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Sr Industry Partnerships Officer

Université McGill

This is a Contract position in Montreal, QC posted November 14, 2022.

Position Summary:
Under the direction of the Associate Director, Industry Partnerships, the Senior Industry Partnerships Officer is responsible for the planning, management, and execution of major and/or complex funding opportunities involving industry partners and for raising the profile of Innovation and Partnerships (I+P), both within the McGill community and externally to sponsors and partners. He/she provides outstanding customer service by assisting and advising researchers during both the pre-award and post-award project phases. The Senior Industry Partnerships Officer is also

responsible for drafting, reviewing, and/or negotiating various types of contracts, agreements, and proposals as they relate to research outcomes for academic staff. At various times, she/he may lead or supervise a team of Industry Partnerships Officers within her/his assigned areas or sectors of responsibility.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Directly support McGill researchers in the development of new, highly complex projects for provincial, national, and international funding opportunities involving industry partners, such as grants, contracts and agreements.
  • Provide guidance and feedback to Industry Partnerships Officers in the management of complex proposals with federal, provincial, and international research sponsors as well as industrial partners within assigned areas or sectors of responsibility.
  • Promote and manage the development of complex, high-value awards (multi-institutional, multi-partnered, interdisciplinary, significant budgets, etc.).
  • Develop strong working relationships with University stakeholders as well as funding agencies, organizations, corporate foundations, and industrial partners.
  • Assess and obtain approval for internal resources to support high-value, multi-partner projects.
  • Assist in the design, drafting, review, and negotiation of complex and detailed contracts, agreements, and proposals for research activities by McGill academic staff. Identify, mitigate, and seek relevant guidance on risk issues, articulate alternatives, and recommend and implement solutions.
  • Work with the appropriate Technology Transfer Managers and Industry Liaison Officers to ensure that agreements have the appropriate research and commercialization terms.
  • Provide expertise and guidance to researchers as well as existing or potential partners within assigned areas or sectors of responsibility as it relates to contracts and agreements. Inform and educate researchers as to contract management best practices within the highly competitive commercial environment.
  • Monitor progress and results of ongoing projects and other related activities, ensuring that continuity of intent flows through confidentiality agreements, material transfer agreements, and other contracts and agreements as they relate to the program of research.
  • Facilitate the post-award management process with external sponsors and internally at McGill. Work with the Awards Management team in the Office of Sponsored Research regarding post-award issues. As required, communicate with partners to ensure proper management of awarded and committed funds.
  • Provide activity and other special reports and analyses within assigned areas or sectors of responsibility.
  • Assume and lead other responsibilities or tasks as needed in support of research activities by academic staff.

Other Qualifying Skills and/or Abilities

Master’s degree and five (5) years of related experience (preferably at a large, research-intensive university). Experience with the designing, drafting, reviewing, and negotiating complex agreements and other legal documents. Expert knowledge of contract management, confidentiality agreements, material transfer agreements (MTAs), data transfer agreements (DTAs), ethics practices, and rules of research conduct, etc. Strong understanding of intellectual property management practices and conflict of interest processes. Proven self-starter with the ability to work both independently and in a team environment. Demonstrated ability to deliver results within tight deadlines. Fully bilingual in English and French, both verbal and written. Proven ability to work and achieve objectives within a complex policy and procedure framework.


Salary: 82150.00-123230.00