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Industry Contract Specialist

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

August 3, 2021
Industry Contract Specialist

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At Fred Hutch, we believe that the innovation, collaboration, and rigor that result from diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission of eliminating cancer and related diseases. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an antiracist organization.  We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, antiracism, and inclusion.   

The Industry Contract Specialist is responsible for the legal and administrative management of industry supported clinical trial agreements performed at Fred Hutch. This position negotiates contract and payment terms with industry partners. The incumbent reports to the Industry Contracts Manager within Clinical Research Support, the central clinical trials office. 

This role will have the opportunity to work partially at our campus and remotely.


·         Reviews, negotiates, and facilitates the execution of clinical trial-related agreements with industry partners

·         Ensures industry supported clinical trial agreement terms are consistent with current Fred Hutch policies and practices

·         Issues subcontracts to institutions under industry supported clinical and nonclinical research agreements

·         Drafts agreements, amendments, and confidentiality agreements in connection with industry supported clinical trials

·         Maintains terms and conditions checklists, templates, and guidance materials for industry supported clinical trial agreements

·         Seeks advice from the Offices of General Counsel and Business Development & Strategy when appropriate and recommends modifications to accommodate regulatory, legislative, or policy changes

·         Provides documentation and interpretations of contractual rights and obligations internally and externally as needed

·         Works closely with the Study Implementation Team to ensure industry sponsored clinical trial-related agreements are executed within applicable deadlines

·         Reviews and negotiates payment terms associated with industry supported clinical trial agreements to ensure payment instructions are clear

·         Assists in the review of non-industry clinical trial agreements as requested by the Office of Sponsored Research

·         Provides excellent customer service to internal and external stakeholders

·         Reviews current processes and suggests process improvements with the goal of streamlining operations

·         Assists in the development of training and reference materials as needed on industry supported clinical trial agreements


Required Experience and Abilities

Bachelors degree required. Advanced degree in law or paralegal experience is preferred
3-5 years managing and/or negotiating contracts, preferably relating to clinical trials in a healthcare or academic research setting
Very good attention to detail and follow-up skills – timeliness and documentation are key to success in the position
Ability to understand and follow standard operating procedures (SOPs), while recognizing exceptions to the SOPs and using critical thinking skills to make decisions that limit risk and meet business needs
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Communicating with all levels of an organization
Working with multi-disciplinary teams
Excellent organization skills
Ability to work independently, prioritize multiple projects and meet deadlines
Ability to exercise independent judgment and initiative
Understanding of clinical research and applicable regulations preferred

A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in your career or that will be made through your work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists.

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