Commercial Manager

Somerset West and Taunton Council


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector

    Local Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    £53,087- £54,551

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    19 October 2018

  • Client

    Somerset West and Taunton Council

Ref: GSe47493

Thank you for your interest in this post, our new functional area of Commercial Investment and Change (CIC), will be responsible for delivering a wide variety of projects ranging from the construction of new Council homes to improving service delivery and efficiency by process re design.  The team will be comprised of specialists, programme and project managers, PMO support and business analysts.  A key focus for the CIC area will be to drive our commercial ambitions primarily to generate income to subsidise our vital core services to our communities to ensure they have a sustainable future.

We have a large and varied asset base, this coupled with our ambitions for growth in the area creates opportunities for development and regeneration but also drives the need to rationalise what we have.  Our important social housing stock creates further opportunities to dynamically manage these assets and many opportunities for further growth.

But our enterprising ambitions don’t only relate to assets, we want to grow our commercial skills across the whole organisation to ensure we are making smart business decisions so we are as efficient as we can be and also to spot and deliver other commercial opportunities, wherever and whatever they might be.

I look forward to reading your application.


James Barrah

Head of Commercial Investment and Change

Do you have what it takes to transform a new organisation?

We aim to become a world changing organisation that delivers exceptional customer experiences and lifts our ambitions. We are undergoing a Transformational programme of change at the same time as creating one new council, named Somerset West & Taunton, which will cover the area currently administered by Taunton Deane Borough Council and West Somerset Council. With this change comes the unique opportunity to wholeheartedly transform our ways of working and we are recruiting to a new team that will help us move from a traditional service-based structure to a borderless and flexible way of working that is fundamentally aligned to our priorities of people, place and prosperity.

We need a commercially focused professional with the expertise, skills and desire to shape and deliver our ambitions in the Commercial Investment and Change function.

This is a critical role for us. As you will lead and develop our commercial strategy and play a key role in providing commercial expertise and advice to the Council. You will be responsible for identifying commercial opportunities, developing commercial ideas into meaningful business cases and project managing some of these through to successful delivery. Your role will also be to promote good business behaviours and skills across the authority.

We are excited to hear from individuals who want to join us in delivering our commercial offerings and ambitions for our new council.

If you have the innovative leadership, drive, expertise and vision required to transform and improve our organisation, we would like to hear from you.

Closing DateFriday 19th October 2018
Final Panel Interview14th - 16th November 2018
How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.

Contact details
Gary Evans: 0113 205 6080