Manager, Industrial Contracts – New Position – Associate Director Level
Office of Technology Transfer
Recognizing that industry collaborations and partnerships create different opportunities and challenges than typical university-government relationships, Rice University has created the position of Manager, Industrial Contracts to oversee the process of collaboration agreements with industry partners and provide input into strategic future direction of collaborative partnerships with industry.
Scope of responsibility includes negotiating agreements with industry, including those with and without funds, such as consortium partnerships, master research agreements, industry affiliates agreements, non-disclosure agreements, material transfer agreements, memorandums of understanding, and other collaborative arrangements.
The Manager of Industrial Contracts maintains internal and external relationships. Internally, they will work closely with the faculty, the Office of Technology Transfer, the Office of General Counsel and the Office of Sponsored Research as well as act as a liaison to ensure timely and effective negotiation of contract terms consistent with University business needs and policies. Externally, the Manager will develop and maintain strategic industry relationships and provide input with respect to the contracting of research within the industry.
Specific skills and traits include:
- Demonstrated ability to work with a variety of constituencies.
- Knowledge of and ability to interpret governing laws and agency specific regulations regarding the use of animals and human subjects, subcontracting, procurement, reporting, equipment management, export controls and patent policy.
- Ability to read, understand, analyze and interpret grant and contract documents.
- Thorough knowledge and understanding of government regulations, contract and patent law.
- Understanding of complex intellectual property and licensing issues that pertain to industry sponsored research.
- Must understand the role of confidential information in agreements and how it impacts publishing rights; financial implications of payment terms; liability issues.
- Understanding of institutional accounting policies, procedures and capabilities.
- Ability to take initiative, prioritize workload, and work independently.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to be an effective liaison with a wide variety of people, including faculty, industry representatives and legal counsel, as well as administrative staff, accountants, and colleagues.
- Serve as a mentor and coach to develop junior staff.
- Demonstrated ability to negotiate effectively to find win-win solutions.
- Participates in professional organizations, including national and regional meetings with content on the Industry-University interface.
- Acts as the principal negotiator of industry-sponsored research agreements
- Manages complex and sensitive arrangements involving conflict of interest policies and laws with respect to industry relationships.
- Keeps abreast of recent developments in U.S. and foreign intellectual property laws and other laws affecting Industry-University research activities.
- An advanced degree in science, engineering, business or law is strongly desired.
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