Senior Commercial Manager - Rail

Turner & Townsend Limited
27 Jun 2017
25 Jul 2017
Contract Type

To lead and manage the commercial teams responsible for the delivery of multiple and mixed portfolios of infrastructure projects.


- Responsible for all pre and post contract commercial activities including managing commercial teams on the projects in the assigned portfolio. Ensuring the Commercial teams are delivering value for money, under fair and effective commercial management processes, during the entire project. Liaison with the Procurement team on the relevant procurement activities and delivery to programme.
- Monitor project budgets, change control, risk register and contingency with the project delivery team. This will include the periodic reporting and presentation of cost data and the accuracy of the periodic Cost for Work Done (COWD. Explain any Variances against Budget in all Commercial reports for the projects in the portfolio.
- Provide support to the Estimating team with the current project cost data and equally seek support to evaluate high value changes. Carry out regular commercial reviews of both internal costs and of the external supplier costs and implement appropriate measures to manage any rising issues.
- Lead and manage final accounts settlements of all projects in the portfolio and support delivery team with the project close out report. This would also include pro-actively manage any commercial disputes or claims and provide a periodic Claims report. Seek expert support, if required.
- Manage all project commercial communication in accordance with the contract and advice to the Project Delivery team. At all times manage compliance with Commercial Governance rules.
- Capturing Lessons Learnt and feed back to the Head of Commercial. Also Support the Head of Commercial with the project commercial information to promote informed decision-making.
- Along with Head of Commercial manage a Commercial Management team, setting objectives, reviewing performance and participating in selection/promotion decisions to ensure that all staff has the necessary skills and understanding to deliver the team's objectives. Including periodic review and discuss Commercial resource deployment and requirement in line with the project deliverables with the Head of Commercial.


- Demonstrable minimum 10 years (minimum) experience in Commercial Management through the early planning, development and tendering stages of major UK infrastructure projects and of working closely with procurement departments throughout the tender process to contract award. Setting up and implementing robust Post Contract administration processes.
- Strong experience in leading and managing Commercial Management teams on large Infrastructure projects.
- Good knowledge and experience of working with, or for, publicly funded bodies and projects.
- Experience in implementing and maintaining an effective Contract Administration process and reporting system that is aligned to programme/ project requirements.
- Demonstrable experience in contract, commercial and risk management.
- Specific understanding of Construction contract terms and conditions, preferable NEC3 and ICE.
- Strong experience of Target Costs and Fixed Price contracts
- Strong experience of Change Management and resolution of contract disputes
- Membership of the RICS or similar recognised body


- Able to negotiate at Senior Management level and with good interpersonal skills.
- Good commercial acumen.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Comfortable working either independently or as part of a team.
- Willingness to mentor and share knowledge and experience with team members.


- Implement and maintain the necessary Commercial Management systems and processes to ensure the effective cost and risk management of the projects
- Manage and train staff in the necessary skills to carry out the Commercial Management function required
- To implement the cost and change management process within the delegated authorities granted at each stage of the project.
- Support Head of Commercial with recruitment
- To provide cost, risk and change control data to the Head of Commercial Management and provide periodic commercial reports.


- Manage multiple and mixed portfolio of projects with a combined value of circa GBP1 billion.
- Manage a team of up to 8 full time staff together with external professional support when required.


- Support Head of Commercial Management on all aspects of the commercial activities.
- To provide Commercial Management functional support to the Project delivery team and ensure that timely and appropriate cost and contract administration is maintained
- To ensure that relevant and timely advice is provided to the Project delivery team to manage the delivery of the works in accordance with the Contract and project aimed at controlling change and avoiding claims


Take reasonable care to ensure your own and others' health and safety - including those who may be affected by the delivery of this role - by taking personal responsibility for working to the Health and Safety programme principles.

Co-operate with in all matters relating to health and safety, including following safe working procedures at all times and not interfering with measures in place to protect your health, safety or welfare.

Advocate and promote the company's well-being strategy and policies.

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