Cost Consultant

Steve Thomas
Vancouver, British Columbia
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This is a wonderful career prospect, to join the Cost Consulting & Project Management division of one of the leading providers in the advisory service sector in Canada.

Project Details

Working with the management team, the successful applicant who takes on the role of Cost Consultant will be responsible for providing technical expertise to ensure a variety of cost consulting services are delivered to clients in an efficient and effective manner.

Responsibilities and Duties

To provide a full range of cost consulting services to new and existing clients. This involves a full technical understanding of construction estimation:

  • Read construction drawings and specifications at an advanced level
  • Review and provide guidance on measurement of project statistics/functional areas
  • Completion of project descriptions & assumptions
  • Practical understanding of construction methodology
  • Trade/product knowledge
  • Ability to prepare and complete trade/elemental take-offs based on preliminary design documents
  • Ability to prepare and complete trade/elemental take-offs based tender/construction documents
  • Advanced understanding of factors influencing construction costs and applying that knowledge to pricing estimates
  • Completion of estimates and reports ready for final sign-off by manager
  • Preparation/analysis of general condition breakdown
  • Change order analysis – interpretation, take-off, pricing and negotiation
  • Reconciliation of estimate with tenders, owner’s budgets and/or contractor’s estimates
  • Ability to prepare, co-ordinate & deliver estimates (on schedule & within fees)
  • Ability to maximize the use of appropriate software and technology and teach others how to do the same such as Cost X, Revit, CAD, and Microsoft Office
  • Develop and build long term client relationships which result in repeat business, referrals and service expansion including up-sells & cross-sells across the company
  • Lead the assessment of client requirements, conduct project reviews and deal with issues efficiently and effectively
  • Work with Management to support the implementation of strategies which contribute to revenue generation, profitability and growth – locally and nationally
  • Lead the implementation of approved business plans and act as Champion for these initiatives within the team
  • Provide leadership, guidance, coaching, mentoring and support to all direct reports

Desired Skills and Experience

  • 7-10 years of estimating/quantity surveying experience in commercial real estate or related field
  • Self-motivated with a high degree of integrity, honesty and ethics
  • Proven strategic thinking and analytical skills
  • Client service orientation
  • Proven leadership skills – people and marketplace
  • Extensive working knowledge and understanding of Cost Planning and Project Monitoring services

Qualifications/Educational Requirements

  • Diploma in Architectural, Construction or Civil Technology, Construction Management, Quantity Surveying, Building Science or in a related field
  • Professional Quantity Surveyor (PQS), Member RICS (or be willing to work towards)

Employing Company Overview and Profile

This opportunity will enable the successful candidate to be part of a leading provider of independent advisory services covering quantity surveying, cost management and project management. The company employs over 2,500 people worldwide, with major operations in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

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