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Part-time Senior Contracts Officer

£34,804 to £40,322 pro rata
Lancaster University

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In order to cover maternity leave within the team, we are looking for a highly motivated Senior Contracts Officer to contribute to the smooth running of the University’s research business.

This is a temporary fixed term part-time post (22.5 hours per week) providing maternity cover for the period 2nd March 2020 to 30th November 2020. There will be some flexibility on the actual days to be worked.

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 contracts with a wide variety of funding bodies relating to research grant awards that 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. The ability to work as part of a team is also essential. Experience of dealing with research contracts is desirable.

Lancaster University is a Top Ten 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 informed discussion of the role please contact Mark Reynolds, Contracts Manager at m.s.reynolds@lancaster.ac.uk

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

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