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Business Unit
Corporate Solutions
London - Gresham Street
Closing date
Contract type
Full time
Employment type








Job Description




Job Title

Cost Manager

Business Unit

EMEA Projects + Consulting


Gresham Street, London

Reports To

Westley Cockle



Overall Purpose of Job

We are currently looking for an enthusiastic and diligent Cost Manager to strengthen the EMEA projects delivery team.  Our team delivers Project and Cost Management services for our international clients outside the UK.  Projects under our management range from interior office fit-out, construction and some consultancy/advisory work.   Project size varies from £1Million to £30Million in capital expenditure. 

You will be supporting with the Project Managers to support the development and management of all cost on our projects.  The role requires you to lead cost discussions with our clients confidently and professionally.    Due to the nature of our work and the variety of countries we deliver in, our business unit culture is entrepreneurial, diverse and inclusive. 




Main duties


·       Experience of working in a consultancy environment

·       Pre & post contract services experience

·       Knowledge of the commercial fit-out industry

·       MRICS preferred

·       Proven stakeholder management skills and experience

·       Proven track record of building strong client relationships

·       Excellent Communicator and interpersonal skills

·       Be focused on the continuous improvement or cost management within AY and with our clients

·       Strong IT and excel skills


·       Support the bid development process for new work

·       Be the single point of contact for cost management with our clients. 

·       Develop the EMEA Projects cost management business and processes

·       Time management across several projects

·       Be able to work cleverly to develop project budgets (initial order of magnitude) in different geographies without good and current cost data.  Identify several data points to ensure a high level of budget accuracy when a project is initiated.

·       Understand the Cost Manager’s role in continuingly updating the budget during design.

·       Lead value engineering incentives

·       Develop pre-tender estimates

·       Manage the adjudication of tender returns.  Report writing and recommendation

·       Have experience with a number of construction contract forms.  Be confident enough to lead the contracting process with the General Contractor.  Provide advice to the Project Manager and client.

·       Manage the payment evaluation process through-out construction

·       Write monthly cost reports on projects

·       Update costs on projects weekly (minimum)

·       Manage the final account process with the general contractor

·       Provide guidance, leadership and expertise to team members.


Person Specification




Attitude & Behaviours

·       Understands and reflects the firms core values

·       Will assist as an expert across the organisation

·       Reflects an attitude of continuous improvement

·       Ensures that opportunities are actively implemented

Core Competencies

  1. Individual competencies

Flexibility, decisiveness, tenacity, independence, personal integrity, ability to assimilate information, professionalism.

  1. Analytical Competencies

Innovation, analytical skills, numerical problem solving, practical learning, detail consciousness.

  1. Interpersonal Competencies

Team Player, positive attitude, dealing with other people, good communicator, honesty.

  1. Motivational Competencies

Resilience, energy, motivation, achievement orientation, initiative, Quality Focus, completer finisher.


Client Management

·       Is trusted by the client and engaged directly by the client

·       Capable of disagreeing with the client and improving the relationship while doing so

·       Can manage multiple stakeholders within a client’s team

Skills & Capability

·       Can apply analytical expertise to solve complex problems

·       Trusted to manage and deliver against objectives and more complex engagements

·       Able to apply standard internal resources & capabilities to resolve issues

Technical Competence

·       Demonstrates technical excellence while delivering engagement or servicing clients

·       Recognized as a highly qualified specialist

·       Approaches each assignment as an opportunity to improves his/her technical skills.

Revenue Generation and management

·       Responsible for the identification of business leads and opportunities that will convert to incremental revenue over a defined period of time.

·       Contributes to the development and execution of policies and procedures that impact business unit revenues and expenses. 


·       Able to report to the client on a commercial level.


·       Assessing budget risks across all levels of project and small programmes of work

·       Able to manage a programme of projects

·       Capable of influencing (and in the best interest of) the client's decisions on a  project level


·       MRICS preferred

Client Interface

·       Able to lead discussions on a strategic level and facilitate informed decisions

·       Able to advise the client, in a respectful manner, if they are wrong, and advise them on alternative solutions in the best interest of the project/program

Resource Management

·       Can manage multiple resources on large projects or programs including the management their time and other external resource (consultants and expenses etc.) to ensure the project is delivered to budget.