Senior Contract Specialist

Our Client is looking for a Senior Contract Specialist, on a contract basis, location in Aberdeen.

Manage the execution of the complete Category Management & Contracting Process (CMCP) including Contract Strategy and Tactics but with a specific focus on Post Award Contract Management activities for the assigned contract portfolio and collaborate with Internal & External (Suppliers) and other Stakeholders in ensuring delivery of maximum value via each of the awarded contract/commercial deal (both pre-award and post award).

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Key Responsibilities

Value

  • Ensure delivery & effectively manage contracts while continuously drive value improvement targets.
  • Effectively manage contract claims and variations to achieve the best commercial outcome for the project team
  • Identify, develop & implement supply chain improvement opportunities.
  • Develop commercially competitive project sourcing strategies and tactics that meet the Business Demand while taking into account potential implementation of Global Strategies at local/regional level.
  • Conduct tenders, evaluate bids & drive negotiations with Suppliers in accordance to the CMCP and Project Standards as an overall ‘guidance’.

HSSE

  • Management of ‘high risk’ contracts, including the periodical review of HSSE risks.
  • Implementation of Contractor HSSE practices in close liaison with Contract Managers/Holders and Owners.
  • Ensure Supply Chain Strategy supports Goal Zero Aspiration through implementation of robust Contractor Safety Management practices and alignment to company personal and process safety Goal Zero focus areas.

Business Interface

  • Support the Contract Managers/Holders in the ongoing delivery of contracts. Proactively identify & understand commercial/procurement needs from internal stakeholders and, manage the Contracting and Procurement (C&P) aspects of any change or new requirement.
  • Collaborate with and support the project services, finance and other internal stakeholders to setup, manage, close and administer the contractual records and administration.
  • Active part of a Project Portfolio team. Responsible to collaboratively propose competitive solutions for the relevant contracts. This may involve constructively challenging the Business Demand &/or Procurement Practices in order to drive value and efficiency for the organization.

Supplier Interface

  • Manage Supplier Relationship effectively and collaboratively drive continuous performance improvement via relevant contract key metrics (Eg: HSSE, Operations, Cost). This would involve constructively challenging the Suppliers in terms of the contract delivery and performance as well as delivering any other commitments under the contract.

CP Interface

  • Part of a small focussed team to deliver projects
  • Ensure strong connect across the wider CP Organization to ensure continuous cross sharing and leverage of best practices.
  • Ensure collaborative ways of working with Global Category Team (where relevant).

People

  • Provides support and guidance to other team members to ensure delivery of results where possible.
  • Builds effective working relationships with others and makes a constructive contribution within immediate team.

Process

  • Ensure application of the E2E CMCP process, using commercial judgement, common sense and a simplification mind-set, understanding the difference between non-negotiable compliance elements (Safety, E&C, Code of Conduct, Law) and CP operating practices, while always keeping enterprise business value in focus.

Special Challenges (Complexity):

Realizing Value & Opportunity

  • Ability to manage and prioritize value and the potentially dynamic nature of the portfolio based on Business Demand and Team Capacity.
  • Supporting the delivery of contracts awarded, which includes developing comprehensive post award contract management plans to enable value maximization for the organization.
  • Supplier and contract management challenges; Ability to lead and drive value from Business Performance Reviews and other value initiatives.

Stakeholder Management

  • Various interface management which includes internal (Business Stakeholders, Global Category Team, wider CP Team) & external (Suppliers, Contractors) that would require excellent collaboration and close cooperation.

Education, Qualifications & Experience

Qualification & Delivery

  • Proven experience within C&P;
  • Proven track record of execution excellence & delivering results, also in managing and delivering value from contracts post-award.
  • A degree level (Business/Engineering/or other relevant field) and preferably (but not mandatory) a Professional C&P Qualification (e.g. MCIPS, ISM).

Commercial

  • Highly tuned commercial acumen and curiosity combined with experience (demonstrated) ability to develop and deliver value from complex deals and manage complex contractor relationships.
  • Proven experience in contract negotiations & complex tender evaluation.
  • Good understanding of strategic, technical, legal, finance, taxation and commercial issues.

Behaviours

  • Highly driven, ‘can do’, inspiring, able to articulate in a crisp and precise manner
  • Is understood and is credible at all levels in company
  • Focused on tangible value outcomes for the enterprise, translates strategy to outcomes
  • Brings external market/supplier into the conversation (curiosity)
  • Uncompromising on HSSE, ethics & compliance is a ‘must have’ in all C&P
  • Collaborates and integrates within C&P and with business, enterprise first
  • Understands business and speaks business language
  • Has effective influencing skills and can flex his/her style to audience