Senior Contracts Officer

The Research Contracts Office, a small and friendly team within Research Services at Lancaster University, are looking for a motivated Senior Contracts Officer to contribute to the smooth running of the University’s research and enterprise engagement activity. 

This role is a full time, indefinite role with the offer of flexible working from home or remotely for part or most of the time.  This is an exciting opportunity and comes with a great annual leave allowance with the option to purchase additional annual leave, along with the offer to join the USS pension scheme which is a very generous employer contributory pension. 

Research Services is part of the University’s Research and Enterprise Services Division and provides expert advice, guidance and administrative support to Lancaster University’s research community in the development of bids for externally funded research and the administration of successfully awarded grants and contracts. The team provides a range of research support activities at both pre- and post-award including advice on funders terms and conditions, proposal preparation, costing and pricing and post-award grant administration for research grants and contracts from a diverse range of researcher funders.

This role involves negotiating and drafting formal research, enterprise and engagement related contracts with a wide variety of funding bodies and collaborators, which balance risks with acceptable contractual obligations. The job requires negotiations with counterparts at senior levels in funding organisations and in other universities. 

You will need to have a flexible, positive and proactive approach and have excellent interpersonal and communications skills.  Sound legal knowledge and experience of contract analysis and negotiations as well as a high degree of professionalism are also essential to the role.

Lancaster University is a top fifteen university and the top university in the North West. We have a beautiful campus and offer a comprehensive package of benefits including competitive salaries, pension provision, work-life balance, flexible benefits scheme and generous holiday entitlement. 

For an informal discussion of the role please contact Mark Reynolds, Head of Research Contracts at

Lancaster University is a truly global and inclusive University, it is no surprise that the University is committed to creating an environment where everyone can thrive and fulfil their potential. Students from over one hundred countries make up our diverse campus and over half of our staff come from outside of the UK. Lancaster is an open and welcoming community that values equality and diversity. Our promotion of global values ensures Lancaster is a welcoming environment for all students and staff. 

We are proactive in engagement with our staff to help us to understand the lived experiences of our university community and to understand how we are doing in creating a fairer and more inclusive University. Our multi-faith Chaplaincy Centre is a welcoming place for people of all faiths and none. It includes facilities for the Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islam and Jewish faiths and also a Muslim Prayer Room. 

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

Closing date: 
Sunday, June 26, 2022
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