Commercial Leader (Civils / Highways) Permanent

South East
£85000/annum £85K + Excellent package (Negotiable)
18 Oct 2016
16 Nov 2016
Contract Type
About this Role:

A leading International Civil Engineering Contractor is looking to engage a Commercial Leader to oversee the Highways sector.

You will be responsible for leading a dedicated team of Surveyors that are based in various locations around the UK.

 Although based in Swindon, will be required to visit project locations so must be flexible to travel/lodge.

The ideal candidate must have a solid background of project delivery in the Highway`s sector, and a solid Principle Contractor background.

The Commercial Leader is required to ensure that all commercial aspects of the projects

under their remit are properly managed and controlled, and that commercial strategy is

developed and delivered in accordance with the requirements of the business.

Key Responsibilities:

Management of Commercial Team

Carry out recruitment and selection of Commercial team

Provide assistance, support and guidance on all commercial issues within the projects and

ensure that commercial staff attain their maximum potential

Develop and expand the commercial knowledge of the commercial team

Review all commercial plans to deliver maximum margin

Provide contractual advice during the tendering process

Identify improvements to commercial procedures

Manage the monthly commercial audit process

Manage mediation/adjudication claims

Ensure the subcontract process is administered correctly to protect the Company


Complete monthly review of contract results and performance

Carry out cashflow and Work in Progress reporting

Manage CVRs on a monthly basis to satisfy the requirements of the Business Unit/Company

and provide any other reports which may be required

Ensure compliance with corporate governance

Manage and review cost to complete forecasts

Valuation and cash collection

Ensure all valuations are submitted on time

Maximise monthly valuations

Ensure timely collection of cash

Deal with claims preparation, final account negotiation and settlement

Manage the compensation event process including timely submission with cost information

Audit and governance

Ensure full compliance with Company commercial procedures and corporate governance


Carry out audits on regional contracts

Key measures & targets:

Cash Collection/Work in Progress reports

Contract Margin/Management of business risks

Timely final accounting to maximise margin

Key relationships:

Regional Managers

Commercial Director

Commercial Team

Person Specification:

The successful candidate is likely to meet all of the following criteria:


Management of a team of quantity surveyors, costing staff and project planners

Degree qualified, or equivalent

Experience of development and implementation of procedures

Civil engineering works experience, including utilities

Knowledge of a wide range of contract conditions

Strong contractual experience

Excellent IT skills and knowledge of relevant software

Ability to solve problems efficiently

Excellent interpersonal and networking skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with

all levels of personnel

Ability to effectively prioritise a busy workload and meet project deadlines

Evidence new ways of thinking which deliver benefits

Ability to influence others


Member of RICS or other relevant professional body, or working towards


As well as offering a competitive salary, remuneration for this role includes flexible benefits,

which provides a range of guaranteed benefits including but not limited to:

Company car/car allowance

Company pension contribution

Life Assurance

Private medical cover

About the Company/Client/Project:

A World Leading Civil Engineering Contractor.

Requirements including certificates and qualifications:

A minimum of a HNC in Quantity Surveying or equivalent, with recent and relevant experience in a similar role.

Candidates must be able to prove their eligibility to work in the UK