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

Would you like the opportunity to work in an ambitious team that values collaboration in achieving our goals?

Are you able to establish positive relationships and professional credibility, building networks quickly and effectively, communicating with partners at all levels and influencing others to get onboard with your vision?

As commercial manager you will be supporting the Buildings and Civils Team on the Wessex Route working alongside our Asset Management and Works delivery Teams to ensure that the framework agreements are being correctly administered where you will provide post-contract commercial management of medium value/medium risk activity and support pre-contract activity. You will also be providing specialist commercial advice, mentorship and recommendations to mitigate commercial risks.

The role will be responsible for all of the post contract commercial management and support pre-contract activity of all frameworks and contracts related to the Buildings and Civils Reactive and Project Frameworks as well as the CEFA/ CAFA contracts.

The role is on a Fixed Term Contract for 14 months.

About the role (External)

1.Support the functional teams in monitoring for breaches of corporate governance - compliance with Network Rail Corporate Governance rules in a timely manner.

2.Manage cost reporting of all allocated accounts within the Network Rail reporting framework including Cost Forecasting, Anticipated Final Cost, Cost of Work Done, Gross Billing and Current Contract Value.

3.Monitor, manage and report on all commercial aspects of allocated accounts, flagging issues and proposing mitigation actions at the earliest opportunity to Contracts and Procurement Manager.

4.Monitor awareness of all site activities on allocated accounts in order to influence decision making from a commercial perspective.Review contractor delivery; including leading valuation of medium value/medium risk contracts & attending all progress meetings to actively influence contractor's commercial behaviours, delivery and activity.

5.Manage assessment and valuation of contractor's applications and processing of payment certification in accordance with Network Rail processes, contractual terms and conditions and commensurate with contractual entitlement.Cost elements should be challenged, audited where appropriate and valuations should be consistent with agreed site progress.

6.Provide pro-active advice and guidance to the budget holders on all change including proposed scope changes, recommending appropriate action in accordance with Network Rail change control systems and produce all required documentation for approval in accordance with levels of delegated authority including comparative estimates where required in a timely manner

7.Produce of applications for payment/invoices to outside clients in accordance with relevant funding agreements, including supporting documentation as appropriate.

8.Identify and advise on all commercial risk/claim events.

9.Provide of ad-hoc management information and analysis to promote informed decision-making.

10.Produce appropriate commercial correspondence and contractual notices for issue in accordance with contractual conditions. Commercial records should be retained and archived properly upon close out.

11.Undertake final account settlements and internal reconciliation for contract close-out (per the project authority, project plan) as required and within agreed timescales.For multi-year framework agreements, agree and reconcile 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 accounts and feedback as per Cost Allocation Feedback process.

13.Support with pre and post contract procurement activities as appropriate.

14.Provide support to estimating resources, offering guidance and advice on account scale/scope as required.

15.Support the negotiation of all prices under existing contracts/framework agreements (including the negotiation of target costs) and fully participates in the associated quantitative risk assessment and value management workshops, as required.

16.Management of a small team of staff


    Extensive experience in commercial management.

      Demonstrable relevant experience

        Good understanding of the construction/railway industry

          Good negotiation skills

            Educated to degree standard in related subject

              Good Knowledge of Microsoft Office, especially MS Excel


                Awareness of industry issues
                • Vocational qualification

                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: £40,107 - £45,120

                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