Commercial Director

Full Time Permanent

We’re looking for a Commercial Director to join our Group Delivery function. The Commercial Director will be accountable for the quality, pace, efficiency, and operational effectiveness of the Commercial Function. The Commercial Director retains a keen business focus whilst delegating tasks and actions appropriately, taking a hands-on approach to commercial activities when required. Working across multiple projects, you’ll be responsible for balancing priorities to ensure commercial activities are delivered on time, within financial limitations and in line with design, technical and client requirements. 

The role reports into the Group Commercial Director and sits within a family of commercial / quantity surveying roles within Watkin Jones. The Commercial Director will be the communication channel to the Group Commercial Director and Senior Construction Leadership Team, reporting on progress, risks and resources.

The role offers an agile approach offering working arrangements that allow a variance in the timing or location of work for the mutual benefit of the individual and the organisation.

About You

The role requires a HND / Degree in a relevant subject or significant and substantial experience in a relevant / related field. You need to be able to demonstrate an excellent understanding of construction principles and the relationship between build teams and commercial functions. The Commercial Director provides line management for Commercial Managers and other roles within the business unit. They will provide guidance for the team and junior colleagues so that they achieve targets, goals and perform their roles effectively so the ability to manage and support a team of professionals (including managers), delegating tasks appropriately whilst holding ultimate accountability for commercial activities and operational delivery is essential.

You’ll need to show knowledge of health and safety legislation and current surveying / commercial trends, technology and industry / regulatory / design standards and best practice managing multiple schemes and have skills to act assertively to support a point of view, influence decisions whilst maintaining respect and healthy, positive working relationships.

A strong working knowledge of MS office programmes including MS excel is essential.

About Us

Watkin Jones Group is the UK’s leading developer, builder and manager of residential for rent homes, with 52,000+ homes developed and in-build across 135 schemes. Our operating arm, Fresh, manages over 20,000 units across 64 schemes, reflecting approximately £1.7bn of assets under management, giving us unique and unrivalled insight into what tenants and investors desire.

Our company was established in 1791 and has been building homes since 1927. More recently, we listed on the AIM market in 2016 with a market cap of £255m (current market cap c. £550m). In FY2020 we generated gross revenue of £354m and a Gross Profit of £75.9m. Our position in the market is based on a ‘capital light’ model, where we typically work with institutional forward funders.

Watkin Jones’ success to date has been based on our emphasis on building relationships of trust, our customer focus and our forward-thinking structure. Our intention is to create the future of living, which to us means high quality rental homes, community focus and sustainably driven development.

Why Join Us?

In return for your hard work and dedication, we can offer you some extensive benefits which include 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (increasing after 2 years’ service by 1 day up to a max of 29 days per annum), discretionary annual bonus, 7% pension contribution, corporate summer party, and medicash


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