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Principal Commercial

Date: 21-Sep-2022

Location: Perth, WA, AU, 6000

Company: South32 Group Operations Pty. Ltd.

The Opportunity – Permanent, Full Time Position


This newly created position of Principal Commercial will be an integral member of our Commercial team. You will be responsible for identifying, evaluating, prioritising and negotiating commercial opportunities on a value and risk basis to support the Company’s business plan.


Reporting to the Commercial Manager, your key accountabilities are:

  • Enabling key drivers of value including:
    • Capacity – support activities to expand or acquire necessary additional capacity or derive commercial benefits from excess capacity of existing assets.
    • Investments – pursue investments in assets, equipment, infrastructure and supply where they increase the value of existing operations and/or ensure security of supply for ore.
    • Synergies – explore opportunities to generate value through partnering/collaborating with adjacent operations or external parties to maximise utilisation of assets, equipment or infrastructure.
    • Access – ensure timely access to land/ mineral rights for the development of mining areas and infrastructure to support the long-term mine plan.
  • Leading strategic commercial opportunities (from initiation to execution), specifically related to strategic projects, high risk dispute resolution, corporate development opportunities, lease and joint venture arrangements and land and infrastructure acquisition or divestments.
  • Leads the development of transaction structures, negotiations strategies and mandates and complex commercial agreements.
  • Driving and coaching cross functional teams to deliver commercial opportunities including economics to facilitate value-based investment decisions and identification of risk and uncertainties.


About You
Here are some of the core skills we’d like you to have:


  • Minimum 7 years’ experience in a commercial role for a mid-large organisation. M&A, transaction advisory or litigation experience would be highly regarded.
  • Strong experience in developing commercial strategies and leading high value negotiations.
  • Experience and expertise in discounted cash flow and valuations more broadly.
  • Strategic / innovative thinking capability and strong attention to detail.
  • Knowledge in transaction structuring and transaction management preferred.
  • Effective written and communication skills, including experience in influencing senior management.
  • Strong ability to develop interpersonal relationships, thrive in a team environment and lead multi-disciplinary execution teams.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Commerce, Finance, Law or related disciplines


Our benefits 

  • Competitive salary
  • Incentive bonus
  • Work from home options
  • Participation in the employee share plan
  • Industry leading parental leave and family care policy
  • Education and career development


This role will be based at our office in the heart of the Perth CBD. We understand and value the benefits flexibility brings and operate a hybrid work model (in the office and from home).

Our culture 

At South32, our people are fundamental to our success. We’re focused on creating an inclusive workplace, with the right people in the right roles, who are engaged, empowered and appropriately rewarded.

We aspire to be an inclusive organisation, where our workforce reflects the broader demographic of the countries and communities where we operate.

South32 embraces diversity and encourages applications from people of all backgrounds.


If you're good at what you do, you can work anywhere. If you're the best at what you do, come work at South32! 


Applications close 5th October 2022