Associate Director Quantum

Steve Thomas
Sydney, Australia
AUS $220k to $300k
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A specialist claims, disputes, arbitration and construction expert consultancy in Sydney, Australia is seeking an Associate Director in Quantum to carry out complex and high value commissions.
Suitable candidates will be experienced in the preparation of quantum expert witness reports as a lead assistant and will have the desire to work towards taking the next step to becoming a free-standing  expert witness in your own right.

Suitable candidates will have strong written skills and must have some prior experience of drafting / contributing to the writing of expert reports for formal disputes. This is something that you will be asked to demonstrate at the interview process.

Your construction dispute experience will help you to be eligible to join this highly reputable niche consultancy based in Sydney, Australia. You will be based from offices overlooking the iconic Sydney Harbour. The business offers a genuine consultative service to their clients providing advice on commercial and contractual strategy, claims management and advice on dispute resolution including support through the arbitration and litigation processes.

This employer has a well-established and strong client base throughout both Australia and New Zealand and due to an increase in work in the Australasia region they will actively work with you to provide you with the support and opportunities to become an expert witness and achieve Quantum Director level.

Project Details

As Quantum Associate Director, you will be exposed to a broad range of interesting and challenging work, dealing with complex, high-value disputes.
In addition to undertaking mostly quantum expert work, you will also have some responsibility for live projects in distress, assisting the team and your clients to prepare and evaluate claims.

Responsibilities and Duties

Your role will include responsibility for:

  • Preparing expert reports and delivering expert testimony
  • Working with a team to identify and gather evidence for analysis
  • Working with client project teams, delay analysts, lawyers and a range of other professionals on both expert and claims work.
  • Managing dispute resolution processes (including by working with external legal professionals), including mediation, expert determination and preparing adjudication applications and responses under security of payment legislation.
  • interpreting specifications, drawings, plans, construction methods and procedures and identifying opportunism for claims for clients
  • drafting contractual correspondence and providing contract administration and commercial management advice
  • managing teams of client representatives and other professionals to provide advice and prepare claims;

 In addition to your technical skills, you will also:

  • Undertake marketing and business development activities to expand the Company’s client base;
  • Foster existing client relationships;
  • Undertake other business development activities, including preparing and delivering seminars and attending industry events.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Successful candidates will have around 15 years of experience in the construction industry, either working for a PQS firm, claims consultancy or a competitor expert witness consultancy.
  • Have 3++ years or many more of experience in forensic analysis and the preparation of quantum reports dealing with the costing of variations, delay costs, disruption costs and related contractual cost claims
  • It is critical that the successful candidate has extremely strong writing skills and have prior experience of drafting / writing expert reports for formal disputes.
  • Possess a CV demonstrating frequent and continued exposure in recent years to formal disputes such as adjudication, arbitration or litigation.
  • Strong Microsoft Excel skills, with experience using tools such as PowerBI and graphical tools advantageous, but not essential
  • Excellent client facing skills and a proven ability to foster client relationships.
  • Excellent analytical problem-solving skills and attention to detail;
  • Proven ability to work autonomously and as part of a team, and able to support/train junior staff.
  • A desire to network, build your professional profile and establish relationships with existing and new clients.
  • Prior local experience in the Australia and/or New Zealand market is advantageous as is Australian Citizenship or PR, although for strong candidates long-term work visas can be obtained.

Qualifications/Educational Requirements

  • A construction-related degree is essential (especially for visa purposes)
  • Candidates should have achieved or be working towards a Masters in Construction Law & Dispute Resolution (or similar)
  • A relevant professional membership (dual qualification) with a globally recognised organisation such as the RICS / AIQS or similar equivalent would be advantageous

Employing Company Overview and Profile

This employer seeking a construction Quantum Associate Director is a growing provider of specialist commercial advisory, claims management and dispute resolution services to the construction and infrastructure sector across many parts of Australia and New Zealand.
They are a growing specialist construction disputes firm based in Sydney, with plans to grow in other cities in Australia.

They pride themselves on providing a true consultative and advisory service to their clients.
The team is made of up industry experts with a wealth of experience in the claims and disputes sector. Successful candidates can expect to join a highly professional team that like to provide a very high level of service to their clients.
This position would suit candidates looking to join a supportive consultancy that will help to develop your experience, capabilities and raise your professional profile.

They already have fee earning expert work available and are actively wanting to progress their Associate Director level staff to become industry-leading expert witnesses.
A full client overview will be provided to shortlisted candidates.

Additional Benefits Package and Incentives

The salary for this role is negotiable dependant on the skills, experience and opportunities that a candidate can bring to the business. As a guide, however the salary is likely to be in the region of:
AUS$220-300K basic
+ Highly Competitive Bonus Scheme

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