Contract manager

Locations: Essex, Rutland/Grantham. (Regional and field based).

Salary: £35,000 to £40,000. Corporate Benefits (including bi-annual bonus and company car).

Are you an NCO with previous experience managing contractors’ contracts on an MOD or other site? Are you passionate about ensuring delivery of work to high standards and in accordance with the contract, as well as managing good relationships with clients? Our client is looking for dynamic and talented Contract Managers, ideally, with experience in managing grounds maintenance or facilities management work. The company is keen to engage with suitable ex-military candidates who have relevant experience.

The Company  

Our client is the UK’s fastest growing external maintenance and commercial landscaping company. It offers a UK wide service that includes grounds maintenance, winter maintenance, tree works and vegetation management, soft and hard landscaping, ecology, design & build, pest control and fencing and is the contractor of choice for many well-known private and public organisations, including the MOD.

Role summary

The Contract Manager is at the heart of our client’s business and the successful applicant will join a team of up to 40 Contract Managers across the United Kingdom, reporting to five Regional Operations Managers. You will deliver consistent high quality grounds maintenance services alongside acquiring additional business. The Contract Manager’s management of field teams and directly employed staff will be a critical success factor to delivering grounds maintenance work on-time to the specified standard.

Key Responsibilities

  • Recruiting and training Field Teams in ways of working and expected quality standards

  • Daily quality monitoring of Field Teams’ work

  • Line management and performance management of directly employed staff

  • Effectively build and maintain client relationships

  • Providing management reports

  • Develop successful working relationships with local client decision-makers

  • Accurately price new maintenance sites under tender.

Key Requirements


  • Contract management experience or involvement

  • Flexible and good at problem solving

  • Self-starter and willing to use your initiative.

  • Ability to manage a team.

  • Able to work remotely and unsupervised at times.

  • Sound relationship building and negotiation skills

Desirable where possible:

  • Two to three year's practical work experience in landscaping or grounds maintenance

  • Two to three year's management experience

  • Further education, ideally in Horticulture