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Contract Manager

Location: London United Kingdom
Job ID: R0001661
Date Posted: May 12, 2021
Segment: Mobility
Business Unit: Hitachi Rail
Company Name: Hitachi Rail Limited
Profession (Job Category): Other
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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Are you looking for opportunities to work on high profile rail projects and advanced technology alongside experts from the around the globe? Come and join the fastest growing rail

business in the world!

Hitachi Rail is a fully integrated, global provider of rail solutions across rolling stock, signalling, service & maintenance, digital technology and turnkey. With a presence in 38 countries across three continents and over 13,000 employees, our mission is to contribute to society through the continuous development of superior rail transport solutions. We are working to Inspire the Next – and this is your chance to be part of it.

Your new role

In this exciting new role you will be responsible for ensuring that OS&M contracts bid for and entered into by the company meet with their commercial and legal requirements and standards of compliance. The Contract Manager will also oversee the management of established O&M contracts, including ensuring information integrity, and negotiating changes to deliver outcomes aligned with project expectations. This role is home based with national and international travel required up to 30% of the time.

Specifically, you will be responsible for the following deliverables:

  • Contracts – Drafting of contracts in cooperation with the Legal department, Evaluation, and Negotiation, including Non-Disclosure Agreements, Bidding Agreements, Memorandum of Understanding.
  • Lead contract reviews during bidding.
  • Participate in negotiation and management of variation orders to improve commercial position.
  • Ensure contractual records and documentations are maintained (including contract correspondence, contractual changes, status reports and other documents).
  • Ensure that signed contracts are communicated to all relevant parties to provide contract visibility and awareness, interpretation to support implementation.
  • Handle on-going issue and change management.
  • Monitor transaction compliance (milestones, deliverable, invoicing etc.).
  • Ensure timely contract closeout, extension or renewal (incl. pursuit of return of bonds or securities).
  • Support the project team with contract management activities during project delivery (incl. identification and resolution of main contractual issues, claims and disputes in accordance with contractual provisions, action plan definition, providing contractual clarification / position to project’s team members).
  • Ensure monitoring and reporting on the project’s commercial risks and support identification of opportunities and risk mitigation strategies to ensure key project milestones are achieved.
  • Develop contract training materials and impart training to project management group, delivery team and all the relevant staff in contracting clause, practices and procedures.
  • Implement procedures for contract management and administration in compliance with company policy.
  • Undertake any other reasonable duties and responsibilities as required.

About you

Essential Requirements / Qualifications:

  • Excellent academic qualifications in engineering, project/construction/building management or quantity surveying
  • Post graduate qualifications in construction law or commercial management (e.g. IACCM) or equivalent demonstrable experience (including contract administration and tender evaluation)
  • Demonstrate strong commercial contract management experience:
  • A good level of understanding of contract and commercial law
  • A working knowledge of commercial contracts of various structures
  • Sound understanding of drafting of contractual terms and conditions


  • Proactive, a good communicator and an ability to cut through complexity to reach the desired outcome
  • Leadership and team working orientation, excellent interpersonal skills
  • Highly organised and capable of working with a significant level of autonomy
  • Conflict management & negotiation
  • Be able to successfully operate within multi stakeholder environments

Desirable Requirements:

  • Proven experience of adding commercial value within rail industry
  • Experience with PPP/PFI contracts
  • Experience within Rail Operation, Service, Maintenance business environment
  • Experience in commercial roles in complex technical or engineering based organization, matrix structures or regulatory environments
  • Experience of working in a global business / an international commercial role

Why Hitachi Rail?

At Hitachi Rail you will find a passionate and collaborative environment. We operate according to our values of Harmony, Sincerity and Pioneering Spirit. As such, we work closely as a team and empower our colleagues to take ownership and become creative in our pursuit of excellence. We take pride in the contribution we make to society and we always act with integrity and fairness towards our customers, suppliers and colleagues.

We offer a competitive salary and annual leave entitlement as well as a generous benefits package. This includes a pension scheme with contributions up to 9%, health insurance, and many more perks for you to choose from within a flexible plan that will meet your specific needs and lifestyle.

If you like the sound of the above and feel energised by the idea of joining a great brand at a moment of exciting expansion, please apply now. We look forward to hearing from you!

Closing date for applications is 13th May 2021.

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