Senior Cost Manager - Real Estate Construction - Mountain View - job 745860

Turner & Townsend

Date: 05/04/2021

City: Mountain View, California

Employment type: Full-time

Company Description


At Turner & Townsend, we are 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. With more than 6,000 professionals in 112 offices across 45 offices, we help our major global clients deliver ambitious and highly technical projects, providing the skills and insight to improve the way they develop, deliver and operate their physical real estate assets. Across private and public sectors, our talented professionals provide the most innovative solutions for our clients’ greatest challenges. Our clients value our proactive and client-centric approach, depth of expertise, integrity, and the quality of the work we deliver. As a result, our employees get to work for the top global brands on some of the most exciting projects around the world.

Job Description


Turner & Townsend are engaged to support our clients with many complex projects, responsible for all aspects of cost management and project delivery. We are seeking a Senior Cost Manager with experience working on large-scale commercial real construction projects, to act as the day-to-day interface with our clients and drive these projects to achieve excellent outcomes. You have a chance to be a key player in our technological future, as part of a team of innovative professionals shaping our built environment.


In this role, you will support and execute an array of strategic and operational real estate development efforts across our client’s mixed use district development portfolio as well as ground up workplace office projects.


Job Objectives:


  • Taking responsibility and being the first point of contact for the reporting of the overall commercial status of a project. Ensure accurate and timely cost reporting at a project and portfolio level, providing regular updates to the client on overall cost position as well as risk and cash flow variances. 

  • Own and manage the change process, as well as negotiating change orders throughout the project lifecycle.

  • Communicate effectively and professionally with numerous parties including the general contractor, the owner’s representatives and external stakeholders. Taking responsibility for Turner & Townsend coordination within the overall construction process. 

  • Manage forensic review of cost and carry out valuations on high value, time critical projects. Complete timely, accurate cost checking and monthly valuation processes.

  • Extract data from several sources including complex spreadsheets, transforming it to fit operational needs to aid the project and portfolio as a whole.

  • Participate effectively with post contract cost variances and the change control processes.

  • Manage Cost impact / contingency management and commitment tracking logs.

  • Prepare funding data presentations and coordinate value engineering sessions with stakeholders.

  • Strong leadership skills and ability to be a good mentor to other members of the team.


You will also be responsible for:




  • Providing commercial input to design optioneering and input into value engineering exercises.

  • Reviewing contractor and subcontractor pricing and leading negotiations on behalf of the client to drive fair contract prices. Responsible for completing procurement and bid comparison sheets as well as recommendations for approval. Preparation of funding requests.




  • Responsible and first point of contact for overall commercial and change management activities throughout the project lifecycle, including forecasting and ensuring accurate cash flow reporting.

  • Ensuring that post-contract cost variances and change control processes are managed effectively.

  • Responsible for implementing the required commercial processes and procedures agreed between Turner & Townsend and our clients. Also aiding in continuous development and improvement of these systems.

  • Ensuring that cost auditing and valuation work is managed effectively and that a robust process for cost validation is in place.

  • Carrying out the production of monthly cost and overall project status reports for presentation to the client.

  • Ensuring that final accounts are negotiated and agreed in a timely manner, providing maximum value to the Client.

  • Aiding in the compilation of as-built cost estimate records for benchmarking purposes.

  • Working with numerous stakeholders to follow correct project close out procedures.



  • A minimum of 5-7 years’ experience working in a construction cost management role.

  • College and/or post-graduate degree in construction management, cost management, quantity surveying, engineering or a field related to construction.

  • RICS accredited or working towards is valuable, but not required.

  • Experience of leading cost and commercial management teams on medium or large sized construction projects of medium to high complexity.

  • Strong knowledge of construction industry legal and technical matters, such as different procurement routes and contract types.

  • Knowledge and experience of reviewing and providing advice on basic claims such as prolongation, weather impacts etc. 

  • US experience is strongly desirable.




Additional Information


Turner & Townsend is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. Equal Employment Opportunity Posters  If you’d like to view a copy of the company’s affirmative action plan, please email [email protected].  If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation as part of the employment selection process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 713-457-9400 or [email protected].  This telephone line and email address is reserved solely for job seekers with disabilities requesting accessibility assistance or an accommodation in the job application process. Please do not call about the status of your job application if you do not require accessibility assistance or an accommodation. Messages left for other purposes, such as following up on an application or non-disability related technical issues, will not receive a response

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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