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Contracts Manager, NIHR BioResource for Translational Research - (Fixed Term)

Do you have great contract management skills? Interested in a role which is contributing to changing lives for the better? Looking for your next challenge?

NIHR BioResource for Translational Research (NIHR BioResource) is recruiting a Contracts Manager to join our Business team. The scale and nature of the NIHR BioResource requires significant contract and procurement activity and the establishment of research collaboration agreements with external partners, leading to the creation of this new and exciting role.

About NIHR BioResource:

Our mission is to facilitate human health research and its transformation into medical practice.

NIHR BioResource is a unique and powerful resource for studying disease mechanisms and for investigating the links between genes, the environment, health and disease, enabling scientific discoveries as well as facilitating translational medicine for the benefit of patients.

Further details on the NIHR BioResource, including some of our COVID-19 research studies, can be found on our website

About the job:

The Contracts Manager will be responsible for all aspects of contract management for the NIHR BioResource including new contracts and renewal of existing contracts, managing the procurement activities of the NIHR BioResource, and working with the University Research Operations Office on the establishment of new, and renewal of existing, research collaboration agreements with external partners, both public and private sector.

The role will require compliance and control of the delivery of procurements and contracts along with records management, and data protection and GDPR regulations as appropriate.

The role holder will also be required to strategically manage internal and external relationships.

About you:

Ideally you will have:

  • Robust understanding of contract law and procurement related legislation;
  • Good commercial awareness;
  • Excellent supplier negotiation and communication skills;
  • Experience of drafting and managing contracts in public and/or private sector environment.

What we offer:

The University offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, family friendly policies, a generous pension scheme (employer's contribution is 21.6%) and 41 days' annual holiday (inclusive of public holidays). We encourage career development by providing extensive training & development opportunities.

This appointment is full-time, 37 hours per week; part-time to 80% will be considered. Work - life balance is important, and we are open to discussion on flexible working, including hybrid working.

The post is available on a fixed-term basis until 30 November 2024 in the first instance. NIHR BioResource is funded by the National Institute for Health & Care Research (NIHR) on a 5-year funding cycle. It was announced last year that NIHR BioResource will receive new funding over the next 5 years.

Our offices are on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus CB2 0QQ (approximately 2 miles south of the city centre).

See the Further Information link below for full details and Person Specification.

We encourage informal queries about the job or the application process - please contact Nigel Seaber, Business Manager at

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 November 2024 in the first instance.

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Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference RB35144 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further information

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