201684 Requisition #
Position: Commercial Manager
Business Unit: Kier Living
Sub location: Exeter
Contract: Permanent

You can shape the world around you with Kier Group. We’re one of the UK’s leading names in construction - inspiring innovations in a multitude of market sectors - and wherever you join us, you’ll be able to achieve and collaborate with one of the country’s most established and inspired forward thinkers in construction, property, residential and services.

Kier Living is at the forefront of tackling the unprecedented demand for new housing in the UK. Government, local councils and housing associations trust our expert team and 100-year pedigree to deliver affordable mixed tenure and high-quality private developments - a commitment that’s seeing us build thousands of new homes every year, offering you a valued role in meeting the housing needs of a nation.


Our regional commercial teams are integral to the successful delivery of every Kier Living site. The function serves as the linchpin between our Technical and Production functions and makes the reality of a Kier Living development come to life. The Commercial Manager position within the commercial team is a varied management role that focuses on ensuring the consistently high performance of the team, setting realistic but challenging targets, providing strategy and focus for the team and keeping the team in line with the overall plans of the Kier Living business. It also reports directly into the regional Commercial Director.


  • Manage the performance of the Quantity Surveyors and ensure that adequate resources are available for the onsite teams for the best available price;
  • Calculate all the prime costs on developments within the business, reporting any movements in the costs since the preparation of the land purchase exercise;
  • Negotiate and place orders with labour and material subcontractors on a competitive tender basis and provide a detailed cost budget;
  • Monitor the performance of suppliers and subcontractors to ensure consistently high standards of materials and performance are provided;
  • Complete the apportionment of total prime costs to individual plots and produce a profit analysis;
  • Monitor subcontractor costs and have responsibility for explanations of any changes in those costs;
  • Undertake regular site visits.

Knowledge and skills:

  • Previous experience in a similar commercial management role;
  • Strong working knowledge of all buying and quantity surveying activities;
  • A good knowledge of Building Regulations, NHBC and Health and Safety requirements is preferred;
  • Wide experience in the procurement and purchase of materials and sub-contract labour;
  • IT literate (Oracle system preferable);
  • Previous experience of managing a team of people.

In return we are offering a competitive salary and package as well as the support and scope to build a long and fruitful partnership with Kier.

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