Although the management of cemeteries is only known from Rome, it might be expected that the concept of the urban cemetery and the normal methods of organising burial would have been imported along with other aspects of Roman culture.
Such management must have involved the initial choice of cemetery sites, followed by the allocation of plots and then the order, arrangement and alignment of the burials themselves. Sites in any of the cemeteries may have been either purchased or permission granted by the local authorities.
Such a large cemetery as the eastern cemetery of London would certainly have required some form of service sector to ensure its smooth operation. The manufacture and supply of coffins, and the supply of wood, especially for funeral pyres, would have taken considerable organisation probably suggesting a commercial system.