Contracts Administrator skills and qualifications

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What skills does a Contracts Administrator need to have?

To be successful as a Contracts Administrator, you'll need to possess various skills that employers are looking for.
Skills you should possess include:
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Administrative or secretarial skills
  • Evaluation skills
  • An eye for detail and the ability to spot errors and omissions at a glance
  • The ability to work well under pressure and meet tight deadlines
  • A strong understanding and knowledge of contract law
  • Knowledge of compliance laws and regulations
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite (Office, Excel, Outlook etc.)
  • The ability to learn quickly and master internal contracts management systems
  • The ability to manage competing demands and work well under pressure

How can someone learn essential Contracts Administrator skills?

There are several pathways to learning key skills in contracts administration and making your way into the workforce. Most professionals working today will have gotten their start with a degree in business administration, project management, law or another related discipline. Others would have completed a certificate in contracts administration as a way to upskill from their previous admin or logistics role within the same industry.
You can also develop key Contracts Administrator skills by getting some commercial experience through an internship or work experience placement, which will give you a better understanding of what's involved in the role. Getting hands-on experience will help build your confidence and familiarity with industry terms, processes and technology.
Knowing the intricacies and culture within an industry is essential for you to be effective in this role. For example, to be a Contracts Administrator in the construction industry, you would need experience with subcontractors, their expectations and the rules that govern the agreements that can be negotiated with them.

What qualifications does a Contracts Administrator need to have?

Do you need to study to be a Contracts Administrator? Yes, you will need to spend time studying to develop the core skills required by this role.
Contracts Administrators may be required to have a tertiary qualification in business administration, project management, legal studies or another related discipline. Certificates and diplomas in contracts management/contracts administration are also recognised by many organisations, specifically in large industries like construction. Still, the highest-paying employers will prefer candidates who have a university background.

How can a Contracts Administrator upskill throughout their career?

Many Contracts Administrators will start their career with a certificate or diploma in contracts administration. This is often followed by on-the-job training or an internship of 3 to 12 months. After that, more specialised courses are recommended to increase your marketability and enhance your expertise within the contracting field.
You can also upskill by studying and completing university or TAFE qualifications (if they haven't already) in law, business, project management and contracts administration.
Graduate Certificate programs can also upskill candidates who have experience working as a Contracts Administrator but are looking to refine their skill set.
You should also strive to develop a robust understanding of their industry and what influences the contracts they work with. Keeping updated with new laws, technologies and industry trends is essential to ensure your upwards trajectory.
Upskilling can be time-consuming and expensive. Luckily, Hays Learning, our free innovative e-learning platform brought to you in collaboration with Go1, has a wide variety of new online courses that can help you get ahead in your career. Sign up now for free.

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