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AECOM Project Director Cost Manager - Defence in London, United Kingdom

Company Description

At AECOM, we’re delivering a better world.

We believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive.

Our clients trust us to bring together the best people, ideas, technical expertise and digital solutions to our work in transportation, buildings, water, the environment and new energy. We’re one global team – 47,000 strong – driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world.

Here, you will have freedom to grow in a world of opportunity.

Job Description

Are you an experienced Cost Management Director and looking to work on building projects that can change the world, projects that are always more complex and innovative than the last?

If so, we are looking for an Project Director - Cost Manager to join our Defence sector team to work on a mixture of both UK and Overseas projects. You will be joining a team of like-minded experts that have a passion for innovation and delivering cutting edge solutions. While you will be UK based there may at times be a requirement for short duration Overseas visits.

About Us:

AECOM plays a critical role in the conceptualisation and creation of amazing spaces, delivering projects and buildings that define skylines and communities. AECOM Buildings & Places is made up of dedicated teams delivering projects in Commercial, Residential, Hospitality, Sports Venues, Work Places, Education, Healthcare, and Government. In addition to your Defence sector role there will also be opportunities to gain experience in other sectors.

We are friendly, busy and motivated with an established track record of successfully delivering local and overseas projects.

About Our Team:

We are an industry leader in program, project and cost management services working across a range of industries and sectors. The cost management team serves both private and public clients.

The Defence sector team is located across the UK and you will be based out of one of our regional offices to suite you such as London, Basingstoke, Belfast , Bristol, Manchester, Norwich, Cambridge, Leeds, Plymouth, Edinburgh, and Glasgow. You will provide Cost Management Services across not only Defence but also a wide range of sectors.

Our key clients include Ministry of Defence (Defence Infrastructure Organisation), Ministry of Justice (MoJ), Department of Education, and the Government Property Agency.

As Project Director you will be a self-motivated individual from a consultancy or client organisation background, although wider construction or contracting backgrounds will be considered, with the ability to work both independently and as part of a wider team. You'll have proven experience conducive to your level in providing the full spectrum of Cost Management services including Pre Contract Estimating; Procurement; Contract Administration, Cost Reporting and Final Account resolution.

You'll have solid and practised core measurement skills with experience of quantified procurement routes and experience of core cost management sectors such as residential, education and healthcare is advantageous.


  • Experience at a leadership level / acting in a leadership capacity in a comparative business

  • Proven track record of winning new work from new clients and repeat work from existing clients

  • Proven experience of strong client relationships and network of contacts

  • Track record of leading and managing teams

  • Lead Cost Management commissions, taking responsibility for their successful delivery

  • Provide effective support and mentoring to Associate Cost Managers, Senior Cost Managers, Cost Managers, Graduates and Apprentices

  • Excellent Understanding of contracts (JCT and NEC)

  • Supporter of social and CSR activities, promoting a positive and enjoyable workplace

  • Develops strong reciprocal relationships with clients and members of the project team

  • Ensure all staff members reporting to you have current and relevant training

  • Manage the delivery of cost management team outputs, in accordance with agreed timescales and quality standards

  • Full UK driving license, and a willingness to travel

  • CSCS card holder

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to obtain Security Clearance will be required

  • Professional Qualified – Chartered Status with the RICS or other equivalent institution is preferred.

  • Degree Qualified – BSc or MSc – in Quantity Surveying / Cost Management or similar construction related undergraduate degree.

  • Professional Qualified – Chartered Status with the RICS or other equivalent institution is preferred.

  • Degree Qualified – BSc or MSc – in Quantity Surveying / Cost Management or similar construction related undergraduate degree

Additional Information

We will give you the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed. You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients. We will encourage you to grow and develop your career with us through our technical and professional development programs and diverse career opportunities. We believe in leadership at all levels. No matter where you sit in the organization you can make a lasting impact on the projects you work on, the teams and committees you join and our business. We offer competitive pay and benefits, well-being programs to support you and your family, and the development resources you need to advance your career. When you join us, you will connect and collaborate with a global network of experts – planners, designers, engineers, scientists, consultants, program and construction managers – leading the change toward a more sustainable and equitable future. Join us and let’s get started.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

With infrastructure investment accelerating worldwide, our services are in great demand, and there’s never been a better time to be at AECOM! Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Join us and let’s get started.

ReqID: J10068848

Business Line: B&P - Buildings & Places

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: Europe & India

Career Area: Survey & Estimation