Senior Subcontracts Administrator

Requisition ID: 276884 

  • Relocation Authorized: National - Single 
  • Telework Type: Part-Time Telework 
  • Work Location: Houston, TX 


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Project Overview:

Thacker Pass is the largest known lithium resource in the United States. Once complete, the mine and processing facilities will produce more lithium carbonate than any other facility in the United States by far – enough to power 1 million electric vehicles per year.

As the EPCM contractor for Lithium Americas, Bechtel is responsible for managing and integrating the efforts of a team contractors engineering and building the facility. We are also managing procurement of about $1 Billion in goods and services.

Earth work began in 2023 and design and procurement of long-lead equipment is underway.

The project is located in the high desert and wide-open spaces of north-central Nevada about 25 miles from the Oregon border, 1 hour northwest of Winnemucca, Nevada and 3 hours northeast of Reno.

Planned with sustainability and the environment in mind, the facility will use its excess process heat to generate electricity and will recycle process water up to seven times. Once the second phase of the project is complete, Thacker Pass will produce more than 16 times the current U.S. output of lithium.

Bechtel is proud to play a critical role in the U.S. transition to cleaner energy and offers the following opportunity on the Thacker Pass Project.


Job Summary:

An exciting opportunity currently exists for an experienced Senior Contracts Administrator to join Bechtel’s Mining & Metals Thacker Pass Project team. Reporting to the Subcontract Formation Supervisor during the contract formation phase and then the Site Contracts Manager during the contract administration phase, the role will entail contract formation and administration duties for both goods and services.

As you will be required to effectively liaise with the client, corporate groups, functional departments, global business unit contracts personnel, and project supervisors, as well as maintain relationships with bidders and contractor personnel, we are looking for someone with excellent interpersonal skills who can work collaboratively and inclusively. #LI-NP1


Major Responsibilities:

Develops, issues, and administers contracts and services agreements as assigned by performing the following:

  • Prepares bidders’ lists, ensuring supporting input is received from relevant stakeholders and pre-qualifies bidders.
  • Forms bid request packages, addenda, and other bid cycle correspondence, ensuring proper format, content and project requirements are met.
  • Facilitates Pre-Bid Package Risk and Strategy Workshop(s)
  • Issues bid request packages to approved bidders.
  • Coordinates bidders’ questions and answers to those questions.
  • Receives and evaluates bids commercially.
  • Directs negotiations and prepares proposed negotiating plans as required.
  • Prepares Commercial Bid Summary and Recommendation for Award.
  • Recommends and secures approvals in accordance with established procedures.
  • Prepares contract documents for execution.
  • Prepares and maintains control and status reporting documents.
  • Prepares and organizes assigned Contracts sponsored meetings, both pre and post award, for the purpose of ensuring complete understanding and agreement between Bechtel, the client and contractor on all contractual matters. After reviewing plan and agenda with supervisor, conducts meeting and prepares and issues meeting notes delineating important statements, required actions and schedules.
  • Assists project contracts team when instructed in solving and attending to administrative problems on commitments involving high monetary expenditure or risk, engineered technical specifications or supplementary commercial conditions.
  • Administers assigned contracts and (sub)contracts maintaining a continual review of progress and providing management with information regarding projected financial or technical difficulties.
  • Assesses and processes Contractor payment claims in a timely manner.
  • Coordinates with designated staff on operational activities affecting contractual rights and obligations, (sub)contract performance, (sub)contract administration and other major matters.
  • Administers complex contract changes by negotiating with contractor and client personnel and obtaining settlement.
  • Represents client as agent for in contractual discussions of various complexities.
  • Administers information programs to ensure mutual understanding of contract and (sub)contract terms and conditions.
  • Prepares periodic status reports for management.
  • Is familiar with the project’s estimate baseline for assigned packages and identifies respective Trends, as required.
  • Accountable for integrity of records management for assigned work.
  • Ensures that project contracting of goods and services is consistent with established directives, management instructions and contract procedures.


Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Proficiency and broad experience in the formation and administration of contracts through the various steps of bidder prequalification, compilation of bid requests, receipt of bids, bid evaluation, award, monitoring the performance of contractors, back-charge procedures, resolution of claims and disputes, and other such related steps.
  • Experience formulating and administering complex construction industry (sub)contracts. Extensive knowledge and experience in (sub)contract administration required.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience in developing complex contract types, fee arrangements, terms, and conditions.
  • Knowledge of law, commercial negotiations, accounting, and cost engineering gained through education or experience.
  • Working knowledge of change management procedures pertaining to Requests for Information (RFIs), change notices, change orders, amendments, and claims and dispute resolution.
  • Skilled in working with and communicating effectively with supervisors of other project functional groups, primarily Engineering, Construction, Project Management, client, and other services.
  • Experience in supply chain / procurement automation management tools and databases.
  • As the project scopes progress, there may be a requirement for this position to transition to the project job site in NV.
  • US Project contracting, and execution experience preferred including Davis Bacon Act and Project Labor Agreement governed work.
  • Mining and metals project experience a plus.


Total Rewards/Benefits:

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