Contracts Specialist

Our Client is looking for a Contract Specialist, on a contract basis, location in Aberdeen.


Key Responsibilities

  • Pre-qualification of the market to evaluate and identify suitable vendors;
  • Preparation of tender strategies and Invitation to Tender packages / documentation for one-off contracts or Master Services Agreements to assist with meeting requirements of Projects and Engineering Department;
  • Leads detailed quantitative and qualitative tender evaluation, direct contractual and commercial negotiation in accordance with contracting principles;
  • Liaises with key internal stakeholders to evaluate tenders, obtain contract award approvals and contract execution;
  • Develops and presents detailed recommendations to management;
  • Process requisitions once approved by budget holders into Call-off / Purchase Orders, applying due diligence to pricing and Terms and Conditions, issue to suppliers, tracking return of signed order and expediting same;
  • Negotiates and administers commercial contracts and system generated call-off orders against master service contracts across the business ensuring all call-off orders are linked to and embody contract terms;
  • Responsible for contract risk mitigation and commercial optimisation ensuring best value;
  • Provision of post-award administration support including contract amendment and variation administration reporting;
  • Responsible for key supplier performance and relationship management including KPI’s and FPAL feedback;
  • Development and management of detailed project procurement plans;
  • Ensures that the Supply Chain department Procurement Plan is kept up to date on a bi-weekly basis as a minimum or more regularly as may be required;
  • Ensures effective cost / budget tracking and CTR management.
  • Assists Contracts Lead – Projects and Engineering / Drilling & Wells and Contracts & Procurement Manager as required.

Education, Qualifications & Experience



  • Educated to Degree level, preferably in a Business / Commercial, Legal or Quantity Surveying related discipline.


  • Working towards CIPS accreditation.



  • Considerable experience gained in an oil and gas contracts administration role, performing comparable duties in an operator setting.
  • Strong experience in contract and commercial negotiations.
  • Experience in projects and engineering type contracts / tenders. 
  • Proven ability to deal with many key suppliers, build relationships and communicate effectively.
  • Ability to develop relationships with key internal stakeholders in Projects and Engineering, Drilling & Wells, Legal and Commercial departments.
  • Considerable experience of Microsoft office packages: Word, Excel, PowerPoint.


  • Extensive experience in an oil and gas contracts administration role.
  • Experience of working in projects and engineering or drilling and wells setting.
  • Detailed knowledge of LOGIC model contracts.
  • Knowledge of Oracle/Maximo or similar ERP or procurement & materials systems.
  • Willing to be 'hands on' to manage all types of contracts, large and small.

Additional Skills/Requirements

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Confident and assertive.
  • Flexible and adaptable to changing environment.
  • Strong negotiator.
  • Self-starter.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team.

Internal Interactions

  • Contracts and Procurement.
  • Projects and Engineering Department.
  • Drilling and Wells Department
  • Cost Controllers
  • Senior Management Team.
  • Cross function and Internal Support; Legal, Tax, Insurance, Risk, Commercial, HSSEQ, HR, IT, L&D, Finance, Compliance and Internal Audit.

External Interactions

  • Contract Representatives in a wide range of suppliers, vendors and service companies.
  • Third party Operators.
  • Relevant industry and trade groups e.g. LOGIC, Oil & Gas UK, OGA, DBEIS, Share Fair / FPAL.

Responsible for leading the management and coordination of all four phases of the Procurement Process including strategy development, pre-qualification, tender evaluation / negotiation, and post award management of Projects and Engineering and/or Drilling and Wells related contract requirements.