Commercial Manager

July 3, 2024

The Commercial Manager plays a pivotal role in ensuring the successful execution of our construction projects by overseeing all quantity surveying activities within the Company. The Commercial Manager is responsible for managing a team of quantity surveyors, coordinating cost estimation, budget management, tendering processes, risk assessment, and client liaison.

Key Areas of Responsibility

Team development and management

Cost estimation and budget control

Financial Reporting

Supporting tendering process and preparation

Risk Management

Client Engagement

Pre-contract estimating of MEP systems

MEP procurement advice

Post contract cost control

Managing our Cost Management Services to clients

Key Tasks

Ensuring contractual terms and conditions for suppliers and subcontractors are administered.

Administering incentivisation arrangements as appropriate.

Managing the change management process consult with other functions to assess changes and risks to the overall project outturn.

Reviewing potential contractor and supplier claims the adjudication of claims and make recommendations for settlement.

Overseeing the finalisation of contractor’s accounts and close out contracts for the project.

Overseeing the payment of contractors.

Ensuring all instructions issued by the project manager are reviewed for cost implications.

Supporting the change control process and assist in identifying the cost implications of any proposed changes.

Oversee and manage all quantity surveying activities across multiple projects, ensuring that projects are delivered on time and within budget.

Prepare accurate cost estimates for construction projects, including materials, labour, and overhead costs.

Monitor project budgets and track expenses to ensure that costs are kept within budgetary constraints.

Support the tendering process, including reviewing tender documents, evaluating bids, and negotiating contracts with suppliers and subcontractors.

Identify, assess, and mitigate risks and uncertainties associated with construction projects, including cost overruns, schedule delays, and quality issues. Develop proactive strategies to minimize project risks and optimize outcomes

Identify and assess potential risks and uncertainties associated with construction projects, and develop strategies to mitigate these risks.

Ensure that construction projects meet quality standards and specifications, and address any deviations or discrepancies as necessary

Provide leadership and guidance to junior quantity surveyors, mentoring them in best practices and helping to develop their skills and expertise.

Support the project teams on quantity surveying matters, addressing any concerns or issues that may arise during the course of a project

Prepare regular reports on project progress, including cost updates, variance analysis, and risk assessments, and present findings to senior management as needed

Stay up-to-date with industry trends and best practices in quantity surveying, and identify opportunities for process improvements and efficiencies.

Key Performance Indicators for the Position

  • Development of QS Team
  • Monitor project budgets throughout the project lifecycle, tracking expenditures, analysing cost variances, and implementing cost-saving measures where possible
  • Prepare regular reports and presentations on project cost performance, highlighting key metrics, trends, and insights for senior management.
  • Further KPIs to be determined throughout the interview process.



  • To ensure understanding of the clients quality and environmental management systems and to work according to their requirements.
  • To be aware of the environmental aspects and impacts relevant to the work of as well as ensuring compliance with any environmental legislation that is applicable to the job.
  • Ensure all the client activities are GDPR compliant.

Qualifications and Experience

Degree in Quantity Surveying (preferred) or relevant work experience

Professional certification as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor (MRICS) or similar accreditation (Preferred)

Strong knowledge of construction contracts, procurement methods, and relevant legislation and regulations.

FIDIC, JCT and NEC3 &4

High proficiency in MS Excel

Ability to manage good relationships with clients

Proven leadership abilities, with a track record of successfully managing and motivating teams to achieve project objectives.

Behavioural Competencies

Ability to work in a team environment and on your own initiative

Good communication and interpersonal skills

Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment

Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with a keen attention to detail

Strategic mindset, with the capacity to identify opportunities for process improvement and innovation.

Work in line with the clients Values – Quality, Collaboration, Innovation, Support and Passion

Travel Requirements

The position can be based within our Leeds, London or Washington Offices, with the opportunity for flexible and hybrid work models. Due to the national remit of this role, travel will be required on a regular basis to other operating locations as specified by the Company.

Reporting to

Direct Reports

Key Interfaces

Group Financial Controller (Interim CFO)

QS (& Senior where appropriate)

Apprentice QS Engineer

Director of Major Projects


Project Managers

Project Accountants

Procurement Manager

Contact Name
Kieran Lightfoot
Employment Type
£60,000 +
AM Recruitment
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Company size
50-100 employees
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