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Commercial Manager

Date: 21-Jun-2022

Location: Garston, GB

Company: ABP

We’re the UK's largest ports operator with a network of 21 ports around Britain. We handle around one quarter of the UK's seaborne trade and contribute £7.5 billion to our economy every year.

It’s a story we’re proud of but it doesn’t end there. We’re transforming our business and embracing the future.

We offer a vast range of roles spanning the UK, all rooted in a culture that welcomes diversity, fosters talent, encourages internal movement and progression, and places safety as our number one priority.




Role: Commercial Manager

Location: Liverpool


Associated British Ports (ABP) is both a major landlord and port operator with 21 port locations in the UK. We have 87 km of Quay and 5000 ha of port estate while handling approximately 100 mill tonnes of cargo every year across many different industries. We have around 900 h.a. of development land and strong growth ambitions. The purpose of this role is to ensure we optimise value through the appropriate understanding of budgets, costs and the allocation of contractual risks in addition to the implementation of robust contract management methods and processes during project execution.


About You:

You’ll be a lead level Quantity Surveyor or Commercial Manager with knowledge of working with multiple contract types including JCT, NEC, ICC, FIDIC and IchemE from tender and scope through to final accounts stage. This is a role with responsibilities both at a regional level covering all the ports within our Wales & Short Sea Ports business unit but also to a central level with multiple projects from £10k through to around £20m. You should have experience of delivering programmes of work within a live environment to ideally include reactive maintenance projects in addition to refurbishment and new build projects. A varied sector background is preferred which could incorporate buildings, infrastructure, civil engineering, M&E or Marine.


The position is a newly created role within the company and has a key responsibility for driving cost savings which impacts the companies EBITDA and CAPEX budgets. You’ll need to be comfortable working in a standalone capacity albeit with a high level of support and structure already in place (including a newly completed framework of professional services) and will be able to manage, influence and advise at a senior level on best practise and contractual integrity.


ABP have a key role in changing transportation within the UK with a number of projects focusing on reducing carbon emissions, green energy and improving the ports sectors effectiveness in Keeping Britain Trading.


The role comes with a competitive basic salary and an excellent company benefits package, which includes pension starting at 8%, private healthcare and wellness schemes, annual bonus scheme, variety of discounts available with high street stores and annual leave of 26 days plus bank holidays.


  • Provide contract and cost management advice to the Head of Engineering & Asset Management and Project Managers, tailored to the nature and risk profile of the project scope.
  • Provide advice to the Commercial team to ensure customer agreements consider downstream contractual delivery risk.
  • Produce robust Project Procurement plans which reflect effective risk management and contracting strategies.
  • Prepare formal Cost Plans in accordance with RICS NRM or equivalent appropriate standard commensurate with the stage of development of design or manage consultants undertaking the activity.
  • Prepare contract documentation, such as terms and conditions, and review and comment, supplement and augment and improve tender documentation (including the Scope of services or Employers Requirements) to ensure the appropriate allocation of risk.
  • Produce pricing information at each stage of the project, including pricing schedules for tender purposes.
  • Undertake tender negotiations with suppliers to ensure the optimum value for money and risk profile is achieved.
  • Support and advise the PM in the commercial management of the project, ensuring ABP’s commercial risk is managed appropriately through the project lifecycle, including correspondence management, commercial assessments and claim resolution.
  • Ensure alignment with Head of Contracts and Cost Management on key decisions, commercial strategies and concerns and notification of all potential disputes to ensure align with Group Best Practice.
  • Develop and provide guidance to members of the Regional Asset Management and Engineering teams in contract and cost matters.


Skills & Qualifications



  • Strong technical and educational base with a minimum of Honours Degree in quantity surveying or other relevant engineering degree such as civil engineering
  • Professionally qualified chartered status with demonstrable extensive commercial experience
  • Relevant qualification and experience in providing Contract and Cost expertise to projects, with experience in multidisciplinary team delivery environments throughout the whole project lifecycle
  • Experience in Programme Management with extensive contract, commercial and risk allocation skills
  • Experienced in the development of Project Delivery Strategies including risk identification, authoring and negotiating multi forms of contract and bespoke agreements
  • Extensive experience in the administration of different forms of contract including ICC/JCT/FIDIC and NEC construction contracts various professional services contracts and managing commercial negotiations
  • Understanding of statutory requirements, current regulations and approved codes of practice relating to the commercial management of construction projects
  • Ability to think logically and problem solve to meet project delivery requirements with minimal supervision.
  • Good IT skills, proficient in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint



  • Experienced and knowledgeable regarding regulated procurement environments
  • Knowledge and experience of working with or for publicly funded bodies including central government departments
  • Experienced in leading and managing teams (directly line managing one or more people), with the capability to influence and direct
  • Ability to strategically influence and negotiate with stakeholders on commercial matters


Additional Information:

When joining ABP you will find an environment that is both welcoming and challenging. We reward our employees well and offer a generous remuneration package, employer pension, private health insurance and a range of other benefits.
Please note that ABP undertake random screening for substance abuse and operate a zero-tolerance policy. A medical will be required before starting this position also.

We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their background, which helps us to provide a diverse and inclusive working environment.