ability to put across difficult concepts or different points of view while retaining the confidence of senior staff.  You should have well developed negotiating skills, and be able to respond quickly during negotiations. You should be a good team player, be organised, with good line management skills and have an eye for detail.


The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology is a research institute within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, more information can be found at

Working for UKRI MRC provides a whole host of benefits including:

  • Defined benefit pension scheme
  • Excellent holiday entitlement (40 ½ days including bank holidays & privilege days)
  • Benenden Healthcare membership
  • Access to employee shopping/travel discounts
  • On site sport and social facilities
  • Salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Open to discuss flexible working options.


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Closing date: 25 August 2019


Closing date: 
Sunday, August 25, 2019
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