Commercial Contracts Officer

Job Description


Job Reference: 791606
Contracts and Projects Team
The Contracts and Projects team provides research support services to assist in the delivery of Curtin’s research strategy for both researcher-driven and demand-driven research. 
Administering over $120m of research income and progressing $250m+ in contracting per annum, the team works closely with legal services to deliver commercial, risk appropriate contracting frameworks. Forging strong partnerships within the University, industry and other external institutions, the team negotiates strategic and service agreements to build the universities research portfolio.
Your new role

Join a small well-established team of 7 that provides contracts and commercial services to sources of Research Office activity. Gain exposure to a varied range of university research activities from project work through to commercial agreements and alliances.

This role is responsible for the development, review, negotiation and effective management of commercial contracts and supports the Team Lead in fostering and embedding a values-led culture that delivers high quality, efficient and strategically focussed commercial and contractual services.

In this role you will…
  • Provide expert advice, support and guidance in relation to a broad range of contracts and commercial matters, to inform effective risk management and mitigation decisions within a commercial context.
  • Draft, review and negotiate research and commercial consultancy contracts for the University using professional skill and diligence.
  • Represent Curtin in external contract and commercial negotiations and discussions, including legal and commercial negotiations with partners and funders on strategic contracts and with strategic relationships.
  • Contribute to positive culture and provide guidance to the group by being visible, role modelling and acting in accordance with Curtin’s values and signature behaviours.
  • Take a lead role in the development of training and knowledge sharing documents to provide commercially supportive documents for stakeholders.
  • Engage and collaborate with key internal university service providers.
Why choose Curtin?
  • Easily accessible location with great parking, bus station and end of trip facilities.
  • A vibrant campus with gym, childcare, wellness programs, medical and counselling services.
  • Opportunity for ongoing career development.
  • We are ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide (ARWU 2020 and QS World University Rankings 2021)  
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We are looking for someone with…
  • Postgraduate qualifications in a relevant area (law or commerce) and/or equivalent education and training.
  • Demonstrated legal and commercial contract experience, with experience in contract development and management.
  • Strong commercial acumen and a consistent record of successfully delivering business outcomes through organising, coordinating and working with employees and management across organisational boundaries.
  • The ability to negotiate and influence a diverse range of partners who have competing interests in a changing environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in and commitment to the implementation of best practice, continual improvement and client focused service delivery standards to deliver effective and efficient customer services.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to consult and liaise with diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Experience working within a broad legal and commercial role or exposure to in-house commercial matters will be viewed favourably.
Next steps

Curtin University requires you to provide a cover letter and resume to include sufficient information and examples to allow us to assess your suitability for the role. 

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Contact details

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Applications close: 10:00PM AWST, Monday 4th October 2021
Once you have applied, you will receive an email confirming that your application has been received by us.  If you do not receive confirmation via email, please email our team at  Please ensure you check your spam folders for this email before contacting the team.

Valuing Diversity and Inclusion

At Curtin, we are committed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander reconciliation, diversity and social justice and aim to create an inclusive environment where our staff and students are valued and inspired. We have a supportive recruitment process should you require any access assistance.  We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.


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