Manager - Contract and Commercial Risk, Digital and Risk Advisory Services (DRAS)

London - Baker Street, Birmingham - Snowhill
Competitive salary
10 Jun 2022
10 Jul 2022
Approved employers
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Contract type
Full time
Experience level

Ideas | People | Trust

We’re BDO. An accountancy and business advisory firm, providing the advice and solutions businesses need to navigate today’s changing world.

Our clients are Britain’s economic engine – ambitious, entrepreneurially-spirited and high‑growth businesses that fuel the economy - and the owners and management teams that lead them.

We’ll broaden your horizons

Manage risk for our clients to make them stronger for the future.

Our Digital & Risk Advisory Services (DRAS) are designed to enable organisations to leverage our innovative methodologies, technology, and highly experienced professionals to manage their business risks most effectively. Working at BDO offers curious-minded people excellent exposure to all aspects of business strategy, operations and more.

We’re a dynamic team of internal auditors, accountants, technology, and business transformation experts with disciplines in finance, risk, projects and change, cyber and digital, amongst others.

Our extensive network and depth of experience mean we work in a highly client-centric way, focused on providing a collaborative, tailor-made advisory service. Our team helps clients manage their business-critical threats, such as cyber events, and build resilient businesses capable of responding to internal and external events which may interrupt their operations. Being known for exceptional client service in our chosen markets, we put innovation and agility at the heart of everything we do.

This is your chance to join a fast-paced, growing team and help shape the future of DRAS at BDO.

We’ll help you succeed

Our Contract & Commercial Risk team, based in our London Baker Street office, helps clients to manage third party risk and ultimately drive greater outcomes and value through their contract portfolios and programmes, both buy and sell side.

We provide a range of services across the contracting lifecycle, from contract initiation and set-up (procurement/sales), through ongoing contract and commercial management, compliance and assurance, contract risk mitigation in M&A, cost verification and reduction, renegotiation and exit.

Our focus is on clients with high value, high complexity programmes and contract portfolios, so we typically work with large listed businesses, infrastructure/capital projects and government entities. Currently, we are supporting clients across a wide range of sectors including Public Infrastructure, Pharmaceuticals, TMT, Aerospace & Defence and Healthcare.

As a Manager you will drive client engagements and deliver work that will strengthen the growth and development of the Contract & Commercial Risk practice, by supporting clients in mitigating risk and optimising value from third party relationships. You may work across the contracting lifecycle, including procurement advisory, contract and commercial management, commercial audits, cost reduction etc.

You will be responsible for helping to manage engagements end-to-end, driving quality and profitability, team development and great client experience. You will also be expected to manage junior staff, and engage in growth initiatives and business development within the team.


  • Take ownership of client engagements to help deliver exceptional service and identify potential opportunities to build repeat business
  • Manage and deliver client engagements end-to-end, from planning and budgeting to quality reviews and reporting
  • Develop and monitor plans in order to ensure team deliverables are achieved
  • Coach junior staff in approach, methodology and provide managerial support and guidance to the team
  • Engage with clients to clearly communicate and present observations, impact and recommendations
  • Escalate issues appropriately and suggest solutions to resolve them
  • Build personal network across BDO and the market to generate opportunities
  • Operate with a cross-firm, collaborative mind set, coordinating and leading multi-disciplinary teams in delivering the best of BDO to our clients
  • Understand end-to-end engagement risk management, ensuring the team’s adherence to risk and quality requirements as well as engagement profitability
  • Support the growth of the Commercial & Contract Risk team, undertaking business development activity, as well as helping to build technical capabilities across the practice


Technical Knowledge and Experience


  • Recent experience of working in a professional services environment, such as working on cross-territory and/or cross service-line opportunities in a client-facing role
  • Experience of utilising auditing rigour and methodology in a commercial context
  • Understanding of risk management and mitigation
  • Track record of planning and delivering exceptional client outcomes and follow-on engagements
  • Experience of managing multiple tasks and competing deadlines
  • Deep understanding of procurement, contract and commercial governance/management, cost reduction services, contract management reviews and/or commercial contract audits
  • Proficiency in MS suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)


  • Professional qualification preferred – e.g. ACA, ACCA, CIMA
  • Contract related certification – IACCM, CILT and/or CIPS
  • Experience in NEC / construction contracts and/or commercial environment
  • Experience in negotiations and contract exit also preferred
  • Familiarity with programme management tools, methodology and software

Behaviours and Attitude


  • Facilitates and promotes a positive working environment
  • Ability to seek input and considers the needs and perspectives of others
  • Monitors client contact and looks for ways to build and maintain trust to strengthen relationships and develop opportunities

Developing Self and Others

  • Supports others by facilitating learning, giving timely feedback, sharing experiences and encourage others to become more engaged
  • Identify own development points and proactively seek ways to address them

Business Thinking

  • Considers risks, root causes of problems/issues and highlights potential improvements to achieve desired results and prevent problems from recurring
  • Highlights conflicting priorities and develops solutions in order to achieve desired results


  • Adapts communication style and methods to suit audiences
  • Analyses triggers that hinder achievement and finds ways to eliminate them whilst remaining focused and productive during times of ambiguity

You’ll be able to be yourself; we’ll recognise and value you for who you are and celebrate and reward your contributions to the business. We’re committed to agile working, and we offer everyone the opportunity to work in ways that suit them, their teams, and the task in hand.

At BDO, we’ll help you achieve your personal goals and career ambitions, and we have programmes, resources, and frameworks that provide clarity and structure around career development.

We’re in it together

Mutual support and respect is one of BDO’s core values and we’re proud of our distinctive, people-centred culture. From informal success conversations to formal mentoring and coaching, we’ll support you at every stage in your career, whatever your personal and professional needs.

We can provide the best support for our clients and people when we’re working side by side. Our agile working framework helps us stay connected, bringing teams together where and when it counts so they can share ideas and help one another. At BDO, you’ll always have access to the people and resources you need to do your best work.

We know that collaboration is the key to creating value for our clients and satisfying experiences at work, so we’ve invested in state-of-the-art collaboration spaces in our offices. BDO’s people represent a wealth of knowledge and expertise, and we’ll encourage you to build your network, work alongside others, and share your skills and experiences. With a range of multidisciplinary events and dedicated resources, you’ll never stop learning at BDO.

We’re looking forward to the future

At BDO, we help entrepreneurial businesses to succeed, fuelling the UK economy.

Our success is powered by our people, which is why we’re always finding new ways to invest in them. Across 17 UK locations, we are 6,500 unique minds coming together to help our clients reach their ambitions.

We’ve got a clear purpose, and we’re confident in our future, because we’re adapting and evolving to build on our strengths, ensuring we continue to find the right combination of global reach, integrity and expertise. We shape the future together with openness and clarity, because we believe in empowering people to think creatively about how we can do things better.

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