Contract Specialist

Contract Specialist Resume Keywords and Skills (Hard Skills)

Here are the keywords and skills that appear most frequently on recent Contract Specialist job postings. In other words, these are the most sought after skills by recruiters and hiring managers. Go to Sample Templates ↓ below to see how to include them on your resume.

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  • Government Contracting
  • Contract Management
  • Government Procurement
  • Contract Negotiation
  • FAR
  • Government Contract Administration
  • Procurement
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  • Government
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • Federal Government
  • Source Selection
  • Military
  • Procurement Contracts
  • Contractual Agreements
  • Contract Writing
  • Program Management
  • Federal Government Contracts
  • Proposal Writing
  • Defense
  • Project Planning
  • MOV
  • Project Management
  • EPC
  • SAP Products
  • Oil & Gas
  • Management
  • Petroleum
  • Energy
  • Contract Law
  • Business Process Improvement
  • Strategic Planning
  • Gas
  • Cross-functional Team Leadership
  • Energy Industry

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Resume Skills: Vendor Management

  • Contract Development
  • Vendor Relationship Management
  • Bid Evaluation
  • Price/Cost Analysis
  • Contract Analysis
  • Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)
  • Government Contracting
  • Defense Contract Management
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Contract Preparation
  • Risk Management Analysis
  • Post-Award Contract Management
  • Reporting
  • Pre-Award Contract Management
  • Preparation
  • Tendering
  • Evaluation
  • Negotiation
  • Awarding
  • Contract Audit
  • Contract Lifecycle Management
  • Contract Compliance
  • Risk Assessment
  • Vendor Selection
  • Contract Implementation
  • Performance Measurement
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Resume Skills: Contract

  • Contract Development
  • Vendor Relationship Management
  • Bid Evaluation
  • Price/Cost Analysis
  • Contract Analysis
  • Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)
  • Government Contracting
  • Defense Contract Management
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Contract Preparation
  • Risk Management Analysis
  • Post-Award Contract Management
  • Reporting
  • Pre-Award Contract Management
  • Preparation
  • Tendering
  • Evaluation
  • Negotiation
  • Awarding
  • Contract Audit
  • Contract Lifecycle Management
  • Contract Compliance
  • Risk Assessment
  • Contract Management
  • Contract Law
  • Vendor Management
  • Contractual Agreements
  • Supply Chain Contracts
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Resume Skills: Software

  • Microsoft Office
  • Oracle (Highly Proficient)
  • SAP (Highly Proficient)
  • Salesforce (Competent)
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • SAP Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Oracle Contract Lifecycle Management
  • MS Office Suite
  • Contract Management software (Onit, SAP)
  • CRM Systems (Hubspot, SalesForce)
  • ERP Software
  • SAP Procurement
  • Oracle E-Business Suite
  • Salesforce
  • Project Management Software (MS Project, JIRA)
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Resume Skills: Contracting Software

  • Concord
  • ContractSafe
  • ConvergePoint
  • Onit
  • Contract Zen
  • Outlaw
  • SAP Contract Lifecycle Management
  • Microsoft Dynamics
  • Ariba
  • PandaDoc
  • CobbleStone Contract Insight
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Resume Skills: Regulatory Compliance & Law

Resume Skills: Languages

Resume Skills: Regulations & Standards

Resume Skills: Business Intelligence Tools

Resume Skills: Microsoft Office Suite

Resume Skills: Financial Tools

Resume Skills: Communication

Resume Skills: Expertise Areas

Resume Skills: Regulations

Resume Skills: Procurement Tools

Resume Skills: Regulatory Compliance

  • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)
  • Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS)
  • Procurement ethics
  • Conflict of interest guidelines
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Resume Skills: Project Management

Resume Skills: Software Proficiency

Resume Skills: Procurement

Resume Skills: Analysis & Compliance

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Sample Contract Specialist Resume Examples: How To Include These Skills

