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Senior Manager/ Associate Director, Contracts Management

Date: 05-Aug-2022

Location: Kent Ridge Campus, SG

Company: National University of Singapore

Job Description

The Contracts, Patents & Compliance officer is required to assist the Deputy Director (Contract, Grant and Patent Management) in overseeing the Contracts Management, Patent Administration and Compliance work and in particular to provide agreement, documentation and compliance support to the NUS Innovation and Enterprise programmes in the furtherance of the University’s innovation and enterprise activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

Draft, review, negotiate and finalise contracts related to research and intellectual property for the University (e.g., license agreements, option agreements, technology development agreements, materials transfer agreements, and non-disclosure agreements) in the interests of the University and in compliance with the University’s policies

Work closely with NUS research community and administration/finance offices to process and complete documentation relating to such contracts

Provide advice on intellectual property and patent prosecution matters to technology managers

Provide advice on compliance matters in relation to financial-related terms in agreements and patent cost recovery and the distribution of commercialisation revenue

Responsible for reviewing agreements and other documents relating to the NUS Innovation and Enterprise programmes and subsidiaries.

Reviewing and implementing systems and procedures to streamline the processes, documentation and compliance in relation to investment-related agreements with NUS Innovation and Enterprise programmes

Supporting operational due diligence and liaising as necessary with NUS Board Secretariat for the subsidiaries.

Working with outside counsel and the Programmes/ Venture Managers to address legal and compliance issues in relation to agreements,

Overseeing the panel of outside counsel for legal advice on agreements.


  • At least a good degree in Biology / Chemistry / Biomedical Engineering or other scientific discipline and/or a Law degree (or related disciplines)

  • At least 10 years of working experience and demonstrated relevant experience in contracts management and negotiation role

  • Working experience / familiarity with intellectual property matters and the patent prosecution process

  • Working experience / familiarity with government research grants and/or local universities’ research space

  • Working experience / familiarity with early-stage startup investments, corporate secretarial work and/or related fields would be advantageous

  • Strong corporate and commercial experience with interest in or exposure to investment-related work; experience in investor-side review and negotiation of investment fund agreements, and familiarity with compliance issues associated with investment-related activities would be advantageous

  • Ability to deal with legal and non-legal issues holistically and with a sound level of maturity

  • Strong analytical and communication skills (both verbal and written)

  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment with internal and external contacts at all levels

  • Able to prioritise workload and meet strict deadlines

Covid-19 Message

At NUS, the health and safety of our staff and students are one of our utmost priorities, and COVID-vaccination supports our commitment to ensure the safety of our community and to make NUS as safe and welcoming as possible. Many of our roles require a significant amount of physical interactions with students/staff/public members. Even for job roles that may be performed remotely, there will be instances where on-campus presences are required. 


In accordance with Singapore's legal requirements, unvaccinated workers will not be able to work on the NUS premises with effect from 15 January 2022. As such, job applicants will need to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated to secure successful employment with NUS.

More Information

Location: Kent Ridge Campus

Organization: Industry Liaison Office

Department : Industry Liaison Office

Job requisition ID : 12222