Commercial and Contracts Manager


Salary & Benefits(3b): Circa £60,000 - £70,000 + company car scheme or allowance + private healthcare + up to 15% pension with 5% contribution + annual bonus + retail savings schemes + online GP access + life assurance cover + free on-site parking + 25 days holiday + 1 wellbeing day + bank holidays


Location: Hybrid working - two days a week, office based, Bradford


Work type: Permanent. 37 hours per week, Monday – Friday.


We have an exciting opportunity for a Commercial and Contracts Manager to join the Commercial Services team at Yorkshire Water and be a part of helping Yorkshire Water to provide the best service to our customers. Could this be you?


What we do:


Everyone has an idea of what a water company does. Here in Yorkshire, we make sure that over 5.4 million people living in the region and the millions of people who visit our region each year, can rely on our services, have clean and safe drinking water on tap and that their wastewater is taken away. But for us, it’s so much more than this.


We look after communities, protect the environment, and plan to look after Yorkshire’s water, today, tomorrow 24/7, 365 days a year. We provide essential water and wastewater services to every corner of the Yorkshire region, and play a key role in the region’s health, wellbeing, and prosperity. 


New environmental legislation, unprecedented levels of investment and changing expectations from customers means that this is an exciting time to discover opportunities within the water industry. Commercial Services are a key part of how we plan to meet the changing expectations of customers and regulators.  


The Commercial and Contract Manager is responsible for overseeing all financial and contractual aspects of contracted works on their Programme Delivery sub-programme.


This includes developing project budgets, negotiating with Contract Partners and suppliers, ensuring compliance with industry regulations, evaluating financial risks, and ensuring financial success by overseeing the financial aspects of the contracts.


They will also be responsible for supporting the Manager of Commercial in developing and implementing commercial strategies and identifying new commercial opportunities.


The Commercial and Contract Manager will work closely with the Capital Delivery Programme Manager to optimise contract performance and deliver contracts within budget and on schedule.


Additionally, they will develop and implement contract administration, risk assessment, and procurement strategies to support the successful completion of projects and will provide guidance and support in aspects such as risk management, cost control, budget control.


Where you fit in:

As our Commercial and Contracts Manager you will take a lead role in seeking to improve value and achieve consistent cycle times through increased commercial controls

  • Procurement and contract strategy development and implementation
  • Development and implementation of key commercial controls
  • Cost assurance pre and post contract
  • Change control assurance
  • Contract administration assurance
  • Supply chain strategic development and control


 What skills & qualifications you will need:

  • Commercial acumen and commercial advisory expertise
  • Extensive commercial knowledge of allocation of risks and liabilities
  • Extensive knowledge of the NEC suite of contracts
  • More than 10 years commercial experience
  • Professional qualification, or working to a professional qualification associated with the role
  • Ability to work with all stakeholders, provide guidance and support key decisions to achieve commercial outcomes that benefit Programme Delivery


 You will also benefit from having:

  • Detailed understanding and usage of Framework Agreements
  • Experience of working within the water/utilities sector
  • Knowledge and expertise associated with developing commercial processes and procedures
  • Strong interpersonal skills


 If you’re a Comercial & Contracts professional and want to help us deliver exceptional service for our customers whilst protecting the environment, then apply today to find out what a career with Yorkshire Water can offer for you.



We are proud to serve the Yorkshire region and are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment that is reflective of the communities we serve. We strongly encourage candidates of all different backgrounds to apply.



If successful for the role, you will be required to undergo pre-employment checks that will include a Basic Disclosure Check, carried out through a Third Party Company, prior to commencing employment. Depending on the role, you may also be required to go through the security vetting process for either a Counter Terrorist Check or Security Check clearance.



Kelda Group reserve the right to close this position before the published closing date, should the need occur. We therefore advise that you complete and submit your application as soon as possible.

What's in it for you?

Career enhancement and development, colleague well-being and a genuinely positive work experience for all are key priorities. We are continuously evolving and improving our ways of working and you will support us in achieving our vision of 'taking responsibility for the water environment for good'.

If you feel this opportunity is suitable and you match the skills required, then please apply on line and complete the application process.

Kelda Group reserve the right to close this position before the published closing date, should the need occur. We therefore advise that you complete and submit your application as soon as possible.

The Kelda Group provides water and sewerage services to domestic and business customers across the UK, managing the following subsidiary companies: - 

Yorkshire Water, is the main subsidiary company providing water and sewerage services to 4.7 million people and 130,000 businesses in the Yorkshire region. Its activities are regulated by the Water Services Regulation Authority, Ofwat Loop Customer Management Ltd specialises in delivering customer service support to Yorkshire Water that includes billing, debt recovery and incident management. Employing more than 600 people, Loop have built up an impressive list of industry awards and achievements since being created in 2000 and is currently listed in the Sunday Times Top 100 list as being one of the best companies to work for.

Kelda Water Services (KWS) manages Kelda's non-regulated water and waste water contract operations. It is now the second biggest player in the UK market for outsourced clean and waste water services.

Kelda Water Services Retail offer quality, integrity and partnership but it is never just about the technologies behind our solutions in water. It is about the structure, delivery and even the financing of those solutions, and about giving our customers a level of convenience they never knew was possible.

KeyLand Developments Limited (KeyLand Developments) is responsible for managing, developing and disposing of the group's surplus property assets, either on its own or in partnership with outside organisations.

Kelda Group values equality, diversity and inclusion we believe that everyone should be treated with respect. We welcome applications from all individuals, regardless of gender, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, disability, age, religion or belief and trade union membership.

Kelda Group reserve the right to close this position before the published closing date, should the need occur. We therefore advise that you complete and submit your application as soon as possible.

Commercial & Contract Manager