Commercial Manager (VPSG5)

Job posted: 13/05/2022
Applications close: 29/05/2022 (Midnight)
2 days remaining

2 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time / 3 years

Organisation: Department of Justice and Community Safety

Salary: $102,637 - $124,183

Occupation: Construction

Reference: VG/DJ2198_MAY

Reference: VG/DJ2198_MAY

Occupation: Construction

Salary Range: $102,637 - $124,183

Work location: Melbourne | CBD

At the Department of Justice and Community Safety, we’re looking for people who want to make a difference. People who take pride in their work. People who get things done. People who are committed to making Victoria a safer place.

We embrace diversity and strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We’re all about recruiting the best people, regardless of gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation or cultural background. If you think you can do the job and would be a good fit for our department, we’d love to hear from you.

The department is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and recognises that children’s rights need to be respected, their views welcomed and valued, and their concerns taken seriously and acted upon.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit justice.vic.gov.au/careers

We’re proud of the important work we do across Victoria. Want to be part of it?

About the Community Safety Building Authority

The Community Safety Building Authority (CSBA) within the Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS) has been established to design, procure, build and upgrade the infrastructure needed to keep communities safe. Currently going through an exciting period of growth. CSBA are looking for a multitude of positions to be filled to support both new and existing projects.

The CSBA provides end-to-end project development, management and delivery of Victoria's new prisons, youth justice centres, court and custody facilities, emergency services facilities and public safety features such as pedestrian walkway bollards and CCTV networks. As well as delivering new infrastructure CSBA modernises, expands and upgrades existing facilities.

The CSBA has a highly skilled workforce of experienced professionals from across the public and private sectors that support the development, procurement and delivery oversight of major capital projects. The CSBA team includes specialists in community safety infrastructure, project management, engineering, cost management, commercial management, planning and design.

Reporting to the Director, Commercial and Legal, the Commercial Manager provides high quality commercial advice and services to support the CSBA Project Streams, including Major Projects and Program Delivery. The Major Projects unit is responsible for the delivery of major, high-value and/or high-risk infrastructure projects across the Justice and Community Safety Sector. It is predominantly responsible for new build projects across the Corrections & Justice Services and Youth Justice portfolios. The Program Delivery unit is responsible for the development and delivery of a range of new build, expansion and upgrade projects for groups across DJCS including Corrections & Justice Services, Youth Justice and Justice Health, as well as external entities such as Court Services Victoria.

Why work for us?

Employees at CSBA have access to a wide variety of opportunities, with an extensive range of career and capability development programs designed to develop our teams. We want you to grow and develop with us. We want your work to provide you with a strong sense of purpose and achievement.

We are committed to providing you with a supportive and inclusive culture and to supporting your work-life balance.  Our people can take advantage of flexible working arrangements such as flexible hours, compressed working hours, working from home and additional purchased leave, leave at half-pay or leave without pay.

As part of the DJCS, CSBA has one of the most progressive health and wellbeing programs in the industry. We recognise that our people are critical to our ability to successfully deliver our projects and we take a holistic approach to engaging and retaining our people.  You can access free professional advice and support to empower you to deal with a wide range of professional and personal issues.  This includes career and personal development, legal issues, nutrition and lifestyle, mental health issues and relationship issues.  You can also access discounted private health insurance, fitness classes and gym memberships, and excellent bicycle facilities.

About the Role

The role of the Commercial Manager provides professional expert advice on commercial, legal, financial, policy and related issues to support project procurement and delivery decisions.

You will also:

  • Provide expert professional advice and recommendations on commercial, legal, financial, policy and related issues in relation to the procurement and subsequent contract management and administration of construction works packages, including variations, extensions, suspensions and risk management on commercial and contractual issues.
  • Implement the contract management and administration function for the CSBA Project Stream, including project budget and contract management systems and processes, for the respective works package to support the delivery of project objectives.
  • Manage the commercial and legal aspects of the procurement process and subsequent contract management and administration of construction works packages in consultation with project teams, contract administrators and cost managers, including:
    • implementing commercial and contractual arrangements and associated procurement processes, ensuring alignment with Government procurement policies.
    • application of commercial principles across different traditional and collaborative procurement models, ensuring delivery against the Project's commercial objectives.
    • ensuring coordinated outcomes across technical, legal and commercial aspects of the Project.
    • instructing and managing relevant project advisors to achieve required outcomes; and
    • supporting the preparation of relevant procurement and delivery plans including Strategic Procurement Plans, Probity Plans, Tender Evaluation Plans and Contract Management Plans.
  • Manage the commercial evaluation of offers and all other related activities as required to assess tenders against commercial criteria.
  • Lead and manage the preparation of the contract issued at tender stage, advise on and/or facilitate contract negotiations, and arrange for contract execution with the successful tenderer.
  • Implement existing protocols and systems for working with the successful bidder following contract award, including through the development of new or updated contract administration materials.
  • Assess claims for compensation arising from a multitude of business disruption, scope variations, and differing site conditions or delays and manage probity issues with procurement as required.
  • Lead the development, enhancement, and sustainability of productive and effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders to ensure that CSBA's requirements are being best served.
  • Provide mentoring and leadership to the project teams and junior staff to ensure quality and consistency of approach on commercial and legal aspects of the project.  This includes working collaboratively within a team of commercial managers, providing leadership, expert advice, and guidance. 
  • Deliver practical training to CSBA staff on relevant commercial, legal and contractual issues and contribute to the Commercial and Legal team's continuous improvement goals, creating useful tools, templates, guidance notes and documents to support the project teams.
  • Assist the Director and Executive Director, Commercial and Legal in the preparation and delivery of any briefings to the Minister, Secretary, steering committees, and executive teams (including attending briefing sessions as necessary).
  • Prepare reports and recommendations as required, including financial reports, project risk reports and progress reports regarding the status of deliverables against programs.

About you

As our ideal candidate, you will have:

  • Extensive experience in the management of commercial and legal issues associated with complex public infrastructure or construction project procurement and delivery environments.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the development and delivery methodologies appropriate for major infrastructure projects under a range of contract types, including significant experience in preparing tender documents, evaluating tender proposals, negotiating contract terms and conditions and awarding major construction contracts and other significant procurement packages.
  • Demonstrated experience with the implementation of contract management and administration functions, including contract management systems and processes under a range of procurement methodologies.
  • A strong understanding of the processes of government required to undertake major projects with experience in both the public and private sectors, ideally within built infrastructure projects.

An appropriate bachelor level or higher qualification in law, commerce, economics or a related field is highly regarded.

How to apply

Please click the Apply button on this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.

For all VPS employees, due to the new JSE policy, please apply through the JSE only to be considered for this position.

For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.

The Department has legislated duties to provide and maintain a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees and other workplace participants. Consistent with these duties the Department has implemented a COVID-19 vaccination policy which requires all employees who are, or may be, required to work for the Department outside their ordinary place of residence to be COVID-19 vaccinated within the timeframes specified by the Department and/or any timeframe set by any Chief Health Officer direction. The policy applies to all new and current employees. 


The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with the department's obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic).

Therefore, there is a requirement that all DJCS employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to undertake duties outside of their homes.

Prior to commencement of employment with the department you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19. Acceptable evidence includes:

  1. COVID-19 digital certificate (available via your myGov account)
  2. Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account) or
  3. A letter from the GP who vaccinated you.
Commercial Manager (VPSG5)

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Bryony Ager on 0409 687 354 | bryony.ager@justice.vic.gov.au

Commercial Manager (VPSG5)