Manager Projects Commercial - West Musgrave (Major Projects & New Developments) | Adelaide/Perth

Date:  17 Nov 2023
Job Posting End Date: 
Job Country: 


Job State/Province: 
Job Location/Region: 



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 Project


The West Musgrave project is located in the Musgrave Province of Western Australia and includes the Nebo and Babel nickel-copper deposits and the Succoth copper deposit. The Ngaanyatjarra Peoples are the traditional owners of the land. The West Musgrave project is a greenfield project aiming to significantly contribute to sustainable mining as a low-emissions open-cut mine, producing minerals essential to a low-carbon economy. The Project is in construction phase at present, scheduled for conclusion in late 2025.


West Musgrave will be a large-scale world class mine built and operated by world class people. With the support we have received from the Ngaanyatjarra people and Western Australian government, investment approval for West Musgrave in September 2022 unlocked one of the largest undeveloped nickel projects in the world. 


This is a unique opportunity to be part of respecting the past and shaping the future through finding new and innovative ways to build lasting value for generations to come. In addition to the ~80 per cent renewable energy sourced from wind and solar for power generation, the project scope includes a pathway to net zero scope 1 emissions by 2038.  

Guided by our purpose of ‘Going Beyond What is Possible to Make Lives Better’, as part of the West Musgrave commercial team you will be part of a once in a generation opportunity to construct the Australia’s largest off-grid renewable powered mine, delivering a project that improves the lives of our stakeholders (workforce, community, government, shareholders, customers, and suppliers).

About the Role


Our Function, Projects Commercial is recruiting for the Manager role to lead a Projects Commercial team on a West Musgrave project, which will be based either in Adelaide or in Perth. Location is flexible.

The Program Manager, Major Projects Commercial will lead a team, which will support the delivery of the multi-billion dollar project. This support will include working with key stakeholders to execute a multi-billion dollar project strategy, driving commercial outcomes with contracted delivery partners. 


More specifically, the role’s core responsibilities incorporate:

  • Leadership and management of a large commercial team in several geographic locations, including the job site partnering with the WMP project leadership.

  • Project contracting strategy and plan implementation, leading development and establishment of new contracts for the delivery of construction, services, equipment and materials etc.

  • Leading contract management and administration for all construction services and activities at site.

  • Management of the indigenous contracting program.

In this role you will: 

  • Ensure conformance with the BHP Charter, the BHP Standards (Our Requirements and Business Critical Documents), Code of Conduct and relevant statutory obligations;
  • Lead an overriding commitment to health, safety, environment responsibility and sustainable development;
  • Provide leadership, direction, functional expertise, mentoring, coaching and guidance to the West Musgrave Projects Commercial team whilst fostering a positive team culture and recognizing the importance of people’s wellbeing;
  • Identify, build and develop talent and capability in Projects Commercial team; 
  • Foster a partnership culture with contractors to ensure best for business outcomes in a challenging environment.
  • Implement and manage strong and disciplined claims prevention and contract management practices;
  • Influence multiple internal and external stakeholder relationships. 
  • Collaborate with Project stakeholders to ensure the objectives of the project integrated key value drivers are met
  • Ensure local government and federal government legislation is well understood
  • Establish, maintain and govern risk and quality management plans to assure effective management of the program’s Contracts & Procurement scope of work;
  • Evaluate key learnings, industry leading practice and innovations in project contracting & procurement to identify opportunities for continuous Improvement;
  • Collaborate with Project Services to ensure provision of data requirements for program and projects reporting & control.
  • Enable world class contract formation and management performance (with an emphasis on strategic and complex construction);
  • Understand risk allocation, complex interfaces and outcomes that achieve mutually beneficial goals;  
  • Lead commercial excellence through continuous improvement  
  • Lead the implementation of appropriate systems, and processes based on project risk and complexity  

About You


To be successful in this role you will be a dedicated and passionate commercial leader with proven experience leading large teams on major multi-billion dollar capital projects. Start-to-Finish leadership experience on a major multi-billion dollar capital project, experience in both project and operating environments is a plus.


  • Tertiary qualifications in Project Management, Business, Economics, Quantity Surveying, Construction Management / Construction Science, Legal (Construction Law) or related discipline; 
  • Previous leadership and influencing roles across complex stakeholder environments;
  • Extensive experience in the execution of various contracting strategies and compensation models for EPC, EPCM, BOO(T) and Owner led execution delivery models on multi-billion dollar capital projects / programs is required;
  • End-to-end commercial delivery cycle experience in support of the delivery of various Greenfields and Brownfields scopes, specifically scopes with a heavy facilities engineering and management component is required;
  • Demonstrated experience in motivating teams in the pursuit of a high-performance culture to ensure safe, effective and efficient support to the development and delivery of project portfolio is a must.

As people leader you should be able to demonstrate:  

  • Building and developing high performing teams and talent 

  • Understanding of both study development and project delivery in the resources sector

  • Developed understanding of the contract life cycle from strategy identification and development to execution, close out and handover to commissioning.

  • Exhibit strong problem-solving capability, negotiation skills, influencing and relationship management with a passion for mentoring and coaching individuals and teams 

  • Pragmatic commercial outlook and exemplary judgement (balances business value vs. risk) to deliver best outcome for the multi-billion dollar project

  • Collaborative mindset and advanced interpersonal skills  

  • Proven ability to operate effectively in complex and ambiguous environment  

  • Ability to think laterally resolving issues independently, influencing change, working autonomously with attention to detail in an organized and objective manner.  

  • Previous on-site construction experience is a requirement. 

  • A high degree of business acumen with deep understanding of multi-billion dollar projects execution, risks and strategies; experience in strategic thinking, robust planning and risk management; 

  • Strong communication skills. Ability to tailor communications and interactions to a wide variety of stakeholder groups, including senior level executives.


Applications close 3rd December 2023


About Our Process 


At BHP, we are committed to employing individuals who align with the BHP Charter Values and meet the requirements of the role. As part of the recruitment process, there are a number of checks which may be conducted to demonstrate applicants suitability for a role including police / criminal background checks, medical, drug and alcohol testing, due diligence checks, right to work checks, and/or reference checks. 

If you are already employed directly by BHP, please log in using your BHP email address or apply via our internal jobs portal. 


Supporting a Diverse Workforce  

The size, stability and magnitude of our business not only provides significant opportunity for professional development, but also attractive salary packages with performance-based bonuses and a best-in-class employee share program. 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.  


At BHP, we know that we are strengthened by diversity. We are an Equal Opportunity employer that is committed to making BHP a safe and inclusive workplace where everyone can thrive and be at their best every day. We are focused on creating a workforce that’s more diverse and represents the communities where we work and live. providing a work environment in which everyone is included, treated fairly and with respect. We are an Equal Opportunity employer and recognise that true diversity includes gender, age, race, disability status, sexual orientation, religion, neurodiversity, education levels, and many more aspects of your identity.


BHP is committed to providing a recruitment process that is fair, equitable and accessible for all. If you have a disability, we know that it may be helpful for us to adjust our process to make it equitable for your individual situation. If you would like to reach out to someone about your situation and our recruitment process, please email us at [email protected].