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Commercial Manager

Manage the operational and financial management of projects.

What's it like to be a Commercial Manager?

Commercial Managers are responsible for the operational and financial management of projects and for obtaining new business for a company, business or organisation. Commercial Managers may work in a variety of industries, including transport, logistics, financial accounting and reporting, as well as in government settings. They are generally responsible for managing a portfolio of commercial relationships.

Commercial Manager

Tasks and duties

  • Developing financial plans to maximise business profitability, forecasting budget requirements for the short, medium and long term, in addition to analysing and managing project financials.
  • Negotiating, advising and securing information around pricing for commercial contracts.
  • Evaluating commercial performance drivers and employing risk management frameworks and strategies for the organisation.
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Financial reporting abilities, strong commercial acumen together with risk management skills are vital for Commercial Managers.

What can I earn as a Commercial Manager?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Commercial Manager is between $200k and $210k
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How to become a Commercial Manager


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To work as a Commercial Manager in Australia, you will usually need tertiary qualifications in a business, commercial or finance related discipline or extensive experience in commercial business.

  1. Complete a bachelor degree in business management, accounting, commerce, engineering or surveying.
  2. Investigate requirements of the industry you wish to work in, for example, you may need to pursue a CA/CPA qualification to work within an accounting environment or an Agents Representative certificate to be employed in a property asset management role.
  3. There are numerous opportunities to further your career, such as becoming a Financial Controller, Operations Manager or Chief Operating Officer.

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Master of Business Administration

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How do Commercial Managers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 8 Commercial Managers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.3
Job satisfaction
4.0
Career progression opportunities
3.6
Job security
3.5
Pay / Salary
4.0
Variety of work
3.9

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Aug 2019
Commercial manager, or business partner is a great role and very rewarding when you work at the speed of trust
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Business Administration
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Commercial finance
The good things
I have the potential to drive significant change and make a difference in my organisation and my customer’s business. I enjoy the immediacy and visibility of my work, having significant impact on prof...
The challenges
Managing conflicting interests and priorities in daily basis. Being able to handle conflict and looking for acceptable options to solutions.
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Aug 2019
I have a passion for numbers so this is what I do.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Operations
The good things
This is a great job if you like numbers, quantities and analysis. The Good Things: Dealing with data and forecasts. Looking for insights such as trends, counter-running trends, correlational relatio...
The challenges
Mastering the technical disciplines such as statistical and database work. Dealing with corrupt data is a killer - that takes time. Being able to turn numerical and statistical insights into a few sim...
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Working hours for Commercial Managers

Overtime
Weekends
Shift work
Late nights
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What are the job opportunities for Commercial Managers?

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Commercial Manager jobs on SEEK
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National increase over next 5 years *
6.2%
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