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Chief Cost Planner

Company: Lend Lease Group
Location: Sunnyvale
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

Job Summary

Lead the delivery of cost planning, estimating and value engineering activities in the preconstruction phase of projects to ensure success. Ensure complete and accurate estimates that incorporate the effects of construction phasing, schedule, project requirements, general conditions, etc. Interface with Operations, Cost Planning Lead Team and Clients as required.

Essential Job Functions, Duties and Responsibilities

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required of personnel so classified.

  • Ensure that cost plans or estimates, including general conditions, insurance and bonds, are accurate, complete and reflect the actual requirements of the project. This includes ensuring that there are an adequate number of qualified and financially sound trade/subcontractor proposals received and evaluated.
  • Keep abreast of current changes and trends in market pricing, construction costs, methods and products.
  • Work with the in-house & external development teams on conceptual development proposals to come up with the best scheme, including scope that should be expected for the type of product being delivered.
  • Participate in presentations to internal management, other corporate managers and clients to explain the cost plan, assumptions, value options, etc for the project. You will be part of the team responsible for helping close the "sale".
  • Understand LL EH&S requirements (GMR's) and ensure they are accounted for in the cost plan.
  • Support all sustainability efforts for project certification and/or compliance with Lend Lease sustainability goals.
  • Ensure appropriate estimate qualifications and exclusions are written by the cost planning team and included in the submission document.
  • Compare progressive iterations of design documents against previous document issues and determine the cost and efficiency effect during the design process.
  • Work with the project team on value analysis and constructability reviews. Challenge the design, project management and construction teams with constructive and fact-based feedback.
  • Ensure that the project risks and opportunities have been evaluated and reviewed with senior management team.
  • Actively contribute to the various benchmarking databases to ensure we expand the data.
  • Liaise with the construction delivery team to understand the actual procured construction cost and understand any reasons for variance to the budget.
  • Work with the VDC teams to ensure we are optimizing digital technologies in support of the cost planning function.
  • Write the cost plan strategy and schedule to set the expectation on the cost planning approach to the project.
  • Prepare and assemble the presentation information packs to present to clients and internal reviews to explain the cost plan, assumptions, value options, etc.
  • Produce a written document of the key insights that you have got from your analysis of the cost and benchmarking, so that others understand why you know the cost plan is correct.
  • Be an active participant in developing the systems and tools for the benefit of the whole cost planning team, including the cost planning specific software.
  • Assist with the training, development and upskilling of the cost planning team for career growth and succession planning
  • Ensure all required peer and manager reviews are completed prior to releasing the cost plan.
  • Promote a positive team environment and a collaborative approach to problem solving.

General Background and Minimum Requirements

  • Four-year construction or engineering degree, or equivalent combinations of technical training and related experience.
  • 8 or more years' experience in cost planning / estimating and related functions plus thorough knowledge of corporate objectives impacting estimating, estimating strategies and techniques and construction contracts required.
  • Management or technical training preferred.
  • Some supervisory experience in a preconstruction capacity.
  • Proficient in estimating and BIM software.
  • Excellent management, leadership and communication skills.

Lendlease is all about creating places where people feel comfortable in their environment, allowing us all to be the best we can be. We have long upheld the values of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion - no matter who our people are, where they are from, or what their beliefs are. A diverse and inclusive workplace not only means people feel valued and accepted, it helps build a better, stronger and more innovative Lendlease.

Committed to advancing Equity, Diversity & Inclusion within our workforce, our Americas CEO, Denis Hickey, is a signatory of CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

At Lendlease, we are committed to building a better tomorrow, where everyone feels welcome, valued, and respected. #diversity

Lendlease is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. Please Click Here for an explanation of your Equal Employment Opportunity rights.

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