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Senior Subcontracts Manager


London, United Kingdom

Senior Subcontract Manager – 4LM

The technology and systems expertise offered by Thales’s Transportation team powers safe, reliable and efficient services to rail networks the world over. In the UK, we deliver advanced signalling, supervision and control, integrated communications, security and information systems for urban rail, mainline rail and road networks. As we continue to grow our business, we need the best talent to join us and deliver world class solutions.

This is an excellent, development opportunity for an ambitious individual and is a key position within the 4LM project team. It is a full time, permanent position based in London.

Duties & Responsibilities

Managing the Subcontract Management Team to meet the needs of the project, particularly:
- Act as the single point of contact for all project specific installation subcontract issues and to work with Project Management, Engineering, Field Operations and any other internal department to assist in the cooperation of efficient delivery activities
- Drive Continuous Improvement throughout the lifecycle of the installation subcontracts paying particular attention to the total cost of installation, right first time and ensuring maximum installation readiness and efficiency during Engineering Shifts and Closure Events
- Monitoring of Subcontracts performance and managing any non-performance issues. Monitor subcontractor cost, quality and schedule accomplishments against subcontract requirements (activity/schedule/instructions) using data, metrics and robust QS analytics
- Direct a team to manage contractual relationships with the Subcontractors, acting as commercial/contractual points of contact, dealing with all supplier contractual queries, payment applications, requests for extensions of time, robust and regular contract reviews ensuring compliance to policies whilst delivering to budget
- Proactively Manage Risk, Change, EWNs and CEs resolving issues before they escalate and always protecting and optimising the joint position of Thales and the Client. When necessary manage any formal arbitrations or mediations with the Subcontractor(s)

Skills & Attributes

- Extensive experience of Sub Contractor Management of major subcontracts, within Rail, Transportation or a transferable project environment such as Telecoms, Utilities, Infrastructure
- Previous exposure to high value subcontracts (in excess of £5m), high in complexity and high in risk. Including working with subcontractors who are also competitors on other projects
- Strong Stakeholder management skills with the ability to interface well and influence effectively at all levels including internally and externally with customers, partners and subcontractors
- NEC and/or JCT contract experience
- Experience of working in a multi-discipline team environment
- Subcontract/Quantity Surveying/ CIPS degree or equivalent
- Management and leadership skills
- Proven Complex Negotiation skills
- Post Contract management skills
- Deep understanding of Contract law
- Financial evaluation skills

- A strategic thinker who has the ability to work innovatively with sometimes unclear briefs; a persistent and tenacious high achiever, with the ability to quickly learn new skills and concepts with the desire to become a future specialist, manager or leader.
- Experience of working under the auspices of BS 11000
- Positive contractual dispute management experience
- Commercial and financial experience
- Experience in the Rail environment
- Financial management / Programme management
- Earned Value Management (CPI/SPI) desirable but not essential
- Business or Engineering related degree

What we offer you
At Thales we provide CAREERS and not only jobs.

We value talent and provide growth paths to all depending on the individual skills and abilities to move up the ladder.
With Thales employing 68,000 employees in 50 countries and 43% of all Thales UK roles being filled via internal movements our mobility policy enables thousands of employees each year to develop their careers at home and abroad, in their existing areas of expertise or by branching out into new fields.

Thales UK Key Facts:
- Each year, Thales registers more than 300 patents
- A prominent retailer commissioned Thales to develop a ‘heat-sensing people counter' for use in its 400 stores
- 90% of all UK credit card transactions are secured by Thales
- Over 120,000 Thales Chip & PIN terminals have been installed across Europe
- Thales UK has earned 79 Queen's Awards for Technology and Export
- 90% of our sales are sourced from the UK
- 7% of our revenue is reinvested in R & D
- Thales has invested more than £2bn in the UK within the last 10 years
- Thales is the second largest defence systems supplier
- Thales embodies many famous companies, including Racal, Shorts Missiles, Pilkington Optronics, Redifon MEL, Thomson Marconi Sonar, Thorn Missile Electronics, Avimo, Helio and others

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