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Commercial Manager WCC58098

Job Details:

Salary Range: £47,568 - £66,435 per annum. Salary is negotiable depending on experience.
Work Location: 64 Victoria Street, Westminster, SW1E 6QP
Hours per week: 36 
Contract type: 2 X Permanent 
Closing date: 26 September 2021

Contact details for an informal discussion: Nicole Repetto, Head of Procurement on 07834 278696 or via email on NREPETTO@WESTMINSTER.GOV.UK

About Us:


The Finance team in Westminster City Council is a world of extraordinary stories, where we go above and beyond for our residents – in all sorts of pioneering ways. Our work has the ability to have a profound impact on residents’ lives. By being smart and courageous with the council’s finances means we can achieve more for our residents.

Take the Carrick Yard housing development in Luton Street. When a big international building from couldn’t find a sales partner, we stepped in to create a joint venture partnership and underwrite any unsold units to protect our investment. Then when we felt a big banking partner would be overcharging the venture for financing the development, we decided to finance it ourselves. The result? 171 homes are now under construction, leading the redevelopment of the Church Street area, whilst the council is projecting a potential return on investment of almost 14% - far in excess of anything that can be achieved on cash deposits in current market conditions.

And why does this success matter? Because it allows us to invest even more in public services that are the lifeblood of our communities.

The Role:


As a Commercial Manager you can make your own powerful contribution. With some of the largest, highest profile and innovative tenders in the Westminster going through our Procurement Team, this is your chance to get involved in projects that will shape the face of our capital projects for the future. From Church Street to Oxford Street and others, you will have the chance to lead on large scale programmes, often above existing EU thresholds.

You will manage quotations and tenders to their successful conclusion, enhancing our reputation as knowledgeable and astute commercial operators in the process. At all times, you’ll mitigate risk and compliance through adherence with local policies and standards.

This is our highest spending service and we’ll expect you to be strategically involved in its development, building key relationships, influencing projects, and delivering valuable advice and support to our team. We’ll look to you to build robust evaluation models that enable us to achieved desired outcomes and best value for money, with a particular focus on sustainability and social value. 

Please refer to the Job Description for more information.  

About You:

We are looking for someone with heightened commercial acumen, able to think flexibly and creatively – and of course, you’ll be able to show examples of delivering projects to tight, pressurised deadlines. 

Your experience in procurement, finance or commissioning has given you the deep knowledge of the end to end process and key inputs required to complete and deliver a tender successfully, including those covered by PCR regulations. You also be able to understand statements of requirements, specifications or contracts containing technical or commercial requirements – either across a range of different services, or within a specialist area, such construction.

You will be the kind of person who’s always developing themselves professionally. Join us and, as well as making a major impact on large-scale, high profile tenders and contracts, you can expect to develop even further – both professionally and personally. You should have or be working towards CIPS level 5/6 or equivalent professional qualification, although we do also consider relevant experience.

The Council and its partners are committed to achieving diverse shortlists for all vacancies at Band 4 or above to support our desire to increase the number of staff from underrepresented groups in our workforce. As part of this ambition, if you are from a black, Asian and minority ethnic background (BAME) you can self-declare this to the hiring manager as part of our positive action commitments.

What We Offer:

Westminster is an amazing place. There are 250,000 diverse residents, over 50,000 vibrant and vital businesses and three-quarters-of-a-million people working here every day. Our mission is to create a city for all. We’re an organisation that wants the very best for our residents: a supportive and safe environment, the chance to grow and learn throughout their lives, to build fantastic careers in world-leading industries, to have access to high-quality, affordable housing and to retire into the community with dignity and pride.

At Westminster City Council, we are passionate about our aim to be an inclusive workplace for all that reflects the communities we serve, and we believe everyone is valued. We particularly welcome applicants from underrepresented backgrounds, including BAME, LGBTQ+ and those with hidden or visible disabilities. We’re committed to ensuring all our staff – regardless of gender, age, religion, sexuality, ethnicity or disability – can succeed. We value diversity and appreciate that people work in different ways. So, as a Timewise employer we work to provide flexible working arrangements and an empowering environment that enables you to be your best, that is the Westminster Way. 

We want Westminster to be a place you can make the most of your talents and thrive as an individual. That’s why we’re proud to have won Best Health & Wellbeing Initiative in the 2020/21 Business Culture Awards and to be Highly Commended in the ‘Diversity & Inclusion’ category. We not only value your perspective and contribution, we help you develop and grow further.  By being the best you can be, you’ll help us adapt to the changing needs of our organisation and communities – resulting in a dynamic atmosphere where ambition, diversity and creativity are celebrated.  As a progressive and innovative organisation, we welcome applications from candidates keen on working in an agile environment with flexible conditions.

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