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Head of Commercial - Nuclear New Build

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Date: 12-Jan-2022

Location: Bristol, Bristol, GB, BS16 1EJ

Company: Babcock

Job Title:              Head of Commercial – Nuclear New Build 
Location:              Bristol based (or remote working) 
Compensation:    £70,000 - £75,000, plus car / bonus / private medical 
Role Type:            Full / Permanent 
Job ID:                  SF41217 

Do you want to be part of making a safe and secure world, together?  As part of the Babcock International Group, Cavendish Nuclear’s New Build & Advanced Nuclear Technologies Business is making the UK’s plan for Net Zero by 2050 a reality through the introduction of New Nuclear, significantly increasing the UK’s zero carbon heat and electricity generation capability.

We’re looking to recruit a Head of Commercial to join our growing commercial team. The role will be dedicated to the New Build and Advanced Nuclear Technology business unit which is an exciting growth area for the Cavendish Nuclear business. 

The New Build and Advanced Nuclear Technology business already has substantial contracts in support of the MEH Alliance and Commissioning Alliance to construct the Hinkley Point C Power Station; as well as contracts to develop and manufacture a demonstrator Advanced Modular Reactor, U-Battery.

The business unit has ambitious growth plans, supporting the development of Sizewell C New Build and with numerous AMR and SMR opportunities this is an exciting time to join this dynamic and fast developing Clean Energy sector.

This will require you to build relationships with new and existing customers and stakeholders as well as developing teaming arrangements with partners and negotiation of complex/bespoke commercial arrangements.  

As an experienced Commercial professional, you will provide commercial expertise and guidance to the Business Unit and address all associated commercial matters in accordance with best practice methodology, internal compliance and legal requirements.

You will be comfortable with leading and setting the overall direction for a team (this will be a growing team as the business unit expands).  You will also be providing commercial management of relevant contracts addressing all associated commercial matters.  You will undertake internal compliance, liaising with the Commercial Director, customers and other stakeholders as required. You will work with the relevant project/contract/bid teams to develop and drive a risk based commercial strategy.


What will you be doing?
Key duties will include:

  • Developing key external commercial customer relationships and maintaining positive relationships
  • Implementing and embedding commercial strategy, focused on long term strategic business aims
  • Responsible for commercial aspects of bidding, negotiating and delivering contracts within the business area
  • Lead the communication and embedding of commercial guidance and expertise, initiatives, policies and procedures across the relevant project teams
  • Act as an escalation point for complex commercial issues, and raise key commercial issues with Commercial and Business Unit Directors
  • Accountable for the functional management of the wider commercial team to ensure the provision of robust commercial management, delivery of high quality bid gate documentation & commercial aspects of relevant bids, compliance with commercial governance requirements and input & execution of commercial policy

The experience you’ll bring 

  • Educated to degree level with Law degree or Quantity Surveyor qualification, or equivalent qualification or relevant experience
  • Significant generalist commercial experience, demonstrating proven track record in delivering on accountabilities, and more specifically on driving the commercial agenda through the design and delivery of a business-aligned strategic commercial plan,
  • Proven track record of delivering significant contribution to business commercial and wider strategy, and to delivering commercial strategies on large and complex contracts and bids
  • Proven success in commercially managing large-scale projects and complex change initiatives using appropriate methodologies
  • Significant experience in providing commercial specialist input into bids and contracts
  • Demonstrable evidence of developing and sustaining positive working relationships at a senior level, including the ability to negotiate and to influence customer commercial strategy
  • People management experience and commercial consultancy expertise
  • Excellent understanding of standard form contracts e.g. NEC



  • Experience in setting up and working in Joint Venture or Alliance relationships
  • Significant evidence of cross-business networking, delivering speedy and proactive advice and knowledge sharing
  • Considerable experience in developing commercial and line management capability
  • Experience of having to deliver on a strategic commercial plan


What a role with Cavendish Nuclear offers? 
•    Generous holiday entitlement
•    Competitive money purchase pension scheme with life assurance
•    Share ownership scheme
•    Access to make a difference for a sustainable environment for future
•    A tailored personal development and training programme.
•    Autonomy. Trusted and empowered to deliver and be your best.

About Cavendish Nuclear
Cavendish Nuclear is the UK's leading nuclear services company, with a highly-skilled workforce and a growing international presence. Our people innovate to make nuclear safer, faster, at lower cost across all aspects of the nuclear energy lifecycle.

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