Cost Manager, Central & Local Government

United Kingdom-London  
 Salary:  Based on Experience


Job Summary

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.


Turner & Townsend is one of the leading consultancy providers within the Central & Local Government sector, with a long history of providing valuable assistance to important projects across London and further afield. The team carries out a variety of work across Local Authorities as well as landmark projects in the Museums and Heritage sector. We aim to bring a commercial edge to privately owned, public and not-for-profit institutions. Using our skills, processes and knowledge, we provide industry leading services to our clients. Our extensive experience and databank of information enables us to provide a proactive, value added service to our clients. Our projects range from smaller government fit out projects, through to large, new build developments. Each commission has its own unique challenges and requires sector expertise, thus providing individuals with the opportunity of developing their knowledge, experience and skills.

Job Objectives

Commission Management, to include: • Conducting feasibility studies and writing procurement reports • Applying Value Management techniques at the outset of a project and where appropriate involving Turner & Townsend’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 of the above accountabilities Marketing and business development, to include: • Taking responsibility for developing new business opportunities with existing and new Turner & Townsend clients • Identifying and acting upon cross-selling opportunities • Working with Associate Directors and 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 Internal management accountabilities, to include: • Staff management (where appropriate) – Inputting into the formal management of an Assistant Cost Manager or small cost management team, to include 1st 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 Turner & Townsend 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 Required

• MRICS qualification preferred and/or relevant work experience

• Construction consultancy experience strongly preferred

• Experience within cost management across a number of different sectors (ideally residential, office and museum/heritage)

• Experience of acting as Commission Manager on projects of over £250 million with a high level of complexity

• Excellent knowledge of all methods of procurement including traditional, design and build, PFI, consortia, etc.

• Experience of managing the financial management aspects of a commission, for example margin management and resource planning 

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.”

Please find out more about us at www.turnerandtownsend.com


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