4 Steps for Managing Outsourced Contracts

Outsourcing is the way of the world. Businesses of all sizes frequently find themselves in situations in which they simply do not have the time or resources to take care of all of their operational activities. Thus, it is often necessary to recruit professionals external to the company to help handle certain matters. This is true across sectors and throughout many departments within a business, including the contracting world. In many cases, companies subcontract with other firms to provide a service independent of or in conjunction with their own service delivery. It is clearly risky to outsource certain activities, as it is harder to control for quality, but with the right management approach, it can prove to be quite useful. Here are some tips for managing outsourced contracts:

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How to Catch Oil & Gas Contract Loopholes Early

It is no secret that companies in the oil and gas industry enter into contracts that have the potential to be very lucrative. Regardless of where a company is in the production and distribution chain, oil and gas continue to be pretty solid moneymakers. But, because the firms involved are seeking to maximize their profits, they often try to find creative ways to structure agreements. If companies aren't careful, they may end up agreeing to terms that will gradually erode their own earnings. Here are some of the top things to look out for in these sorts of contracts:

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Contracting: Understanding the Buyer's Perspective

In a business transaction that involves the sale and purchase of some good or service, the seller of that good or service usually has a bit more power and influence when it comes to shaping the contract between the parties. However, to ensure a positive working relationship, not to mention one that will endure beyond the initial transaction, it is important for sellers to take into consideration what most buyers want from their vendors. Here are several things to keep in mind:

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Standard Vs. Strategic Contracts

A lot of contracts, if not most, formalize arm's length transactions, essentially implying there is a distant or strictly professional relationship between the parties. In general, these types of contracts are run of the mill, standard form agreements. Even parties who have contracted with each other for years tend to rely on standard contracts.

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Five Ways to Reduce Risk with Contract Management Software

There are risks associated with contracting, but many of the potential pitfalls can be avoided by adopting the right management approach and using contract management software. Here are five ways that contract management software reduces some of the most prevalent contract-related risks:

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Common Problems in Post-Award Contract Management

The process of contracting is complicated. From establishing relationships to negotiating the particulars to getting the proper approvals, the creation of a single contract can take months if not years. And, because the award phase of the contracting process can be so long and onerous, it is easy to forget that getting the contract signed is the first piece in a massive puzzle. Risk increases in the post-award, management phase of the contract and generally, a contract that fails to deliver in the first six months of the contract fails to deliver overt the life of the contract. Because of the, it is critical that the post-award team is ready and informed. Here are the three most important actions to take to avoid some of the most prevalent problems in post-award contract management:

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Contracts Are Assets Not Weapons

With litigation on an alarming upward trajectory, a lot of companies view contracting as a necessary evil of conducting business. It would be impossible to complete transactions without the terms of an agreement formalized in writing. But, contracts aren't just about portraying obligations and responsibilities in a textual format. Rather, contracts as a whole are meant to create value and yield economic benefits to the companies involved.

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5 Key Actions of Strategic Contract Managers

Contract managers will always engage in the negotiation, implementation, and management of a company’s contracts to some degree. However, the role of a contract manager has been gradually changing as the global economic landscape continues to shift and evolve. These days, a contract manager must do far more than serve in an operational capacity, as they had traditionally done for quite some time. Now, the scope of a contract managers's day-to-day responsibilities also entails a great deal of strategic evaluation, planning, and execution. Contract managers must, of course, continue to manage contracts diligently, but they must also actively monitor compliance, analyze performance, and make strategic changes as appropriate in order to promote the growth of the company.

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