Senior Research Contracts Manager

Swinburne University of Technology

HEW 8: $99,794 - $107,629 + 17% superannuation
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Full time, fixed term position until April 2021 at our Hawthorn campus
Lead role in the review, negotiation and management of research agreements.

About the Job
In this integral role, you will support Swinburne University's research performance by taking a lead role in the review, negotiation and management of research agreements while also improving our processes for the review of research legal agreements.

Reporting to the Manager Research Funding, Contracts and Operations, as our new Senior Research Contracts Manager you will also establish processes and systems to assess contractual risk and improve the construct and content of standard legal agreements. In doing so, you will work with the Legal Office, Senior Grant Advisors, business development managers and other staff across the university.

As part of the Research Funding, Contracts and Operations (RFCO) team, you will also project manage the contract development and finalisation of complex research projects, for example, centres of excellence, cooperative research centres, large-scale industry projects, consortia agreements or collaborative ventures. You will also be responsible for the line management of the Senior Research Contracts Advisor and the Research Contracts Administrative Assistant.

About Swinburne University of Technology
Swinburne is a multi-sector university of science, technology and innovation with more than 54,000 students and 5,000 staff globally. We offer postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online education to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways. Our mission is to be a world-class university, creating economic and social impact through science, technology and innovation. We aim to deliver future-ready learners, research with impact and innovative enterprise.

Help drive real change with our Research and Development function. Swinburne University of Technology has an ambitious goal of growth in research performance and impact, as set out in our 2025 Strategic Plan – to become an internationally renowned institute in digital research, a digital disruptor and an accelerator of innovation.

About you
To be successful in the role, you will have:
• Completion of a relevant tertiary qualification with relevant experience or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.
• Previous relevant experience and demonstrated ability in pragmatically reviewing and negotiating research contracts and other research-related agreements.
• Relevant experience and demonstrated ability in dealing with and providing strategic advice on commercial, legal, and other issues surrounding contractual relationships and representing the organisation effectively in negotiations with third parties.
A full list of selection criteria is available within the position description.

• Flexible working arrangements
• Participate in regular staff and management development programs
• Discounted annual Myki cards are available to Swinburne staff
• Salary package your car parking, superannuation and vehicle lease plans.

To find out more about the extensive range of benefits offered to Swinburne employees please visit Employee Benefits

How to apply and further information
Please submit your application by clicking on the ‘Apply’ link, and submit a resume, cover letter and a response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the position description. For further information about this position, contact Dr Kim Wark | Manager Research Funding, Contracts and Operations via email

Should you require further support for an interview due to special needs or consideration, please contact Jessie Macintyre, Director (Employee Experience) at For support or queries related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, please contact

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Agency enquiries will not be accepted for this position.

Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation. We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for women for 10 years in a row and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan. Equity and diversity are integral to our 2025 vision to be a world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation.

Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 3rd June 2020.

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