Commercial Manager at Transport for London

What is a commercial manager?

Interested in providing a great service? Want to work on projects that will develop and improve London’s transport systems? Like the idea of a varied and rewarding career where you’ll work with large organisations on big projects? With a career in commercial management, you’ll be responsible for contract management. This means making sure that service providers are sticking to their agreement, resolving any issues and negotiating terms for new contracts.

So tell me more about how to be a commercial manager

You’ll need to build up all kinds of useful skills in order to achieve this position.

Using a blend of knowledge about contracts and communication skills, you’ll be a part of big projects. These could range from lift and escalator maintenance to the construction of a new bus station.

Whether you choose the graduate or apprenticeship route into this career, it’ll help your application if you know about Transport for London, their upcoming contracts and their supply chain.

Becoming a commercial manager… What does it take?

Financial management skills are very important, so studying maths at school is key. You could be accountable for procurement decisions up to one million pounds!

To become a successful commercial manager, you’ll need to be confident in written and oral communications. You can build your skills up through education as well as extra curricular activities that involve public speaking like drama or debating.

Learning and development courses and training to build your career

When applying for this role, you’ll need to have great skills and experience in commercial management. As well as this, a professionally recognised qualification will help your application.

Continuing your learning at work will help you boost your skills and get more out of your role. You could be like TfL lead commercial manager Zeff Turner. As part of his role in Commercial he gained a relevant professional qualification called CIPS (the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply).

Gaining a professional qualification in project management could also help your application.

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