Head of Projects Contracts and Procurement

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North America


US - Texas - Houston

Work type

Full Time

Job category


Date published

12 June 2019

Date closing

03 July 2019 at 00:00 GMT

About BHP

At BHP we support our people to grow, learn, develop their skills and reach their potential. With a global portfolio of operations, we offer a diverse and inclusive environment with extraordinary career opportunities.  Our strategy is to focus on creating a safe work environment where our employees feel strongly connected to our values and objectives, and where the capability of our people is key to our success. Come and be a part of this success.

About the role

The role will provide leadership in the implementation of contracting strategies, standards, processes, systems and plans for the program of projects in the region that will ensure the safe delivery of value maximising investments. It will manage the key PC&P roles and will build capability within the team recognising new ways of working, BHP commitment to inclusion & diversity and whilst HSE remains a priority will recognise the importance of people’s wellbeing. The role will recognise the importance of relationships with regional counterparts, internal and external stakeholders, partners and society more broadly.
Ensures conformance with the BHP Charter, the BHP Group Level Documents, Code of Conduct and relevant statutory obligations;

Provides an overriding commitment to health (including mental health), safety, environment responsibility and sustainable development with relentless focus on lowering risk exposure;

Manages, maintains and governs contracting and procurement strategies, standards,   processes, systems and plans for a program of large, medium and small capital projects;

Provides leadership for the development of the contracting and procurement strategies, identifying the preferred types of contracts for the project, considering the project scope and risks;

Establishes, maintains and governs an effective and compliant PC&P organization recognizing the new ways of working;

Ensures local government and federal government legislation is well understood, and abided by and the team is always updated of any changes;

Provides leadership and direction, functional expertise, mentoring, coaching, performance feedback and guidance to the PC&P team whilst fostering a positive team culture;

Identifies, builds and develops talent and capability in PC&P team including a pipeline of talent for key positions;

Establishes, maintains and governs capability development plans to ensure appropriately skilled contracts and procurement resources matched to underlying program;

Establishes effective communication channels to encourage collaboration and new Ideas;

Establishes, maintains and governs risk and quality management plans to assure effective management of the program’s Contracts & Procurement scope of work;

Evaluates key learnings, industry leading practice and innovations in project contracting & procurement to identify opportunities for continuous Improvement;

Leads in the identification of programmatic opportunities for capital efficiency and productivity improvements for the Function;

Confirms procurement and contracts input to value improvement practices for the program scope;

Collaborates with Study & Project Managers to ensure the provision of appropriately skilled contracts and procurement resources, with fit for purpose processes & tools, are available to achieve the project's integrated scope, cost & schedule requirements;

Collaborates with Project Centre of Excellence (PCoE) to ensure provision of data requirements for project reporting & control;

Collaborates with Heads of Functions to ensure alignment of functional standards;

Maintains an awareness of relevant central agreements and/or relationships and ensures that they are appropriately leveraged on the project portfolio;

Maintains the interface with the Supply Category Management and Purchasing sub-functions in establishing and executing Contract & Procurement strategies.

About You

Outstanding leadership capability (Engage, Develop, Problem Solve, Learn and Adapt Lead Change and manage risk);
Coaching and mentoring capability;
Ability to influence and effect change;
Diverse and inclusive mind set;
Strategic thinking and setting direction for the team.
Strong and varied experience in multi-sized projects (particularly in Petroleum Projects);
Pragmatic commercial outlook and exemplary judgement (balances business value vs. risk) to deliver best outcome for the Business;
Ability to think laterally to independently resolve issues and influence change;
Autonomous, detail oriented, organised, and objective;
Advanced communication skills enabling the influencing of a diverse stakeholder group (frontline to executive);
Ability to challenge the norm and produce innovative and forward thinking strategies;
Ability to support Project Teams to deliver project KPIs;
Demonstrated advanced written and oral English language proficiency.
Relevant tertiary qualifications, preferably in an Engineering discipline (s), Construction Management, Economics, Quantity Surveying, Legal (Construction Law) or related discipline; extensive contract management experience; 15+ years' experience in Capital Projects, a high degree of business acumen with deep understanding of high risk Projects Contracts & Procurement Strategies. 

Understanding and experience in :

·       All the project phases (identification, selection, definition and execution) in the field of Contracting & Procurement;
·       Managing a large portfolio of spend provides a platform to challenge the status quo in a credible and collaborative way;
·       Instinctively knowing what creates value and what levers need to be pushed;
·       Contract management - formation through post award management, claims assessment and management·       Expertize in negotiation and deal design skills;
·       Managing/supervising a team of Contracts & Procurement professionals
·       Relating well with people with an engaging style, which quickly enables building of trust and strong relationships with stakeholders;
·       Ability to bring people together to gain alignment;
·       Ability to interface in a global setting and to drive excellence across the PC&P organization.

Supporting a diverse workforce

At BHP, we recognise that we are strengthened by diversity. We are committed to providing a work environment in which everyone is included, treated fairly and with respect. We are an Equal Opportunity employer and we encourage applications from women and Indigenous people. We know there are many aspects of our employees’ lives that are important, and work is only one of these, so we offer benefits to enable your work to fit with your life.  These benefits include flexible working options, a generous paid parental leave policy, other extended leave entitlements and parent rooms.  
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