Manager, Contracts and IP

About Ikena
Ikena Oncology (NASDAQ: IKNA) is a targeted oncology company focused on developing cancer therapies targeting key signaling pathways that drive the formation and spread of cancer. Ikena is advancing five programs that include four product candidates in either clinical development or IND-enabling studies and has a global strategic collaboration with Bristol Myers Squibb.

Role Description
We are seeking a talented and highly motivated individual to manage and administer a wide range of R&D and G&A business contracts common to the biotech and pharmaceutical industry including, but not limited to, accurately annotating and maintaining all agreements in the Company’s contract management system and monitoring post-execution contractual obligations; and supporting and/or leading routine form contract agreements and related documentation in accordance with established contract policies and procedures. The Manager, Contracts & IP, will also assist with patent matters as need arises. This person will report to the Director, IP and Contracts, and be part of the Business Development team at Ikena.


  • Oversee and manage contract life cycle for a variety of contract types, including non-disclosure agreements, research and development agreements, consulting agreements, and master services agreements
  • Assist in maintaining a centralized database of contracts and monitoring performance obligations under such contracts
  • Ensure contract editing, review, approval, and execution occurs in a timely manner in accordance with corporate guidelines
  • Track expirations, terminations, renewals, amendments and administer related activities, including closeout
  • Resolve issues and solve problems throughout the life cycle of the contract
  • Disseminate information to appropriate employees regarding contract status
  • Coordinate with members of Finance team to ensure compliance with budgetary procedures
  • Assist in developing and implementing new policies and procedures
  • Support patent matters as needed, including managing correspondence, document management and storage, and signature coordination
  • Additional contract and IP duties as assigned and as role evolves


  • Bachelor’s degree. Paralegal certification is a plus
  • 5+ years related work experience in biotech, pharma, or academic technology transfer, preferably experience in a role with similar responsibilities
  • Patent management experience is a plus, such as US and/or ex-US patent docketing
  • Experience at reviewing, updating, and drafting contract language
  • Excellent data management skills and proof-reading ability
  • Strong attention to detail and analytical skills
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to work both independently and with others
  • Ability to operate in a fast moving, team-oriented, collaborative environment with tight deadlines
  • Experience utilizing contract management database software or other similar software platforms
  • Strong work ethic, desire to learn, and high level of energy, focus, and passion consistent with Ikena’s values

Personal attributes: team oriented, goal-driven, organized, highly collaborative, open-minded, data-driven, creative, persistent in the face of obstacles and uncertainty, flexible, self-aware of strengths and weaknesses, objective in the evaluation of data and strongly optimistic about overcoming challenges.

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