Commercial Manager - 4513

Guinness was founded in 1890, so we have been providing homes and services for over 130 years. We’re proud of our heritage, and excited about our future. What we’re here for hasn’t changed – to improve people’s lives and create possibilities for them. We’re committed to providing great homes and services to our customers.

This is a really exciting time to join our Development Team and we’re looking for two experienced and driven Commercial Managers, to help us deliver a programme of up to 1,500 homes each year. Based from either our London, Bristol or Exeter office, but with flexible working arrangements, you’ll provide commercial expertise to support high quality developments, from inception through to the end of the defects period, across the South of England whilst delivering effective procurement for new homes and promoting an effective approach towards Building Safety.

Reporting to our Construction Director you’ll also ensure projects run to established budgets, and provide accurate and timely reporting of budget variance, providing advice on mitigation where necessary.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assist with the Development Team in assessing scheme costs, and to advise on validity of costs obtained from external consultants.
  • Undertake value engineering of scheme costs to achieve best value whilst maintaining the quality set out in the Design Guide and Employers Requirements.
  • Manage the existing network of consultants, suppliers and contractors to ensure the supply chain has adequate capacity and competency.
  • Identify and engage new consultants, suppliers and contractors via compliant procurement and selection processes to supplement / replace existing chain as necessary.
  • Assist the Development and Design team to meet or exceed programmed delivery of new schemes through effective tendering and appointment of contractors.
  • Undertake the assessment of contractor payment stages to ensure in line with cashflow and site progress.
  • Issue guidance to the Employers Agents and Delivery Team to issue Withholding Notice / Pay less notices against contractor applications when contractor is in default.
  • Undertake monthly cost and value reconciliations comparing actual spend to forecast, reporting all variances to line management.
  • Share financial and commercial information with the Finance Team to ensure accurate cost reporting and allocation.
  • Work in collaboration with Procurement Team to ensure corporate compliance in tendering and contract award.
  • Proactively assist with the CDQMs and CoWs to ensure contractor compliance with the agreed contract documents, taking responsibility for all commercial matters.
  • Work with the H&S team to monitor contractor compliance to the agreed RAMS.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Experience of managing the budgets of multiple, complex projects simultaneously.
  • Strong analytical background,
  • Ability to accurately report against budget and communicate the findings to senior management.
  • Demonstrates the Guinness Leadership and Management Standard.
  • Excellent, up to date, practical knowledge of the construction process
  • Working knowledge of JCT forms of Contract.
  • Excellent oral and written communications and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong Microsoft Office Skills

Essential Qualifications:

  • Appropriate qualification in Quantity Surveying / Building Management. (HNC/HND in Building Studies)

What’s on offer?
We offer an excellent benefits package that help make The Guinness Partnership a great place to work. These include but aren't limited to:

  • Competitive salary of £61,363 rising to £64,593 after 12 months (+£6,000 local job supplement for London base).
  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays.
  • Choice of Defined Benefit or Defined Contribution Pension.
  • Private Medical Insurance.
  • Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Cycle to work scheme.
  • Benefits Portal - Everyone Lifestyle Benefits.
  • Eye test vouchers
  • Professional qualification support.
  • Professional subscriptions.
  • Purchase additional leave.
  • Salary Sacrifice - Deduction of various benefits from ‘gross’ salary, before tax and NI deducted.
  • A wealth of Learning & Development opportunities.

If you’re interested in joining us and would like to apply for this role, please review the role profile to view all of the key responsibilities and ensure you meet the essential criteria

Strictly no agencies.


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  • Salary:
    £61,363 rising to £64,593 after 12 months
  • Location:
    Flexible-Bristol, Exeter or London
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  • Closing Date:
    4 June 2020
  • Recruitment Advisor:
    Natalie Hey- 0161 219 7293
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