Commercial Manager in Atkins at Whitehaven, England, United Kingdom

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This listing is about Atkins in Whitehaven, England, United Kingdom
in 2022

About the job

Do you think differently? Are you someone with good situational awareness and able to influence those around you? Do you know how to use the resources and assets of a business in ways that drive growth opportunities and improve commercial governance?

Atkins Nuclear & Power (Europe, Middle East & Africa Region) is looking to add a Commercial Manager to our high performing Commercial Management team. We are looking for someone who has experience of working in the Engineering Services sector and enjoys a variety of work including the delivery of commercial solutions and improvement initiatives. With a desire to work in the Nuclear and Power sector you’ll enjoy approaching things in different ways to find the best possible fit – you like making improvements and consider different approaches, trying to find the best approach to fit whatever is the current context.

This role offers a significant platform for personal development and the opportunity to get involved in a variety of exciting projects, covering a broad spectrum of clients from Nuclear New Build, Operations and Decommissioning to innovative Energy Net Zero initiatives including hydrogen, carbon capture and smart grids. We are seeking people who are keen to develop to their full potential to the mutual benefit of the individual, the team and the company.

Ideally the role would be based out of our Whitehaven (Cumbria), Warrington or Bristol offices and presents the opportunity to join a larger business distributed across the UK, Europe and Middle East with the opportunity to work with colleagues internationally through our Global Technology Centre.

Key Responsibilities Will Include

In a changing energy market, where the business is growing, we are seeking a Commercial Manager who can be at the forefront of leading and supporting the business in achieving its goals, whilst managing and balancing business risk.

The Role

Working for the Senior Commercial Managers / Director the key responsibilities of the role are identified as follows:

  • Providing high quality and efficient support to the markets and their teams, throughout the Win and Deliver work cycle
  • Leading on bid and project governance including ownership of escalated approvals systems
  • Reviewing contracts and other legal documents in co-ordination with the Legal function
  • Leading on and / or supporting the markets with contract negotiations
  • Development of business cases to support new initiatives (e.g. M&A, new markets, products, technologies and other investment cases)
  • Leading on the resolution of potential disputes and claims (project, insurance etc)
  • Delivery of key elements of the Risk and Commercial roadmap, supporting a wide array of commercial projects and business improvement initiatives
  • Active role in project procurement at both strategic business and project level (e.g. developing supplier and partnering strategies, setting the project procurement strategies and where required acting as project procurement manager etc)
  • Co-ordination of support functions such as Legal, HR, Tax and Treasury
  • Acting as an independent bid and project reviewer
  • Development and delivery of Lunch ‘n’ Learn, web-based and classroom training initiatives on Commercial and related topics
  • Managing internal and external stakeholders
  • Maintaining an understanding of ongoing developments in the market

The Person

There are two key aspects of the role, one will be developing and building strong relationships with internal clients, and another will be supporting the leadership, development and progression of the commercial function. You’ll have the ability and the desire to manage teams and deliver all aspects of your work to a very high standard. You will be able to work both independently and within the team. If you come from a utility, developer or consultancy background this will be an advantage.

You’ll need to have


  • Degree qualified in Engineering, Science, Business or equivalent (mandatory)
  • Achieved Chartered status in relevant profession (desirable)

Mandatory Experience

Required experience in the following areas:

  • Corporate systems and processes
  • Commercial Governance
  • Bidding
  • Project and / or Business Finance
  • Contract Management
  • Project Delivery
  • Supply Chain Management

Desirable Experience

In addition to the mandatory requirements, we are also seeking candidates with the following skills and experience:

  • Experience in the Nuclear and Power Sector
  • International Working (France, Germany, China)
  • Tier 1 delivery
  • M&A
  • Project Management

Interested? Then please submit your CV and a cover letter giving it your best as to what you would bring to the role. Share your curiosity and enthusiasm; how will you make a difference, what diversity of thought will you bring, and importantly the energy and sense of enjoyment and fulfilment you will bring that will support why you are the one for this role.

Let’s shape the future by doing things right.

You might know us for the great work we do across our wide variety of projects. We’re proud to say it’s thanks to our people’s diversity of thought, expertise and knowledge. And when you join us, you’ll be a part of this genuinely collaborative environment, where everyone’s voice is valued and treated equally.

We’re passionate about what we do, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. Simply put, this a great place to be. So, when it comes to your life outside of work, ask us about our flexible and remote working policies designed to help you get the most out of life.

Read More About How You Can Thrive With Us.

Why work for Atkins?

The UK is the first major economy to legislate for a Net Zero target by 2050. To achieve this, our Energy Teams are ensuring a mix of secure and sustainable energies that can meet our industry and lifestyle demands today, and in 30 years’ time. We help to power our world through exciting new technologies and intelligent cybersecurity systems on projects that vary greatly in size, scope, and scale. So, you’ll be creating the right safe and resilient systems across nuclear power, renewables, decarbonisation development, new builds and energy efficiency.

We value your diversity and believe that everyone deserves to thrive – no exceptions. You’ll be part of a culture committed to finding new talent from underrepresented groups. We’re Disability Confident, an Inclusive Employer, and support STEM Returners. We also want to see more women in senior roles at Atkins. In the energy sector, we’ve signed up to the AXIS Pledge, promising to make equal pay, equal leadership, and equal opportunities a reality.

Read more about our Vision for Women.

Meeting Your Needs

When you start with us, you’ll enjoy “Total Reward,” a package that can be tailored to your lifestyle, career and personal needs. From flexible holidays to life assurance, health & wellbeing benefits, and career planning for the senior stage of your career.

Making sure you’re supported is important to us. So, if you identify as having a disability, tell us ahead of your interview. And let’s talk about any adjustments you might need.

Read more about ‘Total Reward’.

More About Us

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is a leading global consultancy with over 80 years of design and engineering expertise. With us, you’ll be surrounded by the skills, knowledge and support to help you succeed. Together, we can deliver projects which have a positive, sustainable impact on the world.

Check out some of our recent, most exciting projects.

Atkins is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview.

If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

Company: Atkins

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Job Location: Whitehaven, England, United Kingdom

Application Deadline: N/A

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