Senior Commercial Manager

Category:Professional Jobs
Location:North Yorkshire (Drax)


The Fuel Procurement team is responsible for sourcing, managing and physical trading all of Drax’s fuel requirements. This entails the purchasing, management and optimisation of fuel, management of fuel supply relationships, development of the global biomass market and developing Drax’s biomass fuel supply strategy.

Specifically oversee the management of existing Canadian, European, Brazilian and trader biomass supply contracts and relationships as well as the origination, negotiation and executed of any new contracts in this same region. Support development of Drax’s biomass fuel supply strategy, and a senior representative for the team in other Group biomass initiatives. .Project Lead for other commercial business initiatives that contribute to group strategy and value on an ad hoc basis.

Main duties:

  • Oversee the management existing biomass contract regional portfolio ensuring that stakeholders are effectively engaged and managed (Sustainability, Logistics, Risk, Finance, Legal, Chemistry)

  • Oversee and execute contract amendments and new long term contracts in the regional portfolio meeting all business requirements and value targets

  • Ensure the relationships with all suppliers in the region are effectively managed to proactively foresee issues to put Drax in the best position possible and to enhance Drax’s strong reputation

  • Support the Head of Biomass and Supply and Development Director in the development of the medium to long term fuel strategy

  • Senior representative for the team in other Group biomass initiatives

  • Project lead for other commercial business initiatives that contribute to group strategy and value on an ad hoc basis

  • Lead, motivate, train and develop direct report to maintain an effective workplace, with appropriate cover for periods of absence

  • Manage senior stakeholders/project members throughout the whole of Drax Group

  • Senior team representative to support/cover for Head of Biomass and a go to biomass person for other parts of the Group

Please apply by submitting your CV and covering letter explaining why you have applied for this role and why your skills and experience match the requirements of this role.  If successful, you will be asked to provide documentary evidence proving your academic/vocational qualifications and membership of professional bodies, including all those stated in your application form/CV whether required for the role or not. 


Knowledge, Skills and Experience required:

Minimum: Degree level or equivalent

Job Holder must have:

  • Strong negotiation skills

  • Experienced in execution and management of contracts

  • Use proprietary contract evaluation models and publically available market analysis to develop commercial strategy and tactics

  • Good business acumen across a wide range of areas including finance and commercial

  • Physical supply chain experience

  • Experience of sustainability/environmental policy within the UK and Europe

  • Good numerical skills and the ability to use these when making commercial decisions and challenge/corroborate financial analysis

  • Good communication and people skills with the ability to communicate and influence at all levels of the organisation and external counterparties

  • Strong attention to detail, ensuring accuracy and integrity of work undertaken

  • Advanced MS Office skills, especially Excel, Word and PowerPoint

  • Experience in leading business critical commercial projects and managing a programme of different initiatives

The job holder should demonstrate the following core behaviour:

  • Self-Starter, Can Do, Delivery Focused, Team Player.

  • Listening, hear what the other party is saying and take note.

  • Carry out all responsibilities in an honest, ethical and responsible manner.

The candidate must be:

  • Highly motivated, hardworking, self-starter, committed and driven to delivering targets for the biomass business, capable of working under pressure and to fixed timescales.

It would be advantageous to have:

  • Understanding of the nuances of developing markets and interest in actively influencing these

  • Knowledge of UK energy markets, global physical commodity markets and of international logistics and shipping

  • Ability to operate in a changing work environment.

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