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Senior Cost Consultant

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Date of issue: 11th October 2021

Place within the Business

You will be reporting directly to an Associate Director or Director. You will also be provided with coaching and support to facilitate career development planning as required.

Key Responsibilities

  • Leadership of the day-to-day cost management services to our clients across chosen projects.
  • Management and supervision of junior members of staff including both project and assistant level consultants. Line management where appropriate.
  • Leadership of our services in both pre and post contract environments, including cost control, cost planning and procurement. This will include (but may not be limited to): Production of order of cost estimates and cost plans, Supply chain engagement, Budget reconciliations, Proactive attendance at design team meetings / design workshops, Procurement options analysis / recommendation reporting, Preparation of tender documents, Tender analysis and recommendation reports, Negotiation and Contract preparation, Cost reporting.
  • Preparation of order of cost estimates to inform site acquisition and appraisal on behalf of our key clients.
  • Leadership of an area of innovation and / or knowledge initiative within wider Cast Cost Management business.
  • Collation / structuring of cost data to share with wider Cast business.
  • Lead in the application of cost reporting and contract administration roles on site.
  • Take responsibility for the preparation of monthly site valuations and processing Contractor applications for payment.
  • Creation and maintenance of close relationships with the appropriate level representative for your clients.
  • Undertaking of quality assurance checking (QA) and compliance with key process to ensure outputs are delivered with accuracy and of the standards expected by Cast.
  • Role modelling of Cast culture and values.
  • Communication of complex issues with respect to cost control to clients to enable informed decisions.
  • Champion the use of technology to advance our cost management service.
  • Work in efficient ways to contribute toward resource efficiency, cash collection and additional fee recovery.

Essential Qualities

  • High levels of technical capability, with a sound understanding of and experience in cost control, cost planning and reporting and a variety of procurement methodologies and contracts.
  • Sound commercial knowledge and a good understanding of the key drivers of residential cost and value.
  • Strong communication skills – able to communicate confidently with colleagues and clients.
  • Keen attention to detail with an eye for quality and accuracy and an understanding of the importance of quality assurance.
  • High standards of literacy and numeracy.
  • Strong time management and prioritisation skills.
  • Ability to work well with others.

Desired Qualities

  • Passion for self-learning, particularly with respect to new building technology, MMC and digital work platforms.
  • Willingness to support development of others.
  • Self-awareness and desire to seek feedback through formal / informal channels.
  • Drive, enthusiasm, and keenness to explore new methods of working.

Why Cast

The Cast Business

Cast was founded in 2016. We are a specialist consultancy focused on driving positive change in the development and construction industry. Our engagement with the market and thought leadership provides us with unique insight which helps our clients drive better results.

Our business is circa 100 people strong with service offerings include project management, cost management, strategic advisory and construction integration. The spectrum of propositions we offer is developed and evolved through our understanding of changing market needs.

Our projects cover a range of sectors and residential assets spanning build to rent, later living, co-living, affordable housing and private for sale tenures as well as student accommodation and hotels. Our project typologies range from single family low density housing to high rise urban development  and from new build to regeneration.

Cast Culture & Values

As a business, and individuals, we believe in helping our clients deliver great and viable homes and places whilst also addressing bigger economic, societal, and environmental challenges. We believe in being a positive part of the solution to the housing crisis rather than part of the problem.

We are committed to ensuring we are thinking about the broader implications of how we conduct our business, including the impacts from the projects we help to deliver. We do this through the Cast Contribution which recognises the importance of:

  • Climate Change
  • Social Value and Community
  • Diversity
  • Wellbeing

We have three values – respect, share, learn – which influence the behaviours of everybody in the business.

Cast Strategy & Innovation

Our strategy and approach to innovation reflects our culture and values as well as our approach to our services. Our current three-year strategy is focussed on driving positive change in both the operation of our business and the wider development and construction industry.

We believe we can bring about that change through our current strategy which concentrates on:

  • Modern Methods of Construction & Pre-Manufactured Value
  • Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) thinking
  • Product & Process Optimisation

We believe delivering to these three themes can be better enabled through an internal improvement agenda focused on digitalisation and technology enablement as well as developing our people and capability

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