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Prime Contracts Administrator - Serbia

Requisition ID:  223732

Project Description - The Morava Corridor Motorway Project is an exciting and new dual-carriageway transport and communications link in the heart of Serbia.  The route will weave through the scenic low-level flood plain and valleys of the Morava River as it connects Pojate through the industrial hub of Kruševac on the way to Preljina (near Čačak).  This 112-kilometre (70-mile) motorway will modernise the infrastructure links in central Serbia and will facilitate economic growth by linking communities and businesses in the industrial city of Kruševac with the regional commercial centres of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the port city of Bar, Montenegro.  The Serbian Morova Corridor Motorway is part of the comprehensive road network envisaged by the South-East European Transport Organization (SEETO) connecting Bulgaria and the Adriatic coast.



Provides principal support to the Project management team in the effective administration of the prime contract between Bechtel and its customer and any Joint Venture Agreement(s) between Bechtel and its Joint Venture Partner(s).  Responsible for or, on major projects, assists in establishing and implementing contracts administration procedures consistent with the guidelines set forth in the Prime Contracts Management Manual.


  1. Supervision Received
  • Reports directly to the Project Prime Contract Manager or other designated managers.
  • Receives technical and functional guidance from the Project Prime Contract Manager, or the responsible functional Manager of Contracts
  1. Supervision Exercised
  • May provide operational supervision as well as technical and functional guidance to Prime Contract Representative(s) and other contracts/claims personnel as assigned.
  1. Contacts
  • Project Management, Contract Management and other functional managers such as Labor Relations, Health and Safety, Business Managers and their staff.
  • Customer’s Representative and project/contract staff
  • Joint Venture Partners
  • Legal and Risk Management


  1. With the project team, identify the contract baseline, including terms and conditions, specifications, drawings, estimate, proposal, schedule and other documents incorporated in the contract. 
  2. Develop and maintain the Contract Management Responsibilities Matrix which records the Project Team’s agreed assignment of various contract management tasks;
  3. Establish and manage the Contract Requirements Action List identifying the specific contract actions and obligations of Bechtel and the customer and the individual responsible for each action;
  4. Establish and manage a Contract Notice Requirements Action List which identifies the contractually required notices and the individual responsible for initiating each notice;
  5. Prepare an analysis of the prime contract general terms and conditions to highlight areas of potential risk such as ambiguities, omissions and conflicts; as work proceeds, assist the Project Manager in mitigating those risks that arise; closely monitor and support remedial actions as necessary and recommend appropriate tradeoffs to the Project Manager.
  6. Establish/implement a Project Change Order Procedure, incorporating the Pending Item Program, to provide a methodology to identify changes, quantify the additional time and compensation due Bechtel per the contract, define approval requirements and communicate changes to the Customer;
  7. Prepare change orders to the contract and, as directed, negotiate such change orders;
  8. Work with Construction, Engineering, Procurement, Legal and Risk Management to ensure that (sub)contracts contain appropriate lowdown of prime contract terms, and assist in facilitating organizational interfaces between those performing (sub)contract formation and administration;
  9. Participate in project related meetings, work closely with Construction, Engineering, Procurement, and Project Controls, and review project financial data to:
  • Ensure awareness of all project activities that may affect the prime contract;
  • Identify opportunities for revenue enhancement, schedule relief and claim avoidance;
  • Recommend appropriate actions to protect Bechtel’s interest and/or improve project performance;
  • Ensure compliance with prime contract terms and conditions;
  1. Develop a program to identify and prepare claims as they develop and direct the efforts to negotiate and resolve claims in coordination with the Claims Group and Legal Department;
  2. Assist with adherence to contract insurance provisions and coordinate any requirements in this regard with responsible organization and Corporate Risk Management personnel;
  3. Work with Risk Management organization on any occurrences that may be covered by Customer or Bechtel provided Insurance;
  4. Coordinate the handling of prime contract closeout requirements;
  5. Supervise personnel assigned to the project Contracts organization;
  6. Contribute to the development and delivery of ongoing training to address prime contract management principles, (sub) contract formation and administration and identification of claims;
  7. May perform similar duties on a retrospective basis while assigned to the Claims Group.
  8. Take personal responsibility to ensure your own and others’ health and safety – including those who may be affected by the delivery of this role.
  9. Co‐operate  in all matters relating to health, safety and environment, including following safe working procedures at all times and not deviating from agreed safe system of work
  10. Advocate, promote and engage Bechtel’s health, safety and environmental policies and initiatives.



Degree in Business, Quantity Surveying, Law, Engineering, Construction Management or Cost Engineering or equivalent experience

Courses or experience in pricing, contract law, contract drafting, administration and negotiation of change orders, effective correspondence, planning and scheduling

Working knowledge of engineering/construction industry contracting practices, applicable government and commercial regulations and practices, and Bechtel policies, procedures and work practices


Living and Working on the Project -  This project is long-term camp status with four rotations home a year, 12 weeks on/2 weeks off.    The camp will be located near Krusevac and will provide modern amenities a small team of Engineering specialists that will be located in Belgrade.  The work week is expected to average 48 hours per week but will fluctuate depending on the season i.e., 40 hours in winter and up to 60 hours in summer during the peak construction months. 




  • Take personal responsibility to ensure your own and others’ health and safety – including those who may be affected by the delivery of this role.
  • Co‐operate  in all matters relating to health, safety and environment, including following safe working procedures at all times and not deviating from agreed safe system of work
  • Advocate, promote and engage the Joint Venture’s health, safety and environmental policies and initiatives.


Shaping tomorrow together

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Bechtel is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.