Luminate Education Group

Commercial Manager (DC058)

Leeds, West Yorkshire
£44,387 - £47,080 PA
06 Jan 2022
23 Jan 2022
Job Level
Contract Type
Full Time

** COVID-19 INFORMATION: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic you may experience some delays during the recruitment process. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. **

Luminate Education Group consists of; Harrogate College (HC), Keighley College (KC), Leeds City College (LCC), Leeds Conservatoire (LC) and White Rose Academies Trust (WRAT) Luminate Education Group is one of the fastest improving and most innovative education groups in the country. 


This is an exciting time to join us as our area covers Estates and Capital Projects which includes Health, Safety and Environment Team, the Campus Facilities Team, Property and Maintenance Team and Capital Projects Team. Between us all we service the estates across the whole of the Luminate Group.  As well as undergoing a significant change to enable future growth, we are embarking in a growth programme to create a number of new campuses over the next five years which will help us to meet the needs of our students and sustainability.

This is an excellent opportunity to join us during a period of change and make a real difference in the lives of the students that study at our campuses.


  • Assist in establishing a client’s requirements and undertake feasibility studies and cost analyses, whilst working with Procurement.
  • Work with colleagues to identify resources and materials needed for construction and maintenance projects.
  • Run cost analyses and carry out reconciliation for ongoing repair, maintenance Capital project works.
  • Advise clients on procurement strategies and agree these with the procurement department.
  • Prepare cost estimates and options for projects whilst ensuring Building Regulations, Safety, Health and Environmental Regulations, quality standards and codes of practice are met.
  • Prepare the tender and contract documents, including bills of quantities as needed, with the architect and client.
  • Select, price and source construction materials.
  • Select subcontractors, agree the scope of services and allocate work.
  • Monitor progress on business plans and provide pragmatic solutions to ensure projects and programmes stay on time and budget.
  • Identify commercial risks and help develop suitable mitigation measures.
  • Value completed work and arrange payments to contractors and subcontractors as necessary.
  • Analyse progress and write detailed reports on cost time quality and compliance with Health and Safety.
  • Liaise between site managers, project managers, site engineers and the client.
  • Provide advice, guidance and prepare and administer as required contracts for PPM, LSMC, MTC.


  • You must have a minimum of a HNC / HND in a relevant subject
  • Relevant post qualification experience
  • Working knowledge of the construction industry and building materials
  • Experience of quantifying, budgeting and managing the costs of the building and maintenance works
  • Experience of working with a variety of clients on large and small-scale projects
  • Experience of preparing solutions to keep projects on time, in budget and to the required standards
  • Knowledge of building, maintenance, statutory and mandatory compliance for building operations in the public sector
  • It would also be desirable to have membership of a professional association e.g. RICS or CIOB 


Luminate Education Group consists of; Harrogate College (HC), Keighley College (KC), Leeds City College (LCC), Leeds Conservatoire (LC) and White Rose Academies Trust (WRAT) This is an exciting time to join this rapidly growing education group, with an Ofsted grade of 'good' with 'outstanding' features, you will be working at one of the fastest improving and most innovative education groups in the country.


We have a range of excellent benefits and rewards at Luminate Education Group, including:

  • Annual leave entitlement starting from 27 days + 8 bank holidays and up to 5 discretionary college closure days at Christmas

  • Excellent pension schemes with the West Yorkshire Pension Fund and the Teachers’ Pension

  • Discounted travel cards for those who regularly use public transport across the region with Northern Rail and Metro

  • Exceptional learning and development opportunities for all of our staff


Luminate Education Group is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

All successful applicants are required to complete all mandatory pre-employment checks, including:

  • Proof of right to work in the UK

  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check

  • Children’s barred list check (we may also check the adult barred list if the role involves working with vulnerable adults)

  • Two professional references 

  • Fitness to work, this is conducted by our occupational health partners, NHS Airedale 

  • Section 128 check for all staff entering management roles

  • Prohibition check for all staff entering teaching related roles

Please Note: All successful applicants who have lived or travelled overseas for three months or more in the past five years will be required to undertake an overseas check as part of the pre-employment checks.

More information on overseas checks can be found on the government website: 

All offers of employment are subject to satisfactory pre-employment checks.


The UK Government introduced a new points based immigration system on 1 January 2021. You can read about the new immigration routes on the Gov.UK website here: 

Many of the new routes require sponsorship from an employer. Luminate Education Group is not a licenced sponsor. We are unable to employ anyone without current, and appropriate right to work in the UK.  

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen and you were resident in the UK on or before 31 December 2020, you have until 30 June 2021 to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, you can continue to prove your right to work in the UK with your passport and identity card up until 30 June 2021. 

There is no change to immigration and right to work for British and Irish Citizens. 


We positively welcome applications from all sections of the community, all candidates will be treated fairly irrespective of race, gender or gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, religion and belief or age.


For more information about the role please contact:

Simon Duarri

We cannot accept CVs as part of the application process. 

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to every applicant. If you have not heard from us within four weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. 


Luminate Education Group vacancies generate a lot of interest and we receive many calls and emails from recruitment agencies. Although we do appreciate the interest you have shown in Luminate Education Group, our policy is to recruit candidates directly wherever possible. We therefore do not accept any cold calls, speculative emails or CVs from agencies. Speculative emails and CVs will be deleted unread. 

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