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Title Cost Engineer (Planner/Estimator)
Ref HE/4311
Directorate Commercial & Procurement
Preferred Location Birmingham
Salary Up to £56,000
Number of Positions 10
Working Pattern Full Time
Closing Date 04 Feb 2018

About Us

We are responsible for operating, maintaining and improving England’s motorways and major A roads. Consider that a third of all traffic, two thirds of heavy goods vehicles, and 98% of UK businesses rely on them, and you can see why our roads, and what we do, matters so much.

It’s an exciting time to begin a career with Highways England as we invest £11 billion in our motorways and A Roads boosting capacity, tackling congestion and improving safety which why we’re so grateful to our c 4,500 employees around the country. When you work with us, you're helping to connect communities, sustain business and support the economy. And with responsibility for major projects, working here is also a great move for your career

Job Description

Due to continued growth and investment, Highways England is looking to recruit new Cost Engineers / Cost Estimators to join our expanding team in Birmingham.

You will act as a source of advice on planning and estimating matters and manage activities across the business. To contribute to the development of a process improvement approach to cost engineering. To work with commercial colleagues to contribute to the improving capability of the cost engineering function and commercial expertise in the wider business.

Day to day

  • Responsible for using expertise to provide detailed cost estimates for projects and programmes, in order to provide information to a range of areas to plan effectively
  • Responsible for working on projects throughout their lifecycle, providing timely and accurate outputs in accordance with the estimating manual to provide information to project boards
  • Lead in the effective implementation of consistent reporting templates to capture and analyse relevant data to ensure that there is a consistent approach from all peers
  • Undertake project and scheme cost estimates with Project Teams up to and post Early Contractor Involvement award stage.
  • Ensure contractors’ estimates, including Target Costs, are audited to support the effective cost driven management of all projects
  • Utilise software effectively in order to produce the most accurate estimates for work, supporting the timeliness and cost accurateness of projects and schemes
  • Work closely with Supply Chain in order to negotiate intricacies both from a measurement standpoint and contractual elements
  • Lead and mentor younger members of the team, providing support and when required, deputising for the Estimating Manager
  • Assess safety performance to minimise risks, develop improvements and escalate issues with relevant authorities in a timely manner and carry out any tasks identified to the post in the Level 2 and relevant 2a Organisational Health & Safety RACI charts

About you

  • Experienced Cost Engineer / Estimator in the Civil Engineering, or relevant alternative
  • Demonstrable expertise in a specific range of estimation and cost engineering techniques
  • Experience of working with and development of estimating templates, tools and techniques
  • Ability to work in a complex structured project and programme management environment to tight deadlines
  • Able to engage with project stakeholders and work closely with project teams ensuring effective communication to achieve the desired outputs
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite including Microsoft Project or similar planning tools effectively
  • Ability to understand and interpret scheme drawings at various levels of detail / complexity


So we can really get to know you and what you can offer please include a CV with your application.

You’re also encouraged to include a covering note explaining how you're a great match for us: so please tell us how your skills, experience and qualifications meet both the role, and Highways England, requirements.

We’re expecting this role to be popular, so we may need to close the advert early if response is strong so to avoid disappointment, please apply as soon as possible.

Help keep England moving. We look forward to hearing from you.

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