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Contracts Manager

The Alan Turing Institute
London (Greater)
Closing date
22 Sep 2021
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Contracts Manager

The Alan Turing Institute

The Alan Turing Institute is the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence whose mission is to make great leaps in data science and artificial intelligence research in order to change the world for the better.


The role holder will report to the Director of Programme Management and will work closely with the Legal Team. The role will line manage a Contracts Officer (

Working across Programme Management, and sometimes in support of Partnership Development and Research Engineering together with Programme Management teams, you will provide specialist advice and guidance on aspects of contracting for research activities including funding agreements, collaboration agreements and partnerships, predominantly relating to the Institute’s contract template tool-kit.

Programme and project managers take a lead on issuing contracts, completing standard fields and schedules, organising signatures, storing executed copies in relevant files – the Contracts Officer and Manager roles support these individuals in providing advice where required, reviewing incoming agreements, drafting, and in contract negotiation (both in and outbound), escalating to the Legal team as appropriate.

You will be part of a cross-functional team which works together to balance responding to reactive workload with building professional relationships with key internal and external partners.


  • Provide specialist advice and guidance with regard to research agreements and commercial contracts for services supporting research working with relevant Institute staff and stakeholders. The caseload will include, but is not limited to; funding agreements and collaboration agreements for research with universities, partnership agreements, grants, public sector and/or charity-funded awards in and out, as well as other ad hoc support.
  • Based on Legal team contractual mechanisms guidance documentation, advise colleagues on contractual mechanism options, signposting to appropriate templates, policies, and other support departments e.g. Corporate Governance, HR, Data Protection Teams.
  • Maintain up to date knowledge on different forms of contractual mechanisms (collaboration, funding, secondment, services etc) and templates (such as Brunswick and Lambert agreements) and how they apply in the higher education and research sector

Person Specification

  • LPC qualification and significant practical legal experience either in an in-house or law firm setting
  • A relevant first degree including commercial or business law, or first degree with a Graduate Diploma in Law.
  • A relevant higher degree or equivalent practical experience that demonstrates relevant levels of knowledge and skills.
  • Solid experience of reviewing and drafting legal agreements.
  • Experience of working in multidisciplinary working environments.
  • Substantial experience in managing Higher Education research contracts and/or commercial research contract support.

Please see our portal for a full breakdown of the Job Description.

Terms and Conditions

This post is offered on a fixed term basis for two years, at an annual salary of £47,000-£50,000 plus excellent benefits, including flexible working and family friendly policies,

Application procedure

Please see our jobs portal for full details on how to apply and the interview process.

Equality Diversity and Inclusion

The Alan Turing Institute is committed to creating an environment where diversity is valued and everyone is treated fairly.  In accordance with the Equality Act, we welcome applications from anyone who meets the specific criteria of the post regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.  Reasonable adjustments to the interview process can also be made for any candidates with a disability.

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