About The Role

About this opportunity

An exciting opportunity for an experienced Cost Manager to join our team in Birmingham at Associate Director level. You will be responsible for managing costs and budgets of projects, from early cost advice to settlement of the final account. Responsibility includes managing customer relationships to ensure service deliverables.

Our Retail Cost Management team mainly work for developers repurposing town centres and shopping centres into retail, leisure, hotels, education and residential.

We offer a hybrid working environment and the role will work between the office, home and client and site visits.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Supporting Business Directors in delivering business objectives.
  • Positively engaging with Customers and developing, growing and maintaining Customer relationships.
  • Delivering high quality services and ensuring that cost management deliverables meet Customers’ requirements.
  • Managing projects to deliver high quality services and deliverables in accordance with the business procedures.
  • Preparing and presenting order of cost estimates and option studies
  • Cost planning and benchmarking
  • Cost-in-use studies
  • Advising on and implementing procurement strategies
  • Valuing completed work and arranging for payments
  • Settling final accounts
  • Providing technical advice on legal and contractual issues relating to construction projects
  • Administrating contracts as Contract Administrator or Employer’s Agent
  • Managing service delivery for profit
  • Advising Directors promptly of any issues that have arisen, or that might arise, on projects; in particular those that might impact on Gleeds professional indemnity (PI) insurance
  • Actively identifying new business development opportunities and driving growth across the Business Units activities.

As a Gleeds team member, you will have access to:

  • Opportunities to develop and grow your career
  • A contributory pension scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Our Global Travel Scholarship Programme
  • Flexible working arrangements

About You

Who we are looking for:

Experience, Knowledge and Key Skills

  • Broad, in-depth cost management experience post MRICS qualification.
  • Detailed knowledge and practiced experience of cost estimating and cost planning techniques.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of construction procurement strategies, including tendering and contract strategies.
  • Thorough knowledge and experience of post-contract cost management tasks.
  • Ability to administer construction contracts as Contract Administrator and Employer’s Agent.
  • Clear understanding of legislation impacting on building contracts.
  • Ability to motivate others (including providing support and encouragement) and to lead high performance teams
  • Clear and effective communication skills - both oral and written.
  • Methodical way of thinking and approach to work.
  • Ability to absorb complex information and assess requirements readily.
  • Excellent problem solving, negotiating, financial and numeracy skills.
  • Sound ICT skills, with a high level of proficiency in MS Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
  • Ability to prepare first-class bids for services.
  • Competent at negotiating sufficient fees to both complete services and generate required profit levels.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and manage teams.


  • MRICS (Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors)

About Us

Joining us

Be part of the extraordinary

Every day at Gleeds, we influence the way people around the world live, work and travel. Delivering on the world’s most iconic projects for globally renowned clients, our teams solve complex problems that shape the future of the built environment.

One of the qualities we value in people, is the ability to think creatively about the solutions we offer to clients. With 71 offices spanning the Americas, Europe, MENA and Asia Pacific our ability to innovate and improve is a product of the varied backgrounds and experience of our people. We welcome new perspectives and ideas.

Above all, we believe that quality relationships sit at the heart of good business. We strive to be the people that seek to understand and bring people together. Wherever we are in the world, our aspiration is to leave a positive legacy for people and local communities, whilst living and breathing our three core values:

  • We’re committed to our clients and our people
  • We’re creative and realistic
  • We combine professionalism with personality

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications regardless of age, disability, marital status, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender status or gender.

We recognise the importance of work/life balance and agree flexible working arrangements to suit each individual.

Gleeds is a gold standard investor in people employer.

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