Procurement & Contractual Management Manager

Date Job Posted: April 9, 2024
  • Location: Melbourne, Victoria
  • Type: Engaged
  • Job #173
  • Salary: $250,000

About the Company
EDF Australia Pacific is a subsidiary of the global energy company EDF (Electricité de France). It focuses on investment in the Australian electricity markets value chain, including long/short duration storage, transmission, integrated decarbonisation, and green fuel projects. The business is committed to clean, renewable energy solutions and works closely with stakeholders to develop and execute projects in line with its strategic objectives.

About the role
The Procurement & Contractual Management Manager reports to the Director – Commercial at EDF Australia, supporting the company's investment mandate in the Australian electricity markets value chain. The role involves leading procurement and contractual activities for projects, managing sourcing strategy development, and expediting contracts to suppliers, consultants, and contractors. It also includes developing procurement methods and processes, driving strategic sourcing improvements, and managing interfaces with external stakeholders and service providers.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assist with leadership of procurement and related contractual activities (upstream and downstream) for EDF Australia projects.
  • Develop procurement and contractual management methods, processes, and reporting systems for efficient and diligent contract management of main and subcontracts, as well as the procurement of material, equipment, and services needed for projects.
  • Develop long-term strategic sourcing strategies.
  • Lead sourcing strategy development, initiation, pre-tender, tendering, review, recommendation, award, and expediting of contracts to suppliers, consultants, and contractors in-line with project delivery timelines and requirements, and in adherence with policies, procedures, and standards.
  • Maintain an understanding of local and international markets, market practices, contractual practices, and trends from a procurement viewpoint.
  • Interpret and monitor market conditions and trends, inclusive of supply chain capacity, capability, performance, product knowledge, industry best practices, customer requirements, and supply/demand challenges.
  • Develop contract models/templates and adapt these for specific projects, construction contracts, subcontracts, purchase orders, etc., in conjunction with the Director – Legal and their team.
  • Participate in tendering phases to advise on contractual procurement matters concerning the tender, contractual set-up, proposals for modifications to proposed terms and conditions, identification of key risks, etc.
  • Participate in negotiations with contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, etc., at tendering and execution phases.
  • Actively support the execution of main (head) contracts, subcontracts, supply contracts during the execution phase, ensuring all risks are managed, all contractual obligations are fulfilled, and all contractual rights are enforced.
  • Participate in claims and dispute resolution as may be needed, liaising with the Legal department and external specialists as necessary.
  • Provide general advice and support on contractual and procurement matters to all EDF Australia team members as necessary, including specialist sourcing, tendering, policy, and process advice.
  • Provide in-house training on contractual and procurement matters as needed.
  • Carry out appropriate reporting as applicable, establishing governance/compliance programs and frameworks to ensure that activities occurring in relation to a particular sourcing activity are consistent with the requirements of the enterprise strategy, policy, as well as other internal or external regulatory requirements.
  • Actively manage internal and external stakeholders relevant to the job purpose, proactively maintaining relationships with the market and relevant stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of the energy market and develop strong working relationships with existing and potential stakeholders relevant to the job purpose.
  • Work closely with other team members and external consultants to align market intelligence, generate, and execute opportunities.
  • Build and promote the EDF Australia brand as a clean, renewable, decarbonization development and solutions provider and investor in Australia.

Skills and Experience

  • Tertiary level training in an analytical and problem solving related discipline will be highly regarded
  • Energy industry experience highly desirable (in particular those that can show engagement at senior levels with energy markets stakeholders)
  • An ability to interpret/analyse complex issues and documentation and communicate advice conclusions in a clear and concise way, that is appropriately tailored for the audience
  • Commercially astute, possessing strong analytical and commercial skills in relation to complex issues, and be capable of identifying and analysing risk and opportunity implications across multiple disciplines
  • Must possess good drafting and negotiation skills
  • Experience in delivering projects highly valued
  • Understanding of risk management
  • Willingness to learn, develop self and others
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to view issues at high level and in detail
  • High degree of interpersonal skills and demonstrable relationship development and management track record
  • Demonstrated exceptional team work abilities

Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree (laws, engineering, commerce)
  • Preferably a minimum of 10+ years’ of demonstrated experience providing procurement and contractual management leadership in respect of energy infrastructure projects
  • Experience and familiarity with contractual and procurement methods and practices.
  • A good track record of involvement in major projects
  • Solid experience negotiating

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