Senior Commercial Manager (Route)

Job Type:Full Time


Basingstoke, GB

Department Name

SS Wessex Route Contracts and Procurement (338786) G1

About Network Rail

Network Rail is at the heart of revitalising Britain's railways. Over the next five years, we intend to invest £34.6 billion on improving and developing the rail network. From multi-million pound schemes, such as the rejuvenation of King's Cross station and the upgrade and expansion of Thameslink, to Europe's largest civil engineering project - Crossrail, we are involved in some of the most ambitious and diverse ventures the UK has ever seen. Working with us you'll benefit from state-of-the-art training and a second-to-none support network, all in a company with an annual turnover that equals those within the top 5 of the FTSE 100.

Brief Description

The Route Contracts & Procurement team provide a pre and post contract management service to the Wessex Route. Our key customers are Asset Management, Maintenance, Works Delivery and Operational teams. The Route leads the day to day operation of the Railway Network using internal and external resources to complete both Maintenance and Investment activities

About the role (External)

1.Responsible for establishing and implementing appropriate commercial strategies including effective project cost management and providing feedback into subsequent procurement processes.

2.Responsible for the commercial management of framework agreements and supporting contracts leading the commercial review of contractor delivery, attending valuation & progress meetings as necessary.

3.Initiate estimating and risk & value management of projects in a timely manner during the project life-cycle, recommending appropriate mitigating actions on commercial/risk events at the earliest opportunity.

4.Lead the negotiation of all prices under existing contracts/framework agreements (including the negotiation of target costs) and fully participate in the associated Quantitative Risk Assessment and Value Management Workshops.

5.Responsible for monitoring and managing all project reporting such that it is accurately maintained and recorded in accordance with company reporting systems. Explain all variances to outturns, period forecasts, AFCs and budget/authority to Finance & Commercial Director [Region] / Programme Commercial Manager/Programme Director, proposing mitigating actions at the earliest opportunity.

6.Lead and deploy the commercial team in the management of all live projects ensuring they are are adequately resourced from a commercial perspective.

7.Provide pro-active expertise, advice and governance on all contract/scope changes in accordance with change control systems, recommending or authorising appropriate action within delegated authority and progressing the timely resolution of contract variations.

8.Manage all commercial correspondence and contractual notices issued in accordance with contractual conditions to confirm whether Network Rail's contractual position is clearly defined.

9.Identify emerging problems, report contractual claims & support in the management and resolution of legal and/or commercial disputes in conjunction with Regional/Functional management as appropriate.

10.Establish appropriate compliance controls and audit regimes to achieve adherence to Network Rail's relevant procedures, Group and company standards.

11.Lead the final account settlements on all projects to manage close out as per the project authority, project plan and within agreed timescales. Monitor all multi-year framework agreements, to agreement and reconciled annual accounts within 6 months of each year-end.

12.Support demonstration of efficiencies and continual improvement of estimating by undertaking cost analysis of completed projects and feedback as per Cost Allocation Feedback process.

13. Support with pre and post contract procurement activities as appropriate acting as role model for commercial staff, providing coaching and development as appropriate.


    Knowledge of railway and construction industry conditions of contract.

      Educated to degree level or equivalent and professional qualification.

        Experienced negotiator.

          Experience of resolution of construction contract disputes

            5 years' relevant railway and/or construction experience.

              Knowledge of railway commercial contract management.


                Experience of managing and developing a team of staff.

                  Good communication skills both written and oral.
                  • Experience of contractors accounts.

                  How to apply (External)

                  Network Rail welcomes applications regardless of age, disability, marital status (including civil partnerships), pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender status, sex (or gender), employment status, trade union affiliation, or other irrelevant factor. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. We positively embrace flexible working recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life.

                  Keeping people safe on the railway is at the heart of everything we do, safe behaviour is therefore a requirement of working for Network Rail.Applicants should demonstrate their personal commitment to safety in their application.

                  Network Rail can offer you a rewarding career with competitive pay and excellent benefitsincluding a choice of contributory pension schemes, a generous annual leave package, a bonus scheme and an annual 75% subsidy on season tickets costing up to £3,333 (to a maximum amount of £2,500).

                  We adhere to a structured pay framework, any salary offered will be within the following pay range: £ 51,156- £ 57,551

                  Network Rail is required to comply with UK Government standards when carrying out pre-employment checks for all new starters; this includes a basic criminal record check. In addition to the basic criminal record check, in accordance with the UK Government we are also required to verify your identity, right to work in the UK and previous three years employment history.

                  Closing date: 08-04-2020. Late applications will not be accepted. We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes