In contract management, the role of Contract Managers can vary according to the work involved and the requirement of the jobs. For example, some contract managers have little or no responsibility up to the point of contract signature; and others little or no role after signature (though there is a marked trend towards consolidation of pre- and post- responsibilities, in general). Reporting hierarchy also makes a difference in the process of contract management, with positions attending to Legal matters to have a narrower set of tasks (potentially little responsibility for non-legal aspects of the contract or related policies and procedures, especially in terms of any financial or procurement accountability). Geography has certainly been a major factor in the past, with few Contract Managers visible in non-Common Law countries. However, in modern contract management, this is changing as business globalizes and contract forms and procedures grow more consistent.

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