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Location: Blackhill, NSW

About the Business

Yancoal is a leading low-cost Australian coal producer in the global seaborne market, producing a mix of premium thermal, semi-soft coking and PCI coals for export. Since 2004, Yancoal has generated over $10 billion in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) for Australia and now owns, operates or participates in nine producing coal mines across NSW, Queensland and Western Australia.


Yancoal has a diverse range of customers and in 2020 we exported our Australian coal to 19 countries.  At current production levels, Yancoal’s thermal coal exports would power around 30 million households in the Asian region (the equivalent of one year’s electricity production in Australia), and metallurgical coal exports could have produced 3.5 million tonnes of steel (equivalent to the amount required to construct around 70 Sydney Harbour Bridges).


Yancoal currently employs over 3,000 people across its operations. At Yancoal people are at the heart of what we do, and we invest in developing our talent throughout the operations.

Job Tasks and Responsibilities

Reporting to the General Manager, Procurement & Major Contracts, you will be a part of a dynamic and motivated team. The Category Manager is responsible for leading, developing and driving Category Strategies across the Yancoal Group that deliver the Procurement Plan (including sourcing & contract management) and supports operational and business opportunities and risk mitigations.


The role will require you to:

  • Engage and Lead business stakeholders through procurement strategies in line with the business objectives.
  • Develop, drive and deliver on Category Strategies that are fit for purpose
  • Ensure Category Strategy initiatives and procurement led business improvement initiatives are executed.
  • Provide strategic direction and advice to the site based Technical/Commercial/Supply staff regarding capital and operating acquisitions.
  • Provide expertise on consumables associated with mobile plant, fixed plant and processing plant used across the Yancoal Group. Ensure Category and Sourcing Strategies include effective and fit for purpose expediting and business handover plans. 
  • Oversee the delivery of goods and components.
  • Ensure effective and fit for purpose supply chain analysis is included in category strategies including logistics, emerging markets and alternative supply sources.
  • Provide strategic advice on budget cost estimates of plant equipment.
  • Establish, implement and review contract templates and procedures across the Yancoal Group.
  • Ensure fit for purpose use of Yancoal Sourcing Process.
  • Lead commercial and contract negotiations for high dollar value, high risk and group strategic contracts as required. Establish service level of agreement with contractors/suppliers that meet Yancoal standards and requirements.
  • Review and provide coaching in contract management issues and ensure Contract Management is a key value element of each Category Strategy.
  • Oversee the management of contractors/suppliers and service providers to ensure achievement of the service level of agreement at the lowest reasonable cost.
  • Review and monitor contracts and service provided to ensure Yancoal’s interests are protected.

Skills and Experience


  • Tertiary degree in engineering, business or commerce
  • Contract management or procurement qualification desirable


  • At least 10 years managing major contracts and procurement leadership
  • Experience in the mining industry


  • Proven team leadership experience and development of professional individuals.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and high emotional maturity to build and maintain effective relationships
  • Highly developed negotiation, mediation and conflict resolution skills with significant evidence of savings and value delivery
  • Sound analytical skills for strategies and negotiation
  • Systematic approach to strategy development
  • Understand internal Demand analysis and correlate to external Supply market opportunities
  • Ability to influence and engage, through both written and verbal communication, with a wide diversity of audiences
  • Proven performance management of teams and individuals


  • Knowledge of all relevant legislative requirements.
  • Sound commercial awareness


Yancoal provides a range of benefits to appeal to the diverse needs of our employees.  The following benefits are available to eligible salaried employees:

  • Corporate Subsidised Health Cover Premiums
  • Salary Continuance and Life Insurance Cover
  • Salary Sacrifice Options
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Educations Assistance
  • Service Recognition
  • Paid Parental Leave Provisions
  • Flexible Work Arrangements


If you would like to apply for this role please click the Apply button.


Please note, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. We reserve the right to close the advertisement before the advertised end date and commence recruitment proceedings immediately.


Applications close 20 October 2021