Senior Contracts Manager 

Salary: Grade 8 (£45,585 - £54,395)

The Role

Due to team expansion, we are looking for experienced research contracts specialists to play a key role in the delivery of the University of Edinburgh’s Research Contracts service. You will work closely with the Head of Research Contracts and a team of solicitors and contracts specialists providing expert advice and create successful legal solutions to expedite the successful conclusion of a wide range of research contracts, providing exceptional customer service and legal expertise to support the University’s strategic research goals.

The Opportunity

As a Senior Contracts Manager, you will manage a team of contract specialists and solicitors and will work across the University using your legal expertise in drafting, reviewing and negotiating a range of legal agreements with international partners and funders supporting the University’s extensive global research portfolio.

Your skills and attributes will enable you to:

  • provide expert legal advice to academic and professional services colleagues across the University
  • manage and mentor a small team of solicitors and contract specialists to support service delivery and create pathways for potential career progression
  • provide expertise and bespoke contract advice across a wide research portfolio including UK, EU and international agreements
  • work closely with the Head of Research Contracts to develop and implement new systems and processes to improve service delivery
  • build relationships with colleagues across Edinburgh Research Office and with key stakeholders to ensure optimum solutions are developed to successfully resolve contracting issues and challenges.
  • progress and advise on the full range of research related agreements including, for example; funding agreements, framework agreements, collaboration agreements, research service agreements, EU agreements, clinical trial agreements, UK and international data sharing/processing agreements, material transfer agreements, non-disclosure agreements, studentships and Intellectual property provisions.

This role would suit:

  • solicitors who are looking for a move in-house and the opportunity to use your legal skills in a world leading university
  • in-house solicitors wishing to work in a dynamic contract research environment
  • contract specialists with an extensive experience and knowledge of research agreements and associated legal issues - ideally in a higher education institution sector.

Additional information

If you would like to have an informal discussion re. this opportunity please contact Alan Shanks, Solicitor, Head of Research Contracts at;

Interviews are expected to take place w/c 23 October 2023

For further information and to apply please click here.