Subcontracts Officer

BAE Systems

Location: Melbourne

Job Type: Full time


  • Perform purposeful work of national significance
  • Bring in your commercial and contract management experience supporting our maritime sustainment program
  • Enjoy flexible work practices, engaging work and an inclusive culture where we strive to make every individual feel valued

At BAE Systems we are recognised for delivering projects of global and national significance to our customers and with this we are known for developing some of the most impressive careers.

We currently have rewarding opportunities for Subcontract Officer within our Maritime Sustainment line of business. Flexible location (Melbourne or Perth), hybrid working arrangement and 9 days a fortnight full time working arrangements are on offer.

What this opportunity will mean for you?

  • Performing purposeful work where your efforts are recognized in an environment enabling you to thrive
  • World class career opportunities, as our biggest project is YOU! Your success is our success
  • Accessibility to flexible working arrangements that will provide you with balance and a lifestyle that fosters wellbeing
  • Access to our competitive employee benefits program that are designed to better support you: Employee Benefits
  • Being part of a workplace culture that is safe, inclusive and takes pride in their company values

Your new role:
Reporting to the Procurement and Subcontract Manager, you will be responsible to establish, place and manage appropriate contracting arrangement with subcontractors and suppliers to deliver the cost, schedule, quality and safety requirements of the business.
In addition, you will get an opportunity to manage high value, high risk complex contracts for our platform area supporting Maritime Sustainment program
More specifically, you will:

  • Support the program in leading supplier negotiation, finalise supplier agreements and adhere to contractual obligations through effective commercial management including milestones, claims, notices/letters, invoices and flow down of contract amendments
  • Undertake contract management activities for major subcontracts including but not limited to the preparation of scope notice, contract change proposal, variation, certificate of conformance or milestone achievement documentation
  • Proactively manage the performance of suppliers to meet the contractual requirement from schedule, cost and quality perspective
  • Facilitate and maintain effective working relationship with subcontractors and lead or support the commercial subcontract meetings to ensure maintenance of interface with the subcontractor
  • Support to generate and manage lifecycle management of procurement subcontract management plans and ensure that emerging risks are identified, costed and monitored
  • Implement and follow the procurement policies and processes ensuring the compliance of relevant acts, legal demands and ethical standards
  • Lead the commercial subcontracts meetings and attend operational subcontract meetings as required to assist the project manager

About you:
As an applicant for this opportunity, you'll have:

  • Relevant demonstrated experience in commercial or procurement roles, preferably in defence or engineering organisations
  • Proven track record in contract administration management with strong attention to detail
  • Good commercial acumen and analytical skill with an experience or understanding of project management
  • An ability to show initiative, prioritise and meeting deadlines coupled with an ability to progress issues and resolve actions within a project team environment
  • Strong communicator with an ability to foster strong relationship with suppliers, project team and the supplier's key subcontractors

Whilst not essential, completion of engineering, supply chain, procurement or commercial degree qualification coupled with demonstrated experience is highly desirable.
We believe in hiring for potential so if this role resonates with you, but you don't meet all the required criteria, we would still love to hear from you!

As Defence security clearance is required for this role, applicants must be Australian citizens and eligible to obtain and maintain appropriate clearance.
Further information regarding clearances is available at:

Applications can be addressed to: Lisa Mitchell, Talent Acquisition Specialist - Professionals and made online here. Confidential enquiries are welcome via email:

Our culture:

You will be joining a culture that truly cares about your wellbeing. Diversity and inclusion is at the top of our agenda. We are striving to create an inclusive culture where the voices and talents of every individual are valued and everyone has a sense of belonging.
We welcome applications from all people regardless of sex, gender identity, race, ethnicity, disability, pregnancy, age, or other lived experience.
We are also proud to be recognised as an employer of choice for women by WORK180
If you would like to know more information about how we are supporting our employees, you can view our policies and initiatives via this link.
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