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Projects director (estimating)

Job Profile

Mott MacDonald is a £1.2 billion management, engineering and development consultancy with 16,000 staff and a global reach spanning six continents. Our network of 180 principal offices in 140 countries gives us local market insight backed by world class expertise to deliver excellence for every client.

The Advisory and Programme Delivery division delivers services to projects ranging in scale and complexity from £million’s to £20bn, through the Technical disciplines of Programme Management, Project Management, Project Controls, Scheduling, Cost Management, Estimating, Infrastructure Finance, Management Consulting, Digital Consulting, Education and Healthcare Management.

Our Transportation portfolio is primarily a UK based business working in three key sectors of Rail, Highways and Aviation.
We deliver programme, project and commercial management services to clients in mainland Europe, Africa, Middle East, India and Australasia and supporting other parts of the Transportation business across the globe.
Our vision is to deliver major transportation projects as part of a global business and to establish our wide ranging consultancy as ‘credible’ and ‘preferred’ for our existing and new clients.

Mott MacDonald is an equal opportunities company.

Job Description

We currently have an exciting senior position with our transportation portfolio in our commercial team.

We are looking to continue to develop and grow our estimating capabilities and as a result are looking to build an additional team in Croydon to work alongside our current team in Birmingham.

This means we are looking for the right person to join us to be our estimating project director who can work with us to build a team as well as also growing the business in London and the South.

Your role will be:

- to undertake the role of Project Director Estimating (Rail) for the delivery of major projects to meet defined customer objectives adopting a variety of estimating systems and techniques.
- to assist the Technical Director and key account managers in business management, repeat sales and the running of a team and subsequent achievement of project and business goals.
- to manage the day to day requirements of the estimating team ensuring that support is available and that business protocols and client relationships are being upheld and developed.

You will be responsible for:

- key project and team management and communication
- achieving the delivery of projects within budget
- delivery of projects in line with the customer objectives and contracted scope of works
- working with the portfolio director of transport and business development team to ensure that estimating opportunities are secured
- recruitment and expansion of the rail estimating team within the UK

Your day to day will include:

- assist in winning work and the utilisation of existing staff
- assist in securing new and repeat business in line with portfolio budgets
- business development and proposal writing
- carrying out internal governance and quality assurance of all estimating commissions
- recruitment of future staff including interviewing and liaising with aligned HR members to arrange contracts etc.
- implementing the management of an Estimating team
- take part in contract reviews relating to the contract with the customer
- assist in the development of programmes for the delivery of our services
- preparation of standard documentation – reports, letters, financial statements etc.
- work closely with our cost intelligence team in capturing cost data
- assist with the analysis of business cases, prepare reports at all stages of budget setting
- ensuring that estimates are aligned to any programme and risk criteria
- developing and communicating the updating of estimating cost libraries
- administer and carry out aligned training necessary to maintain staff technical excellence to grow Rail estimating

Candidate Specification

We welcome applications from candidates with the following:

- degree qualified in Engineering or Quantity Surveying or other relevant degree
- significant amount of estimating experience on multi £bn infrastructure projects aligned to Rail, Rail Systems, Heavy Civils and Structures
- ACostE/MRICS/MCIOB qualified
- strong leadership and people management skills with the experience and ability to grow a team
- proven track record in business development and client relationships
- excellent report and proposal writing skills
- proactive and self-motivated
- effective time management
- ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with clients and colleagues
- excellent presentation and communication skills
- ability to demonstrate a flexible approach to work
- flexibility in working location and travel
- customer focused
- ability to prioritise and able to work under pressure
- familiarity with an existing estimating package CANDY, CONQUEST, CAUSEWAY, CostOS etc.
- to understand whole life costing solutions (CAPEX, OPEX, In-directs, Carbon)
- improve the development and expansion of BIM within the rail estimating team
- quantifiable bid management experience
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