Contracts and Commercial Manager (Sydney, Brisbane + Perth)

  • Commercial leadership role across multiple studios
  • Exposure to Architecture, Interiors & Master Planning projects
  • Be part of an executive team building the practice of the future
  • Drive contract management, project delivery and business management best practices

 As Contracts and Commercial Manager, you will oversee the commercial operations of the studios and projects across our Sydney, Brisbane and Perth studios.

Working closely with studio leaders, stream leaders, project managers and finance teams, you will be providing commercial direction, negotiation, establishment and variations for major projects to deliver them to a profit. This includes assisting project leaders resolve commercial issues during the life of projects.

You will also be supporting the practice in its compliance with legislative and industry compliance activities.

We believe that the unique contribution of all our people is the driver to our success, so to support you at work we offer a range of benefits and leave policies including a flexible working environment, annual discretionary bonus, paid parental leave, Employee Assistance Program, employee referral program and regular social activities.

About you

Ideally, this role requires someone who has large practice experience and has previously worked in a similar leadership role involving:

  • Major scale architectural project delivery
  • The management of small to medium practices (end to end commercial practices).

You also will need to:

  • be self-motivated and enthusiastic with the requisite personal drive and energy needed to help build the practice of the future
  • have excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to work with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders
  • work well as part of a team as well as independently
  • demonstrate operational excellence in using e.g. financial and project management reporting tools, systems and processes
  • have strong written and verbal communication skills coupled with exceptional analytical and problem-solving capabilities.


The ideal candidate will be a Registered Architect.


This exciting and varied role as the commercial leader across these hub studios is focused on three key dimensions:

– Commercial aspects: You will be providing commercial direction, negotiation, establishment and variations for major projects to deliver them to a profit. Accountabilities include:

  • ensuring project fees, contracts, variations for projects are properly drafted, negotiated, documented, and recorded
  • reviewing fees and bids from a commercial perspective (terms, liability and insurance)
  • supporting project leaders resolve commercial issues.

– Business management best practice: In collaboration with the respective studios, you will also be responsible for ensuring:

  • projects are established effectively, leveraging W-B and other systems/ processes
  • studio leaders are driving the effective management of projects and the business. This includes forecasts and forward resourcing, overseeing activities associated with WIP, revenue take-up project performance and collections.

– Compliance: You will be supporting the practice in its compliance with legislative and industry compliance activities (and the associated training).

How to apply:

Please send your CV and covering letter through our LinkedIn job post: Contracts and Commercial Manager. Applications will be treated in the strictest confidence and close on 1 December 2020. We do not accept unsolicited resumes or names from agencies.

Mandatory requirement:

It is an essential requirement that at the time of applying for this position applicants must have the legal right to work in Australia (an Australian citizen or Permanent Resident).


Inspiration. Innovation. Inclusiveness. We are Woods Bagot.

Woods Bagot is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, colour, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, marital status, disability, gender identity, gender expression, and Veteran status.

At Woods Bagot, we are committed to creating an environment where difference is celebrated, valued and respected, practices are equitable, and our people feel like they belong. We accept that none of us is smarter than all of us. We believe building a diverse workforce is the foundation to creativity and innovative design – it is only by working together that we can realise the potential of our people, clients and communities around us. Through our inclusive leadership and our truly global studio network of strategists, experience designers and scientists, you will find your voice and have the support and flexibility required to bring your whole self to work and build an exceptional career.