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Job Title: Contracts Manager

Salary/Rate: £60,000 - £70,000

Location: Dartford

Job Type: Permanent

Industry/Specialist Area: Ground Engineering

Client Description:

Our client is one of the UK’s leading specialist contractors, renowned for providing technically advanced and cost-effective solutions across the structural support, land remediation, foundations, underpinning, ground improvement, soil stabilisation, geotechnical engineering, and subsidence repair sectors. Their offering includes design, build, installation, and non-disruptive services provided to all areas of the construction, residential housing, housebuilding, infrastructure and development markets. Their reputation is built on engineering excellence and a commitment to continual innovation, backed by a central technical design and engineering resource, ensuring they deliver a full range of techniques bespoke to any requirement and specification.

Job Description:

Contracts Manager

This challenging and exciting Contracts Manager opportunity, based from home, requires an individual with a technical background and proven experience in taking the lead for contracts within the foundations, ground improvement, soil stabilisation, geotechnical engineering sectors. The work will require travel across the South of England.


Due to an increase in contract awards, a significant forward order workload, and a dedication to continued profitable, ambitious, and long-term growth across the UK, our client is now seeking to appoint a Contracts Manager. Reporting to the Operations Director, the successful candidate will have responsibility for managing and co-ordinating the technical, operational, and commercial aspects of all projects undertaken, including management of sub-contractors, and a directly employed team of Project Managers, Contracts Engineers, Supervisors, and all site personnel. 


You will possess a demonstrable track record of experience in a similar role within the groundworks, remediation, earthworks, heavy or specialist civils, foundations, or ground-geotechnical engineering arena. You will be responsible to assist, support and lead in the day-to-day management of operational activities including; client liaison, management of technical, operational and commercial elements, and the safe, profitable and timely delivery of all contracts, works, projects and schemes. Additionally, your duties will be reviewed and increased over time, in line with the successful candidate’s natural development and career progression.


The Role

  • To direct contracts and projects with a hands-on approach, and in an efficient and safe manner, ensuring completion on time and within budget
  • Take managerial responsibility to review and guide operations through all phases of the contract lifecycle, both with clients and internal teams
  • Attend site meetings with clients and key stakeholders (internal and external) to ensure the smooth delivery of contracts
  • Inspect works in progress to ensure they conform to HSEQ procedures and project specifications, and are being carried out in accordance with the correct design procedures
  • Liaise directly with the design and estimating teams to resolve pre-construction challenges
  • Ensure HSEQ plans, RAMS and contract programmes are prepared for individual contracts, and all in accordance with company policy
  • Attend regular meetings with your team to report on projects, and provide guidance in regards to proposals and recommendations as required
  • Ensure the commercial team are provided with all relevant information, documentation and instructions to support contract variations
  • Ensure all projects are planned and executed strictly in accordance with company policy, whilst maintaining and improving the professional and progressive image of the company
  • Develop and implement plans for the mobilisation and running of contracts, ensuring that all goals are either achieved or bettered with an emphasis upon service delivery, and ultimately effectively manage all activities with regards to operations and construction activities


The Person

  • You will ideally possess a relevant qualification (civil, structural, geotechnical etc) or be suitably qualified through experience
  • To have a proven track record in hands on contracts and projects management within the aforementioned sectors
  • To have run contracts with a diplomatic and pragmatic approach, but also with a hands-on attitude to clients, sub-contractors and people management
  • To have had first-hand experience of contracts management, and therefore able to demonstrate a tenacious, lead from the front approach, whilst also having previous experience of working in a client end user focused environment
  • Good levels of experience at both pre and post contract stage
  • Full, valid UK driving licence.


An attractive salary and benefits package (permanent) are on offer to the successful candidate, along with longevity of work and career progression, given the company’s market leading status and continued commitment to growth across all areas of the industry.

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