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Operating Division: Transnet Capital Projects
Position Title: Cost Engineer
Employee Group: Permanent
Department: PE, Stream 6, OreLine, PSS, Cost Eng
Reporting To: Cost Engineering Lead
Grade Level: G
Reference Number: 70000856
- To manage the programmes/projects, as part of the regional Cost Engineering team, to assure and deliver all Quantity Surveying / Cost Engineering functions and responsibilities across all designated projects, in accordance with best practice standards, corporate governances, policies, processes, systems and controls implemented within Transnet Group and TCP, across the full project life-cycle from inception through to completion.
- Provide primary point of contact for all matters relating to the full suite of quantity surveying / cost engineering services including reporting in support of the programmes/projects in his/her team.
- Prepare, manage and taking ownership of all aspects of quantity surveying / cost engineering, estimating and cost planning and control activities on his/her projects, as required at the various stages of the project life-cycle and particularly input required into feasibility studies, analysing and compiling accurate and detailed budget estimates, compiling and managing Bills of Quantities, understanding of the procurement process, tender adjudications, management of cost variances and change control processes, ensuring cost checking and valuation/certification work is managed & prepared effectively, evaluation of Contract price adjustment provisions, production of monthly cost reports, cashflow forecasts, deviation reviews, contingency and trend management, value management, risk management, life cycle costing, earned value management, asset capitalisation, cost engineering, contract administration, claims interventions and resolution, prepare and agree final accounts, QA/QC.
- Provide line management and leadership duties for his/her team and on his / her projects, ensuring that the programmes/projects and/or teams are functioning and delivering to a high standard, that accuracy is achieved at all times, that real time and integrated reporting reflects actual current status of projects.
- Regular interaction with the Regional Cost Engineering Manager, the respective Project Managers, Programme Managers and Directors, Operating Divisions, Group and to TCP and the regional team, other key stakeholders to ensure a professional service is delivered.
- Ensure adherence to and the effective use of tools, Transnet systems and procedures.
- Ensure best practice QS / Cost Engineering principles, systems and toolsets are adopted in support of the commissions based upon shared learning from other commissions and industries, on his/her projects and within the national project controls team.
- Responsible for the audit, governance and assurance of projects, and in particular those projects of significant interest or risk to the programme.
- Lead and direct his/her team so that they are motivated, have an understanding of what is expected of them, and have access to the required skills and resources in order to meet the work objectives set for them.
- Comply with all requirements of the Project Execution Plans (PEP).
- Prepare and present detailed monthly status reports and other reports as required.
- Ensure that resourcing gaps within the team and on projects are identified and filled appropriately and timeously with suitably qualified persons.
- Identification of training and development requirements for staff and ensure skills development takes place.
Qualifications and Experience: - The incumbent is required to have a Bachelor ' s Degree / National Diploma in Quantity Surveying / Cost Engineering, supported by a minimum of 3-5 years relevant post graduate experience in a managerial position, and 8-10 years experience as a Quantity Surveyor / Cost Engineer in a multidiscipline and infrastructure project environment.
- Professional registration is not compulsory, but will be an advantage
- Thorough and detailed technical knowledge of all aspects of Quantity Surveying / Cost Engineering, from inception through to completion of projects, including expertise and experience working as a Quantity Surveyor / Cost Engineer in a construction /infrastructure environment on large & complex projects, using Primavera.
Core Discipline Competencies include:
- Estimating - thorough knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of estimating and the ability to review total Project and Change Notice estimates to ensure accuracy of estimated costs for the scope of work at hand.
- Cost Control - thorough knowledge and understanding of composite Project budgets, forecasting final costs and the control of the budget i.e. Commitment and Actuals.
- Strong focus on cost and cash flow management, forecasting and reconciliation.
- Change Control - Full management of Project Changes to determine legitimacy and estimated impact to project schedule and budget.
- Management of the usage of Project Allowances i.e. Contingency, Escalation and Forex Cash-flow monitoring.
- Contracts Management - understanding of the NEC3 suite of contracts.
- Ability to verify Early Warnings and Compensation Events for legitimacy.
- Actively participate in Contract Negotiation and advice or possibly mediate in contract disputes.
- Contract Administration - management of contracts and the obligations, commitments, responsibilities, inputs and outputs that ensure all parties conform to their contractual obligations.
- Risk and Opportunity Management - assessment and management of risk and contingencies on projects from inception through to completion
- Reporting - Collation, consolidated preparation and presentation of financial, cash-flow, presentations, EXCO and all other reports on the regional programme and individual projects monthly or as required.
- Leadership and team management competencies;
- Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills;
- Broad business acumen with focus on commerciality and client care;
- High degree of computer literacy (MS Office package, Primavera, SAP, other project controls software would be an advantage);
- Knowledge in working with NEC contracts;
- Planning and organizing including resource and time management;
- Able to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
Questions after the interview:
At the end of an interview there is usually an opportunity where you can ask any questions you might have. This is a great opportunity to show the interviewer that you are interested in the position as well as the company. It is a good idea to prepare a few questions before the interview – this can be done while you are doing research on the company.
Your questions should show the interviewer that you are a good candidate for the position. Try and avoid questions that are based on your personal needs and preferences, for instance:
- How much leave will I get in a year?
- Will I be considered for promotion in my first year?
- When will I get an increase?
- What time can I leave in the afternoon?
These questions are inappropriate at this stage and will probably raise concerns on the side of the interviewer. Should you be the successful candidate then all these questions will be answered in your letter of appointment so don’t waste this opportunity by asking these basic questions.
If the position is an entry level job or very junior then you are welcome to ask questions in line with the position, for instance:
- Why did the previous person leave the position?
- What would the successful person be tasked to do in a typical day?
- How does this position fit into the department and / or company?
- Could you explain the company structure to me?
- Is there any further education assistance or support?
If the position is more senior then you can prepare question around the following themes:
- current issues that will face the successful candidate;
- inter-personal challenges in the department;
- any process, technology or people challenges that needs to be attended to urgently;
- key result areas that need urgent attention in the first few months;
The above information should get you started. Prepare a few questions so that you can show your worth. Good luck with your interview!