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Intellectual Property Contracts Manager

University of Sheffield

Sheffield, United Kingdom

Research and Innovation Services supports researchers and research students to undertake excellent research by helping them to: secure funding from external sources for their research; undertake continuing professional development;
understand ethical considerations; have appropriate legal agreements in place with funders, collaborators and partners; exploit commercial opportunities arising from their research; and demonstrate that their research has beneficial effects for
society and the economy.

Intellectual Property (IP) arising from academic research is important to our reputation in a number of ways: via academic publishing; by going beyond the University to have a beneficial effect on the economy or society; and in some cases, may be an asset which may be exploited via patents, licenses or by the creation of a company to commercialise it. No two situations are the same, which demands a tailored and pragmatic approach. The Intellectual Property Contracts Manager takes part in negotiations, drafts and reviews agreements relating to use of our academic IP. The ability to see the consequences of complex IP situations and recommend a way forward, in terms which non-experts understand, is a key requirement. The role
holder will manage a small team and will work closely with external partners and funders, as well as with academic researchers.

Candidates will need Have a good honours degree or relevant experience, including negotiating and reviewing agreements which include IP provisions and working with commercial partners. They will need to have Excellent analytical skills, with the
ability to communicate on, and work within, complex strategic and policy concepts. They will need to demonstrate that they are collaborative and can focus on their own workload whilst facilitating the work of their team.

This role is fixed-term for 12 months to cover maternity leave.

 Work closely with Pricing and Contracts Manager and Faculty Contracts Managers to ensure appropriate and flexible support across the whole team’s remit.

 Lead role in negotiating, as well as advising colleagues and academic staff on non-standard Intellectual Property matters in R&I contracts.

 Lead role in negotiating IP matters in respect of commercialisation, including identifying requirements to use external professional advisers for particular matters.

 Manage IP support team ensuring consistent and appropriate approaches at all stages of research lifecycle.

 Support Industry Contracts Lead and Licensing and Commercial Contracts Officer to provide guidance and ensure appropriate prioritisation of workload and close working with other Contracts Managers.

 Facilitate timely patent portfolio management via a Patents Officer to ensure appropriate levels of protection are in place, managing a budget of ~£300K per annum.

 Manage IP and Commercial Contracts Assistant to co-ordinate the University of Sheffield’s IP portfolio including the collection and distribution of income, monitoring renewals and terminations of licences and ensuring the capture of all IP related statistics.

 Deputise for Pricing and Contracts Manager as required.

 Work with Pricing and Contracts Manager to develop policies around IP which are transparent and clearly articulated to academic staff.

 Ensure appropriate staff development opportunities for Pricing and Contracts team members to ensure appropriate IP expertise develops in response to changes in partner/funder Job Description requirements and developing schemes.

 Member of the Commercial Assessment Review group, providing advice and guidance on IP related matters.

 As a member of our Professional staff you will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to the professional behaviours set out in the Sheffield Professional Framework. Please follow this link for further information: Sheffield Professional Framework.

Qualifications and experience

Have a good honours degree (or equivalent experience).
Proven experience of advising, managing, and executing processes and decisions relating to intellectual property and its exploitation.
Experience of IP valuation.
Good customer care skills gained within a legal, financial or customer service based team.


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