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Commercial & Subcontract Manager

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Date: 20-Jun-2022

Location: North Sydney, Australia, 2060

Company: Babcock

  • Join an organisation on a path of significant growth and expansion
  • Support the Australian Defence Force’s maritime capability
  • Grow your career in a global business


About the role


Reporting to the Head of Commercial, the Commercial & Subcontracts Manager will provide commercial, procurement and subcontracting expertise to the Commercial Function of NSM. Supporting other corporate functions across the business (particularly Strategic Procurement) as well as operationally at project level. Ensuring that commercial interests of the company are optimised while ensuring contractual obligations and associated commercial risks are managed adequately across NSM’s Thin Prime Business Model.  

Responsibilities could include:

  • Support the commercial and subcontracting aspects of bids & tenders (including contribution to bid strategy, bid budget management, preparing, and negotiating requests for tender and subcontract documents, risk identification and assessment);
  • Lead commercial negotiations and finalisation of contract terms and conditions with relevant subcontractors and suppliers, consistent with business risk profile;
  • Assist with management and identification of subcontract risks and opportunities;
  • Develop and draft subcontract agreements and deeds for new business opportunities, including NDAs, Teaming Agreements, MOUs and RFQs in accordance with company standards;
  • Handover executed subcontracts and Master Service Agreements (MSAs) to relevant projects and provide training and support if required to enhance comprehension of contract mechanisms and implementation of cost containment measures.


Ideally you will have


  • Australian Citizen with Defence security clearance (or ability to obtain):
  • Relevant Degree and experience in law, commerce, finance, construction or maintenance management, engineering, or related discipline;
  • Demonstrated strong knowledge and understanding of common contract terms and conditions;
  • Extensive experience in negotiation of commercial contracts;
  • Strong financial and business acumen;
  • The ability to manage contractual and other obligations in a timely manner in conjunction with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Previous experience within the Defence sector;


What we offer you


  • Our work life integration policy brings together leave entitlements which include annual leave, wellbeing leave, paid parental leave, defence reservist leave plus more;
  • We offer flexible working arrangements where possible to help employees find the right balance between work and home life;
  • We will provide you with a supportive and engaging environment where you can grow your career, supported by our capability framework plus ongoing access to self-led learning modules through LinkedIn Learning and access to study leave;
  • You’ll have access to beRewarded which will provide you with endless discounts across retail, health, entertainment, travel and much more, plus novated leasing options and corporate shares plan;
  • Your wellbeing is supported through our online wellbeing program Munch, Mind, Move, Money, access to our employee assistance program plus you can access two days annually from your personal leave as wellbeing days;
  • You’ll be able to participate in our weRecognise program which is an opportunity to recognise the outstanding work our people do each and every day.


Who we are


Babcock International Group, the aerospace and defence company, has been trusted to deliver bespoke, highly skilled engineering services for over a century.


Across Australia and New Zealand, Babcock has grown to a team of over 1,600 talented people, and we are on a path of continued growth and expansion. We operate across sectors such as defence, commercial marine, aviation, airports, communications, emergency services and engineering consultancy.


Some of the programs our team across Australia and New Zealand are proud to be a part of involve:


  • Providing emergency medical and search & rescue aviation services through our Aviation & Critical Services business;
  • Designing and supporting key systems for submarines and surface ships through our Marine business;
  • Providing fleet wide through life support and asset management services for Navy customers;
  • Managing critical assets for a range of sectors through our Land Business.


This position will work within our subsidiary Naval Ship Management (NSM), which provides asset management solutions to the Australian maritime sector. Working closely with supply chain partners, NSM provides cost-effective and responsive solutions that optimise the availability, capability, and seaworthiness of critical maritime assets. NSM supports assets across the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet – most notably the Anzac Class Frigates as a member of the Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA) and the Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Docks (LHD), LHD Landing Craft (LLC) and associated assets as the Asset Class Prime Contractor.


So, if you would like to join us and help create a safe and secure world, together, please apply via the ‘Apply Now’ button below.


To learn more about Babcock visit

To learn more about NSM visit


We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds and experience however, due to the defence orientation of this role, the successful candidate must be eligible to obtain Baseline/NV1 Security Clearance, as defined in the AGSVA guidelines.


Please note, should your application progress you may be required to complete pre-employment checks.  These checks may include but not limited to, reference checks, police check, security check, qualifications and right to work.

The health and safety of our people, customers and communities is our number one priority.  To comply with public health orders or our customer requirements, it is a requirement that you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to be appointed to this role.  Please speak to us if you have any questions about this based on your individual circumstances.


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