Title:  Senior Contracts Administrator

Job Number:  18778

Cairns, QLD, AU, 4870

About John Holland:

At John Holland, our purpose is simple, we transform lives with everything we do. We've always known that at its heart, infrastructure is about people - our customers, our employees, and their communities in which we work. 


That's our difference. Deep experience and capability with a genuine care about creating better lives for people along the way. 


Be part of a team that thrives on rising to the challenge of transforming lives for good. 

About the Project:

New greenfield Water treatment plant and associated infrastructure which will provide water for Cairns and regions. The scope includes the following:


  • Draper Road water treatment plant (DRWTP) – capacity of 60 megalitres (ML)/day
  • An 8 ML clear water reservoir (at RL 122 m AHD) delivering treated water into the trunk network and earthworks to accommodate future construction of a 5 ML high-level service reservoir (at RL 116 m AHD)
  • Construction of an all-weather access road from the DRWTP to the reservoir sites. Mulgrave River intake (Stage 1) and raw water main delivering 20 ML/day of raw water to the DRWTP. 
  • Upgrade to the existing Behana Creek intake and pipeline upgrades, augmentations and extensions to the Behana Creek intake treated water supply main to deliver 44ML/day raw water to the new DRWTP.
  • Treated water delivery main works (including relevant valving) delivering water from the proposed DRWTP to Council’s existing trunk water main network located in the Bruce Highway. 
  • Reticulation main works to service communities (Aloomba) and properties located south of the Mulgrave River, within Gordonvale
  • New power, telecommunications, and data services to the DRWTP, the Mulgrave River raw water intake and the Behana Creek raw water intake.
  • Numerous Cane Rail crossings along with HDD and Thrust Bores under roads and water

About the role:

We are looking for a Senior Contracts Administrator to join our Draper Water Treatment Plant team based in based in Gordonvale, Cairns, QLD.

The main responsibility of this role is to plan and manage the end-to-end commercial management of large subcontracts and self-performed works. This includes both direct and indirect management. The Senior Contracts Administrator will be expected to work effectively with internal and external stakeholders, as well as direct reports, to deliver project commercial outcomes.

Responsibilities of the role include:

  • Effectively manage allocated subcontract packages through all phases, including scope preparation, procurement, cost forecasting, subcontractor management, claims/variations processing, completion and close out
  • Participate in scope of works planning, ensuring that scope gaps are minimised, cost efficiencies are maximised and subcontractor capabilities are considered
  • Participate in procurement strategies, including breakdown into individual works packages, identification of potential subcontractors, procurement methods and timing
  • Provide management and leadership to other commercial and construction roles
  • Maintain contact and good working relationships with our local subcontractors and a maintain good awareness of market conditions and movements
  • Assess commercial and contractual risks, identify and implement appropriate controls and escalate actual or potential issues to Commercial Manager and or Project Manager
  • Operate and maintain commercial and contract systems
  • Ensure compliance with Building Code at all times and report any potential non-compliances
  • Prepare reporting on commercial performance periodically and on an ad hoc basis as required
  • Perform all duties in accordance with John Holland policies, processes, systems and procedures

To be successful in this key role, you must have:

  • Post graduate qualifications e.g. graduate certificate, graduate diploma in Commerce, Accounting, Business, Construction, Property, Quantity Surveying, Law or other associated disciplines
  • Experience as a Contracts Administrator or Quantity Surveyor in the construction and engineering industry
  • Experience in all stages of subcontract management, including scope preparation, procurement, cost forecasting, subcontractor management, claims/variations management, completion and close out
  • Experience with a variety of project values and complexity, including large, technically complex works packages
  • Strong commercial acumen and awareness in areas of cost management and contract law
  • Knowledge and understanding of industry market conditions and movements
  • Demonstrated ability to manage commercial negotiations
  • Awareness and compliance with document control and records management procedures

As part of the team, you help us deliver on our promise to transform lives

Your success is reflected in ours, so we're committed to being an employer of choice. We pride ourselves on having a diverse and inclusive workplace, as different perspectives and ideas will deliver our long-term success.


We want you to be with us for the long-term, so providing you with rich career experiences and ongoing development is our priority.

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
  • 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 its flexi-hours, flexi-parenting, flexi-leave, flexi-shifts, flexi-work, we're committed to helping our people work flexibly.

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