Contract Manager - Research Services

Job no: 512780
Work type: Fixed term - Full-time
Campus: Adelaide
Categories: Project Management and Project Support, HEO7, Management

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(HE07) $95,017 - $106,270 per annum plus an employer contribution of 17% superannuation applies.

Are you experienced in research contracting and project establishment?   We have a fixed term opportunity until September 2024 for a Contract Manager to join our collaborative Research Services team.

Research Services provides professional staff support services to the University's Research community in relation to research funding opportunities, research administration, research ethics, compliance and integrity management, post award research management, research related reporting and general and strategic advice to researchers and research leaders.

The Contract Manager is accountable for high quality research contracting and project initiation services designed to streamline administration and ensure high quality, rigorous contracting in relation to research activity at the University of Adelaide.

You will be responsible for: negotiating and establishing research funding agreements and other associated contracts; ensuring timely commencement of research activities; liaising with research funders and collaborators, Faculties, Schools, Institutes, Affiliates and research funding applicants and coordinating services with Research Development, Business Development, Commercialisation, Finance, Legal and Risk, Adelaide Graduate Research School and other areas of central university administration.

Working under limited direction with a degree of autonomy, you will exercise a high level of independence, mature judgement and liaise directly with University senior officers and external parties.

You will also be expected to contribute to the development of strategies and systems primarily in relation to enhancing research contracting and project initiation/establishment. You will provide advice, guidance and mentoring to junior staff on relevant matters and you may also be called upon to provide support for other research administrative processes during peak periods.

To be successful you will need:

  • Detailed knowledge of the University sector, funding of research and of related structures and processes in a research-oriented field.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide high quality advice to staff on research contracting issues, including broader project initiation considerations and compliance requirements.
  • Demonstrated high-level interpersonal and written communication skills (including the ability to prepare correspondence for internal and external audiences, and briefing papers for management).
  • Excellent organisational skills with the demonstrated ability to prioritise tasks, plan actions and work well to tight (externally imposed) deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability in the effective use of computer applications (MS Word, MS Excel, PowerPoint), internet browsers, and information systems.

Enjoy an outstanding career environment

The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you a vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity consistent with our Staff Values and Behaviour Framework and our Values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery. We firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills, knowledge and capability of all our staff.

We embrace flexibility as a key principle to allow our people to manage the changing demands of work, personal and family life.

In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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Your division's broader role

The Division of Research and Innovation leads the University's research strategic planning. It manages research, partnerships, prioritises investment in strategic initiatives, and responds to changes in the external environment. 

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If you have the talent, we'll give you the opportunity. Together, let's make history.

Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button to be taken through to the online application form. Please ensure you submit a cover letter, resume, and upload a document that includes your responses to all of the selection criteria (no more than 2 pages) for the position as contained in the position description.

Applications close 11:55pm, 1 October 2023.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Tim Kleinig
Manager, Contract Management, ICS
P: : +61 8 8313 1285

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The University reserves the right to close this advertisement before the closing date if a suitable candidate is identified

The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Female applicants, people with a disability and/or and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application. 


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