Assistant Commercial Manager

Job Purpose

To assist and support the Commercial Manager with the development and provision of cost management services for the Estates project office.

To assist and support the Commercial Manager with providing a full cost management service to internally resourced projects including feasibility assessment, preconstruction and construction phase cost management service.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist with the provision of cost management services into the Estates project organisation:
  1. Provide early stage cost advice and development appraisals on numerous new build, refurbishment, major maintenance and infrastructure projects.
  2. Undertake feasibility cost studies based on designs received from in-house design teams and external consultants. Provide clear accurate cost information resulting from studies into the University business case process.
  3. Develop and maintain a process for the assessment of lifecycle costs from the inception through to completion of projects
  4. Prepare contracts with internal and external consultants to ensure contract forms/terms are included in all projects for approval by the Commercial Manager. Where appropriate consulting with the University’s in-house legal team and instructing solicitors to obtain specialist legal advice. Ensure all contracts are executed in a timely manner and communicating key contract terms to appropriate stakeholders within the University.
  5. In support of Project Managers and the Commercial Manager provide a peer review process to ensure value for money is obtained during the progress of major projects.
  6. In support of the Estates Department assist in the development of good practice guides and University design standards, challenge requirements and propose solutions to ensure value for money is achieved.
  7. To support the Commercial Manager’s liaison with the Estates Purchasing Manager develop and maintain strategies for the efficient procurement of professional services and construction activities to comply with Legislation and University Procedures and ensure best value.
  8. In support of the Head of Finance and Administration and the Finance Manager and accountable to the Commercial Manager provide construction cost advice into the Capital and Revenue 5 year planning process including building cost models to support bids.
  • To support the Commercial Manager with the provision of cost-related technical guidance to the team and other Estates personnel.
  • To support the Commercial Manager in the establishment, development and maintenance in conjunction with framework suppliers and the Design Service Manager a system of KPI’s to monitor and assess performance of framework suppliers.
  • Take on any other tasks for requests as required by the Commercial Manager, commensurate with the role.

Additional Person Specification:

If you feel you meet the requirements listed above please apply with your CV and covering letter or call Kaye Matthews confidentially on 02476528936

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