Contracts and Partnerships Specialist


  • Slough, Berkshire
  • Permanent
  • Full-time
  • 28 days ago
Help us transform patients' lives.

At UCB, we put our heart, soul, and skills into making a difference for people living with severe disease. Working together to push the boundaries, we blend the best of our talents to unlock innovation. Will you join us in our pioneering adventure?

At UCB we believe sharing knowledge and expertise is essential for the rapid growth of scientific understanding. And that bringing innovative therapies to patients requires intensive cooperation. That’s why we have teamed up with other leading companies across the industry and have developed a strong global network of internationally renowned scientists and academics, who collaborate with us in our drug discovery activities. We, in turn, are happy to share our own skills and experience with peers and with the academic world.

We now have an exciting opportunity for a position in our Contracts and Partnerships Team to facilitate establishing these collaborations to support the entire breadth of UCB’s project pipeline.

The role is based in Slough, UK, supporting UCB’s Early Solutions organisation.

Role Overview

Working closely with scientific teams to evaluate research proposals to advise on IP and commercial sensitivities with regards to contracts. You will collaborate closely with other colleagues from Research, Intellectual Property, Compliance, Finance and in particular the Legal group (who are responsible for drafting the contracts) to lead and drive the negotiation of all contract types with our external partners to enable execution of contracts in a timely fashion.

The role is heavily outward facing, and also includes monitoring established contracts to track UCB’s obligations and act as a point of contact for grant awarding bodies, such as UK Research and Innovation and medical charities.

You will be responsible for activities leading to the implementation of contracts related to a wide range of UCB’s external research collaboration network by being involved with the following types of agreements;

Research Collaborations

Postdoctoral Research Agreements

PhD Studentships

Fee-For-Service Agreements


Tissue Biorepository Access

Multiparty Consortia

Technology Licences

Material Transfer and Confidentiality Agreements

Skills and Experience

Proven track record of successfully leading the negotiation and execution of a range of contracts types

Good knowledge of key contractual clauses including IP, licensing, confidentiality and liabilities

A scientific background would be beneficial but not essential (degree level or equivalent or above)

Experience negotiating contracts with academic and commercial entities, including hospitals is highly desirable

Knowledge of the Pharmaceutical Industry

Good communication skills, proven collaborative working style, able to juggle multiple priorities, and successfully worked in multi-disciplinary teams with colleagues at all levels

We can offer you an excellent opportunity to join a leading biopharmaceutical company. In return, UCB is offering a competitive salary and benefits package, with continuous professional and personal developm

About us.

UCB- Inspired by Patients. Driven by Science. Everything we do starts with a simple question: “How will this create value for people living with severe diseases?” By putting patients at the heart of what we do, our approach – from discovery to development to delivery – is continuously transformed and designed around patient needs and their journey.

With a team of approximately 7,500 employees and operations in more than 40 countries, we are a global biopharmaceutical company investing more than a quarter of our revenue in cutting-edge scientific research. We are focused on addressing chronic, neurological, immunological, and bone diseases.

Curious to know more? Please visit our website .

UCB and its subsidiaries encourage diversity and inclusion in the workplace; we are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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