Our Commercial teams are responsible for controlling cost and driving best value for all aspects of our build projects. This includes the procurement and managing of sub-contractors and materials and identifying innovative ways of saving on build costs so we can build quality homes in the most efficient way possible. They’re involved from the beginning, working out how much it costs to build developments so we know the estimated value of a development before we buy it. They have a leading role in every project, and are responsible for knowing and accurately reporting how much it costs to build our houses. They help set targets, monitor costs and negotiate contracts with suppliers so we can keep buying land and building quality homes at a known and efficient cost base.
- Commercial Director
- Commercial Manager
- Quantity Surveyor
- Buying Manager
Who we’re looking for
To be successful in Commercial you need strong numerical skills and the ability to communicate effectively. You also need a solid understanding of the operational side of the business and what the company needs to deliver against targets. To make sure projects run to budget you need to have good attention to detail and effective time management. You’ll also need to be confident building good relationships with people both internally and externally so you can negotiate for high-quality services and materials for the company at best value. We pride ourselves on balancing quality and efficiency and we’re looking for people who share our pride in delivering that.
We pride ourselves on keeping a family feel to our organisation despite our continued growth. We understand how important our employees are to the success of our business, which is why we offer a generous benefits package to show our appreciation.
- Private medical cover
- Sharesave scheme
- Voluntary flexible benefits (including gym membership, cancer checks, personal car leasing)
- My Barratt Staff Shop (discounts such as on holidays, and high street vouchers)
- Buying extra holiday
- Company car or cash allowance scheme
Find and acquire the land
Buying the right land in the right location is crucial to creating great places to live. The Silkwood site was originally allocated for employment premises. Following discussions with the Local Planning Authority however, we were able to negotiate a joint use building scheme, which we marketed alongside Wakefield Council. We worked closely with the Local Authority during the various stages of the Local Development Framework, producing reports and conducting surveys in relation to traffic and local employment. The results we gained allowed us to demonstrate that the site was able to accommodate a large proportion of residential housing, with limited employment uses.
Evaluate and prepare the site
With the land identified, our Technical team prepared draft designs and carried out a site appraisal. The Engineer prepared drainage, levels and foundation layouts, and a technical report for the site that the Commercial team used for pricing, determining the overall land value. Once the land deal was agreed, the Technical and Engineering Co-ordinators prepared for the site start by acquiring a variety of official documentation, which included obtaining technical approvals and ensuring we were protecting trees and wildlife. They also supported the Sales team by providing legal plans, assisting in the preparation of sales literature and responding to customer queries.
Senior Quantity Surveyor
Making sure our homes get built
Using the site reports provided by the Technical team, our Commercial team determined the cost of developing the site and the overall land value. Silkwood Gate was a particularly complex project to cost due to the previous uses of the site and the size of the land. Every house contains around 10,000 components, and it was down to the team to source, purchase and install all of these parts. After our Material Buyers ordered all of the materials to be installed, our Quantity Surveyors then found sub-contractors to carry out all the work. By liaising with the site teams daily and monitoring monthly costs, our Quantity Surveyors ensured that we remained within our budget.
Building customers’ dream homes
Silkwood Gate was a technically challenging site as there were issues with the ground conditions and remediation works. Despite these challenges, our site team managed these issues extremely well, as they built an attractive sales complex, set up compound facilities, and undertook traffic management and health and safety duties. Along with our Sales team, our Construction team were responsible for ensuring that our customers received the best possible service and were fully able to enjoy their new homes and environment.
Senior Sales Adviser
Matching the right people to their dream home
Responsible for all aspects of sales and marketing, our Sales team ensured that all reservation and legal completion targets were met. As the home styles available in Silkwood Gate appealed to first-time buyers and move-up purchasers, our Marketing team ensured all marketing activity and development webpages were tailored to the respective buyer profiles. Our customers are at the heart of what we do, and it was down to our Sales & Marketing team to ensure we provided our purchasers with an outstanding customer experience.
Customer Care Co-ordinator
Making sure our customers are happy
Our Customer Care team work closely with all other departments to ensure that even after customers have moved into their new home they are provided with the very best care. These responsibilities include recording and managing any issues that may arise during the warranty period and helping the customer with any enquiries they have about their home or the development.