Commercial (income) Contract Manager at UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

Daresbury, Warrington
£38,969 - £43,300 per annum (depending on skills & experience)
01 Oct 2020
25 Oct 2020
Specialist Area
Contracts, Procurement
Job Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Salary: £38,969 - £43,300 per annum (depending on skills & experience)
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Based at: Daresbury Lab. nr Warrington, Cheshire

Commercial (income) Contract Manager at UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

A new and exciting opportunity for a high-level commercial expert at based at our Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Daresbury Lab site in Cheshire!

The organisation

The STFC is one of Europe’s largest science research organisations. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in multiple scientific disciplines. Since 1962 Daresbury Laboratory has pushed the boundaries of modern science. It is internationally recognised for world leading scientific excellence in a diverse variety of fields, from nuclear physics to supercomputing, and its achievements inspire scientists, adults and children alike. The lab employs around 300 staff with scientists and engineers, from both the university research community and industrial research base, using our facilities.

STFC is part of UKRI, a non-departmental public body, bringing together the functions of the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK, and Research England and seeks to maximise value from government’s investment in research and innovation of over £6bn per annum.

UKRI Commercial Function

The function provides a wide range of commercial support to the whole organisation with a high proportion of effort focussed on the management of procurement and a smaller, more specialist group, providing expert support to the income-generating groups, particularly, but not only, at the STFC.

The Role

We are currently recruiting commercial professionals into the UKRI income-generating support section of the commercial function. The roles will report to our new Senior Commercial Contract Partner who, working with our Commercial Director, will lead the development and management of this commercial team. The group as a whole will provide support to the UKRI divisions that sell research-based technical and scientific services to third parties, this role particularly being associated with our Hartree Centre. The Hartree Centre is STFC’s industry facing high performance computing and AI data analytics centre. The role will be incredibly interesting and challenging and commercial experience in software or digital technology sectors would be advantageous.

This role will maintain a strong operational responsibility to the senior management teams for which support is provided – particularly, but not only, at STFC.

The role will be responsible to:

  • Provide assurance to senior teams that commercial arrangements are effective whilst managing risk and adhering to policy;
  • Input to the development of the commercial team’s pre-sales, bidding, contract negotiation and fulfilment activities;
  • Manage a personal case load and represent UKRI by taking the commercial lead when engaging with clients both pre and post contract, escalating key issues to the Senior Commercial Contract Partner;
  • Maintain a close and co-ordinated working relationship with other Commercial Contract Managers;
  • Defend margin during contract implementation by representing UKRI’s commercial interests during project fulfilment. Ensure contract changes are identified and managed correctly;
  • Provide challenge and support to key projects and programmes to ensure their commercial approach delivers value and controls risk and
  • Act as a role model of commercial professionalism within area of responsibility.

About You

Education, qualification and training:

  • Degree level in a commercial discipline or equivalent

Technical skills, experience:

  • Extensive experience of drafting, negotiating, monitoring and managing commercial terms and conditions of major projects with corporate clients;
  • Proven team working in a high technology, project driven, business environment where intellectual property management is a significant factor;
  • Able to reflect UKRI values in behaviour and attitude;
  • A strong technical understanding of commercial and contract management with keen attention to detail and good analytical skills and
  • High degree of commercial awareness and a confident negotiator.

Personal attributes:

  • Personal drive and enthusiasm with the gravitas to advise senior managers in the organisation and to engage directly with key client organisations;
  • Commercially astute in negotiation situations and 
  • A natural problem solver.

UK Research and Innovation offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance. This includes 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege days, Christmas shut down, flexible working hours, an exceptional defined benefit pension scheme, a work-based nursery and social and sporting activities and societies.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to include a CV and cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please click the apply button. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

The closing date for applications is 25th October 2020.