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Title:  Bid Director - Rail

Job Number:  4141

Sydney, AU

From humble beginnings almost 70 years ago, John Holland has been driving positive change in Australia, and is now one of the nation’s leading infrastructure and property companies. We work in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia offering services from infrastructure and property development, to rail and building. By finding solutions to complex challenges, we transform communities to make them easier to move around, more connected and better to live in.

Due to ongoing growth of our operations, we are looking to engage an experience Bid Director to join our industry leading Rail team.

The role is to lead the successful delivery of all elements of major projects with multiple work streams (normally valued in excess of $200m) in both tender and start-up phase to achieve or exceed project financial targets, identifying and mitigating issues and capitalising on opportunities.

Key responsibilities within the role will be focussed on developing and delivering tender strategy, win themes, management of design and construction solutions, cost management, estimation and risk identification.  You will also ensure delivery in accordance with design, engineering and system requirements, proposed schedule, contractual commercial obligations, environment and community targets whilst always showing an absolute appreciation of safety.

You will drive and review tender progress against plans, contractual arrangements and delivery milestones to ensure they are on schedule and within quality and cost estimates, taking effective remedial action as required.  Proactive management and leadership of the tender team and relevant specialist functions/teams of design, engineering and procurement, promoting a positive, collaborative culture will be key.

Focus will be placed on the ability to actively engage and influence associated stakeholders to understand client and project requirements and improve whole of project thinking.


To succeed in this key role, it is expected you will have:

Bachelor of Engineering, Construction Management, Business or equivalent and preferably a Diploma or Master of Project Management with 15 years + experience in relevant $100m+ project delivery and tendering roles.

Demonstrable people and culture leadership and development, fostering a high performing team in both tender and delivery with active, engaged stakeholder management both internally and externally.

A strength in financial and commercial management, risk management, compliance, and ensure legislative, pre-contract and commercial obligations are met, whilst not loosing sight of the bigger picture.

Champion innovative working practices, promoting continuous improvement and contemporary practices in design and construction methodology across multiple infrastructure markets, preferably with the Rail infrastructure industry.

Experience in managing a variety of contracts types, including Joint Ventures, Alliances, Design & Construct.


From Parliament House to the Alice to Darwin Rail Link, from the MCG’s Great Southern Stand to Sydney Metro, we’ve had a hand in the Australia we all know today. We are currently involved in delivering many of Australia’s largest infrastructure projects. Whatever we face, the heart of what we do is creating people-centred solutions to complex challenges and opportunities. We think deeply about what we do and how it affects communities. We push boundaries and innovate, gain trust through our actions and whatever the project, we’re in it for the long, long term.

We work hard to attract and retain the best employees, and we provide opportunities for rich career experiences, and a strong framework for on-going career development.

We are committed to building, valuing and promoting diversity and inclusiveness across John Holland.

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