What does a Senior Contract Administrator do?

Contract Administrators develop, negotiate and evaluate company contracts on behalf of an organization. They are charged with ensuring that both parties are complicit with the terms of the contract, as well as ensuring that all contracts abide by local and federal laws. Contract Administrators may work in a variety of different industries and typically begin their careers as a Contract Specialist before working their way up to Contract Administrator or Contract Manager.

Contract Administrators typically hold a bachelor's degree in Finance, Accounting or Law, though an MBA is often preferred. Overall, the most successful Contract Administrators have a strong knowledge of business financial best practices, an understanding of contract law, and possess a strong attention to detail. They must also be skilled communicators and have excellent negotiation skills.

  • Develop contract proposals to support organizational goals
  • Review contract estimates, including proposed materials, production costs, etc and determine whether they seem reasonable and accurate
  • Ensure that all records are accurate and up to date
  • Write contract letters and other communications and notices
  • Negotiate and approve contract terms while ensuring that projects remain within the established budget
  • Attend meetings to assess progress on projects which are in motion, and take detailed notes to share with stakeholders
  • Create regular status reports regarding progress on projects
  • Analyze contracts to ensure they comply with state and federal laws and regulations
  • 3+ years prior experience in a contract administration role or a related field
  • Exemplifies knowledge of contract law, accounting principles and finance
  • Has strong negotiation and mediation skills
  • Possesses superior attention to detail in order to spot inconsistencies in contracts
  • Has previous experience in customer service and strong communication skills
  • Able to work productively independently and as part of a team
  • Must have excellent analytical thinking skills and problem solving abilities
  • Previous experience as a project manager, or coordinating large projects is an asset
  • Should exhibit strong organizational and time management abilities
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Senior Contract Administrator Salaries

Average Base Pay

£35,905 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £36K
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Senior Contract Administrator Career Path

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Risk Management SolutionsRisk Management Solutions
Contract Administrator III
18 Jan 2020

“Good Work life balance: If you want to enjoy and be in your comfort zone this is your organisation.”

Defense Contract Management AgencyDefense Contract Management Agency
Contract Administrator
12 Nov 2021

“Not as many opportunities to progress your career if you’re looking to stay at one location.”

DBS BankDBS Bank
23 Feb 2020

“Some employee worked for many years >5 years but are not converted to permanent role.”

SubContractor Specialist
17 Oct 2019

“Management knew my worth but could not match my growing work responsibilities with my title.”

R.D. Jones & AssociatesR.D. Jones & Associates
Contract Administrator
2 Mar 2020

“I consider myself to have a pretty great work/life balance and I do not really feel like that is encroached upon.”

R.D. Jones & AssociatesR.D. Jones & Associates
Contract Administrator
2 Mar 2020

“You definitely cannot get bored and coworkers are fun and nice.”

Shapoorji PallonjiShapoorji Pallonji
Contracts Administrator
5 Oct 2020

“very conducive to start your career and a good training experience.”

HCL TechnologiesHCL Technologies
Contract Trainee
26 Jan 2021

“Good project and nice to work.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a senior contract administrator

When working as a senior contract administrator, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Negotiation, Security Clearance, Powerpoint, EXCEL and Microsoft Office Suite.

The most similar professions to senior contract administrator are:
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  • Law Clerk
  • Legal Assistant
  • Legal Secretary

The most common qualifications to become a senior contract administrator is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.