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Posted Date:  13-Jan-2023
Posting End Date:  13-Feb-2023
Location:  Coventry
Company:  Severn Trent Water
Department:  Business Services F&P
Salary (£):  £31,902 - £40,000

Commercial Cost Specialist



Are you a whizz at data analysis? Can you create forecasts, spot anomalies and recognise patterns? Are you looking for a new challenge in a company that cares about their employees, customers and communities alike?


Our people make Severn Trent a truly exciting and inclusive place to work – a place where you can be yourself and let your skills shine.


Our purpose is taking care of life’s essentials, but we’re also big on making a difference, not just because we should but because we care.


At Severn Trent Water we’ve got a clear roadmap that will both drive our performance to the forefront of our industry and support the UK government in achieving their net zero target by 2050, although Severn Trent aim to go one better and achieve net zero by 2030. Not only do we have industry leading sustainability commitments but we have some of the most ambitious in the world! We’re proud of our longstanding focus on the environment and being at the forefront when it comes to embracing innovation to reduce our environmental impact.


Which is why we are investing over £2bn into construction projects over the next five years to improve the services we provide. With that in mind we`re looking for a Commercial Cost Specialist to help us as we do so.


Would you be interested in playing a key role in the procurement of 1.6 billion pounds worth of contractor services? Would you like to build your career in a role which will give you variety, challenge and plenty scope of learning?


This is a perfect time to join us, as we transition to a new way of working and are looking for fresh ideas to help shape and develop our processes. We have very diverse projects and programmes going on in our team and we can offer you a unique exposure into the commercial and technical side of our business and a whole host of development opportunities which will build the skills you need to progress your career. We`re also happy to consider alternative working patterns either part time or job share if this is something you`d be interested in. 


Sounds interesting? Then, read on.




In this role you`ll support the team with pricing capital scheme and projects. Owning all historic cost data, you`ll review and approve efficiency tables from the wider commercial teams and you`ll make sure the costs are competitive. You`ll provide commercial expertise to support internal teams with pricing and cost issues. To do your best in this role you’ll need to be a skilled networker who has strong communication and influencing skills as you`ll need to liaise with contractors and internal stakeholders on pricing issues, cost tools and procedures.


You’ll come equipped with a love for data, an analytical mind and highly proficient in Excel. It would also be great if you have basic understanding of cost systems however this is not essential.





It's essential that you have proven experience in data analytics, you'll have great communication skills and the ability to coach others and share your knowledge effectively. 


Of course, it’s important that we attract the right skill sets, and those with the right experience but we value character, positivity and a caring attitude in equal weight.


We want people who show up and roll their sleeves up. Restless spirits who are ready to be part of something bigger, who care, who really care... because when you really care, you’ll go above and beyond. When you really care you don’t just talk about it, you do more.


We welcome people from all walks of life and celebrate individuality as we know diverse minds, experiences and backgrounds help us to learn and better serve our communities. We employ thousands of people from across our community who really care about what they do. Because that is how we do what we do.


And when it comes to inclusion, we’re making sure we keep up the progress with our wonderful working groups – LGBTQ+, Women in Operations & STEM, Disability and Ethnicity; who help us do just that.





It’s not just a job you’ll get here, you’ll get a career too. We have a range of benefits that reward and recognise great work and award-winning training to ensure you reach your potential. And we’ll also help you play your part in looking after the environment and the community in which we live.  Here’s some of our favourites:


  • Competitive salary of up to £40k dependent on experience
  • 28 days holiday + bank holidays (and the ability to buy/ sell up to 5 days per year)
  • Annual bonus scheme 
  • Fantastic Pension scheme – The company contribution will be twice your contribution (Up to 15% when you contribute 7.5%)
  • Comprehensive flexible benefits scheme including Gymflex, Dental and Critical Illness Insurance and our Technology Scheme where you can spread payment for a variety of Technology purchases
  • 24/7 access to an online GP 
  • A chance to save up to £500 per month for three or five years, with the option to buy Severn Trent Plc shares at a discounted rate
  • Family friendly policies
  • Electric vehicle Salary sacrifice scheme
  • Two volunteering days per year




Apply now to build an amazing career and be part of a brilliant team. We can’t wait to hear from you.


To find out more about working with us, search #LifeatSevernTrent on social media.