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Contracts Specialist

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Date: Nov 18, 2022

Location: Perth, WA, AU

Company: TransAlta



“Energizing the Future.”


TransAlta owns, operates, and develops a diverse fleet of electrical generation assets in Canada, the United States and Australia, providing municipalities, industries, and businesses with safe, low-cost, and reliable clean electricity. For over 111 years, TransAlta has been a responsible operator and proud community-member where its employees work and live. We are committed to fostering a dynamic, productive, and safe work environment. Our employees contribute to a diverse, open, and transparent culture with clear accountabilities, strong leadership, and challenging opportunities for personal career growth.


For more information about TransAlta, visit our website at,




TransAlta Energy Australia operates and maintains 6 Power Stations in Western Australia. With a 20-year history in the State, we provide safe, clean, and reliable power to large mining and industrial customers and have invested significantly in stable, long-term contracts. Click here to learn more about TransAlta Energy Australia. 


Our exciting chapter in new developments and renewable energy:


TransAlta is growing its presence in Australia and has embarked on an exciting growth phase with more than 300MW of wind, solar, gas fired generation, energy storage and HV network projects currently in development or execution stage. The Australian Growth Team comprises of engineering, development and execution professionals and is accountable for developing and delivering customer-centric solutions that support a low carbon sustainable future. 




We are looking to hire an experienced Contracts Specialist to join our team in Perth. This is a new role to team. We are building a high calibre Growth team to support our current and future projects. Reporting directly to the Group Manager – Projects, as the Contracts Specialist you are responsible and accountable for supporting and delivering contract development and contract management services for Growth in TransAlta Energy Australia. Extensive stakeholder engagement is required to provide and maintain strategies which align with the business objectives, processes, policies, and financial targets.




  • Ensure contractors adhere to business safety policies, procedures, and code of practices
  • Ensure procurement and contracting process are in accordance with business policies, procedures, and best practices
  • Acquire and consolidate short-term and long-term contracts requirements from Stakeholders
  • Develop contracting strategies for specific projects ensuring close coordination with the stakeholders and direct involvement in project planning and strategy development
  • Ensure the above strategies address the business needs and effectively manage cost and schedule risks
  • Coordinate review and approval of the various strategies by the appropriate Stakeholders
  • Provide effective contract evaluation based on the specific scopes, needs, and risks from the various projects, working closely with the SCM group
  • Supports the maintenance, drafting, and revision of procurement contract templates in coordination with the Common Services SCM group
  • Effectively coordinate and communicate with internal and external stakeholders ensuring they remain informed and engaged
  • Acts as the centralized reporting resource through effective document and data management
  • Actively identify opportunities for business or process improvement
  • Monitor performance of contracts against contracted Key Performance Indicators




  • Tertiary Qualifications in Business, Legal, Engineering, Supply Chain, or related disciplines
  • Demonstrated work experience with contract law or contract management within the utilities/resource industry
  • Comprehensive understanding of the competitive bidding process, contract development skills, language and applications of terms and conditions
  • Previous experience in executing end to end major multiple large-scale projects, both brownfields and greenfields, with expertise in responsible procurement, project management, vendor management, contracting, legal, and / or supply chain experience
  • Ability to work as part of a dynamic environment, working toward solutions which benefit all involved parties
  • Proven experience in vendor and contractor management including change management
  • Exceptional level of knowledge of services sourcing and procurement concepts and process (e.g. seven step sourcing, bid analysis)
  • Proven negotiation abilities using an inclusive, relationship and interest-based contemporary approach
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills – both oral and written
  • Excellent organizational, workload management and project management skills
  • Knowledge of SAP or equivalent enterprise level software packages is preferred 


Nice to Haves


  • Post-graduate qualifications
  • Experience in the renewable energy industry with exposure to growth projects




  • Valid Police clearance (within the last 6 months)
  • Permanent work rights in Australia



Become part of our TransAlta team today! We look forward to reviewing your application. All applications will be reviewed in a timely manner to the best of our abilities. We appreciate your patience and understanding during the recruitment process.


Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion


It is our collective mission to ensure that every single employee feels a sense of inclusion and belonging and can show up to work as their true authentic self. TransAlta is committed to hiring a diverse workforce including women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and members of the LGBTQ2+ community. TransAlta believes that diversity enhances the quality of its performance, is an essential element to effective corporate governance, and cultivates a strong workplace culture.


COVID-19 Vaccination Policy


As TransAlta continues to navigate through unprecedented challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to assure prospective employees of our continued commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace and that we are taking additional measures to help protect our employees and their families from contracting and spreading COVID-19.  All employees hired, or who begin employment, after November 15, 2021, must provide proof of full vaccination as a condition of employment. Those applicants with appropriate exemptions must identify themselves at the time of interview and provide documentation of the exemption to the TransAlta Disability Management team prior to an offer of employment being made.