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Contract NegotiationsSkills, Tools, and Best Practices

Gregory A. Garrett, CPCM, C.P.M., PMP

Chief Compliance Officer

U.S. Federal Government Programs

Lucent Technologies – Bell Labs Innovations

An Interactive Adventureinto the Art & Science of the Deal!

NCMA 5th Annual Commercial Contract Management Conference

Make the Connection: Your Customers, Suppliers, and Partners


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Contract Negotiations – An NCMA National Education Seminar (NES) & CD-ROM

Key Topics of Discussion:

  • The Need for Contract Negotiation Skills * Q&A - Exercise

  • Contract Negotiation Competencies – The Skills to Win * Self-Assessment Survey

  • The Contract Negotiation Process * Buyer & Seller – Checklist of Best Practices

NCMA 5th Annual Commercial Contract Management Conference

Make the Connection: Your Customers, Suppliers, and Partners


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CMI Year 2001 Study - Results Education Seminar (NES) & CD-ROM

  • "Which metrics do you believe your organization will use in the next 3 to 5 years to evaluate personnel performance?"

  • The respondents Top 10 choices:

    • Business Judgment 6. Integrity/ethics

    • Decision making 7. Education

    • Problem-solving 8. Interpersonal Relations

    • Negotiation skills 9. Responsiveness

    • Customer service 10. Communications

Reference Text: Contract Negotiations, by Gregory A. Garrett, CCH, Inc. (2005), pg. 10.

NCMA 5th Annual Commercial Contract Management Conference

Make the Connection: Your Customers, Suppliers, and Partners


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Contract Negotiation Skills Gap Education Seminar (NES) & CD-ROM

Key Facts

  • Many of the Master Contract Negotiators in both the public and private business sectors, have retired, or retiring, or are retirement eligible by 2010**

  • Significant increase in the complexity of contracts and related projects ***

** Survey by Garrett Consulting Services, 2003

*** Center for Business Practices (CBP) study, 2002

NCMA 5th Annual Commercial Contract Management Conference

Make the Connection: Your Customers, Suppliers, and Partners


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Exercise – Q & A Education Seminar (NES) & CD-ROM

  • How important are contract negotiation skills to ensure business success?

  • How well do you negotiate?

  • Does your organization have the number and level of skilled master contract negotiators needed?

Reference Text: Contract Negotiations, by Gregory A. Garrett, CCH, Inc. (2005), pg. 12.

NCMA 5th Annual Commercial Contract Management Conference

Make the Connection: Your Customers, Suppliers, and Partners


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Contract Negotiations – An NCMA NES & CD-ROM

Contract Negotiation CompetenciesThe Skills to Win!

NCMA 5th Annual Commercial Contract Management Conference

Make the Connection: Your Customers, Suppliers, and Partners


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The Contract Negotiator’s Competencies Model An NCMA NES & CD-ROM

Reference Text: Contract Negotiations, by Gregory A. Garrett, CCH, Inc. (2005), pg. 14.

NCMA 5th Annual Commercial Contract Management Conference

Make the Connection: Your Customers, Suppliers, and Partners


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Skills to Win: Self-Assessment Survey An NCMA NES & CD-ROM

  • Complete the 20 question – Skills to Win: Self-Assessment Survey (1 = Low Skills to 5 = High Skills)

  • Summarize and add-up your score on the survey worksheet (pg. 3)

  • Compare your result to the Self-Assessment Survey Scoring table

NCMA 5th Annual Commercial Contract Management Conference

Make the Connection: Your Customers, Suppliers, and Partners

Reference Text: Contract Negotiations, by Gregory A. Garrett, CCH, Inc. (2005), pgs. 15-16.


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The Skills to Win: Self-Assessment Survey An NCMA NES & CD-ROM

  • I am a person of high integrity.

  • 1 2 3 4 5

  • I always act as a true business professional, especially in contract negotiations.

  • 1 2 3 4 5

  • I ensure all of my business partners and team members act honestly, ethically, and legally, especially when involved in contract negotiations and contract formation.

  • 1 2 3 4 5 

  • I verbally communicate clearly and concisely.

  • 1 2 3 4 5

  • I am an effective and persuasive contract negotiator.

  • 1 2 3 4 5

NCMA 5th Annual Commercial Contract Management Conference

Make the Connection: Your Customers, Suppliers, and Partners

Reference Text: Contract Negotiations, by Gregory A. Garrett, CCH, Inc. (2005), pg. 16.


