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Strategic Contract Risk Management - Mitigating Risks, Ensuring Clarity and Eliminating Losses in the pharma sector

  The recent global financial crisis brought with it a myriad of commercial risk exposures to organisations magnified by cancellations and variations to their commercial contacts with suppliers and clients.  The level of strategic focus on contract risk management (CRM) is generally low and this in itself is a major risk for organisations, which they are now only beginning to slowly realise.  The contracts became significantly more complex from a legal and technical perspective and organisations (whether private and public sector) simply have difficulties in identifying the increased volume of rights, obligations, therefore risks associated with the contracts, and mitigating these key risks “hot spots” A crucial problem facing senior management with commercial contracts is the very real possibility of an employee damning the organisation to a contractual noncompliance, through their day-to-day commercial operations, which might potentially result in catastrophic litigation.  The inability to identify and mitigate risks can be very costly.  Therefore this course seeks to help participant organisations reduce their risk exposure by helping them to get better value out of their contracts, less disputes and get what was promised by the other contracting party with less resources expended

Turning 'Theory' into 'Practice'?

Driven by practice and theory, as well as case study and practical industry examples, this invaluable course will give you the foundation, methodologies, tools and techniques to succeed in contracting.  It will help you to build a sound product strategy based on effective market analysis and an action plan ready to apply back in the workplace.

Who should attend?

In-house counsels/ legal counsels, Contract Lawyers/Attorneys, contract managers/heads of contracting/contract sourcing/contract management, commercial sourcing, contract negotiators, project managers/directors/leaders, sales contract professionals, contractors, procurement managers, risk managers

Key areas to be covered in the programme and documentation

Module 1:  Today’s Changing Risk Environment

·          Globalization and the digital economy

·          Corporate governance and regulation

·          The importance of contract process and practices

·          Principles and ‘Best Practices’ in drafting and development

·          Corporate governance and regulation

·          Negotiating for ultimate contract success – the guide for today’s commercial climate


Module 2: Risk Management ‘Hot Spots’

·          Cultural attitudes to risk

·          Industry variations in risk management maturity

·          Emerging methods that are used to handle these variations

·          Portfolio risk management

·          "Hot Spot' analysis

·          Risk mapping

·          Tools and processes to identify and prioritize contract risks


Module 3: Defining the Relationship and Contract Type

·          Primary types of contract used in large businesses

·          Industry and geography considerations

·          Product and services contract and key terms

·          Solutions, outsourcing, turnkey: Differences in approach and when to use them

·          Use of agents and representative

·          Business consortiums

·          Joint ventures, alliances and teaming agreements

·          Cross border agreements


Module 4: Revisiting the Standard Terms and Conditions

·          Critical checklists

·          Differences of perspective: Buyer versus Seller

·          Contract Management versus relationship with Suppliers – Terms & Conditions


Module 5: Identifying and Managing Contractual Risks: Primary Sources and Methods of Control

·          Undefined or Under-defined Scope or Statement of Work (SoW)

·          Service Level Agreements

·          Risky agreements with key suppliers

·          Poorly defined change process

·          Inadequately defined acceptance terms

·          Right of termination for convenience

·          Most preferred customer clause

·          Liberal or conditional payment terms

·          Credit / Solvency risk

·          Currency risk

·          Potential for delays

·          Cost models


Module 6:  High Risk Types of Contracts

·          Use of the other party’s standard Boilerplate Agreement

·          Software License Agreements

·          Letters of Intent (Memorandums of Understanding)

·          Agreements involving technology transfer or sharing – including intellectual 


·          Strategic Alliances (Teaming)

·          Sales contracts with “flow down” requirements

·          Master Service Agreements - templates, risks, flexibility


Module 7: Risky Terms and How to Handle Them; Limit of Liabilities / Remedies

·          Intellectual Property and Software

·          Indemnity

·          Termination

·          Warranties

·           Force Majeure / Excusable delay


Module 8: The Role of Contracts and Contract Management in Assessing Risk

·          Understanding contracts that are intrinsically risky

·          Evaluating the situation

·          Identifying the risks

·          Assessing probability and consequence

·          Structuring effective risk assessment plan for contracts in your organization

