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Senior Contract Manager Research

Beerse, Antwerp
Legal (Non Attorney)

Job Description

Requisition ID: 1805652668W

Janssen Research & Development, a division of Janssen Pharmaceutica NV with location in Beerse, Belgium is engaged in the several stages of pharmaceutical research & development.  In order to further support its early stage (discovery) external R&D activities and in particular collaborations with academic partners and engagements in Government funded Private Public Partnerships a position for a senior contract manager research (CM) is available.


The CM will negotiate, contract and maintain relationships with academic partners in the exploratory research space and interact extensively with JRD internal business partners to meet JRD’s needs, all in line with Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Credo, Purchasing Ethics and Healthcare Compliance Guidelines. Furthermore, the CM will manage procurement aspects of (European) Government funded projects such as projects funded by the Flemish Government and projects under the Innovative Medicine Initiative and Horizon 2020 consortium concepts.

Principal responsibilities:

The CM will support research activities while driving the end to end negotiation and contracting process with academic partners through negotiation of contract terms including intellectual property and use rights and pricing. Furthermore, the CM will observe compliance to internal and external guidelines on Procurement Practices, and ethical requirements like Health Care Compliance, working with human tissue materials and data and working with laboratory animals. The CM will develop interdependent partnerships with other procurement groups as required. Together with the internal business partners, the CM will work with the internal business partners to identify, select and manage academic partners, and demonstrate value contribution through negotiated contractual terms, driving compliance, optimized cycle times and where possible, savings. He/she will work with J&J Legal as necessary to review contract terms and conditions and advise business partners to reach acceptable outcomes. He/she will lead/conduct contract negotiations of terms and conditions of complex and potentially long-term agreements, and will escalate specific points of contention on legal and business issues to appropriate internal stakeholders including management. The CM will look for creative ways to avoid/solve problems and to manage the relationships with academic partners and not compromise any on-going study or study-related activities.

Decision-Making and Problem-Solving: 

The CM will manage deliverables and escalate to appropriate stakeholders in a timely manner. The CM will Influence business partners to follow procurement policies, facilitate prioritization of negotiations with business partners and procurement. The CM will exercise a high level of independence providing solutions for complex contracting issues.

Reporting Relationships: 
This role is within the Research & Academic Partnerships group in Johnson & Johnson R&D Procurement and reports to the Director Collaborations Contracting.


A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in legal, life sciences or business is required and an advanced degree such as JD, MBA or PhD is highly desirable. A minimum of 5-year experience in the pharmaceutical / biotech industry, or university technology transfer (legal) office is required.  Demonstrated strong experience with negotiating contracts as a user or provider of outsourced research activities (preferably with academic institutes) is a must. Knowledge of the pharmaceutical R&D processes is highly desirable.

The successful candidate should be strongly pro-active and an excellent team player. The candidate must have the ability to deal with all levels of an organization, have excellent communication and presentation skills. The candidate must have demonstrated skills in developing strong business relationships with business partners and external partners and have a track record of interdependent partnerships with internal stakeholder groups. The candidate must be able to work effectively in a matrix environment while supporting specific teams and/or projects.

The position will be in Beerse, Belgium. Travel of approximately 5 % is expected.


Primary Location
Janssen Pharmaceutica N.V. (7555)
Job Function
Legal (Non Attorney)
Requisition ID