Principal Contract Manager

West Berkshire
GBP85000 per annum +
17 Nov 2021
17 Dec 2021
Specialist Area
Job Level
Contract Type
Full Time

AWE is looking for a Principal Contract Manager to lead one of our largest and complex infrastructure projects. Providing post award commercial and contract performance leadership to the Project Director to enable effective management of project and commercial risk. The role will be embedded in the Infrastructure Project Delivery function and work in a matrix team environment to ensure contract objectives are achieved. The multi-billion project is essential to the UK's national security and will design, construct and commission a new world class engineering facility. The project will be delivered through a new contract partnership, with joint incentivisation and business transformation agenda.

Location - Reading / Basingstoke Area

Salary: up to £85k (Dependent on experience)

AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) offers an attractive array of benefits which include:

  • Market leading contributory pension scheme

  • Generous holiday entitlement (270 hours a year inclusive of Bank Holidays plus every other Friday off)

  • Flexible working hours

  • Salary sacrifice scheme

  • Consideration for either full time or part time hours. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time

  • Relocation package available (terms and conditions apply)

As Principal Contract Manager you will be responsible to the Programme Partnership Board for the overall delivery of the programme commercial strategy, ensuring the Partnership delivers an effective value and risk management strategy. You will lead a post award team to control the partner's cost, performance and resource management profiles to successfully achieve the programme's strategic outcomes.

To be successful in this role you should be able to demonstrate some of the following:

  • MCIPS, MRICS or APM Project Management or equivalent experience (desirable)

  • Experience of delivering Value, Risk and Performance Management in a strategic contract or alliance partnership

  • Experience in driving high performance using Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and incentivisation models

  • Experience in using earned value management (EVM) techniques to deliver efficiencies and improve contract performance

  • Proactive self-starter and willing to challenge the status quo and meet the resistance head on

  • Can lead, manage and direct a mix of internal and external resources to deliver the programme

  • Experience of delivering large, complex NEC based construction contracts with major UK contractors

  • Ability to manage design process to a budget within client constraints

  • Experience of working in a matrix organisation and interfacing with multiple internal and external stakeholders

  • Able to articulate decisions and strategy and support with the why and context to bring the decision to life

  • In-depth knowledge of supplier selection and negotiate complex contracts with suppliers and ensuring risk is apportioned appropriately between the parties

  • Understand pre and post contract activities and what good governance looks like

  • Familiar with construction standard forms of contract

  • Understand the wider engineering market and the AWE's position and influence to create capacity and capability through effective demand planning

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the security clearance required for the role

AWE plays a crucial role in the defence of the United Kingdom, by providing and maintaining the warheads for the country's nuclear deterrent. We are a centre of scientific, engineering and technological excellence, with some of the most advanced research, design and production facilities in the world. Our unique expertise also assists the UK Government in developing and delivering a range of innovative and integrated support services, including national nuclear security and counter-terrorism solutions.

AWE is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community which are currently under-represented at AWE, including women, BAME and disabled people.