What is the purpose of the role?
We are currently seeking a driven experienced contracts manager to form part of the wider commercial team, responsible for a portfolio of high-value operational water contracts, owning the supplier client relationship. You will ensure our suppliers deliver in line with their agreements, monitor their performance and build ongoing relationships. You will be working closely with the business and suppliers to drive continuous improvement & innovations to deliver cost-effective solutions.
What makes this role unique?
Working within a close-knit team, this dynamic role is constantly changing and will provide a welcome challenge for the right person (including internal & regulatory challenges). This opportunity will provide you with direct engagement with director level stakeholders and the opportunity to enhance supplier relationships, drive innovation and use your creative skills.
What will this role involve?
Delivering commercial and contractual cost efficiency and value-for-money Responsible for the overall commercial delivery and performance management of the suppliers, including the administration of the contracts.
Drive to maximise contract performance using challenge and innovation, taking appropriate risks, rewarding performance where necessary, and forming effective and professional relationships internally and externally.
Responsible for the supplier relationship management, develop and maintain category plans, ensure processes are in place to forecast, track and report on performance.
Positively participating in the ongoing operation and governance of the commercial strategy.
Working with various teams: sourcing, legal, treasury and insurance on behalf of the business in relation to contracts; building appropriate relationships, influencing commercial policy and process where appropriate and maintaining good knowledge of best industry practice.
Additional integral responsibilities include report writing, record maintenance, satisfactory Communication at all levels, maintenance of company image, employee welfare and team building.
What are we looking for?
Do you possess a strong technical understanding of commercial & contract management? Do you have an industrial background in operations / engineering / process / equivalent? If the answer is yes, look no further! We are seeking an experienced & driven individual with a robust background in customer-facing engagement, including managing contractual / performance issues. You will have great attention to detail, exceptional analytical & numerical skills and an ability to communicate information & influence key stakeholders at all levels. You will have an appreciation of working in an industry with restrictions & limitations and have successfully driven change and innovation.
Strong negotiation skills are essential, as is the ability to lead, develop and engage with internal and external stakeholders The successful candidate would be able to demonstrate a track record of driving performance improvement of existing processes thereby delivering value for money using market analysis and your commercial acumen. Due to the nature of the role, a full UK driving licence is required
Thames Water information and salary details
This role is based in our Reading head office, with a salary of up to £52k depending on skills and experience. Our excellent salary package includes a competitive contributory pension and a wider benefits scheme which includes an annual pay review, child care vouchers, season ticket loans and loyalty awards for continuous service plus many more.
About Thames Water
Thames Water is the largest water and waste-water services company in the UK. We provide the essential service at the heart of daily life, health and enjoyment to 15 million customers across London and the Thames Valley and we are going through a period of exciting change. On a typical day we supply 2.6 billion litres of top quality drinking water and our 350 sewage treatment works treat more than 4.2bn litres of waste-water. Our 85,000 miles of water mains and sewers would wrap around the world three-and-a-half times.
We are focusing like never before on delivering brilliant services and providing our customers with a great experience. We are in the process of transforming our business in order to achieve this. To help us succeed, we need a range of new skills and capabilities and will be recruiting for these in the coming months. We are on the lookout for talented people across our entire region who are interested in helping us to become the best water and waste-water company in the UK.
Thames Water is an equal opportunity, Disability Confident, and Stonewall diversity champion employer.
Closing Date: The closing date for applications is 23/01/18.