Commercial Manager at Transport for London

How to become a commercial manager

In order to become a commercial manager at Transport for London, you’ll need a good education along with the knowledge and skills used in a commercial environment.

You’ll need knowledge of the different contract types, commercial and contractual issues, project management, contract law, procurement, financial controls and reporting and risk management. In order to gain this knowledge, you’ll need experience working in a commercial environment and managing projects. If you’re still at school, it could be a good idea to get some work experience in order to gain an insight into what a career in commercial management would be like.

As well as this, if you choose to go to university, Transport for London offer a graduate scheme in commercial procurement where you’ll get the chance to gain experience in:

  • Tendering
  • Contracts
  • Supplier relationship
  • Category management
  • UK law and EU procurement regulations

In order to be accepted onto this programme you’ll need a minimum 2:1 degree classification. To find out more, click here.

If you choose to complete an apprenticeship, Transport for London also offer a commercial procurement apprenticeship. This will give you some experience of working in a commercial environment as well as a diploma in procurement and supply and an advanced certificate in procurement and supply operations. To find out more, click here.

TOP TIP: Thinking of applying for an apprenticeship or graduate position with Transport for London? Really focus on why you want to work at your chosen employer. Your passion and enthusiasm should shine in an interview and you should research for and prepare as much as possible. Remember that interviewing and application writing is a skill in itself.

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