Contract Manager

Job Locations UK-London
# of Openings
111001 Finance


TAIT is the Market Leader in designing, constructing and delivering world-class solutions for live experiences. Whether it’s creating awe-inspiring spectaculars, complex touring stages, theatre engineering solutions, brand activations or cruise ship installations, TAIT delivers world-class solutions for live experiences. With its proprietary entertainment automation platform, custom-made products, and creative engineering, TAIT’s cutting-edge offerings continue to advance industry standards and exceed client expectations. As a global network of over 900 employees in 14 office locations, TAIT has worked on projects in over 30 countries, all 7 continents and even outer space.  TAIT’s diverse group of clients include Taylor Swift, Cirque Du Soleil, The Metropolitan Opera House, NASA, National Geographic, Beyoncé and The Olympics.


The Contracts Manager is responsible for ensuring commercial performance of contracts so that projects undertaken by TAIT entitles in the UK, including Brilliant Stages, the Netherlands, the Middle East and Asia are completed on time and to budget. Key stakeholders are General Counsel and Legal in the US, Business Development, Projects and Senior Leadership in the UK. Typical projects are between £150,000 and £15,000,000 in value and may be delivered anywhere globally.


The Contracts Manager will play a key role in supporting the Senior Legal Counsel during all phases of the project lifecycle, through bidding, negotiation, commercial management and claims management during delivery.



  • To carry out the Contracts Manager role effectively requires the ability to apply your knowledge and experience of Design and Build construction projects to influence, teach and hold to scrutiny the administration and performance of projects. You will need to be adept at establishing entitlements under contract from varying standards of contemporaneous records and differing competencies at contract administration as well as interpreting direct Project Manager reporting into early identification of additional works or delays. For complex matters, such as extension of time and delay and disruption claims, and under other exceptional circumstances, the Contracts Manager will be required to lead those processes to conclusion.


    You will assist the Senior Legal Counsel and Contracts Administrator in providing a common thread between bidding, delivery and close out of projects by ensuring commercial requirements under RFPs are understood by Bid Managers and commercial management by Project Managers is compliant with their contracts, timeous and preserves TAIT’s entitlement to time and money.


    You will provide Project Managers with advice for contract administration and contract interpretation to help ensure projects are managed and executed in a timely, cost effective and professional manner. Demonstrate continuous effort to improve good practice, compliance, reporting and to work cooperatively and jointly to provide discrete oversight.


    • Review RFPs and advise on contractual and commercial terms.
    • Assist the Business Development team with identifying commercial strategies for bids including payment terms.
    • Assist with and/or approve completion of Bill of Quantities and pricing documents in accordance with RFPs.
    • Advise on contract interpretation.
    • Assist with and/or approve template notices and registers at contract commencement.
    • Ensure reporting and programme submission is compliant with the contract.
    • Ensure payment applications are compliant with the contract and/or the Construction Act.
    • Maximising project cash flow through relevant controls and valuation of work.
    • Establish culture of change identification within projects to protect TAIT interests.
    • Assist with and/or approve reviews of entitlement to claims and variations.
    • Lead extension of time claims.
    • Assist with and/or approve valuations of claims, variations including delay and disruption claims.
    • Lead and/or assist final accounting and commercial close out.
    • Lead and/or assist with the resolution of disputes and agreeing commercial settlements.
    • Assist with subcontract negotiations, formation and management including imposition of back-to-back contractual, commercial and payment terms.
    • Advise stakeholders at Project Reviews.
    • Review project compliance with contract administration requirements.


  • Bachelor’s degree in quantity surveying, commercial management or projects
  • Excellent contract management skills
  • Robust contract interpretation skills
  • Understanding of project delivery requirements
  • Understanding of industry standard forms including JCT, NEC and FIDIC
  • Previous experience in a design and build construction setting with QS, commercial management and/or contract administration duties
  • Budgeting, programming and contract negotiations
  • Excellent communication skills – both written and verbal
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate at all levels
  • Clear and logical thought process
  • Aspirations of becoming part of leadership team
  • Interest in construction industry developments and news


  • Established claims management skills
  • Ability to carry out and explain Delay Analysis including Time Impact Analysis
  • Previous experience with Primavera P6 or Asta Powerproject
  • Previous experience of delivery NEC3 projects


TAIT is a Group with imaginative, smart and passionate people always looking to build, grow, contribute, and make our products and customer services the best they can be. Our team members come from a range of diverse backgrounds with different skills and life experiences— we love, celebrate and fully embrace those differences and believe that employees are their best and happiest when they are empowered to be their full, authentic selves, regardless of how they identify.

Because of this, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability or protected veteran status, or any other legally protected basis, in accordance with applicable laws.



We do not use Recruitment Agencies and as such do not accept speculative CV’s. We will only review CVs sent in application for an advertised post. Any unsolicited CV’s received will be treated as the property of TAIT and Terms and Conditions associated with the use of such CV’s will be considered null and void.


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