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The Skills to Win: Self-Assessment Survey cont. An NCMA NES & CD-ROM

6. My written communications are professional, timely, and appropriate.

1 2 3 4 5

7. I am an excellent team leader.

1 2 3 4 5

8. I consistently build high performance teams, which meet or exceed contract requirements.

1 2 3 4 5

9. I am willing to compromise when necessary to solve problems.

1 2 3 4 5

10.  I confront the issues, not the person, in a problem-solving environment.

1 2 3 4 5

NCMA 5th Annual Commercial Contract Management Conference

Make the Connection: Your Customers, Suppliers, and Partners

Reference Text: Contract Negotiations, by Gregory A. Garrett, CCH, Inc. (2005), pg. 16.


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The Skills to Win: Self-Assessment Survey cont. An NCMA NES & CD-ROM

11. I recognize the power of strategies, tactics, and countertactics and use them frequently in contract negotiations.

1 2 3 4 5

12. I am able to achieve my desired financial results in contract negotiations.

1 2 3 4 5 

13. I understand various cost estimating techniques, numerous pricing models, and how to apply each when negotiating financial arrangements.

1 2 3 4 5

14. I understand generally accepted accounting practices and how to apply them when negotiating deals. 1 2 3 4 5

15. I am highly computer literate, especially with electronic sales tools, and/or electronic procurement tools.

1 2 3 4 5

NCMA 5th Annual Commercial Contract Management Conference

Make the Connection: Your Customers, Suppliers, and Partners

Reference Text: Contract Negotiations, by Gregory A. Garrett, CCH, Inc. (2005), pgs. 16-17.


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The Skills to Win: Self-Assessment Survey cont. An NCMA NES & CD-ROM

16. I am knowledgeable of e-marketplaces, vertical and horizontal trade exchanges, e-auctions, and how to use them to buy or sell products/services. 1 2 3 4 5

17. I understand the contract management process and have extensive education, experience, and professional training in contract management. 1 2 3 4 5

18. I have extensive education, experience, and training in contract law.

  1 2 3 4 5

19. I have extensive education, experience, and training in our organization's products and services.

1 2 3 4 5 

20. I am considered a technical expert in one or more areas.

1 2 3 4 5 

NCMA 5th Annual Commercial Contract Management Conference

Make the Connection: Your Customers, Suppliers, and Partners

Reference Text: Contract Negotiations, by Gregory A. Garrett, CCH, Inc. (2005), pg. 17.


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Skills to Win - Self-Assessment Survey Worksheet An NCMA NES & CD-ROM

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Grand Total Score: _______________________________

The Skills to Win: Self-Assessment Survey cont.

NCMA 5th Annual Commercial Contract Management Conference

Make the Connection: Your Customers, Suppliers, and Partners

Reference Text: Contract Negotiations, by Gregory A. Garrett, CCH, Inc. (2005), pg. 17.


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Skills to Win An NCMA NES & CD-ROMSelf-Assessment SurveyScoring

90+: You have the knowledge and skills of a master contract negotiator.

80 - 90: You have the potential to become a master contract negotiator, after reviewing the specialized skill areas and determining in which areas you need to improve your skills. You are an intermediate contract negotiator.

65 - 79: You have basic understanding of successful contract negotiation skills. You need to improve numerous skills to reach a higher level of mastery of contract negotiations. You are an apprentice contract negotiator.

0 - 64: You have taken the first step to becoming a master contract negotiator. You have a lot of specialized skills areas you need to improve. With time, dedication, and support (education, experience, and training) you can become a master contract negotiator.

The Skills to Win: Self-Assessment Survey cont.

NCMA 5th Annual Commercial Contract Management Conference

Make the Connection: Your Customers, Suppliers, and Partners

Reference Text: Contract Negotiations, by Gregory A. Garrett, CCH, Inc. (2005), pg. 18.


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Contract Negotiations – A Complex Human Activity An NCMA NES & CD-ROM

Successful contract negotiator must:

  • Master the art and science, or soft and hard skills, required to become a master negotiator

  • Possess the intellectual ability to comprehend factors shaping and characterizing the negotiation.

  • Be able to adapt strategies, tactics, and countertactics in a dynamic environment

  • Understand their own personalities and personal ethics and values

  • Know their products and services, desired terms and conditions, and pricing strategy

  • Be able to lead a diverse multi-functional team to achieve a successful outcome

Reference Text: Contract Negotiations, by Gregory A. Garrett, CCH, Inc. (2005), pgs. 53-54.

