Principal, Projects Contracts and Procurement, Petroleum

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North America


US - Texas - Houston

Work type

Full Time

Job category


Date published

12 June 2019

Date closing

26 June 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 be to develop and implement contracting strategies and plans on large-medium projects within the Petroleum division, manage all pre-award, post-award and close-out contracts activities through various projects’ phases, implement BHP standards, processes, systems and plans for the projects in the region, that will ensure safe delivery of value maximising investments. Following 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;

·   Formulates and develops Project Contracts and Procurement Strategy, Contracting Plan and Sourcing Strategy to mitigate risks and maximize opportunities;

·   Establishes and maintains risk plan to assure effective management of the project’s Contracts & Procurement scope of work, formulates mitigation strategies;

·   Leads and manages contracts full bid cycle, contract negotiations (including terms and conditions), coordinates technical scopes of work, including interface with all project disciplines, formation and post-award administration for high to medium risk contracts;

·   Leads the stakeholder alignment and development of the contracting and procurement strategies for the project as well as each contract package, identifying the preferred types of contracts for the project for each project phase, considering the project and each package scope and risks;

·   Provides leadership, functional expertise, and support to the project team whilst fostering a positive team culture;

·   Establishes effective communication channels within the project and functional teams to encourage collaboration;

·   Interfaces with all levels within the project team as well as within the function. Leads meetings with interfacing disciplines in support of scope or commercial terms development;

·   Leads presentations and meetings with contractors as well as within the project team and function;

·   Develops a claims prevention program;

·   May provide supervision to Contract Specialists (formation and administration);

·   Ensures successful implementation of contracting and procurement strategies, standards, processes, systems and plans for a program of large, medium and small capital projects;

·   Conducts and maintains continuing review of progress for each contract and provides management with information pertaining to any financial, technical, or commercial difficulties;

·   Remains informed of contractors and market conditions; evaluates key learnings,

·   Identifies opportunities for continuous Improvement;

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

·   Collaborates with PC&P Manager and Head of Function 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;

Applies / optimizes management processes / tools.

About You

·   Leadership capability (Engage, Problem Solve, Learn and Adapt, Lead Change, assess and manage risk);
·   Ability to influence and effect change;

·   Diverse and inclusive mind set;

·   Strategic thinking;

·   Ability to formulate contracting strategy;

·   Strong execution experience on various multi-sized projects (particularly in Petroleum Projects) – medium to large size projects through different phases (Pre-FEED, FEED, EPC);

·   Pragmatic commercial outlook and judgement (balances business value vs. risk) to deliver best outcome for the Business;

·   Strong experience in negotiating contract terms and conditions as well as commercial terms for a variety of contracts (lump sum, cost reimbursable, unit price, multiple priced);

·   Demonstrated understanding and experience with contract law and contract management/administration through pre-award, post award, close-out;

·   Collaborative mind set and advanced interpersonal skills;

Proven ability to operate effectively in complex and ambiguous environments

·   Ability to think laterally to independently resolve issues and influence change;

·   Ability to operate independently as a Project Contracts Lead on a $100 to $500 MM TIC project;

·   Detail oriented, organised, and objective;

·   Advanced communication skills enabling the influencing of a diverse stakeholder group (both project team and within the function);

·   Strong presentation skills;

·   Ability to challenge status quo and produce innovative and forward thinking contracting strategies;

·   Ability to support Project Teams to deliver project KPIs;

·   Pursue challenging assignments and career opportunities that stretch and build capabilities;

·   Demonstrated advanced written and oral English language proficiency, excellent  

Relevant tertiary qualifications, preferably in an Engineering discipline (s), Construction Management, Economics, Quantity Surveying, Supply Chain, Legal (Construction Law) or related discipline; 10+ years' experience in Contract Management on Capital Projects, a high degree of business acumen with deep understanding of high risk Projects Contracts & Procurement Strategies. 

Experience ·        Understanding and experience in :
·        Execution of all project phases (identification (Studies), selection (Pre-FEED), definition (FEED) and execution (EPC)) in Contracting & Procurement;
·        Extensive project experience and knowledge in contract formation and contract administration required;
·        Managing a large portfolio of spend “End To End”;
·        Instinctively knowing what creates value and what levers need to be pushed;
·        Contract management - formation through post award management in the home office and in the field (at the jobsite), claims assessment and management;
·        Expertize in contract negotiation and deal design skills for a variety of contracts;
·        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 implement 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.  #LINA
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