Contracts Engineer/ Commercial Assistant ( Maternity Cover) - Aberdeen

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Ref: 146 Date Posted: Tuesday 05 Jun 2018
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Balmoral Group was established in 1980 and is a privately owned company headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland. Employing over 400 people and operating from a modern custom-built complex, the company’s products are used around the world.

Balmoral Offshore Engineering, a division of Balmoral Group, provides surface and subsurface buoyancy, insulation and elastomer products and services to the global energy, defence, subsea communications and oceanographic industries.

We are seeking a Contracts Engineer/ Commercial Assistant (Maternity Cover) who will thrive in our dynamic environment – the successful candidate will be responsible for the preparation and submission of tenders throughout all phases of the corporate proposal process in addition to reviewing commercial documentation submitted through the tender process and when necessary throughout the lift od the project.

The candidate will compile bid packages ensuring that these are high quality, accurate and demonstrate both our Technical and Commercial strengths. They must be specific to the Clients’ requirements drawing on key selling features which will separate Balmoral from our competitors. The successful applicant will be required to meticulously review client terms and conditions, providing clarifications to enable Balmoral to come to a mutual agreement and ensuring that risks are limited.

The Contracts Assistant must be able to manage their workload, ensuring that Clients deadlines are adhered to.  They must maintain a professional approach all times whilst exceeding customer expectations through all stages of the transaction process.

The growth of the business is highly dependent on securing new business based on clear detailed information being provided at tender stage. To this end, the job holder must demonstrate a strong commercial acumen.


 Main duties & responsibilities of the job holder

To compile tenders for the company in line with the business plan targets.  While assisting the proposals department with continual support throughout the complete bid process protecting Balmoral commercially and legally, while maintaining customer satisfaction and good client relations.

  • To adhere to Balmoral Comtec core values
  • Have the ability to identify, understand, interpret and collate customer requirements and compile compliant and alternative technical and commercial bids as required
  • Have an understanding of engineering principles in order to carry out preliminary design and estimation of Balmorals products
  • Receive the inputs from all involved departments and challenge proposed solutions in order to optimise costs & schedule
  • Able to liaise with and convey customer requirements to Design, Project Management and Production teams
  • Ensure timely submission of proposals to Clients
  • Check and review bids when required
  • Training, support and assistance to members of the team as well as other colleagues on an ongoing basis
  • Foster harmonious team-working with other departments
  • Ensure clear handover from tendering to Projects of information for all secured opportunities, ensuring all risk and opportunities are communicated to the Project team in a timely manner
  • Attend/Lead ER, CR, Handover and Kick off meetings when required
  • Ensure that all systems are maintained and developed in line with company procedures
  • Review previous Projects costs in order to ensure that costings and labour hours are accurate and up to date
  • Ensure product track records are maintained with accurate project information
  • Commercial support to the Proposals department
  • Review Client terms and conditions/documents/ITT’s/RFQ’s
  • Maintain agreed terms and conditions and keep register up to date
  • Negotiating with the Client to agree terms
  • Review and amend Client confidentiality agreements
  • Keep and organise filed confidentiality agreements
  • Set up insurance bonds/performance bonds/bank guarantees and parent company guarantees
  • Keep and organise current and ongoing bonds, NDA’s and warranty periods
  • Put together and clarify out agency agreements, service agreements, frame agreements & T&C’s agreements
  • Review all Client purchase orders and specifications to ensure that fits in line with agreed terms and all docs are received
  • Maintain a library of contractual documents with corresponding information ensuring this is up to date and easy to navigate through
  • Maintain agency agreement documentation
  • Maintain and submit National Statistics information
  • Applications for visas
  • Provide clients with information for setting up on their VDL’s / tender websites
  • Help develop new documentation for department
  • Provide commercial advice and guidance on an ongoing basis
  • As necessary, perform other duties, requiring essentially the same level of skill & responsibility


Additional Duties when required

  • Provide administrative support to the proposals department
  • Have the ability to identify, understand, interpret and collate customer requirements ensuring that the bid is logged accurately
  • Log new enquiries on all of Balmorals systems
  • File all documentation from Clients
  • Acknowledge receipt of enquiries by email or on Client portals
  • Manage the ‘New Enquiries’ folder distributing key emails within the business and controlling responses ensuring that these are within the stated deadline, chasing if required
  • Have an understanding of the various Client portals and ensure that these are kept up to date
  • Manage, compile and submit Client questionnaires
  • Manage the bookings for meeting rooms


 Qualifications and Skills


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Contractual awareness
  • Strong analytical and commercial skills
  • Understanding of Engineering principles
  • Previous estimating experience
  • Ability to effectively manage own workload, and work within given timescales (both internal and external), ensuring project requirements are met
  • Ability to multi-task and work to tight deadlines


  • Previous work experience of working in a Contracts role preferably within the Oil & Gas or Offshore Construction industries
  • Good communication, organisational and negotiation skills
  • Ability to work using own initiative and to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Pro-active forward looking approach
  • Commitment to provide excellent Customer Care
  • Ability to read and understand specifications and drawings


Key Competencies:

  • Teamwork – Being able to get on with other people and work with them efficiently.  Being able to give honest and constructive feedback to others.

  • Problem Solving - Anticipates potential problems and develops appropriate solutions, through use of logic, objectivity and initiative. 

  • Commercial Awareness – Understands the business and the industry demands

  • Decision Making - Judges the necessity for decisions with the need for consultation.   Uses objectivity and a range of techniques to establish the key issues influencing the decision and considers the risks and potential before taking a decision, involving and consulting as appropriate.

  • Continuous Improvement - Develops creative ways of improving performance and utilising technological solutions where appropriate.

  • Managing Change - Adopts a flexible approach to plans and working practices to accommodate new initiatives and successfully adapts to a new working environment or culture.

  • Communication - Presents information to others clearly, ensuring understanding.  Establishes information flows between self, departmental management and other key players to ensure effective information sharing to achieve the required standards and agreed goals.

  • Analytical Thinking – The ability to tackle a problem by a logical, systematic, sequential approach.  Prioritising workloads to ensure that deadlines are met for key tenders.

  • Technical Expertise – Can demonstrate a sound understanding of Engineering principles in order to solve problems, as well as show an interest in learning to further develop skills.

  • Initiative – Can identify what requires to be done and doing it before being asked or before the situation requires it by taking independent action.

  • Thoroughness – Ensures that one's own and others' work and information are complete and accurate; carefully preparing all documentation and correspondence; checking work where required.

  • Teambuilding - Ensures co-operation with other departments to ensure achievement of agreed goals. Communicates a customer focused vision and acts effectively and objectively to resolve conflict, minimising disruption to the operation of the department.

  • Health and Safety - Understands the Health and Safety legislation pertinent to area of operation and ensures their consistent implementation in the workplace, in a fair and reasonable manner. 


    Performance Measures:

  • Maximising opportunities by providing alternative and/or value engineered solutions

  • Timely presentation of tender, reports etc.

  • Continual improvement of accurate costs, information provided to clients, systems and processes