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Senior Commercial Manager (Change)

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

We have a vacancy for a Senior Commercial Manager within the Optioneering, Mitigation & Change (OMC) team on our HS2 London Tunnels Contract.

The OMC team focus is on change pan-project which gives a unique high level perspective on a multi-billion pound project. You will be working for the OMC Commercial Director and be expected to work independently and as part of an integrated team. 


Flexible working: We welcome you to ask about the flexibility you need. This might be part-time, remote working, or compressed hours for example. Anyone who applies for a role can ask about flexibility at interview. In return, we will explore what is possible for the role. 

Role Responsibility

  • Create and lead a team of knowledgeable commercial staff to deal with the complex commercial issues of the project
  • Lead commercial negotiations with the Client within the operative business environment
  • Lead and/or support commercial negotiations with major supply chain members
  • Ensure the proper communication of the commercial strategy to the wider team
  • Lead all aspects of commercial due diligence and reporting, work closely with operations and finance leads to ensure transparent reporting.
  • Provide strategic guidance, direction and support to the wider team
  • Ensure compliance to Skanska/Costain/STRABAG (SCS) policies
  • Provide commercial and contractual advice to the project team where appropriate.
  • Own the risk management process in both the interest of the project
  • Develop and manage Profit Improvement Plans to improve operating income and achieve tendered margin where necessary;
  • Manage interfaces with other disciplines to enable optimal solutions to be established
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders internally and with the client organization to ensure relationships are proactive and effective.
  • Talent management and succession planning for commercial team members. Ensure a robust succession plan and development opportunities for the commercial teams across the programme

The Ideal Candidate

  • RICS/CICES accredited Degree (or equivalent)
  • Full Membership of RICS or CICES (or equivalent)
  • Proven experience in leading commercial functions and operating at senior level within large, complex programmes and or businesses preferably within contracting organisations.
  • Commercial awareness partnered with a strategic mindset
  • Relevant experience in managing contracts, from strategic negotiation to operation, ideally within a large scale infrastructure environment
  • Experience in successfully building and leading multi-disciplinary teams
  • Self-motivated and confident
  • Excellent organizational and great leadership skills
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal abilities

About the Company

The role will work on the HS2 project. HS2 is the UK’s new high speed rail network. It will be a catalyst for economic growth across Britain, freeing up space on the existing railways and connecting 8 out of the UK’s 10 biggest cities with fast, reliable and frequent high speed services

The Skanska | Costain | STRABAG (SCS JV) is delivering the HS2 London Tunnels Contract. Scope of works includes twin-bored tunnels (TBM), SCL tunnels, shaft sinking, bridge demolition and reconstruction, services diversions, earthworks and the construction of site compounds.

You’ll be a welcomed member of the wider team, with opportunities to take on additional responsibility, join one of our networks for women, military or LGBT+ staff, and participate in cultural and social events with the local community (e.g. as a STEM ambassador).

Your personal and professional development is important to us. We welcome a discussion about how we can support you with further study, or professional membership or attainment for example.

HS2 – working with Skanska, Costain and STRABAG, closely monitors job applications, to ensure an inclusive recruitment process. To ensure we are able to maintain this, and to recruit a diverse workforce, we require candidates to complete the diversity form as part of their application so we are able to monitor and improve our approach to diversity.  Please note, all responses are anonymous and we will not share any of your data with other parties. All data will be held securely, (as stated within the Data Protection Act 1998) and will be reported to HS2.

It is an SCSJV requirement that all employees, Design House,  and Supply Chains must implement and comply with the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System, ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System with guidance for use”, OHSAS 18001:2017  Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems and ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Information Security Management System, Policies, Plans, Procedures and Processes, and statutory requirements as they affect the Joint Venture ‘s operations and ensure that the requirements, as applicable within their discipline, are effectively implemented on the project. Develop a culture of safety on the project through the absolute commitment to the Zero Accidents target and ethos, and develops a wider awareness of quality, environmental issues and demonstrates commitment to achieve continual improvement and Zero tolerance.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

SCS Railways is a Disability Confident Leader.  We want to encourage disabled people to apply for our roles and have an opportunity to display your skills, talent, and abilities.  We will ensure that a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants that meet the minimum criteria for this position will be offered an interview.

Please see the disability confident commitments:

To be considered for an interview under this scheme you have:

  • A physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long-term effect (over 12 months) adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities
  • Demonstrated in your application and pre-interview stage that you meet the minimum job criteria and person specification for the role

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