Commercial Manager (Pre Contract)

Country/Region:  GB
Field:  Project Management

Birmingham, Manchester, London, GB

Type of Contract:  Permanent
Level of experience:  Any
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Around the world, SYSTRA’s specialists plan, design, integrate, test, commission, project manage and deliver mass transit and mobility solutions that are relied on by more than 50 million people every day.
For more than 60 years, the Group has been committed to helping cities and regions contribute to their development by creating, improving, and modernising their transport infrastructure with sustainability, accessibility, and innovation at the heart of our designs. With over 10,300 colleagues globally and around 1000 in the UK & Ireland we are growing significantly and seeking out the very best talent to join the SYSTRA signature team and be part of leading the way in infrastructure design.


We currently have an opportunity for a Pre-Contract Commercial Manager to join our growing engineering team in Birmingham (noting that we are flexible on location and hybrid working arrangements). This position within our team will suit a committed and ambitious professional who can demonstrate strong leadership and interpersonal skills combined with commercial awareness and the ability to play their part in growing the business.

With a focus on the design of High Speed and conventional rail infrastructure the role will also support other Product Lines as appropriate, the post-holder will be part of a growing UK team delivering projects for a diverse portfolio of UK clients.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate a range of practical work experience in the commercial management of projects or providing commercial management support of work winning functions in the rail / infrastructure sectors. Previous experience of reviewing and negotiating contract documents with prospective Clients and supply chain partners is advantageous although for the right candidate we would be flexible to consider candidates who are suitably experienced in the Commercial Management of projects and are looking to move into a pre-contract commercial role.


Main Duties

  • Reviewing contractual documentation including non-disclosure agreements, MOU’s, Teaming Agreements, and bespoke / standard form professional services contracts (including NEC3/4 PSC/PSSC)
  • Explore and suggest value engineering opportunities to optimize costs without compromising quality
  • Collaborate with the bid team to prepare and review tender documents
  • Developing open/trusting commercial relationships with internal stakeholders, design joint venture partners, Contractors as well as end user clients;
  • Support the Pre-Contract Commercial Team in the pre-contract commercial requirements of assigned opportunities;
  • Liaise closely with the SYSTRA legal team on bids for their review and approval of contracts prior to seeking approval of such from the relevant delegation holder;
  • Assess and analyse project requirements and risks
  • Undertake commercial risk assessment of bid contract documents, terms and conditions;
  • Determine and successfully negotiate suitable amendments to contract documents, terms and conditions with Clients and Supply Chain Partners;   
  • Support the bidding process including the negotiation of NDAs, MoUs, Teaming Agreements, Tender Design Services Agreement, Design Services Agreement, and Joint Venture Agreements; 
  • In conjunction with the Pre-Contract Senior Commercial Manager and Commercial Director, set and discharge bid / project commercial strategies where appropriate;
  • Support the post-contract handover to the project commercial team, engaging with clients and partners where issues require escalation;
  • Monthly commercial reporting as required; 
  • Ensure adherence to SYSTRA commercial processes; change management, risk management, etc;


In addition to the duties and responsibilities listed above, the job holder is required to perform other duties assigned by their manager from time to time.

An important part of the role will include working with the resources across the project – from local resources to those based in the rest of the UK and potentially worldwide.  



Our three core values: Excellence, Connected Teams and Bold Leadership are kept at the heart of everything we do. We strive for the highest levels of technical excellence, achieving the best results through teamwork, both locally and internationally, and reward innovative thinking through encouraging all colleagues to think as leaders. We offer clear and well supported pathways for career development and qualification attainment, a competitive remuneration package including a bonus and private healthcare, an electric car scheme and a broad suite of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

Because we value who you are as much as what you do, we want you to feel supported at work. We offer hybrid working, balancing the benefits of working from home with time in our modern, well-equipped offices for that crucial in-person contact, team development and collaborative working. We also recognise that life doesn’t always run to the same schedule for everyone, so we have a dedicated flexible working policy to support you in tailoring your work life to reach your full potential, for more details on this, please get in touch.

Diversity & Inclusion
We provide a warm welcome and encourage applications from a diverse range of people who can enrich our company and offer perspectives which will drive better solutions in a truly inclusive environment. Our employee led working groups and clearly defined strategy help us to keep at the leading edge of important issues and keep us accountable. We want our colleagues to feel comfortable to bring their whole selves to work and continually seek new ideas and contributions to ensure we continue to grow and develop in this space.

It’s no surprise that people do their best work when they feel physically and mentally supported. Our SYSTRA Wellness Programme offers a wide range of support; from Wellness champions to free health checks, healthy eating workshops and regular seminars, alongside access to a wide range of external support. We offer two paid days for charity work and an ever-growing social calendar.

Apply and find out more about how SYSTRA can support you in your career journey. If you require any adjustments or financial assistance to support you in your application or interview process please email:  where your request will be treated confidentially and with respect. We pledge to offer an interview to any candidates with a disability who apply for a role and meet the minimum criteria. 
As we are always looking to expand our team, we would still be interested in hearing from you if you fulfil most, but not all, of the relevant criteria for the role and if you are a returner looking to restart your career after a period outside the workplace – you could be just what we are looking for.