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Junior Contracts Associate/ Analyst Job, Pre-Clinical, Harrogate, UK


Are you a Contracts Associate with an interest in developing their career in the world’s most comprehensive drug development company? Then, explore our job opportunities and see why Covance is known to promote 2.5 more employees annually than average companies in the pharma sector.





As an integral part of everything we do, our employees make a difference in the lives of millions of people… and you will too.


If you want to accelerate your Contract Associate/ Analyst career, think long-term and the possibilities we can offer you: We are a leading global Contract Research Organization (CRO) and have helped the pharmaceutical industry develop more medicines worldwide than any other company, including the top 50 best-selling drugs on the market today today.




We have job opportunities for Junior Contract Associates / Analysts to join the Contracts Management Team of our European Pre-Clinical Business Unit in Harrogate.


In this job, we´ll trust you to independently develop essential contracts with a global reach (Study Contracts, Master Services Agreements, Confidential Disclosure Agreements, Scope of Work, etc.,) in a way that helps to minimize risks, builds great client relationships and supports the generation of new business opportunities. This is a client-facing role: you will have the opportunity to act as primary customer interface and to participate in contracts negotiation.


You will be responsible generating payment schedules for your assigned projects.





With these jobs we are really building our future Contracts Experts. If you join us we will train you to become a highly-regarded specialist, with valued skills to cope with one of the most important and increasingly regulated sectors (healthcare). With us, you can develop an international career in which only you will set the limit.


We are seeking candidates with some experience working on contracts in an international organization like Covance.

  • **Previous background at other international CROs is not essential**, and so contract expertise in different industries is welcome.
  • The CRO experience we ´d love to see is specifically within the Pre-Clinical area, so you are used to the fast pace of  Toxicology, Safety or Metabolism projects.

However, what really matter to us is that you are working in a “high volume, quick turnaround” environment You will truly belong to a GLOBAL team (interacting with colleagues/managers in the US or Asia Pacific). On any given day we will negotiate legal terms and conditions, draft contracts, and will work cross-functionally with multiple internal teams which seek our advice on contractual issues. This is why we need:

  •  Fast learners and self-starters, taking the initiative and able to work independently (i.e., your colleagues may work in different time zones: will you be comfortable working proactively and finding your own solutions when needed?)
  • Someone who is able to speak to clients professionally
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a collaborative team player, with capacity to build strong internal relationships (with sales, peers, legal, finance, pricing…)
  • Someone who enjoys and thrives in an ever-changing and fast paced environment, with strong planning, multi-tasking and prioritization skills
  • Eye for detail to detect & follow up on outstanding contract issues for resolution, so that business and legal risk is minimized.




Essential: Some experience negotiating and drafting legal terms & conditions in international companies with a high volume, quick turnaround” environment. For us this means the ability to manage multiple contracts simultaneously, combining 4 or 5 complex Master Services Agreements with 10 + new Study Contracts quotes daily, and different timeliness for completion (including 24 hours time limits).


This is an office-based job in Harrogate.


Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; articulate and concise.


Bachelor's degree in Law, Law with Business or equivalent.     






If you want to enquire about the salary range, holidays, health and other insurances, etc., please contact us to discuss.



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