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Contract Manager (UK Utilities)

Job Type:
Market related


Contract Manager (UK Utilities)



Location: You will be expected to be based at either their Birmingham or Stoke-on-Trent office.


  • Please note that working from home is supported – e.g. a candidate can be home-based 3x days in the week, and expected to commute 2x per week to their local office listed above.

    Salary: Competitive.

  • Reporting to: Head of Contract Management (UK Utilities).

  • Department: Commercial & Risk Management.

    Company Profile

    Our client is a joint venture company set up to turnkey electrical AC substation projects. They will undertake turnkey electrical alternating current substation projects related to renewable and conventional power generation, power transmission and transportation solutions. Turnkey solutions will include project design, engineering, procurement, construction, management, commissioning and after-sales support.

    Our client combined project management expertise and deep technological knowledge to create a company dedicated to substations. Their vision is to deliver the best market offering for turnkey substation projects through world-class power technologies and delivering the highest level of competence in managing infrastructure projects.

    As a leading engineering company, they help their customers with turnkey substation solutions in the field of power transmission, renewable energy and transportation.

    Job Description

    Purpose of the Job:

    As Contract Manager you will provide contractual advice and support on EPC contracts within the Utilities sector.

    The job involves supporting the Project Director throughout the lifetime of the contract, ensuring that the NEC4 contract terms are adhered to, risks and mitigated and opportunities to improve and maintain project margins. The role will also require management of downstream sub-contractors.

    Key Areas of Responsibility (KARs):

  • Provides contractual advice and support to the project team on EPC contract(s) in the UK, working closely with the Project Director, Supply Chain and other project delivery team members.

  • Provides contractual support and leadership on incoming and outgoing claims. Establishes and enforces standard change methodologies in portfolio of contracts to identify changes and quantify the additional time and compensation due to the company per the contract, defines approval requirements and communicates changes to the customer. Enforces and defends company contractual interests against customers and suppliers during the whole of a project lifecycle, including monitoring and assessment of changes and deviations, as well as defending and enforcing claims.

  • In concert with Legal (or external legal advisers, as the case may be), develops the negotiation strategy and supports negotiations. Supports Legal in handling formal dispute resolution, litigation and arbitration. Notifies and liaises with Legal to report major claims and keeps Legal updated of any critical development during project execution.

  • Supports senior contract management and project management during monthly project review meetings with regards to preparation and presentation of claims and variation logs.

  • Contract execution (from project kick-off to project closure). Identifies the contract baseline (including terms and conditions, specifications, drawings, estimate, proposal, schedule and other documents incorporated in the contract) and highlights areas of potential risk. Ensures timely and accurate execution of commercial aspects in portfolio of contracts (i.e. payments, claims, variation orders, warranties, guarantees, etc.).

  • Contract closure. Verifies that both parties to the contract have fulfilled their contractual obligations and there are no responsibilities outstanding. Assesses success of the contract and determines if there are any lessons learned for future contracting. Documents and communicates to all appropriate parties any deficiencies found as part of the closeout process.

  • Purchasing. Supports drafting of Purchase Orders, Contracts and Subcontracts to effect project delivery and ensures that relevant (sub) contracts contain appropriate contract terms to protect company interest, including flow-down of main contract terms.

    Position Parameters:

  • Actively provides contractual advice and reviews payment certificates, compensation events assessments and contracts administration on the EPC contract in accordance with the relevant contractual terms (such as, but not limited to, the NEC4 form).

  • Ensures timely and accurate execution of commercial aspects in portfolio of contracts (i.e., payments, claims, variation orders, warranties, provisions, guarantees, etc.).

  • Liaise with the Engineering & Project teams to ensure that changes to the Works Information are adequately tracked and administered in accordance with the contractual terms including, but not limited to, as prescribed by the NEC4 process of timely issuance of Early Warning Notices / Compensation Events.

  • Work closely with the Planning team to ensure project milestones and deadlines are accurately tracked to ensure payments are made within forecast and the Client is kept informed of progress.

  • Identify any ambiguities and inconsistencies within the Contract that should be clarified, mitigated or deemed an opportunity.

  • Occasionally support the tendering team in reviewing terms and conditions, as required.

    Other Position-Specific Characteristics:

  • Location will mainly be flexible / Six-month probationary period (as standard).

    Experience Required:

  • Master or Bachelor’s Degree in Contract Management, Law, Quantity Surveying, or qualified by experience.

  • Minimum Degree Level requirements.

  • Demonstrable experience of working with EPC contracts in the UK utilities sector (e.g., National Grid or EDF Energy contracts).

    Personal Qualities Required:

  • Resilient and flexible achiever / Driven by value added and business sustainability.

  • Calm under pressure in a constantly changing environment.

  • Assertive, decisive, confident / Excellent listener / Effective communicator at all levels.

  • Proactive and self-disciplined / Leading by example, with strong values.

  • Team player / Passionate to succeed / Willingness to learn / Attention to detail.

    At First Recruitment Group we understand just how important it is to secure the right people. That is why our Recruitment Consultants always take the time to understand requirements in detail and offer sound advice to both clients and candidates. We actively recruit at all levels and this is a superb opportunity for any Contract Manager looking for new employment.

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