OFO No: 121904
What is a Contract Manager?
A Contract Manager has a very responsible job. He / she is in charge of contracts between company and its suppliers and customers.
Contract Managers can work in a variety of different industries, government, NGO’s and other organisations where contracts need to be drawn up.
Every contract is unique and needs to be tailor-made to suit a particular situation or relationship.
What does a Contract Manager do?
- makes site visits
- negotiates terms with the other party (supplier or customer)
- draws up contracts
- makes sure all the legalities are taken care of
- communicates and liaises with suppliers and customers
- monitors progress of contracts
- makes sure both parties receive what is promised in contract
- tracks payments and expenditures and liaises with finance department
- takes care of problems when supplier or customer does not meet contract terms
Are you . . . ?
- a good negotiator?
- detail orientated?
- a good communicator (written and verbal)?
- interested in law?
- a problem solver?
- interested in business?
How do I become a Contract Manager?
Contract Managers don’t become Managers straight from college. A Contract Manager is a senior position so it will take time and hard work and experience to get to this point.
Contract Managers have usually studied a degree in corporate law.
- CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
- Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
- To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education.
- CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions.
Once qualified, you will enter the company as a junior or as an assistant. From this position, you will need to learn as much as you can on the job. It’s advisable for you to collect more skills and training to jump ahead of the rest. You need to show that you’re motivated, a team player and that you’re responsible and hard-working before you will get promoted.
Contract Managers are usually older because it takes time to gather knowledge and experience.
Is becoming a Contract Manager the right career choice for me?