What does a Contracts 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 Contracts Manager make?

$100,029 /yr
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Senior Contract Manager
May 8, 2022

“Good work life balance”

Public Works Authority ASHGHAL
Senior Contract Manager
Mar 17, 2022

“Career advancement is not straightforward.”

Senior Contract Manager
Sep 16, 2021

“Progression is slow because there many middle management roles.”

Aerojet RocketdyneAerojet Rocketdyne
Senior Contracts Manager
Dec 7, 2020

“Decent work life balance overall.”

Jet AviationJet Aviation
Senior Contract Manager - EMEA
Oct 6, 2020

“Poor career development.”

Senior Contract Manager
Jan 13, 2022

“No holidays paid for at all throughout my time on the project.”

Booz Allen HamiltonBooz Allen Hamilton
Senior Contracts Manager
Oct 1, 2021

“No clear career path.”

Ortho Clinical DiagnosticsOrtho Clinical Diagnostics
Senior Contracts Manager
Dec 1, 2021

“Flexible schedule and workload was minimal.”

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  • Contract Specialist
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  • Program Manager
  • Project Manager

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