Contracts Manager

Rheinmetall Defence Australia

Location: Melbourne

Job Type: Full time


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As the Contracts Manager Weapons & Ammunition (W&A), you can anticipate some of your day-to-day tasks to include:

The Contract Manager is responsible for:

  • Assisting the Commercial Director and Program Manager with the negotiation of the ASDEFCON contracts (acquisition and support) with the Commonwealth of Australia;
  • Providing advice and assistance to the Weapons and Ammunition project manager(s) and sales manager(s) on all contracting and other commercial activities;
  • Managing and administering the Prime Contract in accordance with RDA policies and procedures, ensuring compliance to RDA’s contracted terms and managing contractual risk;
  • Interfacing with CASG counterparts and preparing for meetings between RDA and CASG;
  • Drafting and negotiating CCPs and ensuring that the Prime Contract is updated in accordance with ASDEFCON Complex Material contracting model;
  • Supporting the identification, preparation and negotiation of Survey and Quote (S&Qs) in accordance with requirements and obligations of the Prime Contract;
  • Monitoring and reporting the performance of the Prime Contract (including Deliverables, Milestones, CCPs and S&Qs) and where necessary escalate issues and/or take corrective action;
  • Developing a working relationship with the Project Team and functional organisations to facilitate the flow of information which may have impact on the Prime Contract performance and execution;
  • Interfacing and working with Weapons and Ammunition colleagues in Europe and assisting with administering and amending intercompany agreements related to any Prime Contracts;
  • Maintaining an overview of mandatory flow downs for Approved Subcontractors under the Prime Contract and interfacing with other Legal and Commercial team members to ensure that mandatory flow downs are included in contracts with suppliers and subcontractors;
  • Notifying subcontract managers of any changes under the Prime Contract that may impact contracts with suppliers in the supply chain;
  • Actively supporting the Project Team in identification of opportunities for revenue enhancement, schedule relief and claim avoidance;
  • Actively mitigating the risk of contractual claims and manage the contractual risk register; and
  • Ensuring that a conformed version of the Prime Contract is maintained and available on SharePoint at all times.

About your new team

RDA’s operations in Australia are growing rapidly and we are seeking experienced Contracts Managers to join the Legal and Commercial Team during this exciting and dynamic time. You could be responsible for providing commercial and contract advisory support for RDA’s key projects across Vehicle Systems, Electronic Solutions and Weapons & Ammunition Lines of Business in Australia.

RDA’s Legal and Commercial function is a dynamic team made up of legal, contracting, commercial, intellectual property and trade control specialists that support the business in delivering and mitigating risk under existing contracts and tendering for new business.

Find Your Why at Rheinmetall

Our values of Safety, Partnership, Openness, Respect and Trust (SPORT) supports our team members to create a workplace environment where our employees value each other, live up to their promises, communicate openly and work safely every day.

The experience and skillset best suited to this role includes:

  • Prior contract management experience and/or experience negotiating and drafting contracts;
  • High level of attention to detail;
  • Ability to think outside of the box and solution oriented;
  • Prior Defence experience and understanding of ASDEFCON contracting (desirable not required); and
  • Must hold or be eligible to obtain an Australian Government Security Clearance (must hold Australian Citizenship).

What we offer you

  • Work as part of a team with real purpose in what we do
  • Attractive remuneration packages with salary sacrificing and novated leases
  • Long weekends every second week with a 9 day working fortnight
  • Complimentary onsite gym with end-of trip facilities
  • Flexible working practices
  • Generous internal incentive and referral program
  • Genuine career development and progression opportunities
  • Extensive Employee Assistance Program to support overall health and wellbeing
  • We are proud to be recognised as an employer of choice for women by WORK180
  • Subsidised undercover parking available

Our inclusive culture

Rheinmetall fosters a culture of equality, fairness, diversity and inclusion for all our employees and provides a safe and secure work environment where everyone can feel comfortable and supported to bring their unique self to work every day.

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Next steps

Apply now!

Preferred candidates will be required to complete background checks including pre-employment verifications and national police checks.

Applications close: 23rd of February 2023

Please note that we will not be accepting any recruitment agency applications for this role.


For further information about this opportunity, please contact RDA Talent Acquisition Team at and quote REF#AU01264.

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