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Contracts Engineer

  • Sector: Oil & Gas
  • Location: Aberdeen
  • Job type: Contract
  • Date posted: 03/02/2012
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The Company:
Our Client is one of the world's largest Oil and Gas companies. Their operations cover the entire energy chain, including oil exploration and production to trading, shipping and refining and marketing of petroleum products, as well as chemicals. Our Client has operations in over 130 countries and has more than 95,000 employees worldwide.

The Role:
With the project being in the implementation phase, the primary focus is on administration of existing contracts, with occasional involvement in procuring new contracts. The Contracts Engineer is responsible for:
Pre-award: preparation of prequalification and tender enquiry documents (as appropriate), receiving and clarifying tenders, negotiation, award, and preparation of formal Contract.
Post-award: provision of contractual/commercial advice and support, and administering Contracts for works/goods/services in such a manner as to ensure the Project’s best commercial interests are both served and protected, monitoring relevant markets and contractor performance.

•Promote and uphold the highest standards of ethics in compliance with Company’s Codes of Conduct and Business Ethics Policy and of Prevention of Corruption
•Conduct contracting business in compliance with Company Contracts & Procurement guidelines and procedures
•Promote the Contracts Function as a managed process which requires timely input from technical departments
•Act as highly visible communications focal point with specialist/dedicated client group(s),operating as a ‘Duet’ with technical counterpart(s), to proactively facilitate effective relationships, contract planning and management
•Ensure all contracting activities meet audit requirements in compliance with Company guidelines, policies and procedures and UK/EU legislation in order to minimise any potential audit exceptions, partner claims or court actions
•Review and consider legal aspects associated with contract award and administration, liaising with the Senior Legal Adviser, providing advice to internal clients as appropriate and assisting as appropriate in settlement of contractual claims
•Draft appropriate contractual and commercial terms and conditions, using existing model contracts where applicable, to best serve and protect Project’s interests
•Propose, pre-qualify and recommend suitable contractors/suppliers for tender lists to maximise tendering efficiency
•Compile, issue and administer ‘Invitation to Tender’ packages to procure the most realistic and commercially attractive proposals from potential contractors/suppliers (this includes reviewing and compiling the technical part of the ITT package based on input received from Technician and providing commercially relevant advice)
•Prepare tender evaluation plans, review tenders, participate in clarifications, conduct negotiations and administer the award of contracts
•Monitor contractors’ performance, promoting and attending service quality meetings, recording results and participating in management of supplier relationships and performances
•Provide general assistance and advice on contractual and procurement matters as required to support Project’s activities (including particularly advising on interpretation of contractual provisions, claims and correspondence)
•Represent Project’s Contracts Function in meetings with suppliers/contractors.
•Create and administer Change Orders initiated by Company or Contractor and Contract Amendments
•Review and administer Contractor insurance requirements, liaising with the Insurance Adviser
•Monitor Contractor/ Subcontractor relationships
•Liaise with Cost Control team

Essential Skills / Qualifications:
•Degree qualified in Quantity Surveying, Law, Engineering or relevant business area
•Good knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the procurement process
•Practical, relevant and progressive experience in preparation and negotiation of technical contracts
•Experience in the offshore oil or petrochemical industries
•Demonstrable general knowledge and understanding of the technologies utilised by oil and gas operators
•Demonstrable general knowledge and understanding of commercial, legal and insurance issues affecting the Company in general, and “in depth” understanding where relevant to contracts for works, goods and services
•Good knowledge and understanding of use of model contract conditions with particular emphasis on the risk allocation and the ability to modify and/or supplement standard provisions as appropriate
•Good knowledge and understanding of different means of contractor remuneration and their commercial implications, practical experience of their use, and
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