Commercial Manager

Location: Birmingham

About Colas Ltd

Colas Ltd are a UK subsidiary of the global Colas Group, which operates in over 50 countries worldwide and employs over 55,000 people. We are specialists in highways construction and have been involved in large scale UK and international construction projects within the highways, airfields and marine sectors as well as offering highways maintenance services and manufacturing our own innovative surfacing products. We hold a ‘Gold Investor in People’ award for continuously developing and rewarding our employees, offering excellent career potential.

About the Role

You will be responsible for delivering an effective commercial function for Colas Limited through strong leadership and management of the commercial team, whilst ensuring compliance with company and corporate governance requirements and procedures. You’ll ensure projects are managed effectively in line with Colas governance policies and procedures.

Ona a day to day basis, you’ll manage and oversee financial and commercial processes; commercial management and contract administration; cost planning and pre-contract cost control; project/commercial management reporting and the recording of works progress and assessing the effects of delay, prolongation and disruption.

As well as a competitive salary, Colas offer an excellent benefits package, which includes:

  • Competitive contribution pension scheme
  • Car / car allowance
  • 25 days annual leave per annum + the option to buy or sell up to 5 days annual leave
  • Opportunity to study towards professional qualifications
  • NI free childcare vouchers
  • Ongoing training, and personal professional development
  • Discounts on car leasing, holidays, cinema tickets, restaurants and much more through our online employee benefits portal

About you

You’ll have the relevant academic and professional qualifications such as MRICS, MICES, CIArb, MSc Construction Law etc. You’ll bring with you strong, demonstrable commercial management experience in a senior commercial role within the highways sector.  It would be preferable to have both pre-contract and post-contract commercial experience.

You’ll be confident in managing P&L in a contracting environment. Have knowledge of the construction industry and its key processes including design and be adept at completing complex projects on time, to quality standards and achieving profit targets.

It’s essential that you’re able to find positive solutions to complex problems and be able to identify and implement effective business management processes. You must possess an excellent understanding of the contracting process as well as the ability to manage and develop the business both technically and commercially.

Colas is fully committed to promoting equality and diversity and maintaining a culture of fairness, transparency and respect for all employees, clients, communities, suppliers, contractors and other stakeholders. Colas aims to be inclusive, meet diverse needs and promote awareness and ownership in the workplace and the communities in which we serve.

Colas values the strength and differences that a diverse workforce brings to the organisation and believes that by harnessing these differences, we will foster a productive environment where equity and mutual respect are intrinsic, where talents are being fully utilised and organisational goals are met.

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