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Contract Manager (Perth)

Requisition ID:  221274

Position Summary:

Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, project management, and construction companies in the world. Bechtel operates through four global business units that specialize in infrastructure; mining and metals; nuclear, security and environmental; and oil, gas, and chemicals. Today, our colleague's team with customers, partners, and suppliers on diverse projects in nearly 40 countries.


This position will be based in Perth, Australia.  The Contracts & Procurement Manager will manage the contracts function for a project from inception through completion.  Functional scope includes development of the project contracts strategy, administration of the prime contract between Bechtel and its Customer, (sub)contract formation, (sub)contract administration, and claims.  Manage Contracts staff assigned to the project.


Job Responsibilities :

  • Develop the contract strategy for the project based on applicable laws and Bechtel’s license(s) in the executing location(s), Customer requirements, and the overall project execution strategy considering project risk, pricing, scope, and schedule.  Use the contract strategy to prepare and implement the project contract execution plan.
  • Provide support and guidance to the Project Manager in the management of the prime contract:  work with the project management team to identify the prime contract baseline, to identify project opportunities and risks, and to develop a risk mitigation plan.
  • Develop a Prime Contract Management Program for the project consistent with the practices and procedures set forth in the Prime Contracts Management Manual, and communicate the baseline and the program to all members of the project team.
  • Establish and implement the project contract/(sub)contract formation and contract/(sub)contract administration programs and ensure compliance to applicable Bechtel policies (e.g. Policy 230, Policy 102);
  • Provide ongoing guidance in the various aspects of contract management to the Project Manager and key members of the project team to ensure that sound prime contract management and (sub)contract formation/administration principles are applied throughout the contracts work process;
  • Develop and implement the project Contract staffing plan and provide training, technical guidance and development to Contract staff assigned to the project team;
  • 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;

  • Take appropriate actions to protect Bechtel’s interest and/or improve project performance;

  • Ensure compliance with prime contract terms and conditions;

  • Direct support to the Project Manager for the preparation and negotiation of changes to the baseline contract as well as the resolution of constructive contract changes with respect to additional compensation and time;
  • Provide for adherence to contract insurance provisions and coordinate with the Risk Management Department on any occurrences covered by Customer or Bechtel provided insurance;
  • Direct support to the Project Manager for the management of Bechtel’s contractual and commercial interests in connection with joint venture and other similar relationships;
  • 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;
  • To execute the (sub)contract plan, research and prepare recommendations and reports for contracting for major services, taking into consideration legal, commercial, and financial factors; maintain an awareness of current conditions throughout the life of the project;
  • Participate in the development of the project bidders list.  Ensure it is maintained in an up-to-date manner and contains qualified suppliers and contractors approved by the Customer when required by the Prime Contract;
  • Reviews and approves bid tabulations and recommendations consistent with both customer and project interests;
  • Participate in the development and ensure the implementation of the Contracts Management Divisions of Responsibilities;
  • Ensure the monitoring of contract quality, cost and performance and that all contractual duties and obligations are met by all parties to each (sub)contract.



Job Qualifications :


  • Degree in Business, Quantity Surveying, Law, Engineering, Construction Management or Cost Engineering, or equivalent and 12-15 years of industry-related contract and procurement management experience.  In lieu of a degree, 18-21 years of industry-related contract and procurement management experience.
  • Minimum 5 years of aviation-related contract administration experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in pricing, contract law, contract drafting, administration and negotiation of change orders, effective correspondence, planning, and scheduling
  • Thorough knowledge of prime contract administration as well as contract/(sub)contract formation and administration, execution office and field procedures, and documents relating to a multi-discipline construction project
  • Proficiency in the formation and administration of (sub)contracts from bidder pre-qualification, a compilation of bid requests, receipt of bids, bid evaluation, through an award, monitoring the performance of contractors, back charge procedures, resolution of claims and disputes, and other such related steps
  • Proven leadership ability
  • Direct experience in managing workload distribution and execution of the work, as well as personnel interviewing, selection, development and coaching, salary planning, classification changes, performance evaluation, career counseling, transfers and terminations
  • Technical and administrative knowledge of engineering/construction industry contracting practices, government and commercial procurement regulations and practices, Bechtel policies, procedures and work practices


LIVING CONDITIONS: The ideal candidate will be an Australian National currently living and working in the country.  Relocation is authorized for in-country moves accompanied status. 

Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Oil, Gas & Chemicals; and Mining & Metals. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live.

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.