Commercial Director – Dublin

The Company

Whilst the term unique and exceptional are consistently overused to describe a company, this development and project management business can truly boast offering something new and exciting for the current built environment market place. What sets the business apart is the ability to apply alternative and innovative methodologies, across the whole project life cycle, creating real added value for customers and stakeholders. This professional services unit has experienced strong, sustainable growth, in both Ireland and the UK, and now having been awarded a leading role on one of the largest data centre programmes in Ireland, if not Europe, the business is expanding further and is seeking to reinforce its expert team.

The Role

Through continued success in the realisation of major projects and programmes, the business has now secured a significant role, as Development and Programme Manager, on one of the largest and most exciting capital programmes to be undertaken in Ireland for at least a decade. Hugely challenging across the entire project life cycle from a technical, logistics, planning and implementation perspective, with complex stakeholder management dynamics, this programme is set to run at least for the next five years. The first phase has a capital value in excess of €500m and is now live with the genuine potential for three further phases of a similar scale and complexity. In order to contribute to the executive oversight for such an expansive programme, there is a requirement to make a senior appointment of a professional who is currently operating at Commercial Director Level in a data centre or similar build environment. The Commercial Executive will be appointed to the Exco Board of the Critical Facilities business and will be expected to develop, in conjunction with the directors, a commercial strategy and thereafter assume responsibility for its implementation. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer COO, they will lead the scheme in its entirety from a commercial perspective and interface directly with the Client and Funders with overall responsibility for the procurement strategy for the venture together with the management of all matters relating to contract administration, contractual terms, designer, EPC, and consultant appointments, financial reporting and supporting the COO in the management of the multi-phase development team. The Commercial Director will provide commercial expertise and advice across a range of specialist areas including:  utilities, MEP, industrial buildings, logistics and power generation. The Commercial Executive will work collaboratively with the multi-phase development team in particular in relation to design management, planning and programming. He or she must ensure the timely identification of commercial and financial issues and that the associated risks and opportunities are identified and dealt with in a timely and efficient manner.

A high degree of systems integration will be adopted to provide reliable management information in real time and a best-in-class approach will be adopted for ESG matters.

The Candidate

The company will consider employing an existing commercial director from either a consultancy, client or main contracting background so long as they can demonstrate a team ethos and experience in controlling cost and supporting the generation of added value on large complicated mission critical projects or similar. As importantly, the individual must provide confidence in their ability to operate under their own initiative and be comfortable with the requirements of operating at a director level.  Whilst a well-rounded Commercial Executive is required the individual must also have excellent contract administration and procurement skills having previously managed the commercial function for major projects. Given the scale and complexity of this programme, the ideal candidate will be expected to contribute to the building and management of an expert muti-discipline team which will hold overall development management responsibility for a complex array of projects incorporating:  data halls, energy centres, power generation compounds, utilities and infrastructure.

An understanding of the local Irish market is a distinct advantage together with a strong, industry specific, personal network.

The Opportunity

This is certainly one of the largest and most exciting capital programmes in Ireland. It will be providing an opportunity for someone to take commercial leadership of what will be one of the most prestigious data centre complexes in Europe, deploying cutting edge technology and challenging custom and practice in the world of the built environment.

As you might expect, the role offers an excellent executive level compensation arrangement including a substantial basic salary and both short and long-term incentive arrangements for the right candidate.

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