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.

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Avg. Experience5-7 years

How much does a Contract Manager make near United States?

$90,893 /yr
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Barratt DevelopmentsBarratt Developments
Contracts Manager
May 16, 2022

“I find Barratts to have great career development opportunities and they are supportive of progression.”

Senior Contract Manager
Jan 6, 2023

“Good salary Great job mates many Divisions One of the biggest copper producers in the world”

Contract Manager
Aug 10, 2021

“BT do a great job of training up junior employees and you get real responsibility from day one.”

Contracts Manager
Jul 4, 2022

“Opportunities to work with people from different countries and having better understanding on other cultures.”

Schneider ElectricSchneider Electric
Contract Manager
Aug 13, 2021

“.I felt that some of the upper management didn't understand the process on how the work was processed.”

G. L. HomesG. L. Homes
Contracts Manager
Aug 23, 2023

“Good people and stability is good”

Construction Contract Manager
Mar 1, 2022

“The H. R. Staff here Is great If you have any problems At The job there really here to help you.”

Boeing Intelligence & AnalyticsBoeing Intelligence & Analytics
Contracts Manager
Jun 1, 2022

“My recruiter was so pleasant and professional.”

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The most similar professions to Contract Manager are:
  • Contract Specialist
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  • Program Manager
  • Project Manager

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