Senior Commercial Manager

About Coombes

Founded by brothers Shane and Jack, we are a leading arboriculture contractor with well over 20 years of experience and expertise in the forestry sector, whilst also playing a key role in the rail and civil sectors by providing a whole manner of off-track solutions in partnership with Network Rail and tier 1 contractors.

COOMBES have built an incredible industry reputation by constantly delivering work to the highest standard, and are known for going above and beyond for our clients. Our leadership team are passionate about supporting the professional development of our staff members, and value integrity, a positive ‘can-do’ attitude, and working together as one.

We are focused on doing the right thing and are fully committed to promoting sustainability, reducing the environmental impact of all our activities, supporting local communities and contributing to economic growth in the areas where we operate.

We are experiencing significant growth across all areas of the business, so we are seeking professionals to strengthen and support our teams allowing us to continue offering a service that is second to none.

About the vacancy

Commercial Manager

Full Time, Permanent

Petersfield Based

Salary: £65,000 - £80,000 PA

Reports to: Managing Director

We have a really exciting opportunity for an experienced Commercial Manager to design, lead and manage a new Commercial function at Coombes. You will draw on your skills, experience and knowledge to establish an effective and forward-thinking service, to support our growing business.

Your experience in contract preparation, management and negotiation will be essential as you will play an integral role in all client contracts at pre- and post-contract design, in order to effectively establish and support our rail and civils projects. This will also incorporate preparing commercial responses to PQQ’s, tenders, etc.

As Commercial Manager you will be responsible for the robust financial and resource management of multiple contracts, ensuring that we comply with commercial and financial governance. Maximising revenue and client benefits whilst minimising risk will be key to your success.

You will be a proactive communicator and keep key stakeholders informed through effective reporting and production of Contract Commercial Management Plans, as well as leading client meetings. Your proven ability to build excellent working relationships is therefore essential.

Coombes provides an environment where you will be supported to draw on your experience to design and grow your function. In the establishment phase, this role will also naturally see you involved with some operational activities such as carrying out QS pricing.

As well as sharing the ethos and values of our Company, candidates must have the following:

· Degree in Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying (or similar) or equivalent experience.

· Substantial experience within Rail/Construction/Civils sector and excellent industry knowledge.

· Significant experience at Commercial Manager level.

· Experience and knowledge of relevant legislation.

· Membership of RICS, CICES or CIOB (desirable).

Salary: We offer the right candidate a highly competitive package

Working Hours: 37.5 per week

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We will keep your CV on our records for 6 months after the closing date, at which point it will be destroyed.

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