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Commercial Manager

Birmingham, West Midlands
£40,750 to c.£50,950pa depending on skills and experience.
Closing date
2 Jun 2024

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£40,750 to c.£50,950pa depending on skills and experience. In addition, we offer flexible benefits fund of 20% which is paid on top base salary and is fully pensionable, as well as a range of competitive benefits - check them out in the Benefits section on our website.


HS2 Ltd endeavours to ensure everyone working for us and with us feels included, thrives and achieves their full potential. In practice, this means we are positive and inclusive about making adjustments, providing flexible working, encouraging our staff networks to flourish and providing personal and professional development opportunities. 

The Commercial Manager is responsible for delivering commercial activities within the Delivery teams. The role works alongside the supply chain and contractors within the development delivery teams, assuring and supporting their commercial activities to provide an independent view to Head of Commercial.


About the role:


  • To be responsible for developing commercial works information, reviewing works information from other functions and drafting contract documents to ensure consistency and alignment with procurement plans.


  • To be responsible for evaluating tenders and supporting moderation to achieve Contract Award.
  • To be responsible for supporting the development of contract management plans.

Post Contract

  • To be responsible for providing commercial assurance to Head of Commercial of all Delivery commercial activities (HS2 & Supply Chain), including:
  • To be responsible for delivering commercial and contract management of the contracts to maintain effective commercial control;
  • To be responsible for the administration of the obligations of the Project Manager under the NEC3 Contract, including assessment of:-

o          variations and compensation events

o          contract payments

o          performance incentive

  • To be responsible for maintaining effective cost verification;
  • To be responsible for reviewing and analysing supply chain monthly reports to drive supply chain performance;
  • To be responsible for inputting contract level performance information into monthly MBR reports;
  • To be responsible for participating and contributing in and contribute to monthly contract and programme performance reviews and other ad hoc reviews and supporting final cost estimate updates;
  • To be responsible for supporting the settlement of supply chain disputes;
  • To be responsible for providing day to day ad hoc contract and commercial advice to client team;
  • To be responsible for providing commercial assessment of opportunities for project savings supporting the development of associated proposals / business case for approval;
  • To be responsible for supporting the development of a collaborative culture within the IPT (Integrated Project Team) that encourages innovation, enhances functional capability, creates consistency of performance, maximises the benefits of knowledge sharing and embeds industry best practice across the organisation;
  • To be responsible for supporting the commercial relationship and engagement with key contractors. 
  • To be responsible for review estimates (at all stages) 


  • To be responsible for leading and reviewing estimates.
  • To be responsible for providing second key corporate governance approval of change and risk draw down in accordance with corporate governance requirements.
  • To be responsible for leading commercial resources, agreeing objectives, managing performance and development to ensure staff have the necessary skills and support to deliver in their roles.
  • To be responsible for providing domain knowledge in the development and maintenance of efficient and effective contract and commercial management policies, processes and procedures. 
  • Actively promote and embed Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in all your work and support and comply with all organisational initiatives, policies and procedures on EDI.


About you:


  • Ability to manage and administer high value and delivery critical contracts to deliver major complex infrastructure or similar projects and programmes. 
  • Ability to develop commercial strategies and plans on capital projects.
  • Ability to support the development and management of effective, value driven management of commercial relationships with supply chain. 
  • Ability to support negotiations with both internal and external parties, and to settle disputes. 
  • Ability to support the management of stakeholder parties to achieve successful project outcomes. 
  • Ability to develop commercial policies, processes and procedures.
  • Ability to support the development of commercial teams. 
  • Ability to demonstrate contract, commercial and risk management skills.

Type of experience:

  • Experience of managing commercial management teams’ members in infrastructure projects and programmes.
  • Experience of working with or for publicly funded bodies and/or a publicly funded project.
  • Experience of planning, developing and implementing infrastructure contracts and of working with procurement teams in tender preparation, administration and evaluation. 
  • Experience of using commercial management and reporting systems.


As HS2 Ltd do not hold a sponsorship license from the Home Office, we are not able to provide sponsorship to any applicant.  Applicants must already have the Right to Work in the UK at the time of application and our process involves a Right to Work validation prior to the interview stage. Note, there are certain types of time-bound visas that we cannot accept. 

Any offers made to applicants will be subject to satisfactory completion of pre-employment checks which include Nationality & Immigration Status, employment references, DBS, Financial and Education checks. 

We ask for a variety of detail in your online application, however we perform the first assessment of suitability for a role based solely on the information in your CV. In a further development of our efforts to create a more diverse workforce, your CV will be anonymised and personal information will be removed during the first stage of the application review. This removes bias from the process and makes it even more important that you attach an updated word version of your CV for each new application ensuring you include evidence directly related to the criteria in the job advert. Watch this video on how we remove bias in the recruitment process: Removing bias in the recruitment process - YouTube 

Any applications received after the closing date will not be considered. 


About Us

High Speed 2 (HS2 Ltd) will be the UK’s new high speed rail network. As well as improving capacity, the new scheme will shorten journey times between a number of Britain’s major population centres, boost the economy and create thousands of jobs.

HS2 Ltd will create a skills legacy and develop a diverse range of talent. We aim to be a leader in EDI practice by creating a safe & inclusive working environment for all our staff - living our values of Safety, Respect, Integrity and Leadership.

In practice, this means we are positive and inclusive about making adjustments, providing flexible working, encouraging our staff networks to flourish and providing personal and professional development opportunities.

HS2 Ltd is also a safety-critical organisation. Employees are required to ensure reasonable care of their own and others’ health and safety by taking personal responsibility for working to our ‘Safe at Heart’ programme principles and following safe working procedures at all times.

HS2 Ltd endeavours to ensure everyone working for us and with us feels included, thrives and achieves their full potential.


HS2 will be the new high speed backbone of Britain's rail network, but it’s much more just a railway railway. It is a catalyst for growth: revitalising the country, creating new opportunities for jobs and skills, regenerating towns and cities, and bringing us all closer as a nation.

The new network will connect eight of Britain’s ten largest cities, making it faster and easier to travel for work, business and leisure. Trains will run between London and Birmingham from 2026, extend to Crewe by 2027 and travel at high speed all the way to Manchester, the East Midlands and Leeds from 2033. From day one, HS2 trains will also integrate into the existing network, serving towns and cities such as Liverpool, York, Newcastle, Sheffield, Preston, Wigan and Carlisle, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

This will change the geography of Britain as we know it, bringing more places, better lifestyles, and connections to the people we love, within easy reach.

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