Senior Contracting Officer

Contract Management

8 to 10 Years

Doha, Qatar

January 11 2022

Company : Nakilat

Employment Type : Full time

Company Details : Established in 2004, Nakilat is a shipping and maritime company based in the State of Qatar. With the world’s largest Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) shipping fleet comprising of 69 LNG carriers, the company provides the essential transportation link in Qatar’s LNG supply chain. Through its wholly-owned subsidiary Nakilat Shipping Qatar Limited (NSQL), the company manages and operates one floating storage regasification unit (FSRU), four very large LPG carriers (VLGCs) and 24 LNG carriers.
In addition to its core shipping activities, Nakilat operates the Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard in Ras Laffan Industrial City, providing comprehensive ship repair and offshore fabrication services via strategic joint ventures: Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM) and Qatar Fabrication Company (QFAB). It also provides shipping agency services through Nakilat Agency Company (NAC) at all Qatari Ports and terminals, as well as towage and other marine support services through its joint venture Nakilat SvitzerWijsmuller (NSW). The company’s Vessel Support Unit (VSU) offers chandlery, storage, logistics services for vessels operating in Qatari waters.

Job Description

This senior role requires strong partnership with all internal & external stakeholders in handling highly complex contract arrangements. The job has a focus on enabling & implementing strategy where it involves overall planning, developing & sourcing all sub-contracting functions effectively; meeting all the operational, organizational and departmental business objectives. This includes both day-to-day contract management, and with an additional focus on longer term arrangements with suppliers to ensure any roadblocks are removed in regard to meeting the business needs on price, safe operations, quality, financial & legal risk, & timeliness of sub-contracting activities.
As a senior Subject Matter Expert (SME) with deep functional expertise, the position focuses on improving the way the 3rd party services are managed in terms of value which accrues to the Organization, cost of the services and overall performance. Protect Company’s interests by reducing the Organization's exposure to various contractual and commercial risks during the contract management process. Ensure that all contracting activities associated with Corporate and Business functions are conducted in a fair and transparent manner for all parties involved and in full compliance with the policies and procedures of the organization.
Key Accountabilities:
Contract Management Activities:
1) Provide support to the Head of Contracts in all contract management activities in support of Corporate and Business functions such as but not limited to Strategy development; Pre-qualification exercise; preparation and issue of Request for Quotation (RFQ), Request for Proposal (RFP), Invitation to Tender (ITT); tender evaluation and clarification; commercial negotiation; contract preparation and award; post-award administration; and finally, performance monitoring and management processes.
2) Accountable for the development, execution, and management of front to end contracting and sourcing processes, formulation of the individual contracting strategies and tactics in support of Corporate and Business functions in accordance with the vision, policies, and values of the Company.
3) Ensure all contracting activities are undertaken in compliance with Company policies, procedures and guidelines and meet legislation and audit requirements to minimize any potential audit exceptions, partner claims or court actions.
4) Conduct contractual risks analysis and to mitigate the risks, draft appropriate contractual and commercial terms, and conditions, with support from functional departments to modify existing model contracts as and where applicable, to best serve and protect Company’s interests.
5) Contribute to the development of the Contracts Plan for the assigned spend areas and prepare a timeline for the entire contracting process ensuring that the relevant approvals from the internal business stakeholders are secured in accordance with Company’s TOFA.
6) Act as Contracts Section’s focal point for Corporate and Business functions and other dedicated internal customer groups, operating jointly with technical counterparts, to proactively facilitate effective relationships, contract planning and management.
7) Prepare tender evaluation plans, review tenders, participate in clarifications, conduct negotiations, and administer the award of contracts and contract amendments, and as applicable, debrief unsuccessful tenderers.
8) Lead discussions related to change in contracts, interpretation of contracts of various complexity and any contractual disputes or claims and negotiate the price and other relevant commercial and contractual terms with the service providers to obtain value for money.
9) Provide professional and practical advice and guidance to the internal stakeholders on different contract models, pricing mechanisms, means of contractor remuneration and associated commercial implications, application, and appropriate post-award management practices.
10. Conduct and support commercial and contractual negotiations, including preparation of the business case and briefs for the management.
