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Associate Director - Cost Planning

  • Job reference: BBBH4695
  • Location: London
  • Salary: Attractive Package
  • Start Date: ASAP
  • Job type: Permanent

Our client is one of the leading consultancy providers to the aviation sector and they are looking to recruit an Associate Director - Cost Planning to undertake lead roles on several high-profile aviation/airport projects across London and the South East.

Job Summary:

The Associate Director will perform the role of the Commission Manager, taking responsibility for end to end service delivery, often with respect to large or complex commissions.

They will be the key to managing the day to day client interface, ensuring that client objectives are met through the delivery of a value-added cost management service.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Conducting feasibility studies and writing procurement reports
  • Applying Value Management techniques at the outset of a project and where appropriate involving the client's specialist Value Management team
  • Managing estimating and cost planning activities to include taking ownership of and presenting the final cost plan
  • Managing the procurement process, ensuring that all stages including pre-qualification, enquiry, analysis, selection and contract preparation are performed effectively
  • Ensuring that post-contract cost variances and change control processes are managed effectively
  • Ensuring that cost checking and valuation work is 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
  • Taking a lead role in interfacing with the client and other consultants, at all project stages
  • Where appropriate, leading a cost management team, ensuring that they deliver on all the above accountabilities
  • Taking responsibility for developing new business opportunities with existing and new clients
  • Identifying and acting upon cross-selling opportunities
  • Working with Directors to construct bids for new work
  • Identifying and acting upon opportunities to improve cost management procedures, templates and products and hence improve the service provided to clients
  • Staff management (where appropriate) - Inputting into the formal management of Senior Cost Managers and Assistant Cost Managers or small cost management team, to include 2nd round recruitment interviews, input into resource management and attendance at junior staff appraisals
  • Knowledge management - Ensuring that key information and learning generated from each commission is input into the client's internal database
  • Financial management - Utilising FMS in order to keep track of the ongoing margin levels and monthly fee/resource forecasts for each commission
  • Process improvement - Identifying and acting upon ways to improve internal systems and processes

Skills and Requirements:

  • Proven Cost/Commercial Management experience
  • Preferably MRICS
  • NEC3 contracts (in particular Option C - Target Cost)
  • Post contract administration
  • Experience of working on Major Programmes and Projects
  • Experience of working in the Rail or Infrastructure sector (preferred)
  • Experience in leading and managing teams

If interested, please get in touch via contact details provided or click "Apply" to forward an up to date copy of your CV and ideally with a cover letter.

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