Part exchange for a new Taylor Wimpey home


Our Commercial team are involved throughout the development process, providing the cost and supply chain management to ensure the business delivers award winning quality homes for the best possible price. The team work with our Regional and National Technical teams to ensure our house type range is efficient in complying with current Build Regulations, whilst meeting the varying lifestyles and needs of our Customers.

Customer ServicesBefore any building starts, we need to acquire the land. To achieve this, the Commercial department works with the Land, Sales & Technical teams to establish a house type mix and then layout, that is supported by a financial viability.

The Land & Technical teams will then ensure that the layout is planning compliant and meets the local housing needs, and with all the information to hand we then calculate the land purchase offer that hopefully secures the site for Taylor Wimpey. We maintain a library of construction costs that allows us to prepare accurate viabilities.

What we look for

Employment opportunities arise at several levels in this part of the company, ranging from recently qualified professionals such as Quantity Surveyors or Buyers, to experienced individuals within the industry.

We are also very interested in the training and development of enthusiastic and committed individuals such as other graduates and school leavers where we have a variety of posts where in-house training can be given.


We maintain a library of construction costs that allows us to prepare accurate viabilities. Within the Commercial department this is the job of an Estimator. In order to succeed in this role, a thorough understanding of the engineering, planning and construction methods, together with the Company’s strategic and financial objectives is essential.

This individual will often have a Surveying qualification from a College, University and/or a professional qualification, but above all be experienced in the commercial discipline.

Supply Chain

We have an established supply chain of subcontractors and material suppliers who help us build the quality homes our Customers desire. We carefully select our supply chain to ensure high standards of health & safety, specification and quality at an acceptable cost.

To do this we use a tender process that confirms the subcontract team and suppliers. The material orders are placed to specification and to programme. All of this is constantly monitored to keep an eye on the overall cost of the project compared to the original viability and the Budget reassessment at site start.


A number of Buyers are employed in the department and depending on Regional strategy they will be responsible for either the material procurement only or both the subcontract and material. To do so they will need to know all about materials used in house building and the people who supply them. It’s their job to negotiate the right price and time for delivery, enabling the project to continue on programme.

Senior buyers will have an overall responsibility for cost control within this section. Buyers will normally have a qualification from a recognised building course, or possibly a procurement / supply chain management course, plus relevant house building experience.


House building developments have to be completed on time to ensure our Customers have pre-agreed move-in dates, and to budget so that the anticipated margins can be sustained for the shareholders. To do this we employ Surveyors to manage the subcontract procurement, payments and overall cost management of each development. The commercial Surveyor may be required to procure and appoint subcontractors, analyse costs, implement cost control procedures and make payments to the subcontractors, once the work has been approved.

No two sites are the same which does mean that house builders will need to deal with variations in the cost of materials and other site associated costs, and then carefully manage and forecast these variations through an internal valuation and reporting system. A commercial Surveyor would ideally have a Quantity Surveying background and hold appropriate qualifications and levels of relevant experience.