Expression of Interest - Copperstring Project - Commercial & Contract Management

Powerlink Queensland

Location: Virginia

Job Type: Full time


Powerlink is a leading Australian provider of high voltage electricity transmission network services, combining innovation with insight to deliver safe, cost effective and reliable solutions for Queensland.

As a Government Owned Corporation, Powerlink owns, develops, operates, and maintains the high voltage electricity transmission network in Queensland. The network extends 1,700 kilometres from Cairns to the New South Wales border and comprises 15,345 circuit km of transmission lines and 147 substations.

Powerlink’s purpose is to Connect Queenslanders to a World-class Energy Future and will play a key role in delivering the Queensland Governments recently announced “Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan” which is targeting 70% renewable energy by 2032 and 80% by 2035.

By joining Powerlink, you can be a part of the team that is transforming Queensland’s energy system and providing clean reliable and affordable energy for Queenslanders.

With the purpose of connecting Queenslanders to a world-class energy future, Powerlink know that their people are key. They aim to foster a culture of inclusion where people can unleash their potential because they value the strength diversity brings in helping them to be innovative, future ready and to drive value for customers.

At Powerlink, every possibility starts with you

We believe life’s about possibilities. And so is the future.

Powerlink Queensland manages and operates Queensland’s high voltage transmission network, providing high voltage electricity to over five million Queenslanders and 238,000 businesses.

With exponential growth already underway, we are currently inviting expressions of interest for our Commercial and Contracts Management function for the Copperstring Project. Backed by a $5 billion investment, this is a once-in-a-generation project to rebuild our network backbone.

What is the Copperstring Project?

CopperString 2032 is the largest ever economic development project in North Queensland, and one of the largest expansions to the power grid in Australia.

The Copperstring project will build 840 kilometres of transmission line from just south of Townsville in the Burdekin region to Mount Isa with the highest voltage levels in the state.

This project will further unlock the renewable energy potential of this region.

Find a career that matters and lasts

We need your experience in commercial and contract management for this flagship QLD energy infrastructure project.

  • Apply your commercial knowledge and experience in contract management for major energy infrastructure projects to help build QLD's Super Grid
  • Help transform Queensland’s energy system to provide clean, reliable and affordable energy for Queenslanders.
  • Join a career defining project on the Client side, Full- Time Permanent employment opportunities.

You will create success by solving complex commercial and contractual problems with a focus on safety, quality and efficiency and ensure delivery to approved contract standards, time, cost and delivery specifications.

To join our new Copperstring HV project delivery team, we’re inviting applications for the following;

  • Commercial Managers
  • Contract Managers
  • Senior Contract Administrators
  • Contract Administrators

What you’ll bring

To create success in this role your specific commercial- and contracts management experience in major construction EPC and D&C projects will be essential. Demonstrated experience in large scale civil, electrical transmission and substation, together with professional qualifications in quantity surveying, contract management will be highly regarded.

Minimum requirements for these roles include the following:

  • Ideally Bachelor degree or equivalent in Building, Engineering, Law, Commerce, Accounting, Quantity Surveying, Business or other associated disciplines, in particular for the senior roles
  • Ability to work well under pressure.
  • Experience in commercial and contract administration gained on construction, engineering or associated projects.
  • Demonstrated claims management experience.
  • Ability to multitask and prioritise workload.
  • Strong commercial acumen with the ability to work to tight deadlines

Why Powerlink and Copperstring?

Build a career that matters and lasts: You’ll have an opportunity to shape a progressive career connecting more than five million Queenslanders to a world-class, green energy future.
Unique work and the chance to grow: You’ll help find smart solutions to interesting problems as you help deliver a flagship energy project that will change the course of QLD’s energy industry and incentivise our economy
A dynamic project team who love to deliver, support and share: You’ll build relationships with experienced, down-to-earth people, in a high performing project team that will challenge and inspire and who you’ll be proud to be part of.

Our Benefits

Our competitive employment terms and conditions are enhanced by a broad range of benefits including:

  • Salary packaging,
  • Site based uplifts where applicable
  • Novated lease vehicles,
  • 12.75% superannuation
  • Hybrid working arrangements available
  • Professional Fees reimbursements, where applicable
  • Health & wellbeing benefits, including corporate health plan with employee discounts, annual flu vaccinations

Be the start of every possibility

There’s so much opportunity for you to grab here.

If you’re keen to hear more about upcoming opportunities, we’d love to hear from you.

To register your interest, please click on the Apply button and enter your details and attach your resume. Applications close at Midnight, Sunday 26 November 2023.

For further information regarding these opportunities, please reach out directly to Klaas van Noord from our recruitment team at

At Powerlink, we are committed to ensuring our workforce reflects the diversity of the communities we serve and harness the unique talents, perspectives and experiences of all people.

Throughout the recruitment process, we provide support for candidates to ensure nobody is disadvantaged. Please tell us about any adjustments, support or access requirements that may help make the recruitment process more inclusive. You are also welcome to share your pronouns with us at any point throughout the process.

As part of the recruitment process, the successful applicant will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include, but are not limited to: reference checks, criminal background checks, right to work eligibility, verification of academic qualifications, and bankruptcy checks.

We’re proud to be a 2023 Circle Back Initiative Employer, and commit to respond to every applicant.

We offer an attractive work environment with a friendly and social culture, including free secure on-site parking, a sponsored cafeteria and gym. We offer flexible working arrangements to suit your personal and family needs, an attractive market based remuneration package and several other membership benefits. Come and work with us to find out how great we really are.

You’ve got this!