Contracts Manager - NEC3 Professional Services Contracts

2021-08-27 15:38:042021-12-04 Charlton Recruitment
Job Type Freelance/Contract
Location Snowhill Birmingham & Working from Home
Area Midlands, UK Midlands UK Snowhill Birmingham & Working from Home
Sector High Speed Rail
Salary £500 - 550 a day inside IR35
Start Date
Advertiser remoteapi
Telephone 07881022741
Job Ref HS2051
Job Views 86
Looking for an interim Contracts Manager for an initial 6-month contract (with potential for extensions) working on the new build of a High-Speed railway project in the UK the Contract Manager will provide commercial contract management duties on professional services contracts within the engineering & infrastructure departments all the contracts will be Consultancy Services working under NEC suite of contract.
The Corporate Contract Management Team are made up of 20 individuals managing 300 contracts valued c£1bn.  Working in an exciting, complex, dynamic environment on one of the world’s largest capital infrastructure projects working for the client organisation building a new High-Speed Railway in the UK.

Reporting to a Senior Contract Manager you will be managing c5 Professional Services Contracts varying in size and value – all of the contracts are professional services (consultancies services) contracts within the engineering department these include design consultancy services, specialist engineering consultancy services and advice etc. All these contracts will utilise the NEC suite of contracts.
The successful candidate must have:
  1. Experience managing contracts throughout the contract lifecycle from Mobilisation, performance & close. Need to have:
Processed a variation / change note
Conducted a performance meeting
Managed a contract exit
  1. Contract Management on professional services contracts using the NEC suite of contracts – ideally with engineering consultancies such as (Atkins, Jacobs, WSP etc).
  2. Experience worked in a heavily regulated environment – Utility (UCR), government civil service (OJEU), local authority (OJEU), arm’s length public body (OJEU) or banking.
  3. Ability to work in complex ever changing environment with lots of ambiguity, confident self-starter with strong communication & stakeholder management skills a must.

The role is initially working from Home, after which the organisation will decide whether it’s safe to move to a mixture of home and office (Birmingham city centre) likely to be 2 / 3 days from the office. The contract is initially signed off for 6 months with the potential for contract extension and or permanent role.  

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Manage a portfolio of corporate professional services contracts within engineering department.
  • Manage the progress of change requests through the company’s governance structure, systems, processes;
  • Proactively monitor and mitigates risks associated with their contract portfolio
  • Liaise with stakeholders with respect to the progress, spend and performance reporting of contracts, imposing and monitoring performance plans and Early Warnings where applicable
  • Managing formal disputes
  • Undertake compliance checks against contracts
  • Work to achieve value for money at each stage of the contract
  • Produce and work against contract management plans for each contract
  • Manage contract exit
  • Monitor contract performance and administer service credits and warranty payments where applicable
  • Review financial standing of suppliers on an ongoing basis and manage any resulting actions.
  • Additional accountabilities may include:
  • Analysis on a range of commercial and technical information
  • Setting up and facilitating meetings and information sharing with other functional areas
  • Development of reports and presentations to update key stakeholder groups
  • Ad hoc support to high-profile projects.
Required Criteria
  • Experience of professional services contract management
  • Analytical, commercial and negotiating skills
  • Proven Ability to lead stakeholders through contract change request processes
  • Ability to manage contract risk and understanding of different forms of contract and risk allocation.
  • Knowledge of working with or for publicly funded bodies including central government departments – high regulated environment with complex operating governance model.
Type of experience:
  • Experience utilising a wide variety of contracts with good knowledge of the NEC suite of contracts.
  • Experience worked in a heavily regulated complex governance environment – Utility (UCR), government civil service (OJEU), local authority (OJEU), arm’s length public body (OJEU) or banking.
  • Experience monitoring performance and compliance of suppliers – interventions & dispute resolution.
  • Stakeholder and supplier management.
  • Experience with a good range of programmes and software.
  • Commercially astute with strong cost control, negotiation, Contract Management & Administration.
  • Procurement experience is desirable.
  • Desirable not essential - Memberships / Qualifications - MCIPS, MRICS & IACCM
Decision Making
  • The Contract Manager can contribute to decisions around contract lifecycle and management.
  • The Contract Manager will be responsible for issuing Early Warnings and managing performance plan processes. 
  • The Contract Manager will work with a Procurement Manager “buddy” in order to advise stakeholders of their options around re-tendering.
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