Contracts Manager

The Contracts Manager will oversee, manage and support the contract management functions for the Aurora Project by executing on the deliverables contained within host agreements, utility contracts, services agreements, and equipment vendor contracts. This role will advise on the software platform to manage the program, develop the processes and procedures to identify the responsible parties to create the work product to satisfy the contract obligations and track deliverables. The candidate is required to be proactive in identifying the potential contractual issues and conflicts and advise the project team on how to best address these issues proactively to achieve the project objectives.

This person will work closely with all departments within SolarReserve. As SolarReserve grows, the Contracts Compliance oversight will need to be able to scale as our portfolio becomes increasingly diverse. Good candidates will be able to think through how to deliver short term goals, while building processes that will scale. The right individual will be nimble and responsive to our ever evolving and exciting environment. You will be shaping a core function within the company.

TITLE

Contracts Manager

LOCATION

Adelaide, South Australia

DEPARTMENT

Development

REPORTS TO

Director of Development

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES

Responsibilities include procurement and contract management activities, negotiating contract terms and conditions, and managing development and production contracts throughout the life cycle of the project.

  • Lead contract compliance efforts throughout the project lifecycle from development through operations and maintenance
  • Develop and implement contract management processes for the EPC and other types of construction contracts
  • Oversees required regulatory compliance filings and reports, including all appropriate documentation. Also supports the preparation of Company management reports and responds to data requests.
  • Supports regulatory proceedings, initiatives and inquiries related to the ongoing relationships between the Company and other power generators.
  • Be proactive in risk management and conflict resolution to resolve the claims before they result in arbitration
  • Serve as a Contractual Compliance liaison across the organization (Operations, Construction, Development, Finance, and Legal) to ensure obligations are maintained
  • Responsible for providing the analytical support to ensure contract compliance and to resolve contractual disputes.
  • Advise the project teams in review and analysis of the claims including contractual entitlement, cost impact, and schedule impact
  • Manage/assist compliance with other project agreements (e.g., power purchase agreement, loan agreement)
  • Advise in writing and responding to contractual letters
  • Provide advice and legal interpretation of contract terms and conditions and identify risk and potential liabilities.
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with contracting officers of the Australian government, prime contractors, and other related organizations.
  • Ensure that risks are assessed on potential projects, managed on contracts and reported.
  • Prepare accurate and timely reports; prepare statistical contract data as required.
  • Maintains contractual historical data; enters contract data into databases as needed.
  • Sets-up contracts and issues charge numbers in system as needed.
  • Work with legal counsel to author Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs), letters of intent (LOIs) and EPC agreements, as well as comparing and contrasting EPC and SolarReserve positions on contract terms
  • Ensure alignment of project objectives, finances, scope of work, and risk with company objectives. Evaluates and advises team based on risk.
  • Conduct internal due diligence of contractual representations and warranties, in-house legal opinions, and officer certifications
  • Lead various EPC negotiations. Direct and coordinates timely review of term sheets, exhibits, warranties, guarantees, and other agreement documents to meet deal closing deadlines and schedules. Lead the project execution teams to ensure the deal negotiations and contractual requirements are “flowed-down” and properly adhered to.
  • Ensure deal team members understand the contract terms such as warranties, deliverables, tax, accounting, revenue recognition, permitting, bonuses, damages, costs, and schedule.
  • Work closely with inside and outside counsel to ensure proper contracting terms and conditions are employed.
  • Coordinate risk management reviews of draft agreements.
  • Management of concessions and incentives available for Solar Power Projects
  • Coordination and issuance of Way Bills/ Road Permits, for movement of materials
  • Implementation of effective inventory management system
  • Manage Bank Guarantees, getting Letter of Credits established as per Contracts terms
  • Work with Finance to ensure adherence to broader finance and risk requirements such as revenue recognition, Audit etc.
  • Management of Contract Change Order Procedure, by identifying changes, quantifying commercial impacts, defining approval requirements, and preparation of variation orders or amendments to the contract
  • Ensure contract close-out, extension or renewal
  • Oversee contract administration post-execution
  • Other duties as assigned

SKILLS & COMPETENCIES

  • · Exceptional attention to detail with commitment to fostering a culture of compliance
  • Strong written communications skills with procedure writing experience
  • Excellent verbal communication skills with ability to effectively communicate complex requirements
  • Highly organized and thorough individual who can apply strong task prioritization, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Attention to detail and the ability to work proficiently, executing tasks on time.
  • Ability to learn quickly, fill knowledge gaps, and innovate
  • Flexible, self-motivated and self directed, high-functioning team player
  • Project scheduling and quantum expertise is a plus
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Strong ethics, influence and negotiation, leadership, initiative, and interpersonal skills as well as the ability to effectively multi-task and enthusiastically engage in continuous learning.
  • Strong leadership, communication, presentation, and negotiating skills to build consensus with stakeholders to develop and maintain partnerships with support organizations and senior management
  • In-depth understanding of the operating rules and regulatory requirements of Australia energy markets.
  • Desire and ability to get things done, whatever it takes
  • Ability to successfully interact with colleagues from various functional areas in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to understand and weigh risks and remedies detailed in EPC contracts
  • Ability to communicate complicated legal concepts in a concise manner
  • Strong reading, writing, and presentation skills
  • Work successfully in a team and cross-functional environment, being able to transition between a lead and support roles driven by the business
  • Detailed knowledge of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), operating and maintenance

EDUCATION

  • 5-10 years of experience in project and contracts management including management of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts, project management, contract settlements, contract origination, and/or contract management; energy sector experience preferred
  • Experience coordinating deal team and senior attorneys and managing various aspects of transactions from project kick-off through closing, and actively maintaining involvement in the transaction during the post-closing period
  • Demonstrated experience participating in deal negotiations, execution and post-execution periods of a wide array of transactions, including EPC, operating and maintenance, purchase and sale, debt financing, joint development and other transactions
  • Prior contract compliance experience including program development and implementation, compliance monitoring, training (5) years related experience in contract management, paralegal, or another relevant field
  • International work experience a plus across a wide and varied audience

TO APPLY

Please submit resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to: careers@solarreserve.com

Please reference Requisition code: CMAUS09 in the subject line.

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