11) Document all contract activities as necessary and ensure compliance with contractual requirements.
12) Monitor commercial and financial performance and contract related activities of key contracts.
Accountabilities - 2
Explore New Opportunities:
13) Explore new opportunities along with internal stakeholders to support the contract optimization initiatives recommending and executing the appropriate contracting strategies to support Company’s objectives. The incumbent shall leverage volume and maximize the value for money that the Company is able to obtain through aggregation of demand, consolidation, removal of non-value adding activities, standardization and recommend appropriate contract and cost management solutions to meet the business requirements.
Tender Committee Submissions:
14) Coordinate and provide support to contract holders in developing Tender Committee submissions for Corporate and Business functions to obtain approval for the contract strategy, technical and commercial evaluations, award of the contract and any changes required thereof.
Stakeholder Management:
15) Liaise with relevant NKOM business units (Departments / Divisions) on matters related to contracts and coordinate with relevant stakeholders on financial and administrative matters that have an impact on contracts.
16) Measure the performance of the suppliers using the Supplier Performance Management Process to achieve an improvement in commercial and overall performance.
17) Work with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders to ensure that the supplier performance and contract management strategy is understood and that effective support for the strategy is achieved.
18) Coordinate and lead negotiations and maintain good external and internal customer relationships.
19) Advise the concerned user end departments / sections on the criteria for the evaluation of bids, price comparison and sensitivity analysis for complex commercial and price structures to be able to obtain the best possible solution for the business.
Accountabilities - 3
Generic Accountabilities:
Supervision of Subordinates:
20) Organize and supervise the activities and work of direct subordinates to ensure that all work within a specific team is completed as per the required standards and in line with Nakilat operating policies and procedures.
21) Provide on-the-job training and constructive feedback to subordinates to support their overall development.
Quality, Health, Safety, Security & Environment (QHSSE):
22) Adhere to all relevant QHSSE policies, procedures, instructions, and controls so that NKOM provides a safe, world class, secure and environmentally responsible service to customers, the public and its own people.
Policies, Systems, Processes & Procedures:
23) Implement approved policies, processes & procedures and provide instructions to subordinates to ensure their proper implementation.
24) Review Contracts P&P, standard contract documentation and processes and identify, promote, and implement improvements, liaising with internal stakeholders and interested parties as appropriate.
25) Manage any emergency work requirements within the time constraint as well as prioritize the work and prepare a schedule for the entire contract process.
26) Issue solicitations (ITT, RFP, RFQ, RFIs), negotiate with responding companies and award and administer the contracts through close out. Prepare cost proposals with supporting data for conformity with government agencies and Company policies.
27) Carry out any other duties as directed by the immediate supervisor.
Accountabilities - 4
Drive Vision
Interactive Communication
Customer Centricity
Solution Oriented
Empower & Nurture Talent
Collaboration & Teamwork
Achievement Oriented
Contract & Procurement Management - Practitioner
Business Systems Knowledge - Practitioner
Vendor and Contract Management - Practitioner
Commercial Negotiation - Practitioner
Marine Operations Knowledge - Beginner
Key Result Areas
Establishment of contractual conditions & process with suppliers of materials & services for optimal Company benefit and fair practice.
Interactions and Working Relations
Internal: With all sections and project teams
Purpose: Direct support service integrated with operations
External: Contractors and Service Providers
Purpose: Sourcing, enquires and sub-contracting

Financial Authorities
As per TOFA.
Qualifications, Experience and Job Skills
Bachelor Degree in Marine, Mechanical, Electrical & Electronics, Instrumentation Engineering. Alternatively, a Degree in Law, or Business, or Contract Management and coupled with commensurate experience.
1. 8 years shipyard, or oil and gas, or process industry experience.
2. Knowledge and understanding of Contracts and Procurement processes and best practices
3. Ability and willingness to effectively challenge the views of contractors and internal customers whilst maintaining good relationships, sharing expertise and knowledge as appropriate Computer literate and conversant with the use of MS Word, Excel, Internet, Outlook, PowerPoint and SAP applications
4. Skilled in interpretation of and analyzing government and audit rules and regulations for compliance and having expertise in dealing with non-routine and complex projects
5. Ability to support bid evaluation and award activities for high value and risk complex projects.