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Associate Director, Contracts Management

Clinical | South San Francisco, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About the Company & Role :

Vera Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing treatments for immunological and Inflammatory diseases that improve patients’ lives.   We are seeking a highly skilled and motivated Associate Director of Contracts Management to join a fast-paced and collaborative team.   This leadership position will be responsible for the oversight of all contracts and manage vendor relationships across the Research and Development organization.


  • Provide direction and oversight of the life cycle management of the vendor and consultant contracting process
  • Strong understanding of and experience with the development and finalization of vendor contract and budgets as well as investigator/ site clinical trial agreements
  • Manage day to day activities in negotiating and finalizing complex contracts, which includes all R&D (clinical, non-clinical & CMC)
  • Strong working knowledge of contract language and issues related to subject injury compensation, confidentiality, publications, regulatory, compliance, privacy and patent issues, etc.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of site budgets for investigator and sponsor-initiated trials to ensure solutions are within the approved framework of the US legal and compliance requirements
  • Collaborate with clinical trial teams and CRO partners to develop and negotiate budgets while ensuring that all costs are competitive and commensurate
  • Experience in developing study budgets and forecasts, as well as tracking actuals
  • Work independently while meeting anticipated internal and external timelines
  • Collaborate closely with internal team members and vendors to ensure timely execution of agreements
  • Identifies issues/problems and provides recommendations for solutions
  • Execute responsibilities with minimal oversight and high competency
  • Has an understanding of the regulatory implications and obligations of contracts as related to clinical research
  • Ability to make critical decisions related to projects and tasks
  • Demonstrates ability to work in a face paced environment
  • Ability to use spreadsheets and tracking tools
  • Display strong organizational/project management/interpersonal and communication skills
  • Exhibit a positive attitude, a respect for others and ability to work independently as well as collectively


  • BS or higher in life sciences or health-related field
  • 8+ years clinical contract management experience, inclusive of investigator-initiated trial contract and budget negotiation within the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry
  • Demonstrated clinical trial contracting experience
  • Experience with clinical trial/medical process improvements as well as implementation
  • Flexible self-starter to operate in a fast-pace start-up environment  
  • Ability to develop out of the box solutions with limited infrastructure typical in a start-up environment
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in cross-functional team environment
  • Proficiency with MS Office (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Project)
  • Strong interpersonal skills with excellent oral and written communications
  • Innovative, analytical and extremely organized to drive projects to completion

Vera Therapeutics Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.