RESEARCH CONTRACTS MANAGER - £22ph - £25ph plus hol pay - Central London

  • Job Reference: 00000271-1
  • Date Posted: 11 January 2022
  • Recruiter: Gray & Associates
  • Location: London
  • Salary: £22.00 to £25.00 Per Hour
  • Sector: Higher Education & Charity
  • Job Type: Temporary
  • Contact: Leanne Sangster
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Job Description

RESEARCH CONTRACTS MANAGER - £22ph - £25ph plus hol pay - Central London

Start: ASAP

Three month initial booking

We are recruiting for an experienced Research Contracts Manager to join a leading UK University on a temporary basis. It is essential you have experience and qualifications in research contracts and contract law.


The Research Contracts Manager supports the efficient management of the research and consultancy portfolio for the Faculties, within agreed service levels set down by the Head of Research Contracts.

The role holder is responsible for providing advice and guidance to staff on project applications and contractual issues in line with funder terms and conditions and for drafting and negotiating research and consultancy contracts on behalf of the School.

This role combines proficiency in project application and contract administration with an area of specialist expertise e.g. project costing, funders’ terms and conditions, contract administration, EU administration or price/contract negotiation.



  • Managing the administrative processes relating to applications and research/consultancy contracts.
  • Contribute to the development of School policy, priorities and agendas.
  • High level of proficiency in and responsibility for the day-to-day administration of the Faculty’s research and consultancy contracts.
  • Investigating any differences between submitted and awarded budgets as part of the contract process.
  • Providing advice and assistance on interpreting funders’ terms and conditions.
  • Drafting, reviewing and negotiating research and research-related contracts (e.g. agreements covering research funding, studentships, confidentiality, material transfer and software).
  • Drafting, negotiating and issuing post-award amendments and sub-contracts.
  • Reduce legal liability, assessing risk, seeking optimal payment terms and academic publication rights.
  • Accurate and complete entry of research and consultancy contracts into research management systems.
  • Produce accurate reports and analyses of contract processing statistics.
  • Proactively identify problems at an early stage and resolve or refer them as appropriate.
  • Implement changes in School policies, procedures and administrative systems relating to research contracts administration.
  • Provide specialist expertise and knowledge in one or more areas of research contracts (eg. contract administration, funders’ terms and conditions, EU applications and contract negotiation).
  • Keep abreast of developments in the external research environment (policy, funders) that will impact on School research funding activities.
  • Review and develop content/links for the intranet pages relating to funders, contract processes and the area of expertise.
  • Ensure that the School builds and maintains good relationships with key funders by resolving pre- award issues.
  • Proactively provide high quality advice to researchers and administrators on matters relating to funder contractual issues, to include staffing a faculty based help desk facility.
  • Work with colleagues across the School to streamline and improve research management processes.



  • Hold an undergraduate degree and/or have equivalent specialist training and/or hold an appropriate legal qualification.
  • Have specialist training or hold qualifications or experience in research contracts.
  • Research management (preferably within Higher Education).
  • Working effectively and flexibly as a member of a team.
  • Working in a customer-focused environment and meeting customer needs.
  • Communicating complex information to non-specialists.
  • Working independently and proactively.
  • Working with high levels of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Providing informal or formal guidance or training.
  • Developing written guidelines and/or training materials.
  • Drafting agreements involving Clinical Trials, Human Samples and/or personal data.
  • Writing/developing material for the web.
  • Contract law.
  • Experience of Converis or financial/economics training.
  • Intellectual Property Law.
  • Proven ability to understand and interpret complex contract documentation and funder financial terms and conditions.
  • Proven ability to understand, interpret, apply and develop policies and procedures.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • The ability to use judgement, initiative and creativity to identify and solve complex problems.
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills including proven ability to organise and prioritise workload, work efficiently and meet tight deadlines.


We look forward to receiving your CV


Gray & Associates is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.