MWH Expands Commercial Management Department to the United States
MWH has long been committed to delivering operational excellence for our clients throughout the world, including the United States and the United Kingdom. In 2017, MWH made another long-term investment in this commitment by expanding its efforts in the United States to include a commercial management team supporting our at-risk projects. Following the framework set out by our UK construction arm, Stantec Treatment, the North American commercial management team will proactively monitor the financial, schedule and contractual status of projects. MWH Constructors recently hired a team of commercial managers who are assigned to select projects.
The commercial management team will develop individualized support to best meet the needs of their projects. Working alongside project managers and project controls personnel, commercial managers will be integrated with project teams starting at project kickoff meetings and development of the management administration plan, and will continue to support the projects through the close-out process. Serving as onsite prime and subcontract experts, our commercial managers will ensure that all requisite notices are delivered in a manner that advance the goals of the project and address claims from subcontractors/suppliers promptly and proactively. Commercial managers will assist in delivering their projects without unnecessary delays by confirming schedule updates, reviewing change orders for appropriate commercial language, and monitoring overall project progress. Our commercial management team will also assist in change management, development of a risk register and log maintenance, and assessment of extensions of time requests. Each month, our commercial managers will support our project managers in their compilation and reporting of PM Dashboards.
Commercial managers, by definition, possess strong commercial awareness, recognizing the legal, business and practical considerations that should go into daily decisions at the project level. This position also requires client liaison skills, project management know-how and leadership skills. Commercial managers will also assist in ongoing risk management efforts by, first, recognizing risks posed to MWH and, then, developing measures to help manage risks as they arise in real time.
MWH Constructors recognizes that successful projects fully integrate safety, design, estimating, quality and risk management.