Careers with SYSTRA

Project Commercial Manager – Birmingham

Job Reference: E014

DIVISION: RAIL ENGINEERING

SALARY: COMPETITIVE SALARY AND ATTRACTIVE BENEFITS PACKAGE

Are you ready to move your career to a higher speed?

SYSTRA has worked on all of the high speed railways in France, and 50% of the high speed rail schemes across the rest of the world. We were responsible for the design and engineering of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, now known as HS1 and were part of the team that set the world high speed rail record. High speed railways are our thing, and we are recruiting in the UK. If you love trains as much as we do, and are excited by innovation, engineering excellence, being at the forefront of a growing team, come and join us on our high speed journey!

We work with our clients to find innovative solutions to complex issues concerning the location and movement of people, goods and services. We innovate to meet our clients’ needs, prepare mass transit for tomorrow, and propose ever more resilient solutions. Transport infrastructure engineering has to adopt new technology, cater for new habits and satisfy new demands. We are dedicated to delivering excellence to our clients through our entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm whilst promoting a culture of listening, teamwork and employee empowerment.

With ambitious growth plans, this is an exciting time to join SYSTRA Ltd as we continue to develop and raise our profile in the UK.

The Role

We are looking for an experienced Project Commercial Manager to play a key role within our project team by undertaking all commercial management services throughout the project lifecycle.

Duties will include:

  • Implementing effective post-contract commercial management services aimed at maintaining effective cost control and positive cashflow throughout the duration of the project.
  • Undertaking all relevant commercial management duties in conformance with policies and procedures, in a timely and effective manner.
  • Managing the application for payment and invoicing processes.
  • Coordinating and analysing all relevant commercial data for the monthly reporting cycle and to provide accurate cost data in support of project forecasts and annual budget reviews.
  • Working with the project team in managing the cost impact and validation of change/compensation events and encouraging the whole delivery team to strive to deliver value for money.
  • Post-contract management through to settlement of final accounts and internal reconciliations to facilitate project close out in line with project budgets and project plan.
  • Providing clear cost and contractual advice and maintaining a close working relationship with all parties in the Design Joint Venture management team, throughout the project life cycle.
  • Analysing cost performance data and providing relevant input for monthly performance reports.
  • Coordinating with and supporting the project controls team.
  • Establishing and implementing appropriate commercial strategies including effective project cost management, change management, risk and KPI management.
  • Managing all commercial correspondence and contractual notices issued in accordance with contractual conditions.
  • Identifying emerging problems, reporting contractual claims and supporting in the management and resolution of legal and/or commercial disputes in conjunction with senior management

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Experience in high value civil engineering, building, M&E, rail or general construction projects.
  • Main contractor or alliance experience.
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent and/or professional qualification.
  • Relevant experience in all aspects of post-contract commercial management on major infrastructure related projects
  • Broad experience in the commercial management of projects and implementing effective cost control processes.
  • Specific knowledge and experience of post-contract commercial services including those related to reporting, payment, variations, change and claims management and final account settlement.
  • An understanding of change, risk and contingency management processes.
  • Specific understanding of railway and construction industry contracts, ideally NEC3 standard forms.   
  • Experience of resolution of construction contract disputes,
  • Strong client facing skills.
  • Excellent commercial acumen.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

What to do now

To apply for this vacancy, please send your CV and covering letter to Lauren Lloyd at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. quoting reference E014