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A day in the life of a Commercial Manager in the United Kingdom
What I do
Managing and mitigating the commercial risk of the contracts: interpreting complex PFI contracts into operations, identifying risks and opportunties in the contracts, managing subcontractors, contract drafting, managing legal disputes between the parties.
Skills I use and how I developed them
Working in Nigeria, dancesport secretary, any extra activities which show initiative and accountability.
The ability to read large quantities of information, analyse it and debate about it. Ability to write structured reports with running arguments throughout. Presentation and communication skills.
Initiative and accountability - dancesport treasurer, organising and completing a 3 month placement teaching in Nigeria. Risk taking - skydiving. Support of others - organising charity skydive.
What I like most
Variety, challenge (intellectual and practical), problem solving and responsibility.
What I like least
Long hours, long commutes and travel - I work in numerous locations across the UK.
What would I change? I might have chosen law instead.
Courses taken since graduation
ILM 1st line management, IOSH, various computer courses and a 2 year graduate managment scheme.
Where I hope to be in 5 years
I hope to work up to Commercial / Managing Director, or retrain as a lawyer, I'm trying to decide.
My advice to students considering work
Look at graduate schemes, they are great at getting you into a company and giving you training, a good salary and good career opportunities. There are graduate schemes for most sectors i.e. financial, accouting, public sector, management, HR, retail, marketing etc.
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