Lex Consultancy

Irelands leading Research Body are currently recruiting for Grants Compliance Manager to join their organisation. They are seeking a suitably qualified individual to develop, implement and manage a framework of guidelines and procedures to ensure ongoing compliance across the organisation’s Grants portfolio.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead on the development of ex-ante and ex-post processes which support the organisation in demonstrating legislative compliance in its Grants, as per national, European and other relevant guidelines.
  • Develop a register of Collaborative Research Agreements (CRAs) and associated compliance checks as a reference for future audits / inspection.
  • Work closely with appointed Auditors to develop ex-post compliance processes and support in identifying the requisite documentation required.
  • Create and manage effective action plans in response to audit discoveries and alleged breaches of compliance.
  • Regularly review organisational procedures, practices, and documents to identify possible weaknesses or risk.
  • Actively engage with relevant Directorates to develop and embed guidelines for ensuring compliance with State aid regulations as part of the programme development process.
  • Provide responses to both external and internal enquiries relating to State aid and track responses / resolution accordingly.
  • Assist Scientific Programme Managers (SPMs) with relevant aspects of programme administration, in particular, ex-ante and ex-post oversight.
  • Work with SPMs to address corrective action taken by management to address compliance deficiencies, including assisting management with implementation of corrective action when necessary and conducting follow-up reviews to determine the adequacy and effectiveness of actions taken.
  • Work closely with the Research Performing Organisation / Research Centre Business Development managers and TTO personnel to ensure there is a clear understanding across the research eco-system of organisation’s obligations and compliance requirements.
  • Advise management on compliance with State aid law through regular reporting.
  • Manage compliance with other areas of the law as required.

Key Expertise:

  • Excellent Project Management and organisational skills with proven experience of project management and effective project delivery.
  • Excellent written and communication skills.
  • Good understanding of the activities of an agency supporting publicly funded research in Ireland.
  • Good understanding of guidance concerning intellectual property management relating to publicly funded research in Ireland.
  • Good working knowledge of European Framework legislation concerning State aid.
  • Knowledge of broader areas encompassing research governance and relevant policy.
  • Proven experience of engaging and building relationships with management teams, staff members and with a range of external stakeholders.
  • Strong analytical and evaluative skills, including ability to understand and analyse complex issues and problems.

Qualifications and Experience Required:

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline and at least 3 years’ proven experience in a similar role involving Grants and / or Programme management.
  • Demonstrated understanding or proven experience of developing and implementing assurance procedures or compliance policy is essential.
  • Familiarity with European legislation concerning State aid is desirable but not essential.
  • Familiarity with national and international policy relating the research governance in Higher Education Institutions / Research Organisations is desirable not essential.

Hours Mon-Thu 9:00-5:30. Fri 9:00-5:00

Salary Pay Scale €69,012 plus 30 days annual leave

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