What does a Contract Manager do?
Contracts managers oversee the process of creating, negotiating, and executing contracts and other legal agreements between an organization and outside parties. They commonly act as the contact person interacting directly with the client or partner and serving as the liaison between those parties and internal teams or stakeholders. They establish and implement organizational procedures and standards for the contract management process, and may also select software programs and other tools used for these purposes. They supervise a team of contract specialists and other support staff.
Contracts managers typically have a bachelor’s degree in a business or legal discipline, and a background in the legal or business field, with roles that include overseeing the drafting and analyzing of contracts. These roles require strong leadership skills, and familiarity with legal terms and concepts.
Contract Manager Salaries
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Contract Manager Career Path
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Contract Manager Insights
“Good work life balance”
“Career advancement is not straightforward.”
“Progression is slow because there many middle management roles.”
“Decent work life balance overall.”
“Poor career development.”
“No holidays paid for at all throughout my time on the project.”
“No clear career path.”
“Flexible schedule and workload was minimal.”
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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Contract Manager
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- Project Manager