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Supply Chain Lead (Civils) at Mace Group

Supply Chain Lead (Civils)

Mace Group London, Greater London Full-Time
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The opportunity

Project: Building a fleet of safe, reliable nuclear power stations in the UK to secure a low-carbon energy future. The project is a diverse and collaborative organisation committed to engaging stakeholders, obtaining development consent and preparing for the construction of the power station.

With the construction of the recent project successfully underway, the client is now developing plans to build an identical power station on the Suffolk coast. Mace has been supporting the client on the development of the nuclear project since 2011 and continues to act as a key framework supplier under a variety of workstreams.

This project is a vital part of the UK’s future energy strategy. As the next of the UK’s next generation of nuclear power stations, this project is both of high profile and high complexity. Its delivery will be reliant not only on innovative engineering and construction but also on the strongest of leadership qualities amongst its project managers. The role is to provide leadership to ensure the effective delivery of the nuclear island programme, whilst recognising and managing the impacts of the project on the wider nuclear island and other programmes.

The supply chain lead (SCL) reports to one of three senior supply chain leads and owns and manages the commercial relationship for the suppliers within its portfolio. The role is the primary point of contact for all supply chain/commercial matters relating to its portfolio of suppliers/contracts and works closely and pro-actively with internal and external stakeholders at all levels. This includes working as part of a multi-disciplinary team within its programme.

The SCL promotes the project, its values and behaviours at all times and ensures that the project requirements are met and successfully delivered. The SCL may be supported by a senior supply chain manager or supply chain manager depending on the portfolio and phase of the project (contract formation stage/contract management stage). At the contract management stage, an SCL will typically lead a team of 5-15 people.

Your responsibilities will include:

Contract formation

  • Procuring, negotiating and executing the construction contracts for the SCL’s portfolio, evidencing that value for money (vfm) is secured at all times regardless of procurement route and contracts promote cost transparency and stakeholder requirements.

  • Ensuring the procurement and contracting strategies meet the overall project objectives.

  • Establishing, managing, tracking and taking the necessary corrective action to ensure the portfolio of procurements meets the overall integrated work schedule (IWS) milestones and adequate time is allowed to successfully procure packages such that vfm is evidenced, stakeholder and project requirements are all met and contract signature is in line with the IWS.

  • Undertaking correct administration of ‘vendor assessment’, information exchange via procurement electronic portal tools, along with ITT preparation, evaluation and negotiation, ensuring that selected tenders are compliant with the scope and commercial requirements.

Post contract management

  • Managing all awarded contracts within a portfolio in accordance with the contract terms, project governance requirements and project objectives and to a successful portfolio-close.

  • Providing an overview of the individual contracts within a portfolio to ensure compatibility and alignment with other projects and regular reporting of topics including the scope of work/services; schedule; prices and rates; key personnel; and incentive arrangements.

  • Striving for win-win, equitable outcomes for all parties to facilitate rapid resolution of commercial matters/closeout.


  • Being familiar with, promoting and maintaining compliance at all times (at procurement and post-procurement stages) with NNB’s supply chain policies (including compliance with nuclear safety and quality controls procedures) and project processes and procedures, particularly those relating to the supply chain.

  • Engaging as required with the UK regulators (ONR/EA/CNS), HM Government and Ofgem.

  • Promoting the role of the intelligent customer and ensuring that requirements and expectations are met with regard to commercial probity, value and that the supply chain is treated fairly.

  • Promoting and embedding a strong nuclear safety culture, the right level of oversight, control and surveillance of supplier activities.

  • Ensuring board papers and/or investment papers are produced and submitted all in accordance with the roject governance.

  • Distributing the roles with nuclear-safety responsibilities within the team giving due consideration to the nuclear baseline.

  • Supervising the works across the supply chain to embed collaborative working practices, promoting continuous improvement, the project’s values and acting in a spirit of mutual trust and cooperation.

  • Developing and managing a team and defining clear roles, responsibilities and accountabilities across team members.

  • Providing team leadership to effectively and efficiently manage the work of the function, in compliance with internal and external requirements.

  • Providing professional development of self and people within the team.

About you

You are educated to a degree level. You are a member of RICS, ICE, CICES, IOB or an equivalent professional body. You have effective commercial management and leadership skills, with clear knowledge of best practice contract methodologies in the UK environment. You have excellent commercial skills and a demonstrable ability to make sound decisions on complex matters of high financial value. You have an understanding of procurement, contract performance measurement, risk management and change and claim management.

You are familiar with the nuclear site licence conditions and the nuclear baseline philosophy. You have an understanding of the UK regulatory framework. You have an understanding of the UK and international supply chain within the nuclear sector. You have knowledge of English law and its impact on contract and commercial function. You have experience of standard forms of contract (NEC and FIDIC) within the power/construction industry on complex major projects/programmes.

You are digitally savvy, can build lasting client relationships and lead strong, motivated teams. You will have a consultancy background within the nuclear industry and be hungry to grow your career and enjoy the opportunities Mace has to offer.


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