Commercial Contracts Business Partner Ref 8629

Post Title: Commercial Contracts Business Partner
School/department: Research & Enterprise Services  
Hours: full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Requests for remote working, job share, or flexible working options up to 1FTE will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: permanent 
Reference: 8629
Salary: starting at £35,333 to £42,155 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on:  14 July 2022
Closing date:  12 August 2022.    Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: To be confirmed
Expected start date: As soon as possible

Job description

We are seeking to appoint a Commercial Contracts Business Partner to join the busy Contracts team of the University’s Research and Enterprise Services Division. This post provides an exciting opportunity to play a part in delivering the University’s research, impact, and knowledge exchange ambitions through a diverse range of industry sponsored research activity. The role focuses on contract support for the Innovation and Business Partnership team, though  you will also support the research development business partners and  researchers in a range of cross-University interdisciplinary  grant funded/industry focused research projects; liaising with relevant funders, project partners and attending project progress meetings where required, You will also  provide clear and pragmatic advice to key stakeholders after identifying and assessing relevant contractual risks.

 You should therefore have an excellent track record in reviewing, drafting, and negotiating industry sponsored research or commercial contracts, including multi-party consortium agreement, an extensive knowledge of intellectual property rights, along with a good working knowledge of contract law, export control and data protection regulations. You will be a proactive person with strong communication skills, able to work both independently and within teams, along with the ability to manage and prioritize your work from multiple clients. You will have excellent contract management skills and enjoy the challenge of a fast-paced research-centered role.

You will be educated to degree level or equivalent or be qualified by experience, gained within the Higher Education sector, or within industry/research organisation or the legal profession.

The successful applicant will be part of the Research Finance and Contracts Department and will report to the Senior Research & Commercial Contracts Manager.

Please contact Denise Forbes -  for informal enquiries.

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy,  Inclusive Sussex, on our webpages.

Download the full job description and person specification (reference number 8629) (PDF 124KB)

The University requires that work undertaken for the University is performed from the UK. 

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How to apply

Download our professional services application form - Dec 2020 [DOC 203.00KB] and Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form [DOC 119.50KB] and fill in all sections.

You must email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email in PDF format (we are unable to accept applications as or .pages) and use the format job reference number / job title / your name in the subject line.

You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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