Contracts Manager

Plymouth, South West
Postgraduate degree
Functional areas

We are currently seeking applications for an experienced Contracts Manager to deliver on project requirements for a client in the Southwest of England. The Contracts Manager will be responsible for providing commercial and contractual leadership, including procurement and subcontractor management for the rebuild phase and commencement of mining.

The Contracts Manager is key to ensuring the efficient and cost controlled execution of the mine plan by the Mining Contractor, to the specified contract standards, mining schedules and best practice mining systems. The incumbent must bring extensive commercial experience. Leading and/or contractual management of mining development would be advantageous, heavy civil construction projects are a must, as well as proven management performance in process based production activities.

Key areas of responsibility

  • Commercially manage all special projects required for a mining re-start, including Minerals Processing Facility Re-Build and successive sub and sub, sub-contracts.
  • Provide contractual and commercial support to Head of Mining, Mining Department and Commercial team in developing an achievable mining commercial execution plan for the development of a mining “re-start” at Tungsten West, then executing a suitable commercial readiness program for transition to production.
  • Introduce effective and fit for purpose management systems, commercial procedures and systems of work to ensure standards and performance of the mine are safe, efficient, and productive, in line with global best practice.
  • High level experience in formulating and delivering fully executed contracts for both project-based works and mining services.
  • Management and co-ordination of all commercial aspects with construction and project work, enabling the re-start, ensuring timely completion of project development and transition to steady state production mining activities.
  • Performance and commercial management of a mining contractor, during re-start planning and formal mining, from daily operations through to periodic planning and forecasting (weekly, quarterly and annual), cost control, commercial contract management and reporting as required by company standards.
  • Integrate and support cross functional mining work streams of Mining Operations, Mining Technical, Mining Geology and Mining Maintenance. Further to provide experience and guidance to the team in dealing with general mining support services and downstream processes from the mine to improve overall cost effectiveness of the operation.
  • Apply experience in supporting site specific equipment specifications and selection, engagement with key suppliers, from Pre-Qualification through to Appointment, to ensure required standards and specifications for the mine are achieved.
  • Responsible for the implementation of a fit for purpose commercial management system. Identify, manage and address any issues of non-performance or non-compliance with the mining contractor.
  • Commercially manage and co-ordinate the mining contractor to ensure that all requirements are met and satisfied. relating to Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental standards.
  • Ensure a proactive safety culture of all sub-contractors that supports high quality investigations of all incidents to ensure learning and advancement.
  • Oversee the analysis of current commercial performance and support managers in identifying causes of variances.
  • Actively monitor the mining contractors’ performance against established training commitments and skills transfer targets, ensuring adherence to the localisation plan for identified roles.
  • Provide support and guidance to develop needed skills and training for the site mine team, ensuring the requisite skills, training and equipment is financially accounted for and provided to ensure readiness in the event of any adverse occurrence.
  • Engage and commercially support the maintenance function and general site services to ensure high standards are set and effective work management systems are applied and followed, enabling the mining department to provide a high reliability, high availability working environment.
  • Identify ongoing initiatives to ensure Continuous Service Improvement of performance in the mine as relates to safety, productivity, standards, cost, and general exposure to risks.
  • Ensure execution of the mining work program by the contractor and ensure compliance to applicable to UK Environmental and Planning Regulations and Laws.

Personal requirements

  • Extensive experience in mining, having worked in key leadership, management, or advisory roles.
  • Proven performance leading, managing, coaching, and mentoring professional and commercial staff in challenging working environments.
  • A proven track record of effective commercial management of a mining contractor.
  • Commercial Leadership, Management and Business acumen experience.
  • Valid UK drivers’ licence.
  • Proven attention to detail, information process and problem-solving capability.
  • Exceptional leadership capability in leading and influencing large teams.
  • Excellent stakeholder management capability.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work with all levels of the organisation.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Legally entitled to live and work in the UK without sponsorship.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Degree Qualified as Professional Quantity Surveyor.

Additional Qualifications/Preference

  • Chartered under RICS or aligned Professional Body.
  • NEC 3 & 4 Contract Experience (ECC Project Manager).

Job information

Firm: Panoptic Consultancy Group

Location: Plymouth, South West

Education: Postgraduate degree


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