Term: Contractor

The company or joint venture or partnership under contract to deliver the Work. “Successful contractor” is redundant: “contractors” are, by definition, successful in the sense of having won the Work, having been awarded the contract. By way of contrast, see bidder.

Term: Contracting Officer

The client employee designated in the RFP to manage the procurement. Often the only client employee with whom bidders are authorized to communicate during the RFP process.  Failure to abide by this restriction can render a bid non-compliant. Sometimes becomes the Contract Authority after contract award, but the two roles …