How to Hire a Contract Manager

Does your growing business need a contract manager? Contract Managers are key to success of any company. Their principal responsibilities are preparing, negotiating, reviewing and finalizing the terms and conditions of any contract ranging from simple purchase and sale to complex business partnership ones. Their strong attention to details ensures execution of a successful contract.

Here are some tips to help you find great Contract Manager Candidates and make the right hire for your business.

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Salary Information

  • Common wage in US: $33.94 hourly
  • Typical wages range from $11.50$92.50 hourly
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*Indeed data (US) – Jan 2019

Why hire a Contract Manager?

Hiring an expert Contract Manager safeguards the company from negative consequences of unfavorable contracts. Their exceptional analytical skills and strong attention to details help win many profitable contracts.

• Prepare different level and types of contracts post negotiating the terms and conditions with interested parties
• Elaborate and clarify the terms and conditions of contracts to different stakeholders and ensure that these are understood and complied with
• Manage the physical and digital ecosystem of all contracts by archiving the old ones and replacing them with latest ones

Skills to look for in a great Contract Manager

A successful Contract Manager should have great eye for details along with excellent analytical skill and knowledge of various risk mitigation techniques.

• Bachelor’s degree in Law or Business Administration
• Demonstrated work experience as a Contract Manager or in a similar role
• Sound working knowledge of MS-Office suite Word, Excel, Access, Project etc
• Strong attention to details and ability to pick the slightest of errors
• Excellent legal writing capability
• Exceptional analytical, organizational and coordination skill

Writing a Contract Manager job description

A detailed job description along with the specified job duties, clear job roles and required skill set will help shortlist the right candidate for the Hiring Manager position

Consider including keywords that job seekers are using to search for Contract Manager jobs, such as:

• Contract & Negotiations Manager
• Contract Administration Manager
• Senior Contract Manager

Interviewing Contract Manager candidates

Hiring an experienced and knowledgeable Contract Manager will ensure timely execution of all the contracts of your company. Their primary objective is to adhere to the terms and conditions while formulating the contract and replacing the unfavorable clauses with just ones.

• Experience in legal writing and the components of a valid contract
• Key pointers of analyzing the risk, exit and other important clauses
• Which steps have they taken to execute a profitable contract in one of their last assignments?

See our list of interview questions for more examples.

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