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Lead Cost Engineer

Requisition ID:  249534

Requisition Posting End Date: 03/15/2022



Since 1898, we have helped customers complete more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents that have created jobs, grown economies, improved the resiliency of the world's infrastructure, increased access to energy, resources, and vital services, and made the world a safer, cleaner place.

Differentiated by the quality of our people and our relentless drive to deliver the most successful outcomes, we align our capabilities to our customers’ objectives to create a lasting positive impact.

We serve the Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy, and Mining & Metals markets. Our services span from initial planning and investment, through start-up and operations. Core to Bechtel are our values – ethics, safety, quality, people, culture, relationships, innovation and sustainability, and our covenants – integrity, respect, collaboration, trust, and delivery. They are what we believe, what customers can expect, and how we deliver.


What we offer
At Bechtel we offer a competitive salary package with the opportunity for flexible working to achieve greater work-life balance. Employee wellbeing is at the centre of our business promoted though private health cover and access to a leading employee assistance program.  Bechtel is committed to offering you the benefits and resources to live healthy lives.


Project Overview

Pluto Train is the expansion of a second LNG train at the existing Pluto LNG onshore facility. Pluto Train 2 will process Scarborough gas and have an LNG capacity of ~5 million tonnes per annum. As part of the construction of Pluto Train 2, additional domestic gas infrastructure will be installed to increase capacity to ~ 225 Terajoules per day.


On 1 January 2022, Woodside issued Full Notice to Proceed (FNTP) to Bechtel (Western Australia) Pty Ltd and Bechtel International, Inc (Bechtel) for the Pluto Train 2 Project Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) scope of work. Woodside is Australia's leading natural gas producer, and Bechtel is excited to be working with this key customer to help meet the increasing global demand for LNG as a transitional energy source.


Position Overview

Bechtel is seeking a Lead Cost Engineer for the Pluto Train 2 LNG Project based in Karratha, Western Australia. The position will be responsible for supervising cost estimating, analysis, and control activities at the jobsite.


About you

  • Provides comments and recommendations for cost engineering requirements relative to staffing and project control. Prepares detailed staffing plans for jobsite activities and functions.
  • Interfaces with designated Bechtel management and client counterparts for cost assessments and presentations.
  • Participates in developing and presenting training classes on designated subjects and on-the-job training for specific processes and practices.
  • Conducts personnel performance reviews. Interviews candidates and makes recommendations for employment decisions.
  • Performs productivity analysis of construction operations and verifies results by staffing and crew analysis of work operations by craft.
  • Develops bid evaluation cost and schedule criteria and prepares bid evaluations. May participate in discussions with vendors.
  • Supports the development of Project Controls standards and procedures. Supervises and supports the compilation of historical data.
  • Creates and implements measurement systems for established processes, analyzes performance metric results, and identifies improvements.
  • Provides technical and operational directions to assigned personnel to perform activities related to cost trend estimating, analysis, and control activities, maintenance, monitoring, impact identification, cost mitigation.
  • Assists with contract management and payments. 
  • Assists in developing, defining, and implementing specific project codes of accounts and recommends appropriate modifications and revisions. This includes training in the proper use of and definitions for the cost accounts.
  • Creates and implements measurement systems, tools, and reports for given processes, analyzes performance metric results, and identifies improvements.


The following duties are performed with respect to Cost Engineering and Estimating:

