Commercial Manager

Job Details

Overall purpose of the job

This is a key role for the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) as the Transport programme moves
towards construction of Major Projects. The Commercial Manager will work across the GCP transport
programme providing focused advice on commercial activities. This will include procurement for major
works as well as ongoing management of the contract.

This role will lead the GCPs key procurement processes and provide:
• Value for money via commercial acumen
• Contract management advice
• Contract procurement expertise
• Contract negotiation with major contractors
• Consistent accurate approach to all transactions

Main accountabilities

1 Contract Management

  • Provide expert advice to GCP officers.
  • Provide advice throughout the lifecycle of major contracts including support to Senior
  • Project Officers in the NEC contract management process.
  • Lead the procurement process for GCP major contracts to ensure they follow appropriate
    procurement rules and achieve value for money.
  • Work alongside key stakeholders to ensure effective contracts are built into the
    commissioning process as early as possible, with levers that allow for value for money and
    the delivery of outcomes.
  • Ensure a consistent, thorough and robust approach is taken to measuring and
    understanding risk across our portfolio of contracts.

2 Commercial Vision and Objectives

  • Working with all officers, senior management and suppliers to create a transparent and
    collaborative environment, when creating and negotiating contracts.
  • Support the Head of Programme in providing effective leadership and direction to enable
    an organisation-wide approach that is market focused and replicable.
  • Ensure coherence and links across service delivery and service change to ensure the way
    we deliver our programme is aligned to our corporate commercial ambitions and corporate
  • Work with the Head of Procurement and Commercial to ensure we are aligned with the
    corporate Commercial Strategy.
  • Deputise for the Head of Programme at appropriate meetings, and in commercial
    conversations and negotiations.

3 Business Analysis

  • Look across the GCP programme to ensure value for money is being delivered and a
    commercial approach to change is being undertaken.
  • Assess GCP’s approach to business planning and testing new initiatives against value for
    money, risk, and outcomes.
  • Introduce contract management systems across the GCP Programme to ensure effective
    management of contracts.
  • Assess key areas of spend and implementing initiatives and tools to reduce cost and
    optimise outcomes.

4 Delivery models

  • Be recognised as an expert in NEC contract and commercial management.
  • Provide trusted expertise and advice on appropriate business solutions and models to
    achieve maximum value, outcomes and returns.
  • Support Senior Project Managers and decision makers in developing new models of
    delivery that improve outcomes, reduce risk exposure and deliver value for money.

5 Acumen development, culture change and partnerships

  • Champion and lead by example the behaviours, critical thinking and innovative
    approaches required for a more business-like organisation.
  • Provide mentoring support to Assistant Project Managers to help develop contract
    management skills across the GCP.

6 Team Leadership

  • Advise GCP leadership on the commercial requirements to support the Programme.
  • Recruit and build this team as necessary working closely with the County Councils
    commercial management team.
  • Use strong mentoring and coaching skills to develop the potential of individuals and build a
    strong, reliable and trusted team.
  • Provide clear leadership and decision making that enables the knowledge capacity to
    extend beyond the team and embeds across the organisation.
  • Lead by example to continually review and monitor opportunities for commercialisation of
    the team and its activities. This includes horizon scanning, sector awareness and
    modelling good practice.

Pay rate: £500 per day umbrella

Three to six month contract with view to extend or make permanent