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Senior Contract Manager

Location: Panama City, IBR, Panama
Job ID: R0027423
Date Posted: Nov 22, 2023
Segment: Green Energy & Mobility
Business Unit: Hitachi Rail
Profession (Job Category): Legal, Compliance & Audit
Job Type (Experience Level): Management
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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Hitachi Rail is looking for an enthusiastic self-motivated Senior Contract Manager who thrives in a fast-paced environment. The successful candidate is comfortable performing a wide range of tasks from administrative to strategic. The position is based in Panama City, Panama.

Who We Are

Hitachi Rail is a fully integrated, global provider of rail solutions across rolling stock, signaling, service & maintenance, digital technology and turnkey. With a presence in 38 countries across 3 continents and over 13,000 employees, our mission is to contribute to society through the continuous development of superior rail transport solutions.


Ensure that from the contract and commercial perspectives, contract requirements, responsibilities and exposures are managed to optimise the potential financial return while mitigating commercial risk during delivery of projects.


  • Master contractual documents and lead the project team in their analysis and interpretation;
  • During Project Planning phase, support the project team members in the detailed and complete review of the Project (scope of work, economic and financial conditions, contractual terms and conditions, etc.);
  • Support the project team with contract management activities during project execution (incl. identification and resolution of main contractual issues, claims and disputes in accordance with contractual provisions, development of appropriate mitigation strategies, action plan definition, providing contractual clarification / position to project’s team members);
  • Ensure monitoring and reporting on the project's contractual and commercial risks and support the identification of opportunities and risk mitigation strategies;
  • Ensure the definition of the commercial change management and claims strategy;
  • Ensure establishing sustainable customer relations in ensuring positive and expeditious resolution of claims;
  • Support the PM with the preparation of variation offers to the customer, assessing their contractual impact, and with the following negotiation;
  • Ensuring the maintenance of contractual records and documentation (all contract correspondence, contractual changes, status reports...)
  • Support project team members to identify which customer contractual conditions are to be flowed down into sub-supplier contracts;
  • Support the PM in managing contractual relations with customer and eventual partners;
  • Analyze and provide judgement in relation to claims or complaints from the customer and/or partners, liaising with Legal when necessary;
  • Supporting assigned project team members in managing subcontracts (e.g. reviewing of subcontractors monthly progress claim)
  • Ensuring Claims preparation support and managing disputes in accordance with the contract provisions;
  • Ensuring contractual aspects of contract close-out, extension or renewal are properly implemented;
  • Participate in contract review during Bidding phase and following phases of the Project (e.g. VOs).

Job requirements

Required Skills/ Knowledge

  • From 5 up to 10 years of expertise of contract/commercial and claim management experience
  • Experienced in dealing with external stakeholders (Clients/ Main Subcontractors)
  • Risk Management Experience
  • Contract Management Experience
  • Excellence in Achieving Assigned Objectives
  • Experience in the rail sector highly appreciated
  • Experience/skills in Project Management or similar role will be considered

Education / Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree in Engineering/Business Administration

Specialization in Construction Law/Business Administration will be considered


Spanish mother tongue

English mother tongue or fluent

Italian highly considered

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those under consideration will be contacted. Join us at www.Hitachi

It is our commitment at Hitachi Rail to create a diverse environment and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.


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