Contracts Manager

19.10.2019 | Employee | 100%

FIND is an international non-profit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, dedicated to R&D activities to expand and accelerate access to new diagnostic technologies, and to build global capacity for diagnostic testing for poverty-related diseases in low- and middle-income countries.

Contracts Manager

The Contracts Manager will work with a small contracting team (housed in the operations unit), to support the development of standard contractual agreements. FIND employs a product development and delivery model (PDP), which translates into a significant part of our work being done through partnering agreements. We currently have contracts with ~180 different partners or service providers that range from academic institutions, clinical trial sites, research laboratories, commercial IVD manufacturers and software developers, Ministries of Health in low- and middle income countries, non-profit implementers and many independent experts and consultants.

This position will work closely with a senior contracting and business development specialist in the team, as well as the director for operations, a contracts officer, and an administrator. The candidate will be providing direct “across the table” negotiation support, in an international context, to FIND’s programmatic teams in their contract development, and will advise the programmes in their strategies for both academic and commercial partner management. There are significant existing resources in terms of contracting templates and precedent examples to work from, and the candidate will be provided with close mentoring by the senior contracting and business development specialist, and guidance from the operations team.

Responsibilities : (list in order of importance and/or time spent)

1.    Work with FIND teams to develop and finalize contracts for programmatic work.

2.    Directly negotiate, with project teams, contracts with partners or service providers, mainly with academic and commercial partners.

3.    Review and “QC” contracts that come out of the programmes.

4.    Work with the contracts team to improve and streamline processes to deliver high-quality vehicles for carrying out daily business at FIND, with short turn-around time.

5.    Participate in training sessions that are regularly provided to the business units at FIND to improve contracting practices.

6.    Participate in risk management in contracting, and trouble-shooting for complex contractual or legal issues that might arise from contracting.

Knowledge and skill requirements :

  1. This position would suit a candidate who has technical or legal qualifications, with a Master level degree at a minimum and at least 5 years working experience.

  2. The ideal background would be in the Medical Devices /IVD industry either in business development or legal/contracting. Candidates with a product development background in other sectors who want to make a change to pursue a career path in the IVD sector should also apply.

  3. Experience in commercial-level contract development in an international environment is an important consideration.

  4. Basic understanding of licensing, IPR including patents, software and data base copyrights/copylefts, and general copyright and FTO (ideally but not mandatorily in the human infectious disease diagnostics arena).

  5. Technology licensing in an international environment would be beneficial.

  6. Excellent written skills in English with a solid understanding of contractual and IP “legalise” terms and conditions. Basic written and spoken French will be useful given the French environment.


To apply:

Please send a motivation letter, a CV (maximum 2 pages) and three references to

Deadline to send your application: 31st October 2019

Please note that only applicants meeting the profile requirements will be personally contacted. Applications sent by recruitment agencies will not be considered

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