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Your Name
Contract Specialist
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded March 2019 - Present
Senior Contract Specialist
Employed U.S. Department of Defense regulations to successfully negotiate 50+ procurement contracts contributing to 18% savings on initial quotations
Implemented Contract Management process improvements that increased efficiency by 35%
Headed project planning for 5 high-profile departmental projects leading to on-time and under-budget completion
Advised on Federal Government Contract administration leading to enhanced procedures and 40% drop in compliance issues
Oversaw a team of 7 contract professionals cultivating an environment of continuous learning and skill upgrade
Boeing January 2015 - February 2019
Contract Specialist
Developed and revised 200+ Government Contracting agreements, reducing processing time by 20%
Conducted comprehensive analysis of Source Selection proposals ensuring alignment with set standards and legal requirements
Established guidelines for contract writing leading to 30% reduction in contract ambiguities and disputes
Northrop Grumman November 2012 - December 2014
Junior Contract Specialist
Utilized FAR and military regulations for the interpretation of contract requirements and risk management
Assisted in managing 40+ procurement contracts ensuring the correct fulfillment of contract obligations and minimizing breaches
Resume Worded Institute June 2012
Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Contract Management
Focused on advanced negotiation techniques and contractual law
Resume Worded Academic Center May 2008
Bachelor of Science - Business Administration
Concentration in Supply Chain Management & Logistics
Award: Dean's List 2008 (Top 10%)
Contract & Vendor Management: Contract Development, Vendor Relationship Management, Bid Evaluation, Price/Cost Analysis
Regulatory Compliance & Law: Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations (DFAR), Compliance Management, Contractual Law
Software & Tools: Microsoft Office (Expert), Oracle (Highly Proficient), SAP (Highly Proficient), Salesforce (Competent)
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Fluent), French (Conversational)
Certifications: Certified Professional Contract Manager (CPCM) - National Contract Management Association, Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM) - NCMA
Leadership: President of Professional Networking Group for Contract Managers (2017-2019)
Projects: Launched a Contracts Management process improvement project at Boeing resulting in 20% efficiency increase
Volunteering: Mentor for Young Professionals in Contract Management - National Contract Management Association
Your Name
Contracts Administrator
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
EXPERIENCE May 2017 - Present
Senior Contracts Administrator
Administered 60+ Federal Government Contracts, streamlining procedures and enhancing contract lifecycle efficiency by 25%
Fielded internal Contract Negotiation processes leading to an increase in successful deals by 45%
Initiated a systematic and comprehensive approach to contract writing, cutting down errors by 30%
Launched a contract document management tool that saved 20 hours per week previously spent on manual tracking
Coordinated with the project planning team for the successful execution of 10 departmental projects
General Dynamics March 2013 - April 2017
Contracts Administrator
Managed contractual agreements in accordance with FAR principles, leading to a 38% rise in successful contract completions
Utilized expertise in Government Procurement processes to advise on 100+ contract proposals
Led a team of 4 junior administrators, facilitating a mentoring culture and improving team productivity by 40%
L3Harris Technologies October 2010 - February 2013
Junior Contracts Administrator
Supported contract management procedures for Defense contracts resulting in a 25% reduced contract completion time
Collaborated in the development of a Contract Management Software enhancing contract tracking efficiency
Resume Worded University February 2013
Master of Business Administration - Contract Management
Concentration in Government Contracting, GPA: 3.9/4.0
Resume Worded Academic Center July 2010
Bachelor of Science - Business Administration
Minors in Law and Government Procurement
Dean's List 2009–2010
Contracting Software: Concord, ContractSafe, ConvergePoint, Onit, Contract Zen, Outlaw
Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, SharePoint
Financial Tools: QuickBooks, NetSuite, SAP, Sage, Oracle ERP, Xero
Communication: Negotiation, Mediation, Conflict Resolution, Persuasion
Certifications: Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM), Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM)
Awards: Outstanding Contract Administrator of the Year, General Dynamics (2016)
Volunteering: Community Volunteer, local food bank, 2013-Present
Projects: Led successful contract negotiation for $15 million project, saving company 20% in costs
Your Name
Contract Analyst
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded April 2020 - Present
Senior Contract Analyst
Implemented contract analysis methodologies improving categorization accuracy by 30%
Provided critical support for Program Management endeavors, ensuring achievement of project milestones and a 15% increase in project delivery
Managed Government Contracting protocols for 30+ contracts leading to a 45% increase in resource optimization
Conducted assessments of Source Selection procedures contributing to a 20% reduction in sourcing time
Coordinated MOV strategies for efficient implementation of U.S. Department of Defense processes
Lockheed Martin September 2016 - March 2020
Contract Analyst
Streamlined contract writing procedures leading to a noticeable 20% rise in document accuracy
Managed 80+ Federal Government Contracts, enhancing contract compliance by 35%
Assessed contractual agreements for risk and potential legal problems, reducing disputes by 50%
Raytheon Technologies June 2014 - August 2016
Contract Assistant
Contributed to Contract Management processes ensuring fulfillment of contract obligations in a timely and accurate manner
Assisted in the review and issuance of Government Procurement contracts, ensuring adherence to FAR principles
Resume Worded University August 2014
Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Contract Management
Specialization in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)
Resume Worded Institute May 2010
Bachelor of Arts - Business Administration
Minors in Law and Economics
Dean's List 2008, 2009 (Top 10%)
Contract Management: Contract Analysis, Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Government Contracting, Defense Contract Management, Contract Negotiation
Software & Tools: Microsoft Office Suite (Advanced), SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (Proficient), Oracle Contract Lifecycle Management (Proficient)
Regulations & Standards: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) standards, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
Business Intelligence Tools: Tableau (Proficient), Microsoft Power BI (Intermediate)
Certifications: Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM), Certified Professional Contract Manager (CPCM)
