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Commercial Manager

Job Introduction

Job Description for Commercial Manager:

There’s never been a more exciting time to be part of the nuclear sector. New opportunities are being created all the time. At NNL, you’ll be in the ideal place to capitalise on this momentum, face new challenges and develop a long, successful and meaningful career. 

We’re an organisation that’s here to experiment and push the limits of what’s possible. So, if you’re keen to excel in your chosen field, this is the place to do it. Because at NNL, anything is possible.

An opportunity has arisen for a Commercial Manager to join our Commercial team who will be responsible for ensuring good robust commercial practices are used to help secure and deliver new and existing business opportunities for NNL. The role will also support account and project teams and to maximise profit / earnings to reinvest whilst managing commercial risk, to ensure business objectives are achieved through good contract management and a fantastic end-to-end customer experience.

The location for this role is flexible and can be based at Risley or Workington.

Main Responsibilities for Commercial Manager:

  • Deputise as required for the Senior Commercial Manager.
  • To provide expert leadership on the commercial aspects of bidding and winning new opportunities, with support from Senior Commercial Manager as required.
  • Taking the commercial lead for the full contract lifecycle of assigned contracts, including:

    • Support the development and implementation of commercial strategies with identified customer(s) together with supporting the overall Commercial strategy to create value and safeguard commercial interests.
    • Negotiate robust commercial contracts.
    • Manage the commercial deal structure – risks and opportunities.
    • Develop underpinning cost and price models (KPIs, rebates etc).
    • Ensure bids and sub-contract requirements are understood and underpinned as appropriate.
    • Ensure relevant sales contract requirements are flowed down the supply chain.
    • Ensure appropriate on contract & post contract support to secure contract changes in a timely manner and maximise earnings to reinvest.
    • Financial authority as defined by corporate governance.
    • Supervise and direct the work of any Commercial staff assigned to support your business area.
  • Identifying and Leading the implementation of Continuous Improvement opportunities.
  • Representing the commercial team in progress/reviews and/or customer meetings.

Essential Criteria for Commercial Manager:

  • Experience in supporting large bids, and drafting, negotiating and closing large and complex government contracts.
  • Knowledge of legal issues, contract structure, terms and conditions, sub-contract flow-down, funding and payment plans.
  • Knowledge of various types of contracts, agreements and contracting mechanisms.
  • Astute analytical ability to identify commercial risks and opportunities, and ability to devise a flexible range of mitigations.
  • Knowledge and experience of contract management issues, including changes, claims and disputes.
  • Enthusiasm with high levels of self-motivation, integrity and resilience, with an ability to prioritise a demanding workload, and operate under pressure whilst maintaining the highest standards of conduct and professionalism.
  • Good communications skills and an ability to forge good working relationships with peers, colleagues and stakeholders, and the gravitas to work with senior levels of clients and internal stakeholders.
  • Ability to obtain SC level security clearance (this includes but is not limited to identity, employment, financial and criminal record checks plus 5 years’ worth of UK residency).

Desirable Criteria for Commercial Manager:

  • Knowledge and experience of contracting with customers in one of more of the following sectors: Nuclear, Defence, Government.
  • Degree qualified or professional qualification in Procurement, Finance, Legal or related Professional Services discipline.

Why join us?

NNL isn’t just a place where you can do career-defining work that makes a real-world impact. It’s also a place where you’ll feel appreciated and valued. We’re creating an inclusive workplace where everyone is free to be themselves and feel like they belong. We put your wellbeing first, we push you to reach your potential, and we do everything possible to help you feel safe, supported and inspired.

We also offer a range of employee benefits:

  • Sector leading Family-Focused Policies: celebrate life events, including enhanced maternity and paternity leave and a week off for your marriage.
  • NNL offers attractive pension plans. If you contribute 5%, NNL contributes 15%. Alternatively, if you choose not to contribute (0%), NNL will still contribute 10%.
  • Annual Leave: Benefit from 25.5 days of leave, plus 4 extra days to be taken during Christmas shutdown, plus Bank Holidays.
  • Reduced gym membership with discounts of up to 25% from 3,700 gym and leisure providers across the UK
  • Company Bonus: Be rewarded for your contributions.
  • Learning Opportunities: Enhance your skills through excellent development programmes.
  • Employee Assistance: Access support for personal and professional challenges.
  • Cycle to Work: Stay active and eco-friendly.
  • Life Assurance: Ensure peace of mind for you and your loved ones.
  • Enhanced Sick Pay Benefits: Receive support during illness or injury.
  • Access to ‘Mydiscounts’ which has a range of special offers and discounts from more than 200 suppliers, including medical insurance and dental insurance. 
  • Health Care: Health savings plan which allows you to claim money back on visits to the dentist, optician and/or physiotherapist (limits apply).

About The Company

NNL is where your solutions solve real-world problems. As part of our Engineering team, you’ll not only be able to get involved with a huge variety of projects, you’ll also have lots of opportunity to drive them through from start to finish – allowing you to see the impact your work has in a real-world environment. This is your chance to use your experience, expertise and ingenuity to collaborate with leading scientists. You’ll be part of a team that delivers work to benefit society by advancing cleaner energy, protecting the environment and keeping everyone safe.

NNL is an incredible place to work. A place where people do things that have never been done before. A place where people push boundaries to further themselves, the business and society as a whole.

This is a place where personal and professional opportunities are limitless. If you want to change the world, if you want to tackle climate change, if you want to help advance medical science, if you want to help put things in space, if you want to answer the big questions, if you want to work with extraordinary materials, if you want to meet great people, learn new skills, challenge yourself, work flexibly, and build a long successful career with the power to make a real impact… you can do it all here.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

NNL has a vision for Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (ED&I) where NNL aims to be an inclusive workplace that attracts diverse talent through transparent and equal policies and procedures. We want you and the diverse mix of people that we employ, customers that we service and stakeholders that we influence to feel valued. We encourage a workplace culture where everyone can thrive with a sense of belonging.

Recruitment Agency Notice

We operate a strict Preferred Supplier List (PSL) for the provision of recruitment services. Only agencies on our PSL may provide CVs and only when the role is released to them by our recruitment team. We will not accept unsolicited CVs from suppliers not currently on our PSL. We explicitly reserve the right to add candidate details from unsolicited CVs from non-PSL agencies into our own candidate database and to pursue/hire such candidate(s) without any obligation, financial or otherwise, to the agency concerned.

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