Contract Manager – Centralized Contracting

Boston, MA


Are you ready to join a team committed to making a meaningful impact on cancer treatment through the discovery and development of precision medicines? At Kura Oncology, you have an opportunity to be a part of something bigger, with a lasting impact that you can be proud of.

At Kura Oncology, we are working to change the paradigm and improve the science of cancer treatment. As an organization, we strive to cultivate a diverse and talented professional culture driven to develop precision medicine therapeutics.

As we continue to build a leading biotech organization with a strong culture, a patient-focused mindset and a team focused on relentless execution, we are looking for innovative, passionate professionals to join us and make our vision a reality.

To succeed at Kura, you will need to have a demonstrated ability for excellence in drug discovery and development and a roll-up your sleeves attitude. The ideal candidate will possess a values-driven work style where integrity and grit drive all behaviors, decisions, and actions.


We’re looking for a Contract Manager- Centralized Contracting to join our team. This is a newly created position due to growth. This position reports to the Director of Centralized Contracts & Outsourcing and the primary responsibility will be coordinating and managing the internal process and supplier interface for contracting activities across Kura cross-functional departments in the development and finalization of a wide range of contract types. Additionally, this position serves as communication liaison between contracts staff and internal and external customers and provides functional guidance and keeps internal and external team aware of contract status or pending issues. This position establishes strong working relationships with sites, internal project team, internal departments, Suppliers and CROs.


  • Works with the Kura cross-functional teams and Suppliers/CROs to establish project contracting timelines; deliverables and workflow
  • Facilitates negotiation and preparation of contracts, budgets, supplier contracts/SOWs/Purchase Requests and related documents for participation in Company-sponsored clinical trials, clinical research and contracts for supporting functions. Reviews contracts for completeness and accuracy and ensures that corrections are appropriately made and documented.
  • Facilitates and supports contract management tasks with internal and external legal, finance, and operations departments, including communicating and explaining legal and budgetary issues.
  • Develops/Approves CRO proposed Investigator Budget Ranges in collaboration with Clinical Operations.
  • Manages the Fair Market Value process.
  • Negotiates Supplier Contracts/Ancillary Budgets/Agreements as needed in consultation with Legal.
  • Proposes alternative contract and/or budget terms acceptable to the Company when site and Company terms and conditions differ.
  • Anticipates risk/benefit issues, assists with remedial action plans, and troubleshoots to resolve any concerns.
  • Active project management of ongoing contract issues with suppliers and/or site staff; performs follow-up on all outstanding contract issues.
  • Approves Final Site Budgets negotiated by the CRO prior to execution.
  • Acts as a point of escalation for Site budget issues.
  • Supports the Cross-functional Team in the development of supplier and site relationships.
  • Maintains and improves Contracting Templates and Tools.
  • Assists in generating amended documents as necessary and preparing contract management documentation for projects.
  • Creates and maintains document status reports and updates department and project team members on a regular basis; ensures appropriate documentation is maintained.
  • Facilitates the execution of contracts by company signatories.
  • Serves as communication liaison between site contracts staff/Supplier outsourcing staff and internal and external customers. Provides functional guidance and keeps internal and external teams aware of all contract statuses or pending issues.
  • Develops and tracks internal and external performance metrics to measure timeliness and quality in the contracting process.
  • Performs other work-related duties as assigned, including administrative support to supplier enablement and set-up in Coupa contracting system.


  • BA/BS degree in related field or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum of 5 years in clinical research, contracts, budgets or related experience that includes working in a team-oriented environment
  • Experience managing CRO-supported investigator contracting processes
  • Knowledge of investigator contracting practices outside the US is a plus
  • Possesses a working knowledge of the regulatory and business risk in contracts and budgets
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to critically read documents and interpret/draw conclusion from the documents
  • Must have attention to detail and strong negotiation, project management, communication, organizational, documentation, and interpersonal skills
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to actively prioritize multiple tasks to meet deadlines in a dynamic environment
  • Ability to identify risk and propose solutions.
  • Travel may be required up to 10%


  • Career advancement/ development opportunities
  • Competitive comp package
  • Bonus
  • 401K + Employer contributions
  • Generous stock options
  • ESPP Plan
  • 20 days of PTO to start
  • 14 Holidays + 3 Floater Holidays (Including Winter Break), Summer Hours
  • Generous Benefits Package with a variety of plans available with a substantial employer match
  • Paid Paternity/Maternity Leave
  • In-Office Catered lunches
  • Home Office Setup
  • Cell Phone and Wellness Stipend
  • Commuter Stipend (Boston Office)
  • Regular employee social activities, including happy hours, monthly birthday celebrations, Kura Koffee Talks, and much more!

Kura Oncology is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company discovering and developing personalized therapeutics for the treatment of solid tumors and blood cancers. The company’s diverse pipeline consists of small molecules that target cancer signaling pathways where there is a strong scientific and clinical rationale to improve outcomes by identifying those patients most likely to benefit from treatment. Kura Oncology’s approach to drug development is focused on rapidly translating novel science into life-saving medicines. Our goal is to help patients with cancer lead better, longer lives. Kura Oncology has offices in San Diego, California, and Boston, Massachusetts.

Kura’s pipeline consists of Tipifarnib and KO-539. Tipifarnib is a farnesyl transferase inhibitor that recently received Breakthrough Therapy Designation (BTD) for the treatment of patients with certain head and neck cancers that carry HRAS mutations. Tipifarnib will also be evaluated in combination with an inhibitor of PI3Kalpha to treat between 20-50% of patients with HNSCC, the 7th largest cancer worldwide. KO-539 is an inhibitor of the menin/MLL interaction, which is are critically important for survival, growth, and proliferation leukemic blasts. Kura recently presented preliminary clinical data for KO-539 at the 2020 American Society of Hematology (ASH) meeting that demonstrated that it demonstrates favorable safety and tolerability and compelling evidence of activity in genetically defined AML patients.

Kura Oncology is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. To apply, please submit your resume to