Senior Commercial Contracts Manager- Global Life Science Company

£Excellent + Bonus + Benefits
22 Sep 2016
20 Oct 2016
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Contract Type
Full Time

Exceptional in-house role for a Senior Contracts Manager to join a global life science company. This role will be based in the company’s Horsham offices.

The Senior Contracts Manager (EMEA) will be responsible for managing all phases of the contract lifecycle for all customer and supplier contracts in the EMEA region (North America and South America).

While operating under limited supervision, the Senior Contracts Manager (EMEA) will work cross-functionally with Sales, Client Services, Finance, Operations, Quality, Legal, and other Clinical Services’ regional contract professionals to negotiate and close contracts that meet company policies and legal requirements and achieve profitable growth.  The Senior Contracts Manager (EMEA) will be a focal point for contract negotiations within the EMEA region, and will be responsible for developing negotiation strategies jointly with the commercial team, obtaining leadership approvals and coordinating with multiple resources (e.g., Sales, Client Services, Finance, Operations, Quality, and Legal).

Role Profile:

  • Direct and coordinate regional personnel, systems and procedures related to the timely and accurate processing of customer and supplier contracts.
  • Review, draft, negotiate and administer contracts in accordance with organizational and departmental contracting policies and procedures, including drafting templates, providing redlined recommendations, and negotiating directly with external stakeholders until contracts are completed.
  • Perform risk assessment of proposed contractual terms and conditions, and develop recommendations to minimize their potential risk to the business.
  • Liaise with BSD affiliates for the coordination of global contracts to ensure completion of applicable reviews and approvals by General Manager(s) and/or other business leaders, where required.
  • Administer processes for signing, filing, tracking and managing completed agreements.
  • Prepare and communicate appropriate summaries or other reports relating to material contract terms and conditions to applicable internal stakeholders.
  • Recommend policies and procedures to effect the timely and accurate completion of customer and supplier contracts, including start-up agreements (letters of intent), confidentiality agreements, master services agreements, statements of work (work orders), indemnification agreements, purchase orders, supply agreements and services agreements.
  • Notify leadership of potential contractual non-compliance issues that could have an adverse impact to the company.
  • Train business personnel on organizational and departmental contracting policies and procedures, as well as contractual terms and conditions.
  • Utilize our Practical Process Improvement (PPI) Business System to drive continuous improvement.
  • Demonstrate and promote the company’s mission, vision and 4I values.
  • Apply Good Manufacturing Practices in all areas of responsibility.
  • Conduct all activities in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Other duties may be assigned to meet business needs.

Candidate Requirements:

  • Strong interpersonal skills, excellent written and oral communications skills; attention to detail and sound administrative skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work within tight schedules and under pressure, work independently and as part of a team.
  • Good judgment in balancing business and commercial needs and potential risks/exposures with customer requirements.
  • Above average word composition and demonstrated knowledge of business law terminology enabling a comprehensive review and commentary of business contracts.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with the latest MS Office products, including Outlook, Word, Excel, and related electronic tools for editing, documenting, tracking and communicating. Experience with a contract lifecycle management system is desirable.
  • Minimal requirements include a BS/BA, plus a total of 8+ years experience as a Senior Contracts Manager or Contracts Manager (or equivalent legal and/or other contracting experience) with proven contract management skills, including substantive experience managing, reviewing, revising and negotiating commercial and supplier contracts, strategic alliances and other business transactions in the life science sector, plus management experience with proven leadership skills.  Experience with clinical trial processes is highly preferred. 

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