Capital Spend Category Lead - Fixed Term – 30 months

Location: Hobart
Hours: Monday - Friday

Nyrstar will be commencing a major capital project in Q4 2022 to replace the electrolytic cellhouse at its Hobart Zinc Smelter.  A position is, therefore, available for a limited tenure of 30 months to cover the role of Capital Spend Category Lead - being responsible for all tendering and contracting across site for capital projects and shutdowns. The site is currently undergoing significant investment and expansion with a number of exciting projects starting up in the near future.  This role represents a great opportunity to participate and grow skill sets and experience. 

Key accountabilities:

  • Planning and strategy development and sourcing/procurement of services, goods and equipment.
  • Development of sourcing strategies, tendering (including conduct of tender clarifications/negotiations and evaluation), drafting of contractual clauses to suit final negotiated positions, drafting of general commercial documentation and facilitation of general commercial/contractual requirements in post-award period.
  • Leading contract negotiations, including capturing cost savings, dispute/claim resolution and managing contractor and internal stakeholder relationships.
  • Managing compliance and the contract life cycle to achieve best value and commercial outcomes, including managing variations and disputes.
  • Cost analysis and reduction.
  • A solid understanding of principles of contract law, and the ability to properly and adequately identify, allocate and manage risks and exposures.
  • Managing interactions with key suppliers, lead renegotiations or engagement of new suppliers ensuring excellent commercial outcomes.
  • Supporting internal stakeholders with analysis of procurement strategic opportunities or risks that affect the future course of the business.
  • Committed to the achievement of individual, team and company objectives consistent with agreed values and behaviours in a customer service focused environment.


  • Minimum 5 years relevant experience as a contracts specialist or equivalent, preferably gained within the industrial, construction or resources sector.
  • Qualifications in an appropriate discipline i.e. commercial, supply chain or technical.
  • Prior experience running full end-to-end tender processes required.
  • Experience with contract negotiations, preparation and drafting required.
  • A solid understanding of principles of contract law required.
  • Strong general administration and support skills required.
  • Ability to develop quality relationships with suppliers.
  • Strong analytical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Previous experience with ERP based contract management systems and procure-to-pay processes (SAP preferred).
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, specifically MS Word and Excel required.

Working at Nyrstar: 

The Nyrstar Australia story is about 1,300 people who work with ingenuity and passion across our sites in Hobart and Port Pirie in South Australia to produce and supply metals including Lead, Zinc, Silver and Copper.

The team in Hobart has a special relationship with the city and state and for generations they have been part of the development of high-quality products that have been critical to the manufacture of products across the world. Right now, the products produced are important to the world’s transition to a low carbon future.

Nyrstar’s global expertise together with its local experience helps it to continuously improve its performance and secure leading health, safety and environmental outcomes for their communities and people.

Nyrstar is committed to creating a healthy and safe work environment and building a culture that inspires their employees to work respectfully together as a team. They aim to be responsible, reliable and consistent in performance and offer employees opportunities for growth, development and career advancement.

How to Apply:

If you are a cooperative team player with strong organisational skills, and have experience with all or most of the above, we look forward hearing from you by submitting your resume and a cover letter that addresses the position criteria resume directly through SEEK or to

Nyrstar respects and values the diversity of their people and believes our differences strengthen their business. Nyrstar Hobart is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a culturally diverse and gender equal workplace, where everyone is included, treated fairly and with respect.

Nyrstar Hobart has a strict RPE ‘Clean Shave’ Policy. Most facial hair is not permitted on site. Regular health screening, including blood tests, is part of their commitment to keeping the workforce safe and is a condition of employment.

All final applicants for this position will be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically excluded from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits.

Please note, you must be eligible to work in Australia without restriction.