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Senior Contracts Manager

Job Description

  • Job Reference: RACM240723
  • Job Title: Senior Contracts Manager
  • Salary: £70,000 - £90,000 DOE + package
  • Location: Newry, Northern Ireland

Senior Contracts Manager
Are you looking for a Senior Contracts Manager role? Interested in working for a leading Building & Civil Engineering contractor?

VANRATH are recruiting a Senior Contracts Manager to work for a dynamic Main Contractor that work on a range of Building & Civil Engineering projects.

c£70,000 to £90,000 DOE + package

Our client is a leading, dynamic, reputable Main Contractor that work on a diverse range of projects across the Construction and Civil Engineering sectors.

The business work on large new build projects up to £50m across various sectors including Housing, Education, Healthcare, Commercial Offices & Civil Engineering projects.

They are going through a period of significant growth and as a result have an excellent opportunity for a Senior Contracts Manager to join them on a permanent basis, based out of their offices in Newry. A lot of their work is in the Republic of Ireland so the successful person will need to be happy to travel to sites a few days per week.

Key Responsibilities:

Programme Planning

  • Plan projects and ensure they are programmed to a level of detail necessary for the site team to deliver the scheme without delays
  • Ensure procurement and reconciliation of materials is carried out in accordance with Company procedures to best value and to prevent delays
  • Ensure site team compliance with Company commercial policies and procedures
  • Attend tender handover meetings and deliver pre-start meetings to the site team
  • Ensure a commercial plan and end of life forecast is in place and monitored monthly for the successful commercial delivery of the project
  • Produce and analyse progress reports, updated costs and forecasts
  • Ensure correct commercial engagement of subcontractors
  • Implement the risk management process, review risk registers and check risk controls
  • Review the CVRs monthly with the project teams, implementing necessary actions
  • Complete and distribute the Contract Initiation/Completion form for each project Ensure weekly review of progress, budget resources and forward planning are carried out, and lookahead programmes are in place
  • Chair and attend internal and external meetings and ensure the production of accurate records of any discussions and actions
  • Ensure timely management of both temporary and permanent design to meet the requirements of each project

Health, Safety and Environmental

  • By example, set the highest possible standards of leadership in promotion of Health Safety & Environment procedures and best practice, ensuring compliance with Company procedures and legal obligations
  • Allocate HS&E responsibilities and duties for site personnel, check understanding and provide training as necessary
  • Maintain and manage construction sites and subcontractors, ensuring all subcontractors follow group procedures and processes
  • Oversee and ensure that HSE-related documents are kept up to date and undertake senior manager site inspections, ensuring that audits and reports are produced, liaising with the necessary parties
  • Liaise with third parties to ensure compliance with HAUC, NRSWA and Chapter 8 and other required regulatory standards


  • Ensure that inspection and test plan are produced
  • Ensure that the QA File is produced and maintained
  • Establish and promote best practice

Customer Relations

  • Build and maintain relationships with both the client and external customers Chair and lead meetings with the customer and report on progress to date
  • Ensure that works are carried out in a manner which minimises community impact

Key Measures and Targets

  • Adherence to all deadlines set and Business Unit objectives
  • Ensure final accounts are completed within three months of construction completion Monthly and weekly reporting timescales are met
  • Ensure KPI measures are met
  • Deliver projects without safety incidents, within time and to budget

The Ideal Person:

  • Educated as a minimum to HNC/HND/Degree level (or equivalent)
  • Extensive experience of managing projects within a civils/water environment
  • Good working knowledge of contract conditions, CDM regulations, design management, programme and risk management and cost control including forecasting, actual cost and value reporting
  • Experience of MS project
  • Knowledge of the NEC contract including the Early Warning and Compensation Event mechanisms
  • SMSTS / CSCS card
  • Experience of Pre-Qualification and Tendering process for a number of multi-discipline projects
  • Excellent people management skills with the ability to influence and mentor
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with both customers and all levels of staff
  • Problem solving skills and analytical thinking


  • CEng MICE or equivalent
  • NEBOSH construction certificate
  • Experience of using P6 software

For further information on this vacancy, or any other Built Environment job in Belfast or wider Northern Ireland, please apply via the link below or contact Robert Apps for a confidential discussion