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Jacobs Cost Managers in Warrington, United Kingdom

Your Impact:

Start your Jacobs career with a company that inspires and empowers you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow and succeed – today and into tomorrow.

At Jacobs, we'll inspire and empower you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow and succeed – today and into tomorrow. With more than 55,000 people in 40 countries, working at Jacobs offers an exciting range of opportunities to develop your career within a supportive and diverse team who always strive to do the right thing for our people, clients and communities.

People are Jacobs’ greatest asset, and we offer a competitive package to retain and attract the best talent.

In addition to the benefits you’d expect, UK employees also receive free single medical cover and digital GP service, family-friendly benefits such as enhanced parental leave pay and free membership of employee assistance and parental programmes, plus reimbursement towards relevant professional development and memberships. We also give back to our communities through our Collectively program which incorporates matched-funding, paid volunteering time and charitable donations.

Work-life balance and flexibility is a key focus area for Jacobs. We’re happy to discuss hybrid, part-time and flexible working hours, patterns and locations to suit you and our business.

About the Opportunity

· Lead and champion the cost management system, process and standards both internally to Major Projects and more widely into corporate functions.

· Identify and drive cost management and analysis best practice to continuously improve current processes, systems, behaviours and tools.

· Ensure consistency in the way that Cost Management is delivered and managed across Major Programmes and Projects.


· Play a key role in the development, set up, implementation, use and maintenance of the Cost Management system, Procedure

· Define and communicate the cost reporting requirements to enable effective and efficient project and programme delivery.

· Accurately review the forecast final cost and impact of events on project timescales, ensuring that earned value techniques and indices are correctly implemented.

· Compare, analyse and interrogate cost data and trends against the original cost estimates and budgets to identify opportunities to bring costs in line with estimates and budgets and to support informed decision making.

· Prepare timely, intelligent and accurate cost reporting of key performance metrics and analysis to a range of stakeholders.

· Develop and embed a cost management quality assurance & audit process and identify continuous business improvement activities for programmes and projects

· Be a leading interface with other key teams within the Major Projects Programme Hub and Functions to develop integrated reporting.

· Establish, issue and ensure application of appropriate strategies, standards and procedures, whilst proactively working with the business to encourage project management leading practice

· Change Management - Analyse and understand change requests and their impact on budgets and associated estimates.

· Support and inform the cost estimating process. Unit cost Model implementation

· Cost savings, opportunity initiatives

· Compliance of Client Governance

· Accurate cost reporting to Senior Leadership team at MP/Client Level

Here’s what you’ll need :

Business Knowledge

· Substantial experience in a relevant project, programme or portfolio controls role ideally in an infrastructure organisation

· Advanced understanding of the industry best practice approach to cost management and experience in applying this.

Essential Functional / Technical Skills

· Detailed experience and understanding of cost management methodologies and techniques

· Strong knowledge of the preparation and maintenance of project budgets, forecasts, cost estimates, change management and reporting

· Strong commercial and financial understanding of processes

· Experience in carrying out economic and Earned Value analysis

· Experienced in utilising and improving cost management tools

· Thorough understanding of unit cost drivers and movement

· Relevant training and development in cost management and/or related subject areas

· Good understanding of change management processes

· Knowledge of Cost Management systems and Planning Basic such as Planning P6 (primavera)

· Understanding of other tools:), SAP, CEMAR (Contracts), Oracle

· Working in NEC form of contracts

· Experience in Delivery Partner, Alliances & JV environments on major programmes

Personal Attributes /Competencies

· Strong leadership skills with the ability to lead by example and positively influence others at all grades and across delivery programmes

· Excellent communication and collaboration skills to gain the involvement and engagement of a wide range of senior stakeholders.

· Experience of identifying opportunities to share best practice and drive continuous improvement of cost management systems, tools and practices.

· High resilience, to deal constructively with conflicting priorities and setbacks with positive, pro-active and supportive personal characteristics.

· Extensive analytical and numerical skills.

Our Culture

Our values stand on a foundation of safety, integrity, inclusion and diversity. We put people at the heart of our business and we truly believe that by supporting one another through our culture of caring, we all succeed. We value positive mental health and a sense of belonging for all employees. Find out more about life at Jacobs. (https://careers.jacobs.com/life-at-jacobs/)

We aim to embed inclusion and diversity in everything we do. We know that if we are inclusive, we’re more connected, and if we are diverse, we’re more creative. We accept people for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, mental health, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you’re pregnant or on family leave. This is reflected in our wide range of Global Employee Networks centred on inclusion and diversity – ACE, Careers, Enlace, Harambee, OneWorld, Prism, Vetnet, and Women’s – find out more about our employee networks here. (https://www.jacobs.com/about/inclusion-and-diversity?_ga=2.1062705.1096535124.1626879887-1704311048.1575562676)

Jacobs partners with VERCIDA to help us attract and retain diverse talent. For greater online accessibility please visit www.vercida.com to view and access our roles. As a Disability Confident employer, we will interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a vacancy. We welcome applications from candidates who are seeking flexible working and from those who may not meet all the listed requirements for a role

If you require further support or reasonable adjustments with regards to the recruitment process (for example, you require the application form in a different format), please contact the team (https://www.jacobs.com/contact/careers2) .

Your application experience is important to us and we’re keen to adapt to make every interaction even better. We welcome feedback on our recruitment process and if you need more from us before deciding to join Jacobs then please let us know. (https://www.jacobs.com/contact/careers2)

Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), age, medical condition, marital or domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression and transgender status, mental disability or physical disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, citizenship, low-income status or any other status or characteristic protected by applicable law. Learn more about your rights under Federal EEO laws and supplemental language.