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Cost Engineer

Job Title: Cost Engineer

Requisition ID: 219007

Relocation Authorised: None

Project: Rail 

Location: Birmingham, UK

Position Closing Date: Open until Filled 

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.


Bechtel is currently looking for a cost engineer to support the team that delivers cost estimating processes across the HS2 project. 


Key job duties:

  1. Performs cost estimating, analysis, and control activities, as directed. Supervises cost engineering activities when delegated.
  2. Reports to and receives technical and operational supervision from designated supervisory personnel.
  3. Provides technical direction to assigned personnel, when delegated.
  4. Maintains relationships with project personnel, particularly with individual discipline group leaders and engineers.
  5. Assists in preparing cost data for proposals and contract negotiations.
  6. Participates in developing and presenting training classes on designated subjects and on-the-job training programs.
  7. Determines scope definition requirements for a discipline or other specialty, and works with Engineering and other sources to coordinate the production of required data to conform to the overall estimate preparation plan.
  8. Develops quantity takeoffs for a discipline or specialty using defined documents or undefined scope assumptions. Verifies quantities provided by others.
  9. Develops and applies unit rates (cost and jobhours) to quantity takeoffs and to otherwise developed quantities within a discipline or other specialty.
  10. Prepares specific budgets in accordance with prescribed standards and procedures.
  11. Assists in developing and implementing requirements for cost recording, reporting, and analyzing standards, programs, and reports.
  12. Performs performance monitoring and control functions for specific applications, including the consistent use of applicable procedures.
  13. Independently provides financial reporting and trending, with oversight, for the Project Cost Engineer. 
  14. Assists in developing specific project codes of accounts and recommends appropriate modifications and revisions.  This includes training in the proper use and definitions for the cost accounts.
  15. Investigates the requirements for estimating and/or cost control data for a specific discipline/other specialty application.
  16. Collects and classifies cost engineering data.
  17. Performs data analysis and development.


Required skills and abilities

  1. Experience performing quantity takeoffs, statistical analysis, and computer operations, or skilled in understanding technical processes, engineering drawings, quantity determinations, and mathematical and financial reports.
  2. Skilled in oral and written communication.
  3. Knowledge in the use of computers for executing work processes.
  4. Knowledge in capital cost and services estimating.
  5. Intermediate level of knowledge of engineering, procurement, contracts, construction, and startup work processes, as performed by Bechtel.
  6. Knowledge of engineering and construction management customarily acquired  over time through specialized instruction or practical experience.
  7. Knowledge of financial reporting systems and controller account codes, and understanding of Controller instructions, which impact Project Controls (including Project Financial Status Reports and Earned Revenue Determination Data).



  1. Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Construction or related field.
  2. Professional experience in project controls with emphasis on cost and project estimating. 


Working conditions:

Role based in Birmingham

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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.