Work Opportunities

Contracts Manager

We are a small family run construction firm based in Ipswich.

We are looking to recruit a Contracts Manager who will be responsible for delivering the projects of both the Construction department and the Small works department to the satisfaction of all parties, ensuring the triple constraints of cost, time and quality are met.

The Contracts Manager must lead, organise, direct and control the operational team to ensure project goals are achieved.

Specific Duties

  • Oversee the delivery of all projects in both construction department and small works department ensuring all projects are planned, executed and closed.
  • Monitor the performance of both the construction department and small works department and take corrective action when needed to ensure all projects are delivered to the customers specification on time and within budget
  • Direct management of all contract management and material buying staff
  • Develop a close relationship with the commercial staff to ensure all variations are priced.
  • Management and allocation of project resources – Site managers and tradesmen
  • Anticipate, propose and manage changes to support processes and systems
  • Oversee and Co-ordinate monthly job review meetings
  • Produce an audit report of each project and chair an audit review meeting
  • Work within the delivery team to further develop their skills and competencies.
  • Develop a strong relationship with clients to facilitate a long term working relationship
  • Maintain a good working relationship with clients and architects to facilitate a long term working relationship.
  • Ensure the company fully complies with all current Building, Health, Safety and Environmental Legislation.
  • Maximise all value engineering opportunities, this will include working with the Estimating team to find cost advantages at tender stage.

The individual should:

  • Hold the SMSTS qualification
  • Hold the first aid at work qualification
  • Be able to demonstrate at least 5 years’ experience in a construction management role
  • Be proficient in the use of IT software packages such as Office, Excel and Word.
  • Be a team player
  • Have good organisational skills
    Ability to work to deadlines
  • Have good problem solving skills
  • Be an excellent communicator
  • Hold a full driving license

Salary negotiable


Construction Trainee

We are a small family run construction firm based in Ipswich.

We are looking to recruit a Construction Trainee to work closely with our Construction management team to ensure that the company performs to the desired levels on current construction projects. The successful candidate will be given full training support.

Specific Duties:

  • Attend site meetings and pre-order meetings with the Contracts Manager
  • Assist in obtaining necessary building regulations
  • Assist the contracts manager in completing utility and service applications for new connections
  • Collate information to discharge planning conditions
  • Maintain drawing registers
  • Complete the new job form for all projects
  • Collate information for Health & Safety folders
  • Collate information for O&M Manuals
  • Manage and action defect and snagging lists
  • Ensure compliance with health & safety and environmental policy and procedures and support the delivery of policy and standards
  • Assist the contracts manager to produce regular reports to the customer and company management
  • Attend pre-order meetings with major subcontractors
  • Provide support to the commercial and buying departments when necessary.
  • Provide support to the site managers
  • Provide cover for reception including beverages
  • The individual should:
  • Be proficient in the use of IT software packages such as Office, Excel and Word.
  • Be a team player
  • Hold a full driving license

Salary negotiable


Part-time Management Accountant

We are a small family run construction firm based in Ipswich. We are looking to recruit a part-time bookkeeper who will be responsible for managing the finances of the company.

Duties will include;

  • Production of monthly management Accounts
  • Production of annual audit pack
  • Monthly Payroll
  • Cash Flow Forecasting
  • VAT returns
  • Overseeing the purchase and sales ledger

The successful candidate will manage one assistant and report into the managing director.

An accounting qualification is preferred but not essential.
Experience with CIS tax is also preferred but not essential.

Salary / hours negotiable


Please write in with CV to 30 Wharfedale Road, Ipswich, IP1 4JP or e-mail paulwilby@needhams.net

Needhams is an equal opportunities employer

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