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Job Introduction

Are you experienced with Contract Management and looking to expand your career into a large Motorways, Highways or Infrastructure project or is this something you already have experience of as a Contracts 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 Contracts Manager to join Tarmac working on the Smart Motorways Project. You will work on this large project to optimise the performance of working to ensure this project comes in on time and within budget. You will be based from our Snodland site, you will work with Highways teams across Smart Motorway projects in the London and South East region.

This role is commutable from London, Maidstone, Chatham, Rochester, Gillingham, Hempstead, Sevenoaks, Orpington, Swanley, Dartford, Bromley, Tonbridge, Gravesend, Rainham, Swanley, Sittingbourne and the surrounding areas.

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 Contracts Manager will work with the team to deliver the highly strategic project that is fundamental for operational production and business growth.  As the Contracts Manager you will provide leadership, guidance and direction to ensure all stated objectives, aims and targets are achieved in relation to Tarmac's contribution to the introduction and improvement of Smart Motorways. You will ensure that the team maximise financial returns on all contracts, full compliance with safety and business policies and procedures, the effective allocation of operational resources and drive best practice and continuous improvements across the Business Area along with delivering first class customer service to our clients, drive 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 Contracts 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):

  • Lead and ensure delivery of the Smart Motorways Strategy
  • Contribute to the improvement of turnover and volumes in relation to Smart Motorways and help to secure a long term work bank
  • Be responsible for the development of the projects commercial strategy that supports the effective delivery of the Commercial elements of the business' strategy, business plans and objectives
  • Identify and secure key strategic commercial opportunities to deliver budgeted volumes, margin expectations and growth
  • Drive the Smart Motorways Operational Strategy, ensuring that all operational activities comply with safety and business policies and procedures and are delivered within the required budget
  • Drive the effective management of any exposure to both financial and risk, maximising financial return on all contracts and ensuring prompt cash collection within contract provisions
  • Work closely with internal and external supply to reduce delays and the cost to serve customers
  • To drive performance improvements in relation to Smart Motorway activities Share best practice across Smart Motorway projects
  • Delivery of contracts with no financial/ contractual risks, maximise financial return on contract, cash collected within required timeframe
  • Actively involve self in the resolution of contract disputes to maximise sustainable profit and cash flow
  • Leveraging One CRH and increasing RONA by maximising the utilisation of in-house materials/up stream contribution
  • 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 & CRH 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
  • Health & Safety NEBOSH or IOSH Certified
  • 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
  • Estimating and Costing tools

Why Us

In the role of Contracts 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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