What is the purpose of this role?
We are seeking an experienced Contracts Manager to join one of the UK's largest utilities companies at their head office based in central Reading, Berkshire.
You will receive a competitive salary of up to £50,000 and a great package which includes a competitive contributory pension and a wider benefits scheme which includes an annual pay review, season ticket loans and loyalty awards for continuous service plus much more.
In your role as Construction Contracts Manager you will be responsible for contracts and ongoing relationships with suppliers of services as well as some management and supervision staff as well as financial budgets to ensure the cost-effectiveness and value for money of contracts are other key tasks required within this role.
What makes this role unique?
This unique opportunity will enable the successful applicant to play a major part in the delivery of these changes, by overseeing the commercial contracting and strategic approach to the company's whole logistics operation. This is a high profile role within the business with personal development opportunities, including direct engagement with director-level stakeholders inside and outside the company and the opportunity to work closely with other teams, including, legal, financial, regulatory, operational and market experts.
You will work as part of an award winning team. The Logistics Management Centre (LMC) is a central, single point of contact for the business. As a centralised operation, The LMC combines mobile equipment from strategic suppliers, hire companies, and company partners into one integrated unit. This allows us to meet customer demands and provide the most effective use of equipment across all company sites and operations, thus presenting an end-to-end, single view of logistics demand and capacity.
The role of Contracts Manager will require you to:
Identifying contracts required between departments to support requirement for a compliant and competitive Retail Non Household business at market opening.
Managing structures and bids.
Negotiating contracts from a company perspective to achieve optimum risk allocation and best value whilst ensuring focus on customer.
Adhering to and support the development of enduring contract management processes.
Ensuring that all processes followed are in line with legislation and company policies and are auditable with key documents, information and communications confidentially stored.
Driving continuous improvement in contract development through close engagement with internal and external customers.
Developing good working relationships and close liaison with clients. Maintaining a high standard of quality work.
Additional integral responsibilities include report writing, record maintenance, satisfactory communication at all levels, maintenance of Company image, employee welfare and team building.
What skills are we looking for?
We are seeking an individual with a strong technical understanding of commercial and contract management, a keen attention to detail, exceptional analytical / numerical skills and an ability to communicate information and influence key stakeholders to all levels (internal and external to the company).
To be successful in this role, you will be a highly-experienced commercial or contract manager, with a robust background in customer-facing engagement. Strong negotiation skills are essential, and experience in sell-side negotiations would be an advantage.
You must be able to demonstrate a track record of driving performance improvement of existing processes using customer insight, and market analysis and your commercial acumen. You will hold good market knowledge and commercial awareness of the changes occurring in the water sector along with the external logistics market, as well as best practice in a customer service environment.
Experience in the development or implementation of commercial or contractual governance frameworks in another utilities sector would be advantageous.
Information & Salary
This role is based at our offices in Central Reading, Berkshire. We are offering a salary of up to £50,000 per annum depending on your level of experience.
We offer a range of benefits including an excellent contributory pension scheme (matched up to 12%), on-going training, season ticket loans and paid volunteering days and much more!