Commercial Manager

City of Westminster, London (Greater)
04 Jun 2020
22 Jun 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Would you relish the chance to join our Commercial Team managing key franchising contracts across the UK?

Are you an articulate and persuasive communicator with the expertise in commercial contract management?

If so, we would want to hear from you!

Job description

The Department for Transport’s Rail Group is responsible for taking Britain’s railway into the future. We are committed to delivering a sustainable and customer-focused railway, putting passengers at the heart of the journey. We are working on a diverse range of high-profile projects, including procuring and managing franchise contracts worth billions of pounds.

We are looking for dedicated Commercial Managers who are passionate about delivering the best transport solutions for passengers, freight operators and taxpayers and who understand that achieving this requires commitment and resourcefulness.

This high-profile role is pivotal to managing and bringing about improvements to a portfolio of long term commercial franchising contracts, ensuring contractual and performance obligations are met and exceeded. You will work collaboratively with the franchise companies on continuous improvement projects which may include developing and leading specification changes to deliver tangible improvements to future passenger experience.

As Commercial Manager, you will build and maintain long-term commercial relationships with Board level members of train companies. You will lead virtual, multidisciplinary teams, work with a range of internal and external stakeholders, including Passenger Representative Groups and provide briefings to senior management and Government Ministers.


About You

You have experience of developing, negotiating and managing long term, high value contracts and the capability to handle variations appropriately.

You have the experience to handle risk effectively and use commercial levers to drive and manage performance. You are resilient, results driven and can deliver under pressure.

You are an articulate and persuasive communicator, with the ability to engage with individuals at all levels and build long-term relationships with industry partners, including managing relationships with multiple senior partners in complex environments.

You demonstrate excellent analytical skills and the ability to utilise management information to challenge the franchising operator on operational, project and financial performance.

About us

Our mission at the Department for Transport is ‘connecting people and places’. Everything we do to achieve this is reinforced by our values:

Confidence: to challenge, to take action, to innovate
Excellence: in our professionalism, in our delivery, in our learning
Teamwork: we are inclusive, we collaborate, we support each other

These values define the kind of organisation we want to be – delivering for today whilst being ambitious for tomorrow.

We embrace diversity and celebrate our differences. Everyone is involved in making DfT an inclusive and great place to work. We actively promote a flexible approach to working whilst giving our staff opportunities to maximise their skills and achieve their full potential.

We are different people, one team.