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Clinical Trials Agreement Associate

London (Central), London (Greater) (GB)
£43,205 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Closing date
27 Feb 2024

Job Details


The Clinical Trials Office is a department which exists to serve the research agenda of King’s Health Partners by providing a single interface for those wishing to conduct clinical trials within the Partner Organisations.  If you have a background in research within Higher Education, currently work in NHS R&D or Clinical Trials Administration in the Pharmaceutical or Allied Health Care and would like to work in a dedicated team with opportunity for career progression, we would like to hear from you.

The role is part of a busy team of Clinical Trials Agreements Associates providing an efficient and effective contractual service for investigators, companies and contract research organisations that are seeking to conduct commercial clinical trials within the Partner Organisations.  Members of the team work closely with our research teams and clients to cost projects and negotiate contracts. Candidates will ideally have experience in costing and negotiating project budgets, as well as standard contracts in the Academic or NHS sector, or in the pharmaceutical and allied health industries.  An understanding of the legal, regulatory and statutory governance of clinical trials, or other regulated environments, will be an advantage.

Most importantly, we seek candidates who are able to think analytically, are confident and persuasive communicators with excellent writing skills, and who can successfully manage a diverse and very busy workload largely autonomously. 

This post will be offered on an indefinite contract  

This is a full-time post - 100% full time equivalent

Key responsibilities

  • Responsible for providing an effective, high quality, timely and efficient contractual and financial/budgetary service to investigators, companies and contract research organisations seeking to conduct commercial trials in any of the Partner Organisations.
  • To review and negotiate contractual conditions in accordance with KHP-CTO policy and national guidance, referring to the Senior CTAA as appropriate.
  • To calculate and negotiate clinical trial budgets in accordance with CTO policy and NIHR guidance, ensuring that the revenue to the Partner Organisations from participating in commercial studies is maximised.
  • To ensure that the set-up and administration of Commerical trials is in compliance with the relevant legal, regulatory and internal governance.
  • To give appropriate advice regarding the contractual and financial terms of contracts to stakeholders.
  • To work closely with academic, clinical and other staff, at all levels and across the Partner Organisations, to develop effective working relationships and to grow clinical trial activity.
  • To communicate the progress of projects and provide metrics in appropriate formats to the Senior CTAA.
  • To keep abreast of all current relevant KHP-CTO policy and NIHR guidance and assist the Senior CTAA in ensuring that all stakeholders are kept abreast of changes in policy or process affecting the contractual and financial elements of clinical trial activity.
  • To actively contribute to the Agreements team and the wider KHP-CTO, working flexibly as a member of both teams.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria

  1. Experience of working on Clinical Trials.
  2. Proficient negotiator with ability to influence and strong interpersonal skills.
  3. The ability to build successful relationships, collaborate in cross-functional teams and maintain a positive work environment.
  4. Knowledge, understanding and experience of the regulatory and statutory governance of clinical trials.
  5. The ability to manage a large and diverse portfolio of contracts.
  6. The ability to work to SOPs and local working processes.
  7. Excellent organisational and time management skills.
  8. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  9. Demonstrably high levels of accuracy and attention to detail.
  10. Practical problem-solving skills and the ability to think analytically.
  11. Self-starting and able to work largely unsupervised.
  12. Strong computer skills (proficient with MS word, Excel and web-based applications).

Desirable criteria

  1. Experience of commercial clinical trial set up.
  2. Knowledge and understanding of the relevant contract templates.
  3. Knowledge of the regulatory requirements for clinical trials and GCP.
  4. Knowledge of medical, scientific and/or research terminology.
  5. Knowledge of current national systems and structures for the approval, management and monitoring of clinical research in the NHS.
  6. Direct, relevant work experience in field of clinical trials and sponsored research.


King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.

King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services. For more information, visit:

King’s £600 million campaign, World questions|KING’s answers, has delivered huge global impact in areas where King’s has particular expertise. Philanthropic support has funded new research to save young lives at Evelina London Children’s Hospital; established the King’s Dickson Poon School of Law as a worldwide leader in transnational law; built a new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital; allowed unique collaboration between leading neuroscientists to fast-track new treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, depression and schizophrenia at the new Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute; created the Cicely Saunders Institute: the first academic institution in the world dedicated to palliative care, and supported the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership in the Ebola crisis. Donations provide over 300 of the most promising students with scholarships and bursaries each year. More information about the campaign is available at

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