  • Coordinates and establishes scoping requirements for the overall cost estimate by discipline or other specialty, and coordinates the timely, systematic, and complete acquisition of scope definition and related data. Reviews design scope criteria and quantities for completeness and reasonableness, and coordinates with the project to develop additional estimating bases when information is incomplete. Establishes the conceptual scope of studies when the definition is not available.
  • Takes a lead role in estimating activities. Establishes the conceptual scope of estimates and studies. Establishes format and content of summaries and reconciliations, including segregation of cost according to the level of confidence and identification of areas of risk.
  • Coordinates pricing structure or criteria to be used by each discipline or specialty to meet the objectives of the cost estimate.
  • Assists in developing unit job an hour and pricing data for a specific discipline or other specialties, including estimating parameters, factors indices, productivity and craft distribution reference data, etc., based on analysis of Bechtel and industry experience. Performs data analysis, identifies problems and makes recommendations.
  • Obtains vendor information to update the cost data file, and maintains cost data files.
  • Establishes productivity basis to be utilized in estimates, as developed in concurrence with Construction. Reviews labor estimates for reasonableness.
  • Prepares or reviews distributable and/or contractors’ indirect cost estimates, developing the basis for temporary facilities, miscellaneous construction services, construction tools and equipment, nonmanual manpower, startup services, payroll taxes and insurance, camp facilities and operation, and other field office costs. Researches and develops or reviews tax estimates, and addresses federal, state, and local tax issues.
  • Defines project needs for cost control in accordance with established Bechtel and client contractual requirements, objectives, and procedures. Supervises the timely and competent performance of cost control activities. Reviews and critiques designs and specifications for cost-effectiveness and suggests alternatives when appropriate. Prepares or supervises the preparation of cost studies utilizing historical data, statistical analysis, and cost and quantity comparisons. Innovates new techniques as required to meet specific needs. Prepares cost trend estimates in support of project cost trend programs.
  • Supervises cost recording, monitoring, and reporting practices for compliance with applicable standards. Supervises and is responsible for the development and accuracy of cost engineering reports. Verifies consistency with previous reports to ensure compatibility. Responsible for issuing reports required by Bechtel management and project procedures.
  • Supervises investigating requirements for estimating and/or cost control data for a specific discipline or other specialty applications. Identifies needs for cost analysis support for the project, and recommends development or modification of cost engineering data standards. Supervises the performance of cost analysis activities within the project.
  • Provides timely and accurate analysis and reporting to the stakeholder and management. Provides quality support to project and corporate management with organizational and administrative activities, including non-routine cost engineering analysis and presentations.
  • Prepares presentations, leads meetings and discussions with stakeholders, including senior management, to present information and recommendations based on thorough cost analysis.


What you bring

  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering or scientific discipline, and atleast 10 years of related experience.
  • Experience in performing, monitoring, and reviewing cost engineering functions, including cost estimating, cost control, financial reporting systems, and cost analysis at a jobsite location.
  • Knowledge of supervision, personnel administration, and training of technical and non-technical personnel.
  • Skilled in oral and written communication.
  • Proficiency in using PC operating systems, including several basic software applications.
  • Proficiency in using multiple discipline-specific software applications currently used by Bechtel (Ecosys, Hyperion, Digital Supply Chain, for example).
  • Knowledge of financial report systems and controller account codes, and understanding of Controller instructions, which impact Project Controls.
  • Demonstrates an advanced level of understanding of Project Controls general technical skills.
  • Intermediate level of knowledge of engineering, procurement, contracts, construction, and startup work processes, as performed by Bechtel.
  • Knowledge of engineering and/or construction management is customarily acquired over time through specialized instruction or practical experience.
  • Experience on major lump sum projects with direct hire construction strategy is required
  • Knowledge of LNG projects and jobsite experience is preferred
  • Proactive self-starter with a proven ability to work independently and efficiently


Note: Candidate must have the right to work in Australia without sponsorship and be willing to live at the jobsite camp.



Our commitment
Bechtel’s Vision, Values and Covenants commit us to the ideals of fairness, diversity, inclusion, trust  among others. These values help define our culture and the positive impact we aspire to make in the world through our people and projects. At our project sites and offices, we have many colleagues from different nationalities, religions, and backgrounds working together to accomplish amazing things. 


All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, religion, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, nationality, age, military, or veteran, marital or disability status.


Candidates will be appropriately qualified, demonstrate a strong safety focus and value the development and maintenance of client relationships. Sound communication skills and the ability to work effectively within a team environment are essential.

If you are looking for a challenging and rewarding career with global opportunities, then this could be the role for you.





Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; and Mining & Metals. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live.

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 and expression, age, national origin, disability, citizenship status (except as authorized by law), protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

In accordance with Bechtel's duty to provide and maintain a safe workplace for our employees and to safeguard the health of our families, customers, and visitors, we have adopted mandatory COVID-19 safety protocols for each work location, which may include a vaccination or testing requirement. Please speak with your Bechtel recruiter to determine which protocols apply to the work location for the job you are seeking.