Contract Specialist (Commercial Law/Procurement)

Juken New Zealand (JNL)

Juken New Zealand (JNL)

Auckland, New Zealand
Posted on Monday, April 22, 2024

About Us:

Juken New Zealand Ltd (JNL) is an international forest and wood products company operating in local and global timber markets. JNL owns three wood processing plants in the North Island, and forests in the Wairarapa and East Coast regions. We work closely with our parent company in Japan – WoodOne.

The Role:

The Contract Specialist is responsible for overseeing the implementation and adherence of best practices and policies/contractual agreements across all business departments.

This role requires a meticulous individual with a strong background in commercial law, procurement, and/or debt recovery, with relevant experience.

The Contract Specialist will play a pivotal role in ensuring compliance with best practices in contract management, procurement, legal, and credit terms, while fostering strong relationships with suppliers and customers and the Senior Leadership Team.

This newly created position offers an exciting opportunity for a dynamic individual to contribute to the success and growth of JNL.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Monitor the implementation of key and financially significant contractual agreements across all business departments to ensure adherence to terms and conditions.
  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive understanding of contractual obligations, legal requirements, and industry best practices.
  • Conduct regular audits and reviews of adherence to policies, processes and contracts to ensure alignment with organizational goals and regulatory standards.
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with suppliers and customers to facilitate effective communication and resolution of contractual matters.
  • Evaluate and negotiate contract terms, including procurement, legal, and credit terms, to optimise value and minimize risk for the organization.
  • Develop and implement policies, procedures, and controls to enhance procurement and contract management efficiency and effectiveness.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Law, Business Administration, Finance, or related field. Advanced degree preferred.
  • 5-10 years of experience in contract management, procurement, commercial law and/or debt recovery.
  • Strong understanding of contract law principles, procurement processes, and financial analysis.
  • Proven track record of successfully managing complex contracts and negotiating favourable terms.
  • Excellent communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a cross-functional team environment.
  • Detail-oriented with strong analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Proficiency in contract management software and Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Certification in contract management (e.g., CPCM, CFCM) is a plus.
  • Familiarity with New Zealand's legal and regulatory framework related to contracts and procurement.

What’s in it for you:

  • A friendly and supportive team environment
  • A competitive salary in line with your experience and qualifications
  • Excellent training and career opportunities
  • Generous Company Superannuation Scheme
  • Discounted Southern Cross Health Insurance and Life Insurance
  • A flexible working policy
  • EAP Support Services
  • Free annual flu vaccinations, medical and hearing tests

If you want to work in a down to earth, hardworking team environment, focused on continuous improvement and sustainability please apply today.

For more information on our business please visit A full PD is available on request.

Closing Date: Sunday, 12th May.

We may conduct interviews prior to this date.