Senior Cost Consultant

  • Job Reference: 00006949-1
  • Date Posted: 16 May 2020
  • Recruiter: CV-Library
  • Location: City of London, London
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Accounting, Banking & Financial Services, Insurance & Superannuation, Covid-19
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

We're supporting our clients as they adapt to the unprecedented circumstances brought about by COVID-19. As a result, we're currently only recruiting for essential roles during this time. All interviews, assessments and background checks will take place online, to completely remove the need for face-to-face contact.

It's important to note that most of our sites are now closed and employees are working remotely where they can. Where offices are required to stay open, we are following government guidelines on personal hygiene standards, daily cleaning of employee work areas, maintaining safe distances and limiting the number of people in the office at one time. We also have clear policies on business travel and continuity.

The welfare of our people is of paramount importance to us, and we're doing everything we can to keep our employees and customers safe during this time.

About the role

We are looking for a Quantity Surveyor/Cost Consultant to join our Property Team in Barnet.

The role will also involve the provision of QS services to the business, which is key to the organisation's future development and success in delivering a continuous flow of new business and services. The role will be both outward client facing and involve interfacing with internal multi-disciplinary teams.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual with clear drive who will play a key role in the delivery of capital projects, whilst also offering broad commercial skills and a strong background in estimating, understanding the commercial drivers, risk profiles and key success factors for Clients procuring construction projects. The role will ensure robust, accurate and innovative advice is delivered to clients and project teams in order to ensure alignment with their needs and business objectives.

About Capita | Local Government, Health & Property

Capita Local Government Health & Property is part of Capita plc, the UK's leading provider of business process management and integrated professional support service solutions, with 68,000 staff across the UK, Europe, South Africa and India.

We are one of the UK's largest and most diverse multidisciplinary consultancies in the design, management, infrastructure, real estate, civil engineering, environmental management and transport sectors. We are also the market leader in strategic public-private partnerships with local government clients.

We have over 4,000 staff based in 60 UK & Ireland offices offering a vast range of professional and technical expertise across an unrivalled number of services. The breadth and depth of our experience ensures that we are able to add value to any project, regardless of size, complexity or sector.

Key Responsibilities

The successful candidate will have a reputation for integrity and sound business judgment; be totally comfortable working in a team environment; and possess the creativity, commercial expertise, and commitment to successfully play an important role within the organisation. You will bring a track record in working within a successful team which would include profit maximisation, robust financial, commercial acumen and a good understanding of risk. You will also have experience of working within the Construction industry, as well as extensive knowledge of JCT and NEC Conditions of Contract.

The successful candidate will be required to:

Demonstrable experience in providing:
Early stage cost advice (budget estimates, cost plans)
Preparation of tender documents (based on schedule of works, bills of quantities and employer's requirements)
Preparation of tender reports
Compilation of contract documents
Assessment and agreement of interim valuations
Preparation of financial reports
Agreement of final accounts
Good client management/communication skills.
Tenacity to complete work effectively and efficiently.
Good time management and flexibility to deliver workloads.
Provide a cost consultant role for projects during construction phase.
Undertake cost analysis for property and infrastructure project work.
Assist in establishing a client's requirements and undertake feasibility studies.
Perform risk, value management and cost control.
Advise on a procurement strategy.
Identify, analyse and develop responses to commercial risks.
Prepare and analyse costings for tenders.
Allocate work to internal and external subcontractors.
Provide advice on contractual claims.
Analyse outcomes and write detailed progress reports.
Value completed work and arrange payments.
Understand the implications of health and safety regulations.
Support the development new Business Cases working alongside key clients.
Manage, reduce and drive out unnecessary costs and inefficient activities.
Manage the prompt preparation and settlement of final accounts, including variations, claims and disputes.
Produce accurate internal forecasts and manage your time bookings against forecasts.
Establish and maintain robust open and honest reporting structures and monitor resources and costs to ensure that the projects meet agreed targets.
Develop a thorough and in-depth understanding of the contractual, commercial, insurance and legal processes relating to the projects to ensure that Capita's position is protected.

Essential Experience/Skills

Have a proven track record in pre and post contract duties on large scale residential development and mixed use developments
Degree level qualification or equivalent.
Professional accreditation with the RICS or equivalent
Ability to set target targets and manage performance to ensure that projects deliver on time and on budget.
Ability to work under own initiative and pro-actively drive projects forward.
Proficient in a wide range of IT skills including Microsoft Office packages (specifically Microsoft Excel and Project).
Excellent analytical skills and proficient in interrogating numerical and financial data.
Hold a full UK driving licence.
An understanding of the public sector and its challenges and constraints. Particularly the financial and political aspects of local government.

Desirable Experience/Skills

Post-graduate experience of complex organisational change and able to creatively help clients find solutions, especially where there is lack of clarity over outcomes sought.
An understanding of Project Management methodologies for property/infrastructure projectsPersonal Attributes

Highly motivated individual with the ability to energise teams in order to deliver to time, cost and quality objectives.
Excellent communication skills and able to influence and negotiate to resolve conflicting aspirations.
Personable and able to establish and maintain excellent working relationships with clients, in order to deliver a quality service and also maximise opportunities for repeat business.
A team player with a good sense of proportion and humour.Expected Behaviours

As part of our partnership objectives in line with our values, we ask all our staff to:

Lead by example;
Encourage, nurture and mentor junior members of staff;
Be open and honest;
Demonstrate respect for colleagues and a strong team working ethic;
Demonstrate a sense of pride in a job well done; and
Focus on solutions rather than problems. What's in it for you?

At Capita, training and development aren't optional extras: they're how we do our job. We will motivate you to perform at your peak, recognising your achievements and rewarding them appropriately. As well as a generous basic salary we also give you 27 day's holiday, company pension scheme and access to voluntary benefit options including; child care vouchers, share save scheme, life assurance, holiday buy and many more designed to suit your own personal lifestyle. All of this, in a professional but fun environment.

What we hope you will do next

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Capita operates as an equal opportunities employer and we welcome all applications regardless of gender, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality, religion or beliefs, disability, age, political opinions or trade union membership