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Are you an experienced, passionate Commercial professional looking for a role within a global manufacturer?

Ready for a new challenge? This market leading manufacturer is searching for a confident, driven Commercial Officer/Quantity Surveyor to lead and provide commercial support for both their own teams and external customer base.

Why This Company?

This company is a market leading provider of electrical engineering technology used across a diverse range of commercial and industrial facilities.

Recognised for their ability to offer complete end to end design, manufacture and installation services they have become a key provider to clients across the globe.

If you are looking to work for a well-established organisation, who are invested in the training and development of their staff, then please apply. This is a great opportunity for a senior advisor to take the next step in their career and obtain some solid management experience.

Rewards & Benefits

  • £40K – £45K Basic Salary
  • Pension
  • Bonus
  • Flexible working
  • 20 Days Holiday (rising with service) + Public Holidays
  • Buy and sell holiday scheme
  • Early finish Friday

About The Role

This position sits within the Sales team and reports into the Chief Operating Officer. You will be tasked with providing commercial support including the review and negotiation of contracts and variations to help safeguard the business. This role offers you the opportunity to learn new laws and regulations within different countries and therefore the chance to broaden your knowledge and develop your career.

Other duties will include:

  • Provide commercial support in the review and negotiation of contracts and contract variations with the aim of establishing clear obligations and acceptable liabilities to safeguard the business interests
  • Involvement in a variety of contracts including JCT, NEC, bespoke, bilateral, cost-plus and fixed price as well as others
  • Helping with 360 reviews on cost value reconciliation and where improvement is required
  • Support and assist Project Managers in execution of the contracts and conduct risk management providing warning of any issues and / or risks
  • Act as the commercial interface with customers and effectively manage commercial relationships
  • Conduct workshops with internal colleagues to understand the needs of departments and the organisation as a whole
  • Drive fresh initiatives for business systems
  • Use data modelling practices to analyse your findings and create suggestions for strategic and operational improvements / changes
  • Identify the process changes required to introduce your recommendations, alongside clear identification of risks
  • Solid reporting skills to allow clear and concise reporting
  • Experience reporting findings and recommendations to senior management and above

About You

You will be strong in negotiation, thorough in reviewing contracts and have at least 3 years’ experience in a Commercial role within the Engineering or Manufacturing industry.

Other key skills include:

  • Proven commercial experience, able to demonstrate a solid understanding of a variety of contracts
  • Ideally have a relevant qualification such as Quantity Surveying or Law
  • Good interpersonal skills, demonstrating confidence and drive with the ability to challenge, influence and communicate effectively to different audiences
  • Working to deadlines with a good attention to detail
  • Fantastic written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong internal and external relationship building skills
  • Confident under pressure and able to handle multifaceted objectives
  • Excellent work ethic with confidentiality

Interested in this role? Here’s what happens next…

Click the apply button below to send us your CV. If we think you’re a great fit for this role, we’ll be in touch in the next couple of days.

Thank you for taking the time out to read about this opportunity. We look forward to hearing from you,

Team Mase.


Job Ref: 126-339

Commercial Officer / Quantity Surveyor

Location: Kendal (2 days per week WFH / 3 days in the office)

Keywords: Commercial, Contracts, Contract reviews, Negotiation, Contract variations, Data modelling, Reporting, Operational improvements, Strategic improvements, Risk Management

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Mase Consulting

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Stonecross Place,
Stonecross Lane North,
Warrington,
WA3 2SH

Phone: 01942 725 479
Email: info@mase-consulting.com

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Interview prep is vital in order to be successful within the interview process and stand out against others.  Some of the core areas to consider include the following:

THE EMPLOYER

Fully researching the business you are meeting is vital, as the majority of clients will ask “what do you know about our organisation?”.  The internet can provide endless historical and present information on the organisation you are meeting, but simply glancing at a company website and reviewing the basics will no longer make you stand out within a competitive market. Areas to focus your research on include:

  • The products & solutions they offer
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  • Business size (turnover, employee numbers etc.)
  • Major project wins and successes

Don’t be worried about trying to memorise all the company information; most employers don’t mind candidates coming armed with a note pad of facts and figures. It should be written in bullet point format and be for your reference only. Try to avoid pages of information and stick to a maximum of one side of A4. If anything, we find clients are more impressed that candidates have taken the time to make notes opposed to just glancing at their company website.

THE INTERVIEWERS

We would always recommend you review the profile and background of the interview panel on LinkedIn.com prior to your meeting. This can be extremely insightful and allow you to understand more about the businesses/markets they have worked within and their personal interests. This will help you develop a rapport with the interviewers on the day.

YOU

No matter what level of role you are interviewing for you will find a large percentage of the interview will focus around you, your skills and past experience.  So although it seems an obvious area to prepare on, it’s one which candidates overlook the most.  

KNOW YOUR CV

Knowing your CV is vital, as clients will be keen to learn more about what interested you about a certain role, what you didn’t enjoy about the position, reasons for leaving companies, salary package, duties, achievements etc. It is important you’re able to give a good account of your skills and focus on drawing synergy between your past experience and the position on offer. Most clients are looking for related examples and will therefore ask scenario based questions allowing you to draw on your own experiences to answer.

JOB SPEC

Reviewing the job description in detail prior to your interview is critical. It will allow you to not only understand more about the employers requirements but allow you to tailor your pitch in the interview.  Naturally it makes more sense spending time talking about the areas of your experience that have the most relevance to the position on offer.

PREPARE QUESTIONS

Treat any interview as a two way conversation, to not only allow the employer to assess your skills but for you to assess if the business and opportunity is right for you. It is essential you are armed with intelligent questions that will make the interviewers sit back and think about before answering. For example:

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Questions such as the above can be extremely insightful and allow you to gain market intelligence and establish if the future of the role, their market and the business is stable.

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