Commercial Manager – St Albans

• Are you a talented construction professional, who wants to work for a dynamic company with bold growth plans?
• Do you want to be part of a company who not only values its people but rewards them accordingly?

About us

We are Churchill Retirement PLC, the fastest growing company in the UK retirement house building sector and we’re looking for people like you. We’re a family-run, privately-owned business and we’re going places. We’re proud of what we do, and the people we work with.

We have exciting and ambitious growth plans for the future. Our mission is to be the most successful housebuilder in the UK and our ambition is to achieve the growth required to deliver 1,000 unit sales by 2024 and to maintain this level of activity in the future. Our developments are in prime locations and can be found in 23 counties throughout the UK. With sector-leading operating margins, we are investing for future and long-term growth with an award winning specialist product.

We pride ourselves on building beautiful, quality, purpose-built one and two bedroom apartments in desirable locations across the UK for those looking for an independent lifestyle in later life. Developments are designed to take away all the hassle and fears that can be experienced by older people and provide security, peace of mind and independence.

We’ve won a host of awards; in 2019 we were recognised by The Sunday Times as the 2nd  Best Company to Work For and we have retained a ‘5 star’ status in the HBF Customer Satisfaction Survey having been recommended by over 90% of our customers. In 2016, we became the first ever retirement living specialist to have been named overall ‘Housebuilder of the Year’ by the WhatHouse? Awards and in 2019 were awarded ‘Best Medium Housebuilder’.

About the role

We’re looking for an experienced Commercial Manager to join our Eastern Team based at our Regional Office in St Albans. Your role is to maximise the effectiveness of the commercial function on our construction activities in the region, including quantity surveying, estimating, procurement and material buying.

The Commercial team are a pivotal function in the continued success of our build programme, delivering the highest quality developments, at the best possible cost. Their work presents a fast-paced challenging environment that will exercise both your creativity and commercial flair to its fullest.

Reporting to the Construction/Commercial Director, you will work closely with your Colleagues across the regional Construction, Technical, Design and Planning teams to ensure all stakeholders are kept informed through clear and open lines of communication. This enables our teams to work seamlessly together.  

The Commercial Manager is personally responsible for preparing construction budgets, monitoring costs, preparing schedules, reporting, estimates, making payments and monitoring procurement of subcontracts and materials within the region.

The Commercial team is established and experienced and you will provide a proactive approach to resource planning and coaching the team where needed in terms of their personal development and training requirements.  

Hours of work are 9.00am to 5.30pm Monday to Thursday and 9.00 to 5.00pm on Friday, with one hour for lunch.  The role may occasionally involve visits to our regional offices and construction sites throughout the country so you’ll need to have a valid Driving Licence.

About you

We’re looking for a commercially astute negotiator with proven experience in a surveying and estimating field.  You’ll have a successful track record of effectively operating at a senior level and have demonstrated your abilities to lead a team and large scale projects.

You will already be will be comfortable preparing bills of quantities using standard surveying techniques and terminology, as well as familiarity with COINS software / estimating software packages.  You’ll hold an appropriate construction or technical degree (HND minimum), along with detailed knowledge and understanding of current building regulations, construction methods and products.

Knowledge of Modern Methods of Construction, Construction Law and Health & Safety regulations is highly desirable but not essential.  We’d love it if you had previous house building and contracting experience.

The ideal Commercial Manager is decisive, organised and methodical, with strong communication skills and an abundance of initiative.  You’ll be confident preparing and presenting reports, highly numerical with a good understanding of Excel.

How you’ll be rewarded

  • Competitive salary
  • Company car provision or cash for car alternative
  • Annual holiday entitlement – minimum of 24 days + Bank Holidays
  • Group Personal Pension Plan
  • Life Assurance
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • John Lewis vouchers - £200 to all expectant mums and dads
  • Day off on your birthday
  • Eye Care Reimbursement Scheme
  • Colleague Introduction reward scheme
  • Land Introduction Bonus
  • Professional Subscriptions
  • Training Courses
  • Professional development

If you want to be part of our success story, send your CV and a covering letter to quoting reference number EAS1146