Senior Cost Manager - Aviation - Birmingham

Turner & Townsend
Birmingham, UK
18 Sep 2019
23 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Summary

At Turner & Townsend we're passionate about making the difference. That means delivering better outcomes for our clients, helping our people to realize their potential, and doing our part to create a prosperous society.

Every day we help our major global clients deliver ambitious and highly technical projects, in over 130 countries worldwide.

Our team is dynamic, innovative and client-focused, supported by an inclusive and fun company culture. Our clients value our proactive approach, depth of expertise, integrity and the quality we deliver. As a result our people get to enjoy working on some of the most exciting projects in the world.

Job Objectives

To assist the project teams within the Region, collaborating closely with our partners across the supply chain to help carry out a challenging Programme of work.

The Senior Cost Manager will act as a source of expert advice, providing direction on commercial aspects, and to manage activities and resources across the relevant area. The key focus will be to provide input on areas where most benefit can be realised through a risk based approach to delivery, while considering value for money and efficiency at all times.

To contribute to the development of a process improvement approach to commercial delivery. To work with colleagues to contribute to the improvement of capability in commercial expertise in the wider business.

Relevant Experience:

• Degree/HNC or able to demonstrate relevant experience

• Discipline related professional qualification

• Proven experience at leading teams/work packages

• Demonstrable expertise in a range of commercial skills

• Ability to work in a complex structured project and programme management environment to tight deadlines

• Able to engage with project stakeholders and work closely with project teams ensuring effective communication to achieve the desired outputs

• Able to communicate with senior executives

• Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite effectively

• Strong NEC Contract experience


An understanding of:

Earned Value Management

Procurement cycle

Scope of Works

Supplier Performance Analysis

Extensive experience of Cost Management at all RIBA stages

Skills Required

To ensure that;

- Commissions are managed to the right quality standards and are completed efficiently and on time

- Service delivery on commissions is in line with the conditions of appointment

- Strong relationships are developed with clients and cross-functional team members regionally or globally

- They work as an effective team member within the context of delivering a specific commission

- Business development opportunities with existing and new clients, including cross-selling opportunities, are identified and communicated to account managers/Directors

- Margin levels and monthly fee/resource forecasts are tracked on all commissions

- Key information and data is effectively shared and appropriately retained

Key elements: (You may be required to perform other duties as assigned that are not outlined in the Position Description)

- Preparing Cost Management reports for all asset classes related to highways projects throughout the Midlands

- Interfacing with the client and other consultants, at all project stages

- Assisting in research related to construction market conditions throughout UK, including analysis of official published market data

- Assisting Associate Director in developing new business opportunities with existing and new Turner & Townsend clients

- Working with Associate Directors and Directors to construct proposals for new work or variations for existing projects

- Attendance at Client and Business Development Events

- Identifying opportunities to improve cost management procedures, templates and products referring ideas to the appropriate Director

- Knowledge management - Ensuring that key information and learning generated from each commission is inputted into internal databases and shared amongst the cluster.

- Process improvement - Identifying and acting upon ways to improve internal systems and processes referring ides to the appropriate line manager

- Quality Control - Ensuring compliance with quality standards and participation in relevant audits

- Managing estimating and cost planning activities to include taking ownership of and presenting the final cost plan

- Applying Value Management techniques at the outset of a project and where appropriate involving

Turner & Townsend's specialist Value Management team

- Pre and Post-contract cost management

- Ensuring that cost analysis, cost checking and valuation work is managed effectively

- Taking a lead role in interfacing with the client and other consultants, at all project stages

- Identifying and acting upon opportunities to improve cost management procedures, templates and

products and hence improve the service provided to clients

- Ensuring that post-contract cost variances and change control processes are managed effectively

- Ensuring the production of monthly post-contract cost reports and presenting them to the client

- Value engineering and life cycle costing

- Ensuring that final accounts are negotiated and agreed

- Preparation / Quantification of Cost Plan Reports including Measurement of detailed quantities and unit pricing

- Manage and mentor Junior and Intermediate Staff

- Staff management - Inputting into the formal management of cost management team, to include 1st round recruitment interviews, input into resource management

- Participate in Staff Performance Reviews

Turner & Townsend is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and actively encourage applications from all sectors of the community.

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