·          Assessing Contractual Risks - The good, the bad and the ugly of contract risk

Module 9: The Role of Contracts and Contract Management in Managing Risk

·          Mitigation: Possible approaches and methods

·          Contract relationships and the impact they have on risk

·          High risk terms

·          The role of negotiation


Module 10: Managing Risk Through the Contract Life Cycle

·          Implementation

·          Managing changes and disputes

·          Arbitration, mediation and litigation

·          Acceptance and close-out

·          Disputes: How to avoid and win them

·          Successful contract administration – getting it right

Module 11: Some Final Guidelines

·          Understanding different legal systems

·          Using a risk identification checklist

·          Payment options

·          International considerations


Benefits to you


Identifying key risk “hot spots”

Drafting a user-friendly contract, re/negotiating and/or terminating the old ones to 

   save costs

Mitigating financial and legal risk by implementing Contract Lifecycle Management in

   pharmaceutical and lifescience industry

Minimising cost contingencies and variations

Avoiding risk of contractual noncompliance & gaining better service from contract


Identifying cost savings opportunities & Optimizing revenue prospects

Avoiding reputation damage caused by nonconformance with smart and cost-efficient CRM


With extensive contracting and negotiation experience in supply management and strategic sourcing, Jim Bergman serves as Vice President of Learning and Development for IACCM, as well as President and CEO of Commitment Management, Inc.  Previously, Mr. Bergman was a contracts attorney for a Fortune 500 petrochemical corporation, Amoco Corporation (now BP), and was responsible for legal, contracting and negotiations support to the procurement staff.  He supported multiple locations globally, where he addressed strategic sourcing and legal issues concerning commodities and services valued at more than $1 billion annually.

Mr. Bergman’s experience encompasses developing, negotiating and managing sourcing strategies and contracts for a wide array of projects with multiple clients.  He has extensive background in the negotiation and sourcing of hardware, software, system integrators, telecommunication networks, printers, as well as office furniture, equipment, supplies, MRO, process chemicals, engineered equipment, fleet, dispensers, packaging, scaffolding, insulation, insurance products, environmental remediation, waste services, janitorial, landscaping, security services, logistics services, warehousing, and engineering and construction services, plus leasing and outsourcing.

Across his wide array of commodity experiences, he has been extensively involved in establishing many customer-supplier relationships founded on strategic sourcing, supply chain management, performance metrics and measures, as well as Total Cost of Ownership principles, and has served as editor for publications focusing on the successes associated in such relationships.  He has also led in developing and delivering both public and internal training programs.

As a strategic management consultant, Jim has assisted numerous clients through all phases and steps of contracting, negotiation, strategic sourcing and bidding processes, and contract management processes, demonstrating savings in excess of $100 million.  Jim has also served as a seminar instructor in many topics regarding sourcing, contracting, outsourcing, law and negotiations.  His audiences and clients have included attorneys, plus financial, operational and sourcing professionals from multinational corporations and the public sector, including BP, Delphi Automotive, DuPont, FedEx, General Motors, Intuit, Johnson & Johnson, Lam Research, Makro, Maxis, Merck, Monsanto, Petronas, Shell, the State of California, the State of Florida, the State of Texas, Sun Life of Canada, Warburg Dillon Read/Union Bank of Switzerland, WalMart, Wellpoint, and the Workers Comp Board of British Columbia.

Companies already benefiting include:

Duration of Course

2 Day Course

Course details

TBA, 2013

For more information about this course and upcoming course dates, please contact Emily Jones at or call 312.540.3000 ext 6714

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"This course will allow my company to develop its existing strategies to a much greater and hopefully profitable level."

Managing Director, Tarmac