Bridge Operations Manager

Date: 9 Feb 2024

Location: Lowestoft, Short Sea Ports, 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.




Due to the imminent completion of the newly built Gullwing Bridge in Lowestoft we're currently looking to recruit an experienced Operations & Contracts Manger to oversee the safe, efficient and cost smart operation of the £145m bridge and also the Bascule Bridge. You'll lead a team who will manage the delivery of the opening and closing the bridge on a 24/7 basis, ensure public and vessel safety during the manoeuvres, manage vessel tracking and ensure the maintenance of the bridge. This is a newly created role that will end up managing a team of 11 people once the contracts are fully up and running. 


We offer a competitive salary, contributory pension from day one (Starting at 3% employee contribution with 5% company match), private healthcare, access to our Employee Assistance Program, 26 days annual leave (plus bank holidays – plus the option to purchase additional days), wide range of discounts and cash back with high street and online retailers. We offer an inclusive work environment with an in-house training academy which offers ongoing opportunities to develop your skills.


•    Provide contract and cost management oversight for the two bridges tailored to the nature and risk profile of the contract scopes (as defined by National Highways and Suffolk County Council
•    Continue the work on contract Procurement plans which reflect effective risk management and contracting strategies.
•    Prepare formal Cost Plans in accordance with contract work scopes commensurate with the contract maintenance phasing.
•    Prepare contract documentation, such as reports, revised Operations and Maintenance manuals, risk assessments, operation and maintenance strategies and plans, 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.
•    Undertake tender negotiations with suppliers to deliver optimum value for money and risk profile is achieved.
•    Support and advise the Engineering Resources Manager in the commercial management of the contracts, ensuring ABP’s commercial risk is managed appropriately through the contract lifecycle, including correspondence management, commercial assessments and cost recovery resolution.
•    Ensure operational resource requirements for both bridges are met.

Requirements & Experience
•    Strong technical and educational base with a minimum of Degree or equivalent.
•    Strong people management experience and skills.
•    Proven experience in providing Contract management expertise to projects, with experience in multidisciplinary team delivery environments.
•    Experience in the administration of contracts including NEC contracts (NEC4, Option A), 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 maintenance contracts.
•    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
•    Full UK driving licence.

•    Experienced and knowledgeable regarding regulated procurement environments
•    Knowledge and experience of working with or for publicly funded bodies including local government departments
•    Experienced in managing a 24hr operation.

Why should you make ABP your first Port of call?
•    Have the chance to make a difference in a business critical to UK trade
•    Work within an exciting, innovative, growing business.
•    You can thrive in an inclusive environment where every individual can be themselves and feel respected
•    Receive competitive salary and benefits package
•    Get support for training, personal development and further education
•    Benefit from support and engagement through dedicated management and leadership


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.

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