Contracts and Legal Support Officer (Permanent, Full Time or Part Time)

Governance, Corporate and Business Support, National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton

About the role:

We are seeking to appoint a Contracts and Legal Support Officer, who will work as a key member of a dedicated team of staff to support our scientists, engineers and other key stakeholders in pursuing and winning funding from commercial and government sources. You will deliver a range of professional support in the area of legal contract advice and negotiation, including reviewing legal documents related to research collaboration, consultancy and service provision by ensuring the terms and conditions are acceptable and consistent with our policy and strategy.

This is a permanent position offered on Natural Environment Research Council terms and conditions and is open to internal and external candidates.


This is a Band 6 position and the starting salary will be £28,200 per annum. Depending upon skills and experience, a salary uplift and/or additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates. For part time working, the salary stated above will be calculated on a pro rata basis to reflect the hours worked.

Please note, we are not able to sponsor candidates for this role who require a right to work in the UK.

Hours of Work: 

The hours of working are full time, 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday. We will also consider applications for part-time working (a minimum of 27½ hours per week).

About you:

You will have relevant experience of preparing, submitting and completing contract reviews, including negotiating terms and conditions, which preferably will have been gained in a research or technical environment, and with a focus on commercial, government and overseas funding. You will be able to demonstrate an awareness of intellectual property rights and risk.  You will be able to work effectively under pressure and to deliver multiple projects to deadlines, together with a desire to find appropriate solutions to contractual challenges. A degree (under or postgraduate) in law or with a substantial law element would be an advantage. An aptitude to interpret and communicate complex information effectively both verbally and in writing is essential.

What we can offer you:

In return for your talents, we offer a competitive remuneration package, including a RCUK pension scheme, 30 days annual leave with a further 14 Public and local days off and free car-parking.  Opportunities for further training and development are supported.

About us:

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC), part of the Natural Environment Research Council, is a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean and is one of the top five institutions of its kind in the world.

With sites in Liverpool and Southampton, it is the UK’s leading centre for sea level science, coastal and deep ocean research and technology development.  Working closely with its partners and associates, it provides capability to meet needs across the UK marine science community (   

For general enquiries regarding this role, please contact Caroline Speller, NOC Secretary, via email on

Our Commitment as an Employer:

The NOC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. The NOC is an Investors in People organisation and is working towards achieving Bronze status for Athena SWAN – a scheme that recognizes excellence in women's employment in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) in UK higher education. There is a guaranteed Interview Scheme for suitable candidates with disabilities.

The NOC is committed to making the NOC ‘a great place to be, where our people succeed and deliver great work’. The NOC is committed to being recognised as a flexible employer to support employees’ work and personal commitments where possible and the NOC’s Flexible Working Policy gives all employees the right to request flexible working.

How to apply:

All internal and external applications are handled by the UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS). For further information about the role and to apply, please visit our website at quoting reference number IRC240897. To apply, please submit an up-to-date CV (including covering letter explaining how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role). If you are unable to apply online, please contact us by telephone on 00 44 (0) 1793 867003.

Closing date: 5 May 2017



Closing date: 
Friday, 5 May, 2017