Commercial Manager

About Coombes

Working in partnership with Network Rail and, alongside other major contractors, Coombes provide a whole manner of off-track services, including vegetation management, on-track plant hire, ecological support, civil engineering and fencing.  All while maintaining a focus on quality, safety and efficiency.


We have seen recent significant growth as a Principal Contractor and Framework Contractor to Network Rail and are looking for a new Commercial Manager to help us provide a ‘Gold-Standard’ service that is second to none.


Coombes is a family-run SME where we value integrity, a positive‘ can-do’ attitude and working together as one team so that we may give our clients the best possible service.  We strive to provide a supportive environment where you can be your best self and have a tangible impact.  If this sounds like something you would enjoy being a be part of, please reach out to us – we’d love to hear from you.

About the vacancy

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.

·        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.

For a full role profile please contact the HR Team on 01730 231761 or email  


To apply for this opportunity, please forward your CV and a covering letter/email to or to our Recruitment Coordinator at Coombes UK, Unit 6 New Farm Buildings, Winchester Road, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 3PB.

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