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Commercial Manager

  1. United Kingdom
  1. Nuclear

Commercial Manager

Commercial Manager

The Atkins Nuclear and Power business are seeking a Commercial Manager who thrives on teamwork with a strong desire to deliver for both internal and external clients. 

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.

The role can be based at any of our UK offices (incl home working) 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 Design Centre.

About the Team

As a well-established business, the focus of the Atkins Nuclear and Power business is building and developing new and existing long-term relationships with our clients in the sector.  We hold a number of long term project and framework contracts through which we deliver our clients work.

Working in the central functions you will work across the entire portfolio of the Nuclear and Power business, with the opportunity to lead and support major bids, major projects, M&A and broader business initiatives.

What you’ll be doing

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 Manager / 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)
  • Reviewing contracts and other legal documents in co-ordination with the Legal function
  • Delivery of key elements of the Risk and Commercial roadmaps, 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 acting 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
  • Commercial Governance
  • Bidding
  • Project and / or Business Finance
  • Contract Management
  • Project Delivery

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
  • Procurement

About us

The Atkins business has been operating in the Nuclear and Power sector for over four decades and the pace of change has never been greater than it is now. We are on the brink of a revolution in how the world generates and uses Energy. The possible scenarios of the future energy market will require the smart integration of renewable generation, energy storage, and sustainable demand with a transmission & distribution network that remains robust, flexible and economic to meet this changing landscape.
Our clients include International and UK transmission and distribution companies, manufacturers, renewable technology providers, investors and regulatory bodies, with an increasingly key role in delivering the electrical design aspects of major infrastructure projects and truly ground-breaking international 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 will 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.


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