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Contracts Manager - Simandou Project

Rio Tinto
London, UK
Closing date
Dec 8, 2021

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Manager Contracts Simandou Project
  • Join an international leader in mining & metals offering outstanding personal development & career opportunities
  • Be part of a diverse, agile and talented team of experts with an active caring culture and strong teamwork
  • Role based in London, UK

About the role

All progress begins with pioneers. At Rio Tinto, it begins with you.

Rio Tinto Projects delivers projects across all product groups and take projects from conceptual studies, through to order of magnitude, pre-feasibility, feasibility study and through to implementation (including detailed engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning) phases.

We are looking for a Contracts Manager, who will be responsible for all commitments made and contracts awarded on the Simandou Project: ensuring due process is followed; the project's needs are met; and the best commercial outcomes are reached for the long-term benefit of Rio Tinto.

As manager of the Contracts team, you lead and give direction and cohesiveness to the team; manage the individuals in the team to maximize their value to Rio Tinto and to encourage each person's development and job satisfaction.

Reporting to General Manager Project Services, you will:
  • As leader and manager of the Contracts Team, responsible for all contracts/commitments - ensuring robust commercial arrangements are established and maintained, training and working with the PMC Contracts team on the use of appropriate contract management methods, tools and processes, ensuring acceptable risk allocation by use of model documents and controls on deviations, encouraging timely resolution of contractor issues and claims.
  • Be accountable for diverse range of individuals forming the Contracts Team - their performance, development, succession and retention- by daily coaching, leading and mentoring so as to enable maximum mutual value and benefit to the business and to each individual.
  • Ensure best practice and sharing of knowledge by communicating and collaborating with the team, to maximize value for the business.
  • Develop contracting strategies, plans, justifications and other documents essential for due process and planning, to enable smooth and timely implementation of the project.
  • Be responsible for contracting methodologies and strategies: analysing risks and needs, articulating strategies and structuring and drafting appropriate contracts so as to give maximum value to the business.
  • Ensure a two-way dialogue is maintained between the Contracts team, RT Projects Legal, and RT Procurement to complement the efforts and skills of all groups for the maximum benefit of Rio Tinto.
  • Be responsible for contracting and corporate governance procedures which should be up to date and reflect best practice.
  • Be responsible for contractor/contracts related programme wide initiatives, arrangements and systems, including: negotiating (with input from RT Projects Legal) and ongoing management of framework agreements with key contractors; management of the contracts management system; electronic approvals system initiative.

What you'll bring
  • Bachelor degree or higher in relevant field;
  • Solid experience, including hands on experience, in the capital and construction/projects industry;
  • Experience in working on high capex, complex mine development projects;
  • Management experience;
  • Excellent people management and leadership skills to manage and lead strong minded;
  • Highly developed communication and relationship skills to manage/build/develop internal and external relationships with a range of parties and facilitate/influence/change behavior;
  • Excellent negotiating skills;
  • Ability to understand engineering concepts supporting design and construction of mines and associated infrastructure;
  • Focus on continuous improvement.

What we offer

Here is just a glimpse of our industry leading rewards package:
  • A safety-focused and inclusive working environment
  • A competitive salary package with annual cash incentive awards (STIP) for eligible employees
  • Career development & education assistance to further your ambitions
  • Access to top tier family-friendly health and medical programs
  • Excellent retirement plan
  • A comprehensive leave policy that covers all moments that matter in life (vacation/annual, paid parental leave, short term sick leave, paid holidays)
  • Ongoing individual wellbeing support for you and your family for personal and professional matter
  • Generous Rio Tinto employee share program

About the Simandou Project

The Simandou Iron Ore Mine Project is located in the Republic of Guinea, West Africa. The deposit is a world-class, large-scale high-quality hematite deposit and represents one of the largest known iron ore reserves in the world.

The project consists of a mine located in the mountainous South-East of Guinea connected by a 650 km railway to transport ore to a port facility to be constructed at the coast near Conakry for export. Much of the Simandou iron ore is expected to be shipped to China for steel production.

The project is being developed by Simfer, which comprises a joint venture between Rio Tinto, Chinalco (Aluminum Corporation of China) and the Government of Guinea. Rio Tinto is working with the Government of Guinea and Chinalco to define a development pathway to realise value from this world-class iron ore deposit.

About Rio Tinto

Every idea, every innovation, every little thing the world calls 'progress' begins with a first step, and someone willing to take it: explorers, inventors, entrepreneurs. Pioneers.

For nearly 150 years, Rio Tinto has been a company of pioneers generations of people spanning the globe, all with the grit and vision to produce materials essential to human progress.

Our iron ore has shaped skylines from Shanghai to Sydney. Our aluminium the world's first to be certified "responsible" helps planes fly and makes cars lighter. Our copper helps wind turbines power cities and our boron helps feed the world, and explore the universe.
Our diamonds help us celebrate the best parts of life.

Every Voice Matters

At Rio Tinto, we particularly welcome and encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, women, the LGBTQIA+ community, mature workers, people with disabilities and people from different cultural backgrounds.

We are committed to an inclusive environment where people feel comfortable to be themselves. We want our people to feel that all voices are heard, all cultures respected and that a variety of perspectives are not only welcome they are essential to our success. We treat each other fairly and with dignity regardless of race, gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or anything else that makes us different.


We work in 36 countries – in mines, smelters and refineries, as well as in sales offices, data centres, research and development labs and with artificial intelligence. Our geologists explore the Earth’s wildest terrain. Our wildlife specialists work to protect and conserve grizzly bears in Canada and migratory shorebirds in Western Australia. Our marketing teams make sure our essential materials meet the specific needs of customers around the world. In Australia, our archaeologists work alongside Indigenous Australians to preserve 40,000-year-old rock art.

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