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Date:  Jun 23, 2024

Perth, WA, AU

Company:  TransAlta
Job Type:  Full time - Salaried
Work Arrangement:  Hybrid

“Powering Economies and Communities”


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 100 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.

TransAlta Australia, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Canadian-based TransAlta Corporation, currently operates and maintains six power stations in Western Australia. With a 28-year history in the State, we provide safe, clean and reliable power to large mining and industrial customers.

For more information about TransAlta, visit our website at,


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.



The Senior Contracts Specialist works closely with the Commercial Manager and is responsible for managing all aspects of commercial contracts, including contract compliance, customer relationship management, negotiation and strategy development for contract extensions and establishment of new contracts. 

The Senior Contracts Specialist will manage key commercial relationships for the Australian business and be accountable for maintaining and developing systems and procedures to ensure compliance with contracts.  The Senior Contracts Specialist also monitors regulatory developments and makes recommendations accordingly to ensure compliance and value optimisation for the business.

This role will have a broad internal customer base across TransAlta’s Australian assets, current and future.



  • Work with the Commercial Manager to develop contracting strategies for major customer supply agreements such as Power Purchase Agreements.
  • Manage contract negotiations and due diligence processes with new customers, vendors, and partners leading to executed agreements.
  • Manage key commercial contracts, including Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) and Joint Venture (JV) agreements to ensure compliance with contract obligations including invoicing and reporting obligations.
  • Respond to customer queries and develop customer relationships for key contracts.
  • Develop and coordinate analysis to support contractual decisions and optimize long-term value, including preparation of business cases, reports and recommendations for senior management.
  • Assist with the development of medium- and long-term business plans and budgets, including assumptions driving these deliverables.
  • Identify and mitigate key commercial and regulatory risks.
  • Ensure regulatory compliance with the Renewable Energy Target and NGERs schemes, including Safeguard.
  • Monitor regulatory activity relevant for our Western Australian assets, such as proposed changes to the market rules in the Wholesale Electricity Market and the Pilbara Market, identifying risks and opportunities, delivering robust analysis of changes and likely business impacts and recommending actions to optimise value for the business.
  • Represent TransAlta’s interests with external stakeholders including regulators, auditors and customers via participation in industry working groups and regular customer meetings.



  • University degree in commerce, law, business, engineering or other related discipline.
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in a commercial, regulatory or legal related role.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in the electricity sector, with demonstrated experience in management and negotiation of power purchase agreements and related contracts.
  • Demonstrated capability to understand and manage risk effectively, balancing short and long-term business requirements.
  • Demonstrated strong analytical skills with a record of meeting deadlines.
  • Proficient in core office programs (i.e.: MS office) and capable of learning key position specific applications.


TransAlta offers a competitive remuneration package including private health insurance and eligibility for an annual bonus.

Successful candidates will be required to provide a valid Police Clearance (within the last six months).




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