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Burns & McDonnell Senior Commercial Manager - Transmission & Distribution (Birmingham, UK) in Birmingham, United Kingdom


The Senior Commercial Manager is accountable for leadership, direction, management and performance of the commercial department. The role includes the management of the reporting systems for all aspects of commercial management as well as managing the commercial staff and the tools used in commercial management to enterprise Project Management Centre of Excellence requirements. The department performs complex aspects of individual project estimating, change and cost control while providing reporting internally and to clients. The department includes quantity surveyors and estimators and is responsible for managing all aspects of our commercial contracts with clients and supply chain partners.

This position supports the senior leadership team, Project Managers and Project Directors on projects and programs of varying size and complexity and provides reviews of the project’s status. This position is critical to the coaching and mentoring of the commercial team.


To succeed in this role the successful candidate will demonstrate effective commercial leadership at business, framework, and project level to deliver all aspects of commercial control. You will have in-depth and demonstrable experience in administering contracts in accordance with the NEC3 and NEC4 forms of contract (Mainly Option A and C) ideally within the power sector or similar relevant industry sector. You will be proficient in overseeing the development, award and administration of subcontracts using the NEC3 and NEC4 forms.

Technical responsibilities

  • Lead and direct estimating, project cost management, and forecasting for multiple projects.

  • Ensure accurate Earned Value Management system reporting.

  • Ensure accurate cost management and forecast reporting.

  • Oversee the risk management process by identifying and mitigating risk potentials to the project.

  • Support Interactive Project Planning Meetings (IPPM).

  • Expert negotiation experience with industry client agreements and construction contract/subcontract agreements.

  • Experience with Joint Venture agreements and ability to assist EPC PMs in administering a Joint Venture agreement.

  • Maintain effective commercial relationships with existing and potential clients, customers and contractors to support business activities.

  • Responsible for recruitment, development, training, retention and evaluating performance of the project controls and commercial team.

  • All other duties as assigned.

    Technical Responsibilities

  • Oversee monthly internal reporting through the clients and internal commercial management procedures.

  • Ensure cash flow is optimised through the oversight of activity schedules, the submission of monthly valuations and the control of subcontractor accounts.

  • Drive the recovery of outstanding monies and ensure all queries are fully resolved in a timely manner

  • Identify commercial risks, opportunities, value engineering and change events

  • Ensure change events are managed in accordance with the contract including early warnings, CE notification, CE quotation and through to CE implementation and inclusion into the new cost and program baselines.

  • Review cost estimates and subcontract enquiries for both tender proposals and compensation events.

  • Ensure the project delivery teams adhere to risk management procedures and financial compliance.

  • Manage the commercial KPI data at the framework and business unit level and minimize any potential negative effect on our frameworks

  • Maintain the projects adherence to payment timescales

  • Provide oversight and advice on sub-contracts throughout the project, through to Final Account agreement.

    Functional Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the project delivery teams to enforce the business drivers and outcomes for our projects

  • Maximize profitability having regard to client and subcontractor relations, third party incomers and the company’s strategic objectives regarding client relations and the risk/reward philosophy

  • A commercially and contractually astute individual that takes ownership of performance

  • Assistance with the management, preparation and submission of tender enquires.

  • Undertake costing activities, utilising a sound working knowledge of tender process

  • Interact and communicate effectively with clients and colleagues to achieve project objectives

  • Able to manage multiple projects and conflicting deadlines

  • Able to work autonomously and/or as part of a project team

  • Identifying new skills and competencies required to meet business needs and actively supporting the development and recruitment of talent

  • Support the continued development of more junior team personnel by providing commercial guidance and establishing training needs.



  • 15 years’ relevant experience in a commercial position

  • BSc or HND (or equivalent) in Commercial Management / Quantity Surveying or other equivalent commercially related subject

  • Experience within the Power Transmission & Distribution sector preferred or similar complex regulated business environment.

  • Awareness and experience of construction methods, technology, standard forms of measurement, and the NEC 3 and NEC4 forms of contract (Options A & C)

  • Excellent computer literacy with experience MS Office suite of programmes.

  • Ability to read, understand, interpret and anaylse a project programme


Chartership through the RICS or similar accredited institution.

Excellent communication skills and analytical skills with the ability to apply intensive and diversified knowledge of principles and practices to broad areas of assignments.

Pro-active in building knowledge and understanding of the industry

Strong understanding of project management to execute project work

Capability to coach and develop the team

Ability to develop innovative and practical solutions to a range of problems and an understanding of how one issue may be part of a much larger solution

Ability to make an effective and collaborative contribution to the team through sharing knowledge, promoting ideas, and valuing the contribution of all team members.

Able to travel to visit clients and sites where necessary

High standards of verbal and written communication

Collaborative, and keen to share information, knowledge, and skills

Keen to seek out new opportunities for learning and career progression

Be able to identify the goals of any project and work steadily towards them

Ability to adhere to a structured and methodical approach to any task, identifying priorities and setting deadlines


Job Engineering

Primary Location GB-Birmingham UK-Birmingham

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

About Burns & McDonnell

Burns & McDonnell is making the world a more amazing place with more than 7,000 engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists and consultants on staff and growing. We strive to create amazing success for our clients and amazing careers for our employee-owners. We take on some of the world’s toughest challenges with the industry’s best thinking.

We have offices and projects spanning the US and the globe. We are proud to rank among FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. Our culture of 100% employee ownership plays a major role in supporting that outcome. Each employee shares in the ownership of the firm, bringing the commitment of an owner to our projects. Clients appreciate that and have rewarded us with a 90% repeat business rate and decades-long partnerships. Pretty cool for a 100 year old firm that grows organically.

At Burns & McDonnell, you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference every day while fulfilling your personal and professional ambitions. Our entrepreneurial culture lets you guide your destiny and shape the path your career travels. And with more than 350 service specialties, your career and development options are abundant.

Burns & McDonnell is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans

Req ID: 221824