Programme Commercial Manager

Last updated 3 days ago
Location:Glasgow City
Job Type:Full Time


Glasgow, GB

Department Name

Scotland Region

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Scotland's Railway covers a large geographical area from the Borders to Thurso at the far tip of the North East of Scotland, accounting for almost 20 per cent of the UK rail network. We provide rapid access along busy commuter routes to our seven cities, servicing the varied needs of our business and leisure commuter services, including cross border services and rural services. We have up to 50 freight services operating every day and we are steadily building capacity for this to grow.

Brief Description

A number of exciting opportunities have arisen within Scotland's Railway for commercial leaders. These exciting roles sit within the Capital Delivery part of Scotland's Railway and will the lead commercial delivery of high value, high complexity projects within the following portfolios:

  • Renewals Programmes including structures, buildings and geotechnical works
  • Enhancement Programmes incorporating multi discipline railway disciplines including permanent way, signalling, telecoms and electrification
  • Electrification Programmes with the lead experience requirements being a proven track record on delivery of railway electrification schemes

As a Programme Commercial Manager you will be responsible for the strategic management of all Commercial, Procurement, Finance and Investment activities on the Programme, including work package planning and contract commercial management.

You will bring with you a demonstrable track record in leading significant commercial programmes in a railway environment as well as managing a team of commercial /quantity surveying staff.

About the role (External)

Key Accountabilities

    Functionally responsible for all the commercial management work. Agree with Programme Director the contract strategy for all projects in their area to facilitate timely and efficient implementation.

      Develop and deploy a robust Commercial Strategy for the management and control of the Programme.This will include development of a work packaging strategy together with plans for effective cost management.

        Develop a Procurement Strategy for the Programme, including the processes for the selection of suitable Contractors and Consultants.Agree with the Programme Director the appropriate supplier engagement model for each work package in the Programme.Compliance with OJEU legislation.

          Lead the management and resolution of legal and/or commercial disputes in own area of expertise in conjunction with Functional commercial management and the Programme Director.

            Confirm that all Financial and Commercial reports produced by the Programme are clear and accurate.

              Check that all Financial variances are investigated and reported accurately to the Programme Finance Director and Programme Director, with appropriate mitigation plans.

                Continuously monitor, review and improve the programme financial and commercial strategies in the interests of the Programme.

                  Confirm that appropriate financial budget and authority is in place for all packages in the Programme.Maintain compliance with Investment Regulations.

                    Establish appropriate control and audit regimes to achieve adherence to Network Rail's procedures, relevant Railway Group and Network Rail company standards.

                      Manage the deployment of commercial resources within the Programme and arrange additional support if needed.

                        Mobilise Estimating and Risk Management support for Programme activities as required.

                        Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications


                          Knowledge of the use and application of railway and construction industry conditions of contract.

                            Educated to degree level or equivalent and professional qualification.

                              Experienced staff manager and negotiator.

                                Demonstrate experience of resolution of construction contract disputes and robust post contract management.

                                  Relevant railway and/or construction experience.

                                    Knowledge of railway commercial contract management and estimating.


                                      Experience of managing and developing several teams of staff.

                                        Can demonstrate good communication skills in all areas including written, oral and presentations.

                                          Experience of the management and review of contractor's interim and final accounts.

                                          How to apply (External)

                                          The salary for this role is £78,575 increasing to £88,397 per annum

                                          Closing date: 12th August 2020.
                                          Please get your application in as soon as possible, we may close the advert before the listed closing date if we receive enough applications.

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                                          Please clearly show in your application how your skills and experience match the requirements of this role.

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