Senior Cost Engineer


Your Impact:

At Jacobs, we’ll inspire and empower you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow and succeed – today and into tomorrow. With more than 55,000 people in 40 countries, working at Jacobs offers an exciting range of opportunities to develop your career within a supportive and diverse team who always strive to do the right thing for our people, clients and communities.

People are Jacobs’ greatest asset, and we offer a competitive package to retain and attract the best talent.

In addition to the benefits you’d expect, UK employees also receive free single medical cover and digital GP service, family friendly benefits such as enhanced parental leave pay, free membership of employee assistance and parental programmes, plus reimbursement towards relevant professional development and memberships.

We also give back to our communities through our Collectively program which incorporates matched-funding, paid volunteering time and charitable donations.

Work-life balance and flexibility is a key focus area for Jacobs. We’re happy to discuss hybrid, part-time and flexible working hours, patterns and locations to suit you and our business.

About the Opportunity

UK Field Solutions has over 50 years’ experience working in the construction industry. Our core business is the delivery of projects and programmes in partnership with our clients. We have a wide and diverse pool of experienced resources using proven delivery systems and processes that are benchmarked as best in class.

This is a role for an experienced Cost Control Manager to work on an exciting new Defence Framework. It presents a great opportunity for someone to join a growing team focused on excellence within the project control’s function.

Role Outline/Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Cost Management Lead, this role is responsible for, but not limited to, the following:

  • Developing and managing project budgets and forecasts , monitoring costs and expesnes, highlighting variances and challenging discrepancies to ensure budgets stay within contractual constraints.

  • Implementing cost control measures to aid the omptimisation of costs profiling without compromising both the quality and schedules across the portfolio.

  • Using cost databases, historical data an dtrend analysis to review and interept cost information for effective decision making by senior leaders.

  • Working in collaboration with Project teams to provide cost-related insights and support throught the project lifecycle.

  • Seeking opportunities to further improve cost estimation methods, streamline processes and enhance efficiencies in cost management.

  • Monitoring and clearing of internal business issues – DSO, Aged Debt, delayed invoicing, forecast accuracy and application for payment peer reviews.

  • Effectively communicating cost rlated information and insights to diverse stakeholders, including presenting findings and sharing recommendations.

  • Review Team Margin Analysis reports and attend Project Reviews as required.

  • Deputising for the Cost Management lead where required.

Here’s what you’ll need :

  • Significant knowledge or qualification in a recognised programme/project management methodology, e.g. MSP, Prince, APM and experience of NEC4 Contract.

  • Demonstrable experience of working in a major / complex infrastructure project and working in a matrix organisation.

  • Team oriented leader with the ability to work closely with peers; delegate, motivate and empower individuals and teams.

  • Earned Value Management (EVM).

  • Experience across all stages of the project life cycle.

  • Substantial experience of planning services in medium to large sized projects within the construction industry 1m – 100m.

  • Capable of helping to forge and foster a culture of continuous improvement.

  • Ability to develop trust in people and assist others as required with strong communication skills, including writing reports & presenting.

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