Research Contracts Advisor/Research Contracts Negotiator

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime

Research Contracts Advisor up to £37,500 depending on skills and experience

Research Contracts Negotiator up to £42,000 depending on skills and experience

Permanent, full time, open ended.

Based at any UKCEH site, home working or hybrid working considered

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt

Interviews will be held on an adhoc basis

About the role

Advise staff on all research related contractual agreements including the use of and protection of IPR as well as ensuring those agreements are in line with UKCEH policy and enable UKCEH to achieve its charitable objectives.

About us

The UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology is an independent, not-for-profit research centre carrying out excellent environmental science with impact. We are home to around 500 scientists, who work to understand the environment, how it sustains life, and the human impact on it.

Key Responsibilities

Research Contracts Advisor (B6)

Main Duties

  • Draft and finalise standard research contracts and other agreements in a timely manner, namely NDAs, MTAs, Collaboration Agreements using the Brunswick, Lambert templates, contract amendments and subcontracts
  • Identify, communicate and mitigate contractual risks
  • Support the Band 5 Advise on contractual issues, including intellectual property rights, to both internal staff and external stakeholders
  • Ensure that CEH's project contracts enable future use of project results both for future scientific research and where appropriate for commercial exploitation
  • Delegated authority to sign contracts in line with UKCEH policy up to £125,000.

Research Contracts Negotiator (B5)

Main Duties

  • Draft and finalise research contracts and other agreements in a timely manner including strategically important work and bespoke agreements.
  • Take active lead on government funded contract and commercial agreements as well as more complex agreements where there are more complex risks including reputational, intellectual property, collateral warranties, liquidated damages amongst other things.
  • Support the Tender Support Team with time-pressured submissions to funders when required.
  • Where necessary support the Quality Assurance Manager in the completion of risk assessments, escalating where required.
  • Identify, communicate and mitigate contractual risk including through discussions with PIs and where required briefing senior management including the Head of Contracts and Licensing and the Director for Impact and Innovation.
  • Stay constantly aware of UKCEH processes with respect to contract management and seek to improve and streamline our processes wherever possible.
  • Provide support and training to other members of the team when required.
  • Provide specialist support for UKCEH staff on all aspects of contracts and contracts management
  • Advise on contractual issues, including intellectual property rights, to both internal staff (including BDMs, People Team, Tender Support and others and external stakeholders (including our partners on bids as well as counterparts).
  • Ensure that UKCEH's project contracts enable future use of project results both for future scientific research and where appropriate for commercial exploitation
  • Manage the individual contracts process for and behalf of UKCEH staff, taking into consideration specific project requirements
  • Contribute to in-house training sessions at individual CEH sites and to the preparation of training materials
  • Delegated authority to sign contracts in line with UKCEH policy up to £250,000.

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