Professional Development: Regular attendance at National Contract Management Association (NCMA) conferences
Projects: Led a cross-function team to implement Oracle Contract Lifecycle Management software at Lockheed Martin
Volunteering: Pro Bono Contract Consultant, Nonprofit Organizations (Various)
Your Name
Closing Specialist
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded January 2020 - Present
Senior Closing Specialist
Spearheaded a team to streamline post-closing procedures, reducing process delays by 30%
Orchestrated 300+ residential mortgage closings annually, efficiently coordinating with all parties involved
Leveraged advanced understanding of FHA and VA loan requirements to drive compliance
Conducted meticulous credit analysis resulting in a 15% decrease in default rates
Revitalized a REO property process, reducing the closure time by 25%
Wells Fargo June 2016 - December 2019
Closing Specialist
Accomplished a 99% success rate in precise loan origination and closing within target deadlines
Capitalized on banking laws to best advise clients on mortgage lending options and refinance opportunities
Expedited the loan closing process by 20% through implementation of Encompass software
Guided investment property owners through closing processes, ensuring a seamless transition January 2014 - May 2016
Junior Closing Specialist
Streamlined real estate transactions by proactively identifying and resolving potential closing obstacles
Managed a portfolio of 150 foreclosures annually, expediting the process by 35%
Verified and updated closing files, resulting in 98% accuracy
Resume Worded University December 2019
Master of Business Administration - Finance
Concentrations: Financial Management, Fiscal Control Strategies
Resume Worded Institute June 2014
Certification in Real Estate Closing Procedures
Part-Time Certification Program - Paralleled with Junior Closing Specialist role at
Software Proficiency: Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat Pro, DocMagic, Calyx Point, Ellie Mae
Industry Specific Software: Encompass, TitleExpress, Snapdocs, ResWare, SoftPro
Legal Knowledge: Closing Procedures, Title Laws, RESPA/TILA rules
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Conversational)
Certifications: WFG Level 1 Certified Closing Agent
Leadership & Volunteering: Executive board member in local chapter of Business Professionals of America
Awards: Recognized as ‘Employee of the Year’ at Wells Fargo (2017)
Professional Training: Attended Annual Mortgage Bankers Association Conference (2016-2020)
Your Name
Loan Closing Coordinator
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded February 2021 - Present
Loan Closing Manager
Directed the coordination of over 5000 loan closings annually with a focus on residential mortgages
Implemented a strategy that increased team efficiency by 25% in loan origination
Successfully managed a real estate portfolio valued over $3M
Established a consistent reduction of 10% in foreclosure timelines
Secured investment properties through rigorous credit analysis resulting in a 20% increase in company ROI
Chase June 2017 - January 2021
Loan Closing Coordinator
Organized over 100 real estate transactions monthly, maintaining a 99% accuracy rate
Enhanced policies to remain compliant with FHA and VA loan policies, resulting in zero violations
Revamped the loan Closings process by integrating Encompass software, yielding faster decisions by 15% January 2013 - June 2017
Loan Processor
Processed a significant number of loans, contributing to a quarterly target attainment of 100%
Instrumental in managing and reducing the REO property inventory by 18%
Assisted in the preparation of closing packages, ensuring the streamline flow of the closing process
Resume Worded University December 2020
Master of Business Administration - Financial Management
Focused on advanced financial strategy development and execution
Resume Worded Institute May 2013
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Finance
Relevant coursework: Corporate Finance, Real Estate Finance, and International Finance
Awards: Resume Worded Academic Excellence Scholar
Financial Software Tools: Encompass360, Calyx Point, Microsoft Excel (Expert Level), LoanSifter, Fannie Mae's Desktop Underwriter, Freddie Mac’s Loan Prospector
Compliance & Regulations: Truth-in-Lending Act (TILA), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA), Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA)
Other Skills: Loan Processing, Loan Origination, Risk Management, Portfolio Analysis, Management Reporting, Loan Servicing, Credit Analysis
Certifications: Certified Mortgage Loan Originator (NMLS), Certified FHA DE Underwriter
Contributions & Leadership: Annual speaker at Resume Worded Financial Summit, Initiated and led a team project that improved efficiency of loan closing process by 30%
Professional Affiliations: Member, American Bankers Association, Member, National Association of Mortgage Brokers
Your Name
Mortgage Closer
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded March 2019 - Present
Senior Mortgage Closer
Spearheaded the successful closing of $800M in loans annually
Dedicated comprehensive attention to credit analysis, significantly reducing the company's risk
Oversaw a team managing foreclosures, achieving a 40% reduction in pending cases
Applied expertise in FHA and U.S. VA loan rules to ensure high-level compliance
Successfully directed a strategy to manage REO properties, reducing the hold time by 22%
Citibank January 2015 - February 2019
Mortgage Closer
Orchestrated over 1000 real estate closings annually, driving consistent client satisfaction
Effectuated a 10% enhancement of loan origination and closing procedures
Incorporated the effective use of the Encompass system to improve the decision-making speed by 20% March 2011 - December 2014
Loan Coordinator
Assisted with a portfolio valued at over $1M in investment properties
Achieved a 30% reduction in closing times through continuous improvement of operational efficiency
Played a key role in a team overseeing foreclosure processes with less than 5% error rate
Resume Worded Academic Center January 2019
Certified Mortgage Banker (CMB)
Certification by Mortgage Bankers Association
Resume Worded University May 2011
Master's in Business Administration - Finance
Concentration in Real Estate Finance
Graduated with Distinction
Mortgage Software: Encompass, Calyx Point, DocMagic, BytePro, LendingQB, Fannie Mae Desktop Underwriter
Underwriting Skills: Loan file review, Appraisal verification, Debt-to-income ratios, Credit history analysis, Mortgage insurance calculation, Loan-to-value ratios
Compliance and Regulations: Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Federal Housing Administration (FHA), Veterans Administration (VA), Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae
Additional Skills: Risk Assessment, Financial Statement Analysis, Real Estate Law, MS Office Suite, Customer Service
Certifications: Certified Lending Business Banker (CLBB), 2016
Professional Training: Loan Processing and Underwriting Workshop, American Bankers Association, 2015
Awards: President’s Club, Citibank, 2017, Top Loan Coordinator, 2013,
Volunteering: Advisor, Junior Achievement, Advising high-school students about personal finance and the mortgage industry

