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Business Manager - Highways

Job Introduction

Are you experienced with Business Management and looking to expand your career into a large Highways, Pave or Infrastructure project or is this something you already have experience of as a Business Manager. If so; then please read on as we are offering a permanent role here at Tarmac.

At Tarmac, ‘who you are’ matters.  We want to get to know you.  If you share our values and are proud of a job well done, collaborative in working well with others and ambitious to make things better, then have a read of what we have on offer.

We are recruiting for a Business Manager to join the Tarmac Joint Venture Surfacing Framework contract. You will work on this large infrastructure project to optimise the performance of ensuring this project comes in on time and within budget. This role is hybrid working and you will work within the Cambridgeshire / Bedfordshire region. Whether you live in Rugby, Coventry, Birmingham, Nuneaton, Hinkley, Warwick, Royal Leamington Spa, Kenilworth, Stratford-upon-Avon, Daventry or the surrounding areas we would like to hear from you

Here at Tarmac, we are working hard to create a dynamic and inclusive environment and it’s important that our people come from a variety of different backgrounds.

Role Responsibility

The Business Manager will work with the team to deliver the highly strategic project that is fundamental for operational production and business growth.  As the Business Manager you will ensure the project surfacing operations run safely, delivers first class customer service to our clients, drives efficiency improvements throughout the scheme and looks to maximise financial returns for Tarmac. You will plan, create, manage and be instrumental in all activities, you will have the ability to problem solve, innovate, and drive performance to the highest levels.

As the Business Manager must be well-versed in all construction methodologies and procedures and be able to coordinate a team of professionals of different disciplines to achieve the best results. The ideal candidate will have an analytical mind and great organisational skills.

Your responsibilities will include (not exhaustive):

  • Be responsible for the development of the local commercial strategy that supports the effective delivery of the Commercial elements of the business' national contracting strategy, business plans and objectives
  • Identify and secure key strategic commercial opportunities to deliver budgeted volumes, margin expectations and growth
  • Provide leadership, guidance & direction to the business unit commercial team to ensure that objectives and targets are achieved leading to the overall delivery of the commercial strategy
  • Lead and develop the business unit commercial team to ensure robust profitable and competitive tenders are submitted, taking into account business capability, capacity and financial, technical & contractual risk
  • Contribute to the development and the effective delivery of the business unit commercial strategy
  • Take a lead role in identifying and securing a pipeline of commercial opportunities to secure a long term work bank
  • Ensure that quality, competitive tenders are submitted and key targeted contracts are won, taking into account business capacity, margins, financial and contractual risks
  • Undertake pre-contract commercial reviews with the operations and QS teams to identify opportunities and risk within proposed future contracts
  • Manage the production and submission of all tender information relating to commercial functions, including external commercial consultancy resources
  • Identify potential risks and opportunities within the contract and strategies to manage them Communication is key with colleagues, managers and contractors across the whole project to ensure all tasks are performed promptly, you must have the tact and diplomacy when dealing with tense situations that can arise at any moment during the project's life cycle

Key Stakeholders: Tarmac Management Team - Area Operations Managers - Finance – Contractors – Site Management - Supply Chain – Engineers – Technical – Operations – Human Resources – Project Team - Contractors

You will hold a FULL UK manual car driving license with no more than 6 penalty points

The Ideal Candidate

The successful applicant in the role will be instrumental in the future development and support of our culture. You will have experience within a Construction, Highways or Surfacing industry, this experience will be an essential requirement for this role; road or highways surfacing knowledge would be extremely beneficial.


  • Desirable - HNC/HND, or a Degree in a role related discipline as this would prove highly beneficial in your success in the role
  • Desirable - Management experience on multi-million-pound operational, construction or heavy engineering project/s
  • Challenge people, hold them accountable for job completion and quality of completion
  • Computer literate - familiarity with computer software - word, excel, etc
  • Good communication skills, with a positive, proactive can - do attitude to both colleagues and external agencies / contractors

Why Us

In the role of Business Manager we additionally offer an extensive range of career development opportunities and industry-leading rewards, incentives and benefits: 

  • Bonus scheme 
  • Enhanced holiday entitlement 
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Access to the Tarmac Reward website with discounts on retailers, holidays, etc.
  • Access to our Employee Assistance helpline for free and confidential advice
  • Access to join our Employee Communities (employee networks) we currently have nine communities inc. (REACH) Religious, Ethnic, Cultural Heritage, LGBTQ+, Parents & Carers, Ability, Wellbeing, Female Voice, and Menopause
  • Training and development opportunities

Interested? Why not click here to find out more?  Go on… are you ready to build your future?


Tarmac is an equal-opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive work environment for all employees and actively encourage applications from all sectors of the community.

Please click on the apply button to complete your application. Occasionally we receive a large volume of applications for our roles and when this happens we sometimes bring the published closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment.

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