General Information

Location: Princeton, NJ

Organization: WIRB-Copernicus Group Inc

Job Type: Full Time

Description and Requirements

The Contracts Manager will be responsible for contributing to the WIRB – Copernicus Group legal team in the contract management, contract administration and related activities in support of customer engagements and supplier relationships of multiple legal entities.  This role will  serve as a single point of contact for all contracts work and as a subject matter expert on the Company’s contract lifecycle management system (Conga Novatus) and contracting best practices.   This position can be located in our Princeton, NJ office or be remote.  

RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • At the direction of the General Counsel and Senior Counsel, serve as primary support for WCG’s Legal Department contracting group, drive successful negotiation of commercial contracts through application of legal knowledge and business acumen.
  • Provide expert level support of WCG’s contracts repository and contract lifecycle management software, Conga Novatus.
  • Provide expertise and leadership in drafting, reviewing and negotiation of statement of work/work orders, service agreements, master service agreements or other high level, comprehensive legal agreements with vendors and clients. 
  • Review of client and/or vendor requested edits to prepared documents; promptly advise team lead of necessary changes and/or issues. 
  • Develop negotiating position and timeline, engage with customers and suppliers, and provide management with updates on contract status. 
  • Work with relevant functions and internal stakeholders across multiple business units to draft, review, negotiate and manage execution of various client and vendor agreements. 
  • Provide training related to contracts, as needed. 
  • Liaise with business leaders on opportunities for contracting process improvements and the integration of companies acquired by WCG.

QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE: 
  • Associate’s Degree or paralegal certificate with equivalent work experience required.  Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred.
  • At least 5+ years of related experience required in software technology, CRO, life sciences and/or pharmaceutical industry or law firm. 
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of contract administration and management in technology and Sponsor, CRO, pharmaceutical development and marketing preferred. 
  • Experience with training related to contracts. 
  • Competency in and a comfort level with contract management systems, experience with Conga Novatus is preferred. 
  • Excellent professionalism, outstanding business judgment and interpersonal skills required. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication, interpersonal and analytical skills. 
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with all levels of staff, management and clients. 
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft office suite, including high level of Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat knowledge. 
  • Must have a passion for providing excellent client service. 

About WCG 

The pioneer of independent ethical review, WIRB-Copernicus Group® (WCG), continues to drive ingenuity in the clinical research space. Today, WCG’s solutions are built upon the foundation of ethical review, but have grown to include a suite of complementary services and technologies that expand the capabilities of the modern research professional. WCG delivers transformational solutions that stimulate growth, foster compliance, and maximize efficiency for those who perform clinical trials.