Title:  Contracts Administrator

Job Number:  18301
Location: 

Adelaide, SA, AU, 5000

About the Project - SA Water Program South

In a JV with Guidera O’Connor, John Holland is delivering capital projects for SA Water under a four-year framework agreement for up to $500m, focused on water services across southern metropolitan Adelaide and regional areas of SA. 

About the Role:

The SA Water Capital Delivery Program team are currently looking for an experienced Contract Administrator to join the team, based in the Corporate SA Water project office, in Adelaide CBD.

Reporting into the Commercial Manager, you'll be responsible for assisting in preparations and negotiating with sub-contractors for the calling of quotations and letting of contracts and provide contract administration services to assist in the project’s control of contract costs.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Draft scopes of works and tender packages to accompany requests for quotations issued to subcontractors for projects
  • Conduct initial investigations with subcontractors to clarify the organisation’s conditions relating to contracts for prospective projects
  • Manage and drive the review process to ensure the award of all subcontractors within the required time frame and budget
  • Operate and maintain commercial and contract systems including Project Costs Reporting (PCR), Asset Registers, Commercial Pack database and Contract Sum.
  • Ensure cost forecasting for allocated subcontracts and cost codes are accurately maintained and keep project management teams abreast of any costs issues immediately upon identification
  • Interpret specifications and drawings so as to understand scope of works for the project at Head Contract and Sub Contract scope level 
  • Participate in identification and quantification of Head Contracts 
  • Manage subcontractors to ensure that Code compliance is maintained at all times 
  • Assess commercial and contractual risks involved in delivery and implementation of projects and identify and implement controls

To be successful in this key role:

  • Degree in Construction Management, Engineering, Economics, Quantity Surveying, Law, Commerce or equivalent 
  • Post graduate qualifications e.g. graduate certificate, graduate diploma in Commerce, Accounting, Business, Construction, Property, Quantity Surveying, Law or other associated disciplines
  • Relevant QS experience in Accounting, Finance, Engineering, or associated disciplines 
  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency in relevant software packages such as Microsoft Suite (including Excel) and exposure to a contract management system (CRM)

What's in it for you when you join John Holland?

We’re about connecting your sense of purpose to ours. We understand that your career is one of the biggest ways to have an impact on the world. We also believe in supporting you as a whole person, not just an employee.


We reward and support our people in so many ways. This starts with being flexible about how different people like to work. From industry-leading leave policies to wellbeing and relationship support, your needs sit at the heart of our employee benefits. We offer: 


Competitive remuneration with salary continuance, and salary sacrifice packaging options available. 


Great leave benefits including 18 weeks paid parental leave with superannuation and up to an extra 18 weeks of superannuation paid on further periods of unpaid parental leave, multicultural leave exchange and two additional John Holland Days to prioritise health and wellbeing. 


Career progression underpinned by our exciting pipeline of work means you’ll have the opportunity to work on iconic projects that are shaping cities and communities. 


Learning and development opportunities where you’ll have access to emerging talent programs, building your career through clear career pathways, and technical and leadership training and development opportunities. 


Inclusion and diversity is part of how we work and do what we do at John Holland. Our active commitment to being an employer of choice is evident in the delivery of our Gender Equality Strategic Plan supported by our Pride, Celebrate Women, RAP and Grow networks. 


Flexible working that works for you as we know flexibility means different things to different people. Whether it’s flexi-hours, flexi-parenting, flexi-leave, flexi-shifts, flexi-work, we’re committed to helping our people work flexibly. 

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