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Subcontract Principal

Subcontract Principal



The successful candidate will report directly to the Head of Commercial and is responsible for managing specific subcontracts through the life cycle of the company’s projects from the bid and proposal stage through to the subcontractor delivery and any contract completion. 


Duties will also include:

  • Participating in the bid proposal stage of a project by providing details on schedule, cost and subcontractor / project risk.
  • Negotiation of subcontracts within Project budget and programme constraints, including negotiation of terms and conditions and price.
  • Being the primary interface between MTS and subcontractors for all business interactions.
  • Managing project costs, schedules and risks for subcontract elements throughout the lifecycle of the project.
  • When necessary and at key stages in the project perform supplier visits to measure progress against a baselined plan and provide early identification of problems or threats to the programme.
  • Working with the subcontractor and the MTS Engineering team to identify and implement corrective action to keep the programme on track.
  • Protecting the commercial interests of the company in relation to subcontracts being awarded and managed.
  • Liaising with various departments in order to investigate and resolve subcontractor related issues.
  • Investigating cost anomalies within our internal ERP system and assisting with monthly financial reports.
  • Ensuring subcontractor schedules are maintained within the company ERP system, where required.
  • Attending internal project review meetings.
  • Providing cover for sub-contract colleagues when required.

Essential skills, experience and knowledge requirements:

The successful candidate will have;

  • A professional qualification in a related discipline and/or will have prior experience in an engineering environment.
  • A business related qualification; Degree / HND / HNC or Engineering / Business Apprenticeship.
  • Subcontract Management, Purchasing or Project Management experience.
  • Knowledge and experience of contract terms and conditions.
  • Strong communication, influencing and negotiation skills to build productive relationships at all levels both internally and externally.
  • Be able to effectively prioritise and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment.
  • Have good standards of literacy, numeracy, and PC skills.

Your future at MacTaggart Scott – What we offer you.

  • As part of our Healthy Work-Life Balance employees can choose between a 4- or 5-day working week.
  • Allowing you to fit work around your priorities and personal life, not the other way round.
  • Flexible working hours between 07:00 and 19:00, and core hours of 09:30 – 15:30.
  • Our leave policy brings together leave entitlements which include annual leave, paid parental leave, military reservist leave, plus more.
  • We will provide you with a supportive and engaging environment where you can grow your career, with a dedicated Learning and Development team.
  • A generous referral programme.
  • Your wellbeing is supported through our online wellbeing program as well as our Employee Assistance Programme and an onsite nurse.
  • Onsite Canteen and Car Park

About us

MacTaggart Scott primarily supports the Naval Defence industry, providing complete solutions to customer needs from analysis of initial customer requirements, to design and manufacture, and right through to commissioning and through life support. Established in 1898, we are proud of our history and tradition, but believe that sustainable competitive advantage can only be achieved through continuous improvement, investment, and a commitment to business excellence at every level within the company.

The successful candidate must hold or be able to meet the appropriate Security Clearance as required. The security clearance restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and your place of birth may limit those roles you can perform for the organisation.