Senior Research Contracts Manager
Research & Innovation
Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work
37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered.
Full time starting salary is normally in the range of £48,039 to £57,797 per annum with potential progression to £70,000 per annum
About the Role
You will work closely with Cranfield researchers and departmental teams to ensure the University's research and consultancy activity is governed by suitable terms that both protect the University's interests as a charitable institution of research and teaching, and enable effective collaboration to flourish. You will be responsible for drafting, negotiating and advising on a wide range of research collaboration agreements, confidentiality agreements, material transfer agreements, studentships, amendments and associated documents.
You will be expected to have demonstrable knowledge and experience of complex contract negotiation across a broad range of sponsors – both public and commercial, and be adept at drafting contractual solutions to achieve a negotiated agreement. A keen knowledge of intellectual property issues as they apply in the context of a higher education institution and against the backdrop of funded research is central to the role. As this is a senior position with line management responsibilities, previous experience of managing contracts staff would be an advantage.
You will report to the Assistant Director, Research Operations and your primary responsibilities will be to:
Review, draft and negotiate a wide range of research and commercial contracts covering the full spectrum of research-related activities.
Provide clear, pragmatic advice on the implications of contractual terms within the context of research, using a comprehensive working knowledge of research contract issues, such as confidentiality, publication requirements, intellectual property, VAT and other related issues.
Ensure that contractual terms are clear and appropriate, and that institutional risk is identified and appropriately assessed within each contract.
Develop a solid understanding of relevant University policies to ensure contracts are compliant.
In conjunction with fellow Senior Contracts Managers, play a central role in the continual on-going review of the University's range of template agreements and processes for contract negotiation and administration.
Build, develop and maintain effective working relationships with all stakeholders - within RIO and the broader University, as well as with external sponsors and collaborators.
Line manage less experienced colleague(s), developing their contract negotiation experience and supporting their professional development
As a specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield's world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships are creating leaders in technology and management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here.
The Research and Innovation Office (RIO) supports researchers in working together to achieve excellence and impact in delivering the University's vision for research and innovation. The Research Commercial function within RIO is focused on enabling the research activities of the University whilst mitigating and protecting against contractual risk.
Our Values and Commitments
Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here.
We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential. We are a Disability Confident Employer and proud members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme. We are committed to actively exploring flexible working options for each role and have been ranked in the Top 30 family friendly employers in the UK by the charity Working Families. Find out more about our key commitments to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Flexible Working here.
Collaborating and connecting are integral to so much of what we do. Our Working Arrangements Framework provides many staff with the opportunity to flexibly combine on-site and remote working, where job roles allow, balancing the needs of our community of staff, students, clients and partners.
For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Philip Cull, Assistant Director Research Operations, on (T); +44 (0) 7920 204258 or (E); [email protected]
Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details on E: [email protected] Please quote reference number.
Senior Research Contracts Manager
February 09, 2024
March 03, 2024
Business and Economics
About the employer
Established in 1946 as the College of Aeronautics, Cranfield University saw a lot of development in the 1950s and 1960s in aircraft design and research. This gave rise to diversification into manufacturing and management. It finally changed its name to Cranfield University in 1993. In the following years, the university gained a lot of appreciation, and recently, Defence Academy, UK came into partnership with the university.
The academic schools under the university are Cranfield Defence and Security, School of Aerospace, Transport Systems, Manufacturing, School of Water, Energy, and Environment, and School of Management. Cranfield University has two campuses, one in Cranfield and the other in Shrivenham. Both of them are set in the English countryside, close to several places of interest. The campus promotes students to bond and helps each other out. It offers ample opportunities for sports, social activities, or recreation. The accommodations range from single student apartment blocks to family homes. The Shrivenham campus is a secure military site and has a variety of modern facilities for the students, staff as well as their families. Cranfield is filled with places to shop, eat, and drink. It is about 50 miles from London, while Shrivenham is 80 miles away from the capital city.
The university welcomes students from all over the world. As of 2020, the university had 54% of students from the UK and 16% from other EU countries. About 30% of the students were from other parts of the world. It also has one of the best teacher-to-student ratios in the UK, with one academic staff member for five students. Cranfield University is responsible for the education of more than half of the UK's aerospace engineering master's students. It provides placements in HSBC, Ernst & Young, KPMG, Deloitte, and other big companies.
Cranfield University boasts of its 60,000+ alumni base, and some of the notable personalities include Former Group Chief Executive at Barclays Antony Jenkins, Executive Director of Oxfam International Winnie Byanyima, CEO of Aston Martin Andy Palmer and CEO of Rolls-Royce Holdings Warren East. Some of the other notable alumni are former Prime Minister of Jordan Nader Al-Dahabi, Former CEO of Royal Jordanian airlines Samer Majali, James Vowles who is the Chief Strategist of Mercedes Formula 1 team and Crispin Blunt, Member of Parliament for Reigate.
Cranfield University, also known as the UK Specialist Postgraduate University, has established its foundation in not only teaching excellent programmes but also as an impeccable research centre. Additionally, the university has been honoured with the Queen's Anniversary Prize six times. As an interesting fact, 96% of Cranfield graduates are either employed or pursuing their further studies.
The university has successfully partnered with or established close links with more than 130 universities within and outside America - other countries being Asia, Oceania, Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Cranfield has also collaborated with Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) on its Bachelor of Engineering in Aerospace Systems programme.
What many students do not know about Cranfield is that the university has connections with some of the Indian universities as well. There are four such institutions are Defence Institute of Advanced Technology in Pune, Indian Institute of Technology of Kharagpur, Manipal University in Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore.