Contracts Specialist
Hamilton Health Sciences
Hamilton, Ontario
4d ago

Unit Summary

The Population Health Research Institute (PHRI), a joint institute of Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University, with over 300 employees working directly with 60 researchers.

PHRI conducts clinical research internationally in 101 countries and is a world leader in large, global health and population and health outcomes research.

Our capacity to conduct multiple international studies concurrently, with tens of thousands of participants in each, is a capability very few organizations in the world can match.

Position Summary

  • Provide contract negotiation and support for all research and business activities at PHRI. Work is assigned to member of the team based on complexity and expertise.
  • Manage and process a high volume of complex research contracts, e.g. clinical trial agreements, service contracts and funding agreements.
  • Review, draft, analyze and negotiate contract terms with academic institutions, healthcare organizations, industry partners and other entities

  • Work independently and collaboratively within a busy client-centered environment, seeking direction from Legal Counsel & Director of Contracts and receiving input from client groups
  • Assist in the development of negotiations strategies and policies for contract lifecycle management
  • Other duties as assigned by the Legal Counsel & Director of ContractsSchedule Work Hours
  • Monday to Friday - 37.5 hours / week.

    Position is temporary until June 2022.


  • Possess either : an undergraduate degree and at least 2 years previous experience in understanding, interpreting, negotiating and drafting agreements, and strong knowledge of contract law and risk assessment;
  • OR a law degree or law clerk designation and related experience

  • Excellent drafting and negotiation skills, including superior English language (reading, writing and oral) communication skills
  • Experience in or in-depth exposure to academic research, university, hospital and / or clinical trial research environment
  • Ability to manage and prioritize many projects simultaneously; to efficiently communicate, write, edit, research, analyze, negotiate and problem solve;
  • and to effectively interpret contract clauses and clarify associated risks for clients

  • Proficient in examining details without losing sight of the overall objectives of the stakeholders
  • Diplomacy and solid interpersonal skills to interact with diverse personalities in a fast-paced work environmentHamilton Health Sciences fosters a culture of patient and staff safety, whereby all employees are guided by our Mission, Vision, Values, and Values Based Code of Conduct.
  • Hamilton Health Sciences is a teaching hospital and all staff and physicians are expected to support students and other learners.

    To be considered for this opportunity applicants must apply during the posting period. All internal and external applicants may ONLY apply via the Careers website.

    Hamilton Health Sciences is an equal opportunity employer and we will accommodate any needs under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code.

    Hiring processes will be modified to remove barriers to accommodate those with disabilities, if requested.

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