Contracts Manager

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What Are We Looking For?

As part of our continued growth, our Asset Management and Technical Services division is looking for a Contracts Manager to join us in our Inverness office on a permanent basis. This is a senior level position within a focussed, successful delivery team to aid in providing solutions to the Water industry in the north of Scotland.

Some of Your Key Duties Include:

  • Leads external teams and Ross-shire Engineering (RSE) staff to deliver excellent performance whilst delegating effectively.
  • Directs contractors and consultants to seek to resolve problems whilst remaining informed of issues. 
  • Makes clear and reasoned decisions and recommendations when faced with novel or complex situations.
  • Experience of successful business sector management / project management and managing change in the project environment
  • Builds and maintains good relationships with key players in the sector with a well-developed network of contacts.
  • Ensure a consistent and appropriate commercial approach underpins all areas of responsibility within the role and that RSE obtains an optimised value proposition in Contracts / Frameworks.
  • Ensure that RSE staff on projects have an aligned commercial approach and administer the contracts across projects to optimise the value proposition.
  • Drive continued improvement in our commercial performance, ensuring budget controls are in place, outputs are monitored, and any unforeseen movements are challenged and addressed to a satisfactory outcome for RSE.
  • Define project scope, goals and deliverables that support business goals in collaboration with senior management and stakeholders.
  • Develop full-scale project plans and associated communications documents.
  • Effectively communicate project expectations to team members and stakeholders in a timely and clear fashion
  • Draft and submit budget proposals and recommend subsequent budget changes where necessary.
  • Develop and deliver progress reports, proposals, requirements documentation and presentations.
  • Proactively manage changes in project scope, identify potential crises and devise contingency plans.
  • Define project success criteria and disseminate them to involved parties throughout project life cycle.
  • Coach, mentor, motivate and supervise project team members and contractors, and influence them to take positive action and accountability for their assigned work.

What Do You Need?

  • Degree/HND/HNC in Engineering.
  • Proven experience in a senior engineering position.
  • Strong project management capability including all aspects of project development, design, construction and commissioning.
  • Preconstruction design and cost evaluation.
  • Design estimation and cost planning.
  • Experience working both independently and, in a team, orientated, collaborative environment is essential.
  • Able to elicit co-operation from a wide variety of sources including upper management, Clients and other departments.
  • Able to bring projects to successful completion.
  • Must be able to learn, understand, and apply new technologies.
  • Customer service skills/experience an asset.
  • Ability to effectively prioritise and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment is crucial.
  • Full UK Driving Licence

Who Are We?

RSE is a market leader in delivering engineered solutions for the treatment & purification of water. We offer the design, build and maintenance of water treatment and water recycling equipment with a focus on driving innovative carbon neutral technologies. Delivering products and services to clients across the UK, our unique offering to the market focuses on efficiency and excellence in preserving the world’s most important resource.

Established in 1982, RSE has grown into one of the most prominent MEICA engineering businesses in the UK water industry. We have created a complete in-house and full-service capability from project inception through to design, fabrication, and delivery by means of installation and commissioning. We additionally have one of the largest servicing and maintenance teams in the market, to ensure we’re on hand for all our clients’ needs.

Our service offering presents industry-leading innovative solutions and our dedicated staff play a key role in delivering our sustainability and wider business goals. With over 1500 staff across our group of companies, our strategic ambition will see the business continue to grow as we expand our operations and diversify our products. One of RSE’s key focuses is driving servant leadership and giving our people the opportunity and responsibility to take an entrepreneurial approach in their career development.

What RSE Offer

To build successful teams and drive the level of quality that RSE is renowned for, we know we need the best people in industry. Not only do we require the relevant skillsets, but we also need people with the right attitude and mentality to thrive and grow in such an innovative industry. At RSE, you’ll be given every opportunity to set the path of your own career through our Business Streams and work in an environment that will require you to rise to the challenge of working for a market leader.               

  • Industry leading salary
  • Company Car Allowance
  • Holiday Allowance of 31 days per year, rising to 33 days per year after 2 years’ service
  • Holiday Buy / Sell Scheme
  • Company Pension Scheme
  • Cycle to Work
  • Discounted National Gym Membership
  • Professional Fees Paid
  • Employee Discount Platform
  • EV/Hybrid Car Lease Scheme
  • Access to our network of health professionals including mental health champions and occupational health nurse


In a flourishing sector where there are vast career opportunities available, we believe our niche offering to the market means our people have the space to thrive and innovate our industry. If you’re interested in a career with a company that will harness your skills and provides you with the support to create your own future, then please apply. We’re excited to take you on the journey and continuing to grow as the UK water industry’s contractor of choice.

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