Contracts Manager

Australian Rail Track Corporation

Management and administration of project contracts; proactively ensuring all contractual rights and obligations are complied with

  • Based in Brisbane, QLD
  • Mega Project Exposure - Iconic Inland Rail
  • Permanent Opportunity
Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) plays a critical role in the transport supply chain and in the overall economic development of Australia.  We manage and operate over 8500 kms of track in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland, making us one of Australia's largest rail network owners.

The Inland Rail Program is a 1710km rail infrastructure project stretching from Brisbane to Melbourne incorporating new and existing rail track. The program includes the upgrading of existing standard gauge track, the enhancement of existing standard gauge track to cater for double stacking and the construction of new standard gauge links comprising of: viaducts, tunnels, rail track, crossings and bridges.  More information relating to the project can be found here:
About the Position

The Contracts Manager will be ultimately responsible for the effective management and administration of project contracts; proactively ensuring all contractual rights and obligations of respective parties are known, understood and complied with, and commercial issues or risks are identified early, reported on and appropriately managed.

Role responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:-   
  • Developing and implementing procedures for the proactive and effective management and administration of project contracts to ensure compliance with contractual obligations
  • Responsibility for management of Contract Administrators, ensuring the day to day administration of project contracts is in accordance with established policies and procedures, including ensuring administration of key contractual processes including progress claim verification and payments, variations and claims
  • Providing commercial and contractual support and advice to the project delivery team on contractual matters and commercial risks
  • Oversee contractual correspondence and contract documentation 
  • Ensuring appropriate commercial terms are negotiated with contractors and service providers and providing commercially sound advice to the project delivery team to ensure contract and commercial risks are effectively managed
  • Assisting in the implementation of overall risk mitigation processes with the project delivery team
  • Establishing processes for ongoing monitoring and review of suppliers, service providers and contractors
  • Monitor transaction compliance. i.e. deliverables, costs, forecasting, invoicing, etc
  • Ensuring ongoing compliance with and management of contractor obligations to provide security in an approved form and ensuring the receipt, storage and release of contract securities is in accordance with contractual requirements
  • Responsibility for effective management of potential or actual project claims and disputes by implementing proactive strategies to avoid or resolve efficiently and effectively
  • Ensuring insurances are managed in accordance with the requirements of the contract
  • Ensuring ARTC’s ongoing contractual obligations are being met and fostering professional and effective contractor engagement and relationships
About You

To be successful in this role, you will be able to demonstrate: - 
  • Tertiary qualifications in a field such as business, commerce, engineering, project management, law or another relevant discipline
  • A minimum of 10 years proven experience in a similar role
  • An excellent understanding of contract law with experience in various procurement strategies and contract types in a large business environment, ideally working in rail and on major infrastructure projects
  • Significant experience with purchasing, contracts and finance systems in a large organisation with a good knowledge of the relevant process flows
  • Ability to effectively manage Contract Administrators and project delivery teams
  • Clear and concise oral and written communications skills and the ability to communicate with all levels of the organisation, external party representatives and management
  • A sound understanding of the obligations under the relevant State Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Acts
  • A clear understanding of ethical practices and probity requirements within a large organisation
  • Developed skills in negotiation, influencing and problem solving
If this position is of interest, please click 'Apply Now' by COB 21 July 2020.