Estimating Manager

  • Location

    Birmingham, West Midlands

  • Sector:

    Rail Jobs and Transportation

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  • Salary:

    £300 - £350 per day

  • Contact:

    Rail Technical Team

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  • Published:

    9 months ago

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Job title: Estimating Manager

A leading client in the Rail Industry is recruiting for an Estimating Manager to work on a contract basis, based in Birmingham.

Support the team that delivers industry leading cost estimating processes across the company, to ensure that accurate and robust figures can be used confidently by internal and external stakeholders. The main components of this role are to supervise all estimating and related controls functions within the Project Controls team to ensure wide adoption and conformance.
The role is accountable to the Senior Cost Manager. Working in a matrix structure, the role has a programme-wide remit, interfacing with other cost related disciplines across the business.

Key functions and responsibilities of the role:
Support the on-going management of the estimate, and forecasting outturns against benchmarks, norms and current progress.
Draw on best practice from industry in the development and maintenance of Company standards and resources (e.g. benchmarking databases) for all estimating and related controls services to ensure consistent best in class approaches and decision making across all project area teams.
Provide support to the development of programme wide models including (amongst others) indirect costs, whole life, and prelims.

Requires the ability to engage effectively with colleagues, holding their confidence and leading the debate on local issues with cost estimation.
Essential criteria:
Understanding of the cost drivers that define a project and ability to convert engineering data into meaningful cost drivers.
Quantity surveying skills and understanding of the construction industry.
Understanding of all aspects of direct and indirect costs.
Good communication and interpersonal skills and specifically the ability to present cost work concisely.
Ability to challenge colleagues in a constructive manner in order to achieve positive outcomes.
Ability to interact effectively with colleagues in many different disciplines.
Strong quantitative, drafting and presentational skills.

The successful candidate is someone who: has experience of working with multiple stakeholders with competing interests; identifies and proactively manages stakeholders and sources of support. Develops and implements appropriate controls for successful delivery at each stage; has a good understanding of market trends and conditions affecting infrastructure programmes; has proven ability to successfully conduct detailed project/programme planning; and has experience of implementing governance structures.