NCMA 5th Annual Commercial Contract Management Conference

Make the Connection: Your Customers, Suppliers, and Partners


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Key Inputs An NCMA NES & CD-ROM

Tools & Techniques

Desired Outputs

  • Solicitation (RFP,RFQ, etc.)

  • Bid or Proposal

  • Buyer’s sourceselection process

  • Seller's past performance

  • ·Previous contracts

  • ·Competitor Profile

  • Business Ethics/ Standards of Conduct Guidelines

  • ·Market and Industry practices

Contract Negotiations – Essential Elements

  • Oral presentations

  • Highly skilled contract negotiators

  • Legal Review

  • ·  Business Case Approval

  • ·  Contract Negotiation Formation Process

    • Plan negotiations

    • Conduct negotiations

    • Document the negotiation and Form the Contract

  • Contract or Walk away

Reference Text: Contract Negotiations, by Gregory A. Garrett, CCH, Inc. (2005), pg. 56.

NCMA 5th Annual Commercial Contract Management Conference

Make the Connection: Your Customers, Suppliers, and Partners


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Contract Negotiation Process An NCMA NES & CD-ROM

Reference Text: Contract Negotiations, by Gregory A. Garrett, CCH, Inc. (2005), pg. 61.

NCMA 5th Annual Commercial Contract Management Conference

Make the Connection: Your Customers, Suppliers, and Partners


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Checklist of Buyer – Contract Negotiation Best Practices An NCMA NES & CD-ROM

  • (The Buyer Should: )

  • Know what you want – lowest price or best value

  • State your requirements in performance terms and evaluate accordingly

  • Conduct market research about potential sources before selection

  • Evaluate potential sources promptly and dispassionately

  • Follow the evaluation criteria stated in the solicitation: management, technical, and price

  • Develop organizational policies to guide and facilitate the source selection process

  • Use a weighting system to determine which evaluation criteria are most important

  • Use a screening system to prequalify sources

  • Obtain independent estimates from consultants or outside experts to assist in source selection

  • Use past performance as a key aspect of source selection, and verify data accuracy

  • Conduct price realism analysis

  • Use oral presentations or proposals by sellers to improve and expedite the source selection process

Reference Text: Contract Negotiations, by Gregory A. Garrett, CCH, Inc. (2005), pg. 85.

NCMA 5th Annual Commercial Contract Management Conference

Make the Connection: Your Customers, Suppliers, and Partners


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Checklist of Contract Negotiation Best Practices An NCMA NES & CD-ROM

  • (The Buyer and Seller Should: )

  • Understand that contract negotiation is a process, usually involving a team effort

  • Select and train highly skilled negotiators to lead the contract negotiation process

  • Know market and industry practices

  • Prepare yourself and your team

  • Know the other party

  • Know the big picture

  • Identify and prioritize objectives

  • Create options – be flexible in your planning

  • Examine alternatives

  • Select your negotiation strategy, tactics, and countertactics

  • Develop a solid and approved team negotiation plan

  • Determine who has the authority to negotiate

  • Prepare the negotiation facility at your location or at a neutral site

  • Use an agenda during contract negotiation

Reference Text: Contract Negotiations, by Gregory A. Garrett, CCH, Inc. (2005), pg. 86.

NCMA 5th Annual Commercial Contract Management Conference

Make the Connection: Your Customers, Suppliers, and Partners


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Checklist of Contract Negotiation Best Practices cont’d. An NCMA NES & CD-ROM

  • (The Buyer and Seller Should: )

  • Set the right tone at the start of the negotiation

  • Maintain your focus on your objectives

  • Use interim summaries to keep on track

  • Do not be too predictable in your tactics

  • Document your agreement throughout the process

  • Know when to walk away

  • Prepare a negotiation results summary

  • Obtain required reviews and approvals

  • Provide copies of the contract to all affected parties

  • Document negotiation lessons learned and best practices

  • Prepare a transition plan for contract administration

  • Understand that everything affects price

  • Understand the Ts and Cs have cost, risk, and value

  • Know what is negotiable and what is not

Reference Text: Contract Negotiations, by Gregory A. Garrett, CCH, Inc. (2005), pg. 86.

NCMA 5th Annual Commercial Contract Management Conference

Make the Connection: Your Customers, Suppliers, and Partners


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