Jacobs Cost Engineer in Bristol, United Kingdom

Cost Engineer


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The Nuclear New Build (NNB) team are the Programme Management Partner for the Client at Hinkley Point C (HPC).

This dynamic Team provide support to Buildings & Civils:

  • Project Management & delivery of Building and Civil Work on the main construction site:

1. Conventional Island

2. Balance of Plant

3. Nuclear Island

  • Specific work packages include:

1. Earthworks

2. Main Civil Works

3. Marine Works

4. Heat Sink

5. Project management & co-ordination of multi-disciplinary team to deliver scope

Job Purpose/Overview:

Working in the Cost Discipline of Project Controls, under the direction and leadership of the IPC Cost Manager, to develop, maintain and deliver timely and accurate cost data and reports for either one of the Programme Controls Teams or the Central Controls Team within the HPC Project, including forecasts, performance analysis, earned value, cash flows, and monthly reports on the Actual Cost of Work Performed (ACWP). To support the client in minimising the Estimate At Completion (EAC) for the Programme in accordance with best value.

It is the overarching objective of the Integrated Project Controls (IPC) Function to act as a centre of excellence: the intelligent owners of the single source of delivery performance information, operating as an integrated enabler for the successful delivery of the HPC Project.


Operating Environment

Thinking Environment:

In order to understand the operating environment, the job-holder will be familiar with the following key documents contained within the Integrated Management System (IMS):

  • Company Manual – outlines the purpose of the company;

  • Project Execution Plan – describes the delivery strategy for the Project;

  • Project Manual – signposts readers to key procedures;

  • Project Controls Manual – how work is undertaken in the Project Controls Function;

  • Discipline-specific Procedures – detailed activity steps, interfaces, etc

  • The Nuclear environment is highly regulated by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR)

  • Nuclear Safety Culture is of paramount importance to the Project and is embedded throughout

Key interfaces include:

  • Cost Discipline;

  • Other Project Controls Disciplines (Estimating, Scheduling, Risk Opportunity Trend & Change (ROTC), Reporting, Project Controls Managers (PCMs);

  • Project & Programme Managers;

  • Supply Chain Function;

  • Supply Chain Partners (Tier 1);

  • Finance Function

Framework & Boundaries

Challenges and Problem Solving:

  • Ensure alignment of data between Cost and other Disciplines of Project Controls;

  • Ensure alignment of ACWP and financial actuals;

  • Work with key interfaces to identify and understand issues and concerns;

  • Collaboratively resolve issues, implement corrective action or escalate as required


  • The job-holder will maintain Project data within their area of work and will be expected to identify local issues and suggest resolutions or changes. The job-holder's line manager will be responsible for the data and decisions will be referred upwards accordingly

Principal Accountabilities


  • Support the PCM or IPC Cost Manager in the implementation and maintenance of Project Controls processes for Cost, including the production of monthly reports, through the provision of intelligent information and analysis;

  • Collaborate with other Disciplines of Project Controls, as well as other Project Support Functions, to help deliver Project goals in keeping with the HPC principles of Trust, Transparency and Teamwork

Core Processes:

  • Produce and maintain accurate cost and cash forecasts in alignment with the Cost Breakdown Structure (CBS);

  • Accurately maintain all cost data for the Programme within the financial control system (EcoSys), including monthly ACWP calculations;

  • Co-ordinate and produce cost reports to a defined reporting cycle;

  • Assist in the accurate assessment of EAC;

  • Assist in the Trend & Change process, including production of Project Change Reports, analysis of cost impact and provision of feedback on areas of risk and opportunities;

  • Review, acceptance and integration of cost estimates and forecasts provided by Tier 1 Contractors and suppliers;

  • Assist with analysis of earned value;

  • Adhere to Project governance and Cost standards and procedures;

  • Ensure all Project documents, in particular Sensitive Nuclear Information, are correctly protectively marked, and protected in accordance with client policies and procedures


  • Hinkley Point C is a circa £20bn project;

  • This role will involve working within either an integrated multi-disciplinary delivery team for one of the six Programmes (Civils, Nuclear Island, Conventional Island, Equipment, Commissioning, or Mechanical, Electrical & HVAC) or the Central Controls Team, which is the subdivision of the Project Controls Function that operates at Project level;

  • If the role is in one of the Programme Controls Teams then it reports to the PCM with a functional report to the IPC Cost Manager. If it is in the Central Controls Team then it reports directly to the IPC Cost Manager;

  • The scope of each individual role will vary depending on the job-holder’s area of responsibility;

  • There are no subordinates in this role

Knowledge and Skills


  • Understanding of cost management methodologies and techniques;

  • Ability to understand and use cost management software;

  • Understanding of earned value analysis;

  • High level of analytical and numerical skills;

  • Good attention to detail;

  • High standard of interpersonal skills;

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills


  • Knowledge of estimating, scheduling and risk management techniques and associated software;

  • Technical and practical comprehension of engineering, procurement and construction methods and techniques in a UK context;

  • Understanding of various contract types, in particular the NEC suite and FIDIC;

  • Working knowledge of cost risk analysis techniques;

  • The ability to build relationships both internally and externally;

  • Good commercial awareness;

  • Working knowledge of French and/or Chinese languages an advantage

Technical Competencies

The job-holder will be expected to have a working level of knowledge of, and to use, the following (or similar equivalent) software tools:

  • EcoSys (Cost, Changes, Earned Value Management);

  • SAP (Financial Management);

  • Microsoft Office software (Excel, Word, PowerPoint);

  • Teamcenter (Document Control)

The HPC Project Controls team operate or interface with the following systems and a working knowledge of these systems would be an advantage:

  • EcoSys (Cost, Changes, Earned Value Management);

  • ARM (Risks, Opportunities, Trends);

  • @risk (QCRA);

  • Safran (QSRA);

  • Primavera P6 (Scheduling);

  • Synchro (Schedule 4D modelling);

  • Acumen Fuse (Schedule Analysis);

  • Adobe Professional (Report Publishing);

  • Power BI (Business Intelligence Analytics);

  • Microsoft Office software (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access);

  • SAP (Financial);

  • CEMAR (Supply Chain);

Note1: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the responsibilities & activities that the job holder may be required to undertake.

Note2: Expected to attend Client site, Bristol City Centre, during normal working hours Monday to Friday – 40hrs.



  • Minimum of HND or equivalent qualification in Engineering, Construction, Quantity Surveying or other related field;

  • Proven relevant experience in a Project Management or Project Controls environment in a similar Cost role

  • BPSS security clearance (must be willing to go through clearance process if no clearance held)


  • Degree in Engineering, Construction, Quantity Surveying or other related field;

  • Professionally qualified with chartered or equivalent status;

  • Experience in the use of cost management software systems such as EcoSys;

  • Experience on a major construction project;

  • Experience in the Nuclear sector

Our Culture

At Jacobs we have recently celebrated 10 years of our culture of caring - ‘BeyondZero’. We see safety differently - we strive to go BeyondZero by putting the health, safety and well-being of our employees first in everything we do.

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We encourage applications from candidates looking for flexible working or reduced hours’ contracts.

Successful candidates will be asked to complete a Baseline Personnel Security Standard Pre-Employment check and will be required to undergo various checks including: Identity, Right to Work; Employment/Education History and Criminal Record. If you are unable to meet this and any associated criteria, then your employment may be delayed or rejected.

JACOBS is an Equal Opportunity Employer who is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all.

Primary Location United Kingdom-United Kingdom Countrywide-Bristol

Req ID: ATE00005F