Contracts Officer

Southampton, United Kingdom
£31,406 to £38,587 Per annum
24 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
11 Feb 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

Research Contracts

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £31,406 to £38,587 Per annum
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Friday 11 February 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1615521TW-R

One of the top-ranked universities globally, the University of Southampton is an exceptional place where people achieve remarkable things. Outward looking and research intensive, Southampton has gained prestigious recognition for its wide-ranging successes and history of world-changing achievements.

Research represents the lifeblood of the University of Southampton. It powers everything we do, from our innovative teaching to our growing portfolio of spin-out companies, enabling the development of products and services for the benefit of individuals, businesses, and the wider economy. 

Research and Innovation Services (RIS) provides expert advice and assistance for research funding and contracts, research integrity and governance, technology transfer and the commercialisation of intellectual property, collaboration with industry, and public engagement with research. 

We are now recruiting a Contract Officer to join the Research Contracts Team.  You will be part of a team of specialists responsible for the review, drafting and negotiation of research contracts for the University.  With a strong focus on customer service, you will advise and support academic staff throughout the contract negotiation process.   You will work closely with other professional service groups and facilitate funding and collaborations with external partners by ensuring that appropriate legal agreements are put in place taking responsibility of your own portfolio of contracts.

Educated to degree level or equivalent, you will have excellent communication skills, be well-organised with the ability to multi-task and to work well as part of a busy team. You will be a self-starter and enjoy the challenge of making things happen in a fast-moving environment.  You will have strong office experience in a customer-focused environment.   Experience in working in a research support capacity within the Higher Education sector would be advantageous.

Our vision and mission at the University of Southampton is to have a community where staff and students feel welcome, supported, and valued. RIS fosters a culture of inclusion, respect, and equality of opportunity, encouraging applicants from diverse backgrounds, with the belief that excellence will be achieved through recognising the value of every individual. Our flexible working practices, including an emerging hybrid working model, where employees can split their working time between the office and home, support our belief that this balance brings long-lasting benefits for our institution as well as our people. For this role candidates will need to be on campus regularly and to be available to attend meetings and events externally as required.

For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Doug Akins, Head of Research Contracts, Research and Innovation Services email:

This post is offered on a full-time permanent basis.

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Michelle (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750 or email  Please quote reference 1615521TW-R on all correspondence.