Senior Commercial and Property Manager


London, GB

Department or practice area:  Workplace Services

Taylor Wessing


Taylor Wessing is a global law firm that serves the world's most innovative people and businesses. Deeply embedded within our sectors, we work closely together with our clients to crack complex problems, enabling ideas and aspirations to thrive. Together we challenge expectation and create extraordinary results. By shaping the conversation in our sectors, we enable our clients to unlock growth, protect innovation and accelerate ambition. 


With 1000+ lawyers, 300+ partners, 29 offices and 17 jurisdictions we are looking to expand our Workplace Services  team, with the addition of a Senior Commercial and Property Manager.


The opportunity for you


Senior Workplace and Property Commercial Manager overseeing the full financial budget including associated process and procedure oversight of all property events and costs under Property & Workplace, management of supply chain working closely with broader team.  Creating clear process and ownership of areas within our remit and working closely with other departments to create a clear process and reporting line.  Management of data and reporting inputting into the department’s strategy for service delivery and future forecasting. Look to build and develop wider teams’ capability to manage budgets, develop collaborative relationships and outcomes with stakeholders, suppliers and contractors.  Engaging positively with supply chain and Workplace team to get the best value out of our contracts and operations.


Key responsibilities


  • Provide a commercial assurance role for all commercial and contractual changes, including representing management and providing required management information to support senior decision making and reporting.
  • Manage supply chain spend, Reactive budget spend, spend per business area – identify trends
  • Payment of supply chain within 30days
  • Maintain channels of communication with supply chain identifying and resolving commercial issues.  Maintain risk and issue logs and ensuring minutes are taken and filed.
  • Manage suppliers against their contractual SLAs/KPIs, ensuring contractual obligations are met, and all contract related risks or issues are addressed.
  • Lead the commercial elements of all procurement and supplier negotiation processes to ensure legally and commercially sound outcomes.
  • Review and analyse supplier spend, identifying areas for saving and efficiencies.
  • Assess commercial data for both accuracy and audit purposes, and provide input to management reports and other requests for information
  • Build professional and effective supplier relationships and contract management initiatives within the team, to improve the capability of non-commercial professionals and facilitate the delivery of value from contracts post-award.
  • Develop wider teams capability with contract management and budget management.
  • Manage and review property related costs and process.
  • Support and manage property events across the business. Provide updates and property data for the wider business, maintaining an up to date property database.
  • Develop/Identify software to enable dynamic reporting benefiting the wider business.
  • Management and support of Finance and data analysis team reporting into role


Knowledge, skills and experience


  • Excellent Stakeholder management and communication skills both written and oral
  • Ability to produce reports and analyse data
  • The ability to demonstrate an analytical approach, good problem-solving and strong negotiation skills. - Making Effective Decisions
  • Experience of managing commercial suppliers and delivering value for money, including experience of contract management and measuring SLAs, KPIs and using contractual levers. Experience
  • Knowledge of procurements, with an understanding of Bank procurement rules.
  • The lead criteria is: Experience of managing commercial suppliers and delivering value for money, including experience of contract management and measuring SLAs, KPIs and using contractual levers
  • Forecast and budget management experience across a UK wide portfolio
  • Experience of negotiating contract including understanding industry standard clauses.




Here are a select few benefits that Taylor Wessing offer; 


  • Hybrid working (Offering the opportunity to work remotely, while maintaining a social boundary by working from our award-winning offices for 3 days a week) 
  • Holiday (Our basic annual holiday entitlement starts at 25 days, with a further discretionary day of paid leave in December. You may also purchase up to five extra days each year (pro rata). 
  • Enhanced Maternity and Paternity leave (After one-year service, you are entitled to up to 26 weeks leave full pay if you or your partner give birth or adopt a child). 


Along with these there are many more benefits we offer, with the addition of a comprehensive flexible benefits package available. 


Our culture


Nurturing a diverse, inclusive culture allows all of our talent to flourish, sparks creativity and powers innovation.  We continue to build a team that exemplifies inclusivity and reflects the firm's core values: creative, excellence, integrity, responsible, respect and team.  We value and celebrate the differences in who we are, what we have experienced and how we think, so all candidates will be treated fairly regardless of age, caring responsibilities, disability, gender identity, marital status, neurodiversity, pregnancy, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation and socio-economic background. 


The way we work


At Taylor Wessing, we never settle for average. We're creative thinkers, problem solvers and continuous learners who excel at what we do and believe our best work is still ahead of us. We are a firm that's large enough for you to achieve your ambitions, but connected enough to be a true community.  


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