Become a Contracts Manager

Contracts Managers play a crucial role in the construction industry, overseeing multiple projects from the contractual perspective. They are responsible for managing contracts, ensuring that all parties fulfil their contractual obligations, and that projects comply with legal and regulatory standards. A successful Contracts Manager combines a deep understanding of construction processes with expertise in contract law, negotiation, and project management.

Contracts Manager

What Do Contracts Managers Do?

  • Contract Preparation and Review: Draft, evaluate, and negotiate contracts with clients, suppliers, and subcontractors.
  • Project Oversight: Monitor multiple projects to ensure they are progressing in accordance with contractual agreements.
  • Compliance: Ensure that all aspects of contracts comply with legal, regulatory, and ethical standards.
  • Risk Management: Identify contractual risks and develop strategies to mitigate them.
  • Dispute Resolution: Manage disputes related to contracts, working towards resolution in the best interest of the project and company.

Could I Be a Contracts Manager?

This role is suited to individuals with a strong background in construction, combined with knowledge of contract law and excellent negotiation skills. Ideal candidates are detail-oriented, possess strong analytical skills, and have the ability to manage complex contractual and project-related issues.

What Skills Do I Need?

  • Contractual Knowledge

    Deep understanding of contract law as it pertains to construction, including standard forms of contract.

  • Negotiation Skills

    Strong negotiation skills to secure favourable terms and manage contractual disputes.

  • Project Management

    Ability to oversee multiple projects and ensure contractual obligations are met.

  • Analytical Skills

    Competence in analysing contract clauses, risks, and implications.

  • Communication

    Excellent communication skills for dealing with clients, suppliers, subcontractors, and internal teams.

Contracts Manager Pay

How Much Could I Earn?

Salaries for Contracts Managers can vary widely depending on experience, the size and scope of projects managed, and geographic location. Starting salaries might range from £35,000 to £45,000 per year, with experienced Contracts Managers earning between £50,000 and £70,000 or more.

How Do I Get Started?

  • CSCS Card

    For the CSCS Supervisor Card, candidates must first pass the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test for Supervisors. Following this, they need to achieve an NVQ/SVQ Level 3 or 4 in a construction supervisory role or a related field to demonstrate their proficiency in overseeing construction site safety and management.

    For the CSCS Manager Card, essential for those in managerial roles within the UK construction industry, candidates must pass the CITB Managers and Professionals Health, Safety and Environment Test. Additionally, they must attain an NVQ/SVQ Level 6 or 7 in construction contract management or a related discipline.

    Securing these cards signifies a commitment to upholding high standards of safety and supervision on construction sites, aligning with industry best practices and regulatory requirements.

  • Educational Background

    A degree in construction management, quantity surveying, law, or a related field can provide a strong foundation.

  • Gain Experience

    Start in roles related to construction project management, quantity surveying, or contract administration to build relevant experience.

  • Professional Qualifications

    Consider obtaining qualifications related to contract management, such as those offered by the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) or the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

  • Networking and Continuous Learning

    Stay updated on the latest industry trends, contract law changes, and best practices by joining professional associations and attending relevant workshops and seminars.

Career Progression

Experienced Contracts Managers can progress to senior commercial roles such as Commercial Manager or Director of Contracts, taking on a strategic role in managing a company's contractual obligations and commercial strategies. Gaining additional qualifications in contract law and commercial management can aid in this career advancement.