Contracts Project Manager

The Research Informatics team at ARUK is leading the coordination of the Early Detection of Neurodegenerative Diseases (EDoN) initiative. EDoN is a growing and exciting collaboration to create a digital toolkit and machine learning models to enable the detection of specific dementia-causing diseases decades before overt cognitive symptoms become apparent. EDoN brings together experts in data science, digital technology and neurodegeneration from over 49 universities, institutes, research projects, patient cohorts and technology companies from across Europe and the US. The Research Informatics team, as part of the EDoN Coordination Group, provides support to the EDoN initiative and its partners in the following areas: project management, strategic collaborations, policy and ethics, communications, capacity building, deployment, fundraising, governance and legislation. The Contracts Project Manager will work in the Research Informatics team to lead elements of programme management alongside the Research Informatics Project Manager and Strategic Collaborations Manager, to support the EDoN initiative and its partners to achieve their goals. You will report to the Head of Research Informatics and, although there will be no immediate line management responsibilities, it is anticipated that you will manage between one and two Research Informatics Officers in future.

Main duties and responsibilities of the role:

  • Create, negotiate and manage contracts and agreements with EDoN Cohorts, Hubs, Technology Providers and other Delivery Partners. This includes a combination of research grants, research collaboration agreements, consultancy agreements and service provider contracts
  • Work with the finance team and the Head of Research Informatics to manage EDoN’s contract and agreement invoices, purchasing and financial reporting
  • Monitor aspects of the EDoN project to ensure delivery against agreement and contract terms, within budget
  • Work with wider teams, including Research and Corporate Governance, to standardise processes to build resilience across contracts and agreements
  • Develop and maintain a suite of financial management reports for several of EDoN’s stakeholder groups
  • Work together with the fundraising team to support and coordinate fundraising activities for EDoN
  • Support fundraising activities engaging in the writing of proposals, especially providing feedback on budget and planning
  • Contribute to the maintenance of the EDoN and ARUK risk registers
  • Lead the contract and finance updates for the EDoN governance groups, ARUK and major stakeholders
  • Provide Contracts Management input to the monthly EDoN Newsletter
  • Support the Head of Research Informatics to define the ARUK annual operational plan
  • Contribute to the strategy and management of documents, projects, tasks and reporting in the RI team and EDoN
  • Contribute to external events as a representative of ARUK and EDoN including national and international conferences
  • Support the Project Manager, Strategic Collaborations Manager, Head of Research Informatics and the Director of EDoN to maintain excellent working relationships with external partners
  • Provide advice and support to Officers in the Research Informatics team
  • Undertake any other relevant duties and projects delegated by the Head of Research Informatics in line with the responsibilities of the post

What we are looking for:

  • Proven experience in contract and financial management, ideally for clinical, data or technology projects.
  • Ability to draft, review and negotiate research contracts and agreements with a range of delivery partners.
  • Management and processing of invoices and purchase ledgers.
  • Identification, management and mitigation of risks.
  • Excellent skills in developing and maintaining partnerships.
  • Excellent analytical, organisational and communication skills.
  • Excellent skills supporting and coaching colleagues.
  • Conflict management and resolution.
  • Leadership skills with both practical and short/long term strategic vision; ability to build relationships and inspire confidence and respect at all levels; strong team player.
  • Excellent communicator – able to build rapport and demonstrate strong influencing, negotiation skills and decision-making skills; excellent listening skills, receptive to feedback and demonstrates flexibility, curiosity, and an ability to learn.
  • Ability to explain complex information to all stakeholders.
  • Ability to write and present comprehensive reports to the relevant stakeholders.
  • Demonstrates and encourages ownership and responsibility; drive/motivation - has a “can-do” attitude and is committed to delivering results and strives for continuous improvement.
  • A good blend of strategic and analytical thinking; innovative personality; able to see the bigger picture and set future direction.
  • Strong ethical standards and a high level of personal integrity.

Additional Information:

Ways of working: As part of our Agile ways of working you will be required to work approximately 2 days a week from the office, which is subject to the requirements of the role and the business needs. Flexibility on where you work can be split between working from home and our office.

Roles that are classed as part of the Agile ways of working are not able to claim any costs for Mileage/Travel on Public Transport, Accommodation and/or Meals.  This includes when attending the office for various meetings/events.

Our Office: Our office is at 3 Riverside, Granta Park, Great Abingdon, Cambridge, CB21 6AD. 

Salary: Circa £43,000 per annum, plus benefits

Please download the Vacancy Pack for more information.

The closing date for applications is the 3rd July 2022, with interviews likely to be held week commencing the 4th July 2022. We would encourage you to submit your application at the earliest opportunity as the closing date may be brought forward at any time. Please indicate in your covering letter if you are unable to attend an interview on a certain date.

We value diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive culture where everyone is able to be themselves and reach their full potential. We actively encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and cultures.  Should you need any adjustments to the recruitment process, at either the application or interview stage, please contact us at

How to apply:

Please create an online account using our Online Recruitment System which can be accessed through our Job Vacancies page. You will be able to attach your CV and covering letter to your application and track the status of your application.

About Alzheimer’s Research UK:

Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity dedicated to diagnosis, prevention, treatment and cure. Backed by our passionate scientists and supporters, we’re challenging the way people think about dementia, bringing together the people and organisations who can speed up progress, and investing in research to make life-changing breakthroughs possible.

You will be part of an organisation that has been recognised nationally as an outstanding place to work. In 2021, we were listed 69th in the prestigious 100 Large Best Companies to Work For.  We were also awarded a 2-star accreditation by Best Companies, recognising outstanding levels of workplace engagement and were listed in the 75 Best Companies to Work for in the East of England and the Charity’s 30 Best Companies to Work For.

To view further details about working for us and the benefits we offer, please visit Alzheimer’s Research UK

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