Commercial Manager – Building Products

September 15, 2018 | Comments Off on Commercial Manager – Building Products

Job Title: Commercial Manager

Location: Kildare

Salary: Neg DOE

Reporting TO: Managing Director and Finance Director

Working Closely WITH: Estimating, Contracts manager, Technical Director

Responsible FOR: Quantity Surveyor(s)

Duties & RESPONSIBILITIES - Overview

Commercial Manager required for an expanding Construction firm who specialise in the design, manufacture and installation of high specification metal and glass facades in Ireland and the UK. The Commercial Manager is responsible for the planning, coordination, staffing and control of the Surveying function.


  • Report on the financial performance of Contracts on a monthly basis using the existing cost control reporting system.
  • Continually seek to improve our systems and procedures as they relate to your department.
  • Embrace Lean Manufacturing technique as they apply to your area.
  • Prepare and review monthly cost reports for current projects.
  • Liaise with Finance Director on cost overruns as they impact the budgeted mark-up on contracts.
  • Review costs regularly with Project Managers and report on discrepancies.
  • Review contractual arrangements between the client and Main Contractors / Clients.
  • Create an early warning system for problematic projects and report feedback to Estimating to close the loop.


  • Prepare and submit interim payment applications for on-going projects.
  • Prepare and submit change orders and variations to on-going projects.
  • Attend site to review progress and agree monthly valuations with M.C. Quantity Surveyors.
  • Negotiate and agree final accounts with Main Contractors / Clients.
  • Where necessary, prepare extension of time claims and any other contractual claims.
  • Ensure the accuracy of the monthly payment applications of the Surveying Department, including the supervision of the work of other QSs.
  • Ensure that monthly payment applications are presented in a timely manner, since the timing of valuations has a critical impact on cashflow.
  • Be responsible for the output of the Surveying department.


  • In co-operation with the Contracts Manager appoint installation sub-contractors and other key sub-contractors.
  • Assess sub-contractor payment applications and certify payments, and when not personally certifying work, supervising the work of others.


  • Pre-tender and post-tender discussions with clients and professional teams
  • Resolve contractual issues with Clients, Design Teams, Main Contractors and Sub-Contractors
  • Attend project meetings and identify potential variations and revenue-generating opportunities
  • Assist Estimating with detailed measurements, take-offs and contractual matters, where necessary

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Elk Recruitment is an award-winning niche recruitment firm with offices currently in Ireland and the United Kingdom. Our core competency is the placement of permanent and contract mid to senior level professionals within the Fenestration, Facade, Curtain Walling, Construction, Glazing & Medical Device industry throughout Ireland, United Kingdom, MENA region and the United States.

Our in-depth knowledge, particularly of the façade industry, comes from having worked in senior positions for aluminium, glass & steel companies for over 16 years domestically and internationally. During this time gaining invaluable experience and insight into elements of the business such as Estimation, Design, Engineering, Procurement, Manufacturing and Project Management. This practical in industry senior experience coupled with a very strong academic background is what differentiates Elk Recruitment from its competitors in our chosen field.