Commercial Contract Manager 9 views

You’ll be working as part of the Commercial Contract Management Team (CCM) where our focus is delivering service and value for money from our 3rd party relationships, putting our customer at the heart. We manage end to end contractual relationships for Asset and MAP/Funding services as well as providing contractual support across other operational areas.  The team operates across all OVO Energy brands.

What will I be doing?

Working across the CCM and other Operational business areas, you will manage contract variations (including contract drafting where appropriate), disputes to mutual agreement, claims for damages, as well as contract renewals and/or exit. Depending upon business needs, you may also manage procurement exercise activity.

You’ll be responsible for the interpretation, negotiation and drafting of contracts, ensuring successful completion of new contracts in line with our internal policies and procedures and of course ensuring compliance with industry requirements.

Finally, you’ll ensure that all contracts are industry leading and that they appropriately apportion risk between OVO and our supplier . You will work with Commercial Management and/or the Operations Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) lead to log and implement changes to improve OVO’s commercial position, which will be backed up with robust business case justification.

As part of the team, you will support the delivery of departmental KPIs and objectives.

Key responsibilities include:

Support the Senior Commercial Contract Manager in providing a world class contract management service to internal customers including:-

  • Contract & contract variation drafting
  • Contract guidance and support as required
  • Contract focused risk management
  • Contract drafting, editing and  record keeping
  • Dispute resolution
  • Support the CCM and/or the Operations SRM lead in all post contract matters. Work with the Legal and Procurement Teams to ensure the best approach is taken for contracting approach and in sourcing goods, works or services, including putting in place contingency arrangements to secure supply if necessary.
  • Deliver continuous improvement
  • Liaise with peers to review best practice, lessons learned.
  • Provide contract/procurement  support to Operations business areas as required in the development and execution of sourcing events to support projects including the review of sourcing strategies, analysing submissions, supporting tender interviews and review of contract award recommendations
  • For the contracts you are managing, ensure compliance to all internal policies and procedures and audit requirements such as self audits or compliance reviews.

Is this the job for me?

We are looking for someone who enjoys working as part of a team, with excellent contract interpretation and drafting skills and a proven track record in managing complex negotiations.

Excellent numeracy skills are an absolute must for this role, coupled with the ability to interpret complex contracts, summarise and challenge key performance data to allow forward planning and effective, timely recommendations.

You’ll be a highly effective negotiator and influencer with excellent presentation and communication skills, and capable of accurately identifying key issues and communicating effectively across a number of suppliers and categories.

We’ll need  you to be highly competent at drafting contract schedules, variations and formal contractual documents. You will also work with the Legal, Procurement & Operational teams to understand the broader market context of the supply categories for the contracts which you are handling.

Ideally you will have:

Experience & Knowledge

  • Experience in supporting strategic projects/contracts.  Working knowledge of the relevant conditions of contract.
  • Negotiating commercial agreements
  • Contract Management & Administration
  • Aware of the commercial impact of decisions and the implications on procurement processes
  • Knowledge contract structure and documentation
  • Experience of using procurement related systems e.g. Scout
  • Knowledge of relevant statutory and legal provisions.
  • Sourcing management/support

Essential Functional/Technical Skills

  • Degree educated or equivalent direct entry to recognised appropriate professional body preferred
  • Highly numerate
  • Experience of drafting and interpreting commercial contracts
  • Sufficient management skills to stand-in for manager if required
  • IT skills including Word, Excel, Power Point, WSS Procurement System
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Excellent communications skills

Personal Attributes/Competencies

  • Excellent organisation and planning skills, ability to work to deadlines, dealing with changing priorities whilst managing own time effectively
  • Enthusiasm and drive with a flexible approach and an ability to adapt to changing business and project priorities
  • Ability to influence users outside own sphere of responsibility
  • Manages the detail well – dotting the i’s without letting that slow the pace of delivery
  • Customer focused
  • Self-motivated with confidence to challenge the norm and think creatively
  • Great team player

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