Senior Research Contracts Officer, UWO Main Campus

Classification & Regular Hours
Hours per Week: 35
Salary Grade: 15

About Western
With an international reputation for success, Western ranks as one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application.
Western also provides an exceptional employment experience, offering competitive salaries, a wide range of employment opportunities and one of Canada’s most beautiful campuses.

About Us
The Research Contracts & Partnership Agreements (RCPA) Team ensures that Western enters into only
prudent sponsored research agreements and contracts with external sponsoring partners. The RCPA team is responsible for coordinating procedures and disseminating information to faculty and staff regarding Western’s research policies and procedures, intellectual property, publication, confidential information and reporting terms. The RCPA team ensures that sponsored research agreements and contracts with external partners meet Western’s research policies and best business practices

The Senior Contracts Officer manages a portfolio of multi-partner and industrial research agreements and
contracts, and will negotiate agreements and support the development of multi- million dollar budgets. This role will review or draft grant agreements/contracts, negotiating terms to ensure Western enters into only prudent agreements and contracts, that are appropriately aligned with Western policies and procedures, with specific reference to the grant and contract agreements from an external funding agency. The Senior Contracts Officer will provide expertise and guidance to colleagues, and to senior academic and administrative leaders regarding best practices and processes that will support the development of complex research contracts. This role contributes to the development of the research environment, and in this manner, supports research activity by individual academic faculty and enables the achievement of their stated research plans.


  • Bachelor Degree
  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in Arts & Humanities, Science or Engineering preferred
  • 5 year’s experience in research administration or contract negotiations
    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and confidence dealing with all levels of the organization
  • Advanced ability to effectively communicate (orally and in writing), lead business discussions and train
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills with an emphasis on proposal development and
    presentation to internal contacts up to senior management
  • Demonstrated commitment to ongoing learning and professional development
  • Ability to understand customer needs and expectations and provide excellent customer service directly and
    indirectly to satisfy expectations
  • Strong customer service skills to handle enquiries and resolve issues in a professional and timely manner
  • Positive, outgoing attitude with genuine customer service orientation
  • Strong client focus and a desire to achieve results is essential
  • A strong record of teamwork with the motivation and ability to work independently with little supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and achieve results
  • Self-driven, independent thinker who is highly motivated and possesses an intrinsic passion for quality
  • Western Values Diversity
    The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity
    and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.
    Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at or phone 519-661-2194.
    Please Note:
    We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.

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