How do I add skills to a Contract Specialist resume?

Review the job posting closely.

Go through the Contract Specialist posting you're applying to, and identify hard skills the company is looking for. For example, skills like FAR, Government Contract Administration and Government Contracting are possible skills. These are skills you should try to include on your resume.

Add industry skills like Contract Negotiation and Procurement.

Add other common skills from your industry - such as Contract Management, Government and Government Procurement - into your resume if they're relevant.

Add skills into your work experience.

Incorporate skills - like Federal Government Contracts, SAP Products and Cross-functional Team Leadership - into your work experience too. This shows hiring managers that you have practical experience with these tools, techniques and skills.

Demonstrate your negotiation skills.

Negotiation is an important skill in Contract Specialist jobs, so show hiring managers examples of times you negotiated things like contracts, deals, terms and agreements. Use action verbs like 'Negotiated' or 'Influenced' to further highlight your negotiation skills.

Show how you have strong attention to detail.

A good Contract Specialist has strong attention to detail, so try to include examples of where you handled complex projects or processes.

Use the exact job title.

Try to add the exact job title, Contract Specialist, somewhere into your resume to get past resume screeners. See the infographic for how to do this.

Word Cloud for Contract Specialist Skills & Keywords

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Top Contract Specialist Skills and Keywords to Include On Your Resume

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What hard skills should you include on a Contract Specialist resume?

Some popular Contract Specialist hard skills are Government Contracting, Contract Management, Government Procurement, Contract Negotiation, FAR, Government Contract Administration, Procurement and Government.

Depending on the job you apply to, skills like Federal Government Contracts, SAP Products, MOV, Contract Writing and Cross-functional Team Leadership can also be good to include on your resume.

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