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Cost Manager Estimating in Derby, Derbyshire, United Kingdom

My client has a global presence in the rail sector, specialising in Signalling, Telecoms, Rolling Stock and Power.

Due to extensive opportunities to tender for future projects they require the assistance of a Cost Manager to play a key role in collating and commercialising cost estimates for tender submissions. This is a freelance opportunity which will run through until February 2021.

This role is home based but requires the successful applicant to ideally be within commuting distance of Derby.

Key Objectives

Reporting to the Lead Cost Manager, the key objectives of the role are as follows.

  • Support the company Pricing and Competitiveness team to build a clear picture of market pricing and the price to win landscape.
  • Collate all estimates received from discipline heads and subcontractors into an overall project cost build up.
  • Undertake reviews on the precision and accuracy of all internal estimates, challenging discipline owners on omissions or differences in scope requirements where possible and highlight areas where pricing appears outside International and UK Market norms.
  • Commercialise cost build up by adding risks, inflation, finance costs and overhead/margin as directed.
  • Support the tender manager in challenging the business to find ways to meet the price to win.
  • Provide different pricing scenarios and commercial/financial models to reflect the tender pricing structure as required.
  • Populate the Clients’ Pricing Document/Bill of Quantities as required.
  • Maintain a fully auditable trail of all cost build-ups.
  • Continuously develop and update the cost build-up modelling tool.
  • Prepare cash flow analysis and other financial information as required.
  • Provide cost breakdown/budget to Commercial Manager/Project Manager against which project implementation costs are to be measured.
  • Assist in the overall tender process as required.
  • Directly support the continuous improvement of tendering performance through simplification, use of new techniques, approaches & modelling, data driven analysis to drive better pricing outcomes.

Desired Knowledge / Experience

Skills Essential:

  • Computer literacy including a detailed knowledge of Word and PowerPoint.
  • Highly proficient in Excel, comfortable in using large datasets and advanced formulae.
  • Outline knowledge of the procurement process.
  • Outline knowledge of financial processes and commercial awareness.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to deadlines.
  • Ability to organise and prioritise workload effectively.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Team orientated.
  • Ability to provide information to a high degree of accuracy within short timescales.
  • Excellent problem solving and decision making abilities.
  • Must be highly dependable with the ability to foresee potential situations and provide necessary initiative to follow through and assure that problems are handled in an efficient and expedient manner.
  • Data analysis and statistical skills.

Skills Desirable:

  • Degree qualified in a discipline with a high mathematical content or an equivalent Engineering qualification
  • A-level or equivalent qualified in Mathematics
  • Signalling background and understanding of signalling products and systems.
  • Knowledge of key elements of a tender process.
  • Demonstrable experience in producing complex estimates.
  • Ability to code macros.

If you have carried out this function within a rail technology focused setting and ideally signalling and this opportunity sounds like the position for you, then please get in touch or apply today. A full job description is available upon request.

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This vacancy is being advertised by Advanced Resource Managers. ARM is a specialist talent acquisition and management consultancy. We provide technical contingency recruitment and a portfolio of more complex resource solutions.

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