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Cost Manager - Bristol or Cardiff

Vacancy Salary £Competitive
Vacancy Location Bristol
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This is a Permanent, Full Time vacancy that will close in {x} days at {xx:xx} BST.

Title: Cost Manager

Division: Quantity Surveying

Location: Bristol or Cardiff

Reporting to: Partner


Department Overview

Our Cost Management Team at RLB proactively manage the cost of a building project, from the initial design stages through to the building’s completion and sometimes even the costs incurred through maintenance and operation once the building is up and running. We pride ourselves on the quality of our service to our clients and enjoy long term relationships with a large majority.

We are a sector focused business actively operating and investing in Commercial, Data Centre, Residential, Education, Healthcare and Retail clients and projects. Surveyors work in close contact with the client, advising them on financial and legal matters that arise during the project.


Overview of Role

We are currently recruiting a Cost Manager to join a client focused team within our Bristol office. This is an exciting opportunity for high calibre individuals to join and strengthen our Cost Management team.

This role presents an excellent prospect for a proactive individual to take responsibility for providing all core Quantity Surveying services on several interesting projects, for a wide range of clients.

Our team in Bristol work across many sectors including residential (private & public sector), mixed-use, higher education and more. The team is well established and in a period of growth. You will gain valuable project and client exposure, be given responsibility for your own projects and be offered a platform to progress with genuine support from the team and wider business to achieve your career goals.

If you are at project / intermediate level and studying toward your chartership, you will receive all necessary support to help you achieve this.


Person Specification:

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a positive proactive approach to the role, and will be committed to delivering customer service excellence, with good commercial results.

•          Degree qualified in Quantity Surveying or similar technical discipline

•          Desire to become chartered via RICS or already achieved

•          Some experience of managing projects or packages

•          Some pre or post contract experience

•          Client facing, ensuring a high standard of technical delivery

•          Able to build long-term relationships

•          Previously employed by a consultancy or a desire to work for a consultancy

•          A track record of working with teams and managing projects by prioritising workloads and delivering deadlines

•          A team player, outgoing, flexible, enthusiastic and ambitious


Key Responsibilities:

•          The individual will be an integral part of a team that is accountable for the commercial and contractual performance of a project

•          To support business objectives of delivering value for money in all circumstances

•          To carry out assigned duties efficiently and in accordance with processes and procedures

•          Comply with established commercial/procurement/ contractual strategies

•          Take personal responsibility for complying with Environmental, Health, Safety, Security and Quality Standards

•          Individually or as part of a team operate processes for the selection, appointment and management of construction and engineering contractors

•          Cost Planning including:

o          Preparation of indicative cost budgets and appraisals

o          Preparation of elemental cost plans

o          Provide advice and opinion in respect of our client development plans and expectations

o          Value engineering studies

•          Procurement including:

o          Providing advice on procurement strategy

o          Assembling and seeking agreement to long and short tender lists

o          Preparing and issuing tender documents.

o          Running a competitive tender process including managing queries from tendering contractors

o          Managing and contributing to structured and documented tender evaluations

o          Preparation of Contract Recommendation Reports

o          Preparation of contract documents

o          Complaint tenders

•          Post Contract Quantity Surveying including:

o          Scrutinising and verifying applications for interim payments

o          Preparing certificates

o          Managing change control in accordance with contracts

o          Producing cost reports and cost forecasting

o          Assisting Project Managers in preparing Early Warnings, Instructions and Compensation Events

o          Attending progress meetings

•          Promote commercial awareness throughout project


What Can We Offer?

RLB will provide you with a flexible, friendly, and creative environment in one of our UK offices to develop your skills and challenge yourself. We will support you to innovate, collaborate and build a meaningful career. Our strong network of people and knowledge will help expand your horizons and give you access to a variety of interesting projects across the UK and potentially further afield.

All of employees are Hybrid Workers and are rewarded with competitive salaries, opportunities to invest and many other benefits including: 28 days holiday + bank holidays (option to purchase up to 5 extra days per year), Company pension scheme, Life Assurance, Bicycle Purchase Scheme, Health Screening, Employee Assistance Programme, Dental Cover, Professional Memberships plus many more benefits

At RLB, our aim is to create and enhance an inclusive workplace culture where diversity is not only accepted but valued and built into our company culture, creating opportunity for all. To support this, we recognise the importance of flexible and agile working and are open to having conversations on how this could work for you and our business from day one.

If you require any reasonable adjustments to support you during any stage of the application or interview process, please contact our recruitment team at:



Confidence today inspires tomorrow

With a network that covers the globe and a heritage spanning over two centuries, Rider Levett Bucknall is a leading independent organisation in cost management and quantity surveying, project management and advisory services.

Our achievements are renowned: from the early days of pioneering quantity surveying, to landmark projects such as the Sydney Opera House, HSBC Headquarters Building in Hong Kong, the 2012 London Olympic Games and CityCenter in Las Vegas.

We continue this successful legacy with our dedication to the value, quality and sustainability of the built environment. Our innovative thinking, global reach, and flawless execution push the boundaries. Taking ambitious projects from an idea to reality.

RLB has released the 2019 edition of Perspective, a compilation of insights from members of the RLB team around the world.

In 2017 the firm released a video to commemorate its tenth anniversary.

At the heart of everything we do

At Rider Levett Bucknall doing the right thing matters.

We believe we all have a responsibility to support the communities in which we live and work. Our global values are based on these seven insights:


Promote fairness, equality of opportunity and well-being, invest in our people and value everyone’s contribution.


Lead by example and shape the future of our industry in everything we do.


Support the communities in which we live and work and deliver sustainable social outcomes.


Challenge the norm, give fresh perspectives and deliver flawlessly.


Reduce our environmental footprint and collaborate to reduce the environmental impact of our industry.


Provide an inclusive, safe working environment.


Act with integrity, honesty and fairness in all our relationships.


Be a self-owned organisation, be financially robust, and deliver agreed financial plans.

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