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Commercial Manager - Pre Contract

Country/Region:  GB
Field:  Commercial, tendering & marketing

York, Birmingham, Manchester, GB

Type of Contract:  Permanent
Level of experience:  Any



The global leader in public transport infrastructure, SYSTRA has specialised in the mass transit and rail market since 1957. The main shareholders of SYSTRA are SNCF and RATP. Its ambition is to serve emerging needs for collective and sustainable mobility throughout the world. With a presence in 80 countries, SYSTRA manages over 3,000 projects for high-speed systems, traditional rail lines, metros and tramways throughout the world.

Understand better who we are by visiting www.systra.com.


We have an immediate opportunity for an experienced Senior Quantity Surveyor – Pre Contract to join our growing engineering team in our York, Manchester or Birmingham offices. The role will initially be working from home with a flexible hybrid approach going forward. 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 a dynamic high-performance team.


With a focus on the design of High Speed and conventional rail infrastructure the will also support other Product Lines in the UK and overseas, 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, project management and mentoring skills. This is a great opportunity for an experienced Senior Quantity Surveyor with Pre-Contract exposure to further their career in a highly motivated and inspirational environment.


Main Duties


  • Develop open/trusting commercial relationships with key clients, partners and supply chain 
  • Lead pre-contract commercial requirements of the business (Client, Partner and Supply Chain)
  • Manage the post-contract handover to project commercial team, engaging with clients and partners where issues require escalation 
  • Liaise closely with the SYSTRA legal team on bids and projects
  • Monthly commercial review of major projects 
  • Monthly commercial reporting to the Commercial Director 
  • Stage-gate commercial reviews of all tenders 
  • Support the bidding process including the negotiation of contract terms and conditions, NDAs, MOUs, partnering agreements, etc. 
  • Setting of project commercial strategies 
  • Manage sub-contract procurement and commercial administration 
  • Management of internal SYSTRA ‘know your business partner’ process 
  • Ensure adherence to SYSTRA commercial process; change management, risk management, etc 
  • Maintain commercial risk register 
  • Resolution of claims/disputes without compromising long term client relationships 
  • Ensure appropriate commercial resources allocated to tenders and projects.

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 Europe.  This will include participating in the organisation of document control within different sites in the UK and overseas and ensuring that they are aligned with the project requirements and client expectations.  


Experience Required:


  • Significant Quantity Surveying experience, including a particular focus on the pre-contract stages.
  • Experience gained within infrastructure, engineering or rail industry sectors in large, complex organisations.
  • Ideally design consultancy exposure.
  • Degree or equivalent vocational qualification and relevant industry qualifications.
  • Leadership and team development experience.

Systra is an equal opportunities company; this position is open to all applicants.

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