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Cost Engineer - Birmingham

Requisition ID:  213308

Bechtel signed a development partner contract with High Speed 2 (HS2) on May 24. The new railway will be the U.K.’s second high speed line. The first, High Speed 1, was delivered by Bechtel ten years ago.

As development partner for Phase 2b, Bechtel will work with HS2 to develop the Phase 2 route from Crewe to Manchester and Birmingham to Leeds, and to integrate it seamlessly with Phase 1 and the existing national rail network. Working in an integrated team with our customer, High Speed Two Limited, we will manage and support the development and submission of the Phase 2b hybrid legislation to government.



1.1 Experienced Cost Management professional who is able to produce accurate and robust figures that can be used confidently by internal and external stakeholders in a fast-paced and dynamic work

environment. This role provides lots of opportunity for both personal and professional development in a large, innovative organisation.

1.2 The primary purpose of this role is to support the Senior Cost Manager to plan, develop and supervise all cost elements within the [Directorate Project Controls function] and to ensure project wide

adoption and conformance.


2.1 Key functions and responsibilities of the role:

2.1.1 Provide expert professional advice covering HS2 infrastructure Costs to HS2 Clients (including but not limited to; Procurement Specialists, Cost / Contract Management Personnel, Estimators and Project Controls Managers).

2.1.2Maintain cost models to ensure accurate reporting of HS2 infrastructure costs.

2.1.3 Reconcile the annualised cost profile against the agreed annual funding envelope.

2.1.4 Work closely with the scheduling team to ensure integration and alignment of infrastructure cost

models and schedules.


3.1 The role involves engagement with other parts of the HS2 programme. This requires the ability to engage effectively with colleagues, holding their confidence and leading the debate on issues with cost


3.2 Understanding of the cost drivers that define a project and ability to convert engineering data into meaningful cost drivers.

3.3 Quantity surveying skills and comprehensive understanding of the construction industry.

3.4 Comprehensive understanding of all aspects of direct and indirect costs.

3.5 Strong communication and interpersonal skills and specifically the ability to present cost work concisely.

3.6 Ability to interact effectively with colleagues in many different disciplines involved in HS2.

3.7 Strong quantitative, drafting and presentational skills.

3.8Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

3.9 Experience in infrastructure and/or the rail sector.

3.10 Awareness of government initiatives and policies.


3.11 Has a good understanding of market trends and conditions affecting infrastructure programmes.

3.12 Has proven ability to successfully conduct detailed project/programme planning.

3.13 Can manage their workload in a fast-paced environment.

3.14 Can accurately and clearly interpret and articulate cost data and provide informative conclusions to

allow effective decision making.


4.1 The job holder has the authority to make decisions within the boundaries of his responsibilities and

accountability in role, both within the Programme & Strategy Directorate and cross Programme within

HS2 Ltd as appropriate.


5.1 The role oversees the processes for the following cost estimates: Phase Two £24.4bn


6.1 This key role interfaces with multiple stakeholders predominantly within HS2 Ltd but also across the

wider programme including DfT, other government bodies, Highways England and Utility Companies

and the supply chain.


7.1 Take reasonable care to ensure your own and others’ health and safety – including those who may be affected by the delivery of this role – by taking personal responsibility for working to the HS2 S.A.F.E

programme principles.

7.2 Cooperate with HS2 in all matters relating to health and safety, including following safe working

procedures at all times and not interfering with measures in place to protect your health, safety or


7.3 Advocate and promote the company’s well-being strategy and policies.




• Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Construction Management, or related field.


Grade 25:

Bachelor Degree in Engineering, Construction Management or related field with 6 years of project controls or cost related work experience.  In lieu of degree 12 years of project controls or cost control experience.


Grade 26:

Bachelor Degree in Engineering, Construction Management or related field with 9 years of project controls or cost related work experience.  In lieu of degree 15 years of project controls or cost control experience.


Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, project management, and construction companies in the world. We stand apart for our ability to get the job done right—no matter how big, how complex, or how remote. Bechtel operates through four global business units that specialize in infrastructure; mining and metals; nuclear, security and environmental; and oil, gas, and chemicals. Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents. Today, our 53,000 colleagues team with customers, partners, and suppliers on diverse projects in nearly 40 countries.

Bechtel is an 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.