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Cost Manager - Client Side - Bruton

The Newt in Somerset
Bruton, Somerset
48000.00 - 60000.00 per annum
Closing date
12 Jun 2024

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Cost Manager - Client Side - Bruton

Cost Manager - Client side

48,000 - 60,000 per annum plus fantastic benefits and annual performance bonus

Based onsite at The Newt in Somerset Offices

Boasting some of the most innovative projects in England over the past decade, The Newt in Somerset is offering an exciting opportunity to work alongside our development team and deliver remarkable results as recognised throughout the architectural world.

Your role

As Cost Manager and reporting directly to our Director of Developments, you will be instrumental in ensuring our projects are delivered with both cost and quality in mind. This will involve understanding, improving and implementing our processes, liaising with colleagues and suppliers, regular reporting and protecting our business against risk.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Instigate a thorough value engineering exercise at the key stage of every project.
  • Negotiate significant purchases/terms directly with suppliers.
  • Establish high level project cost reporting across all development projects for presentation within the business.
  • Work across all of our various projects to establish best cost control processes for each project, to ensure that we deliver each development within its budget.
  • Work together with the consultant Project QS where one has been appointed and in other cases, for smaller jobs, perform the role of PQS yourself.
  • Interrogate monthly cost reports, applications and variations etc to identify any issues, errors or trends and report to project managers accordingly.
  • Support project managers and advise on the best procurement routes for each new project.
  • Oversee and assist consultant PQS with tenders to ensure rigorous processes are followed as well as obtaining quotes/undertaking tender processes directly yourself, in some cases.
  • Assist project managers with choosing and drawing up appropriate contracts.
  • Interrogate key suppliers and contractors financially to protect our business against risk.
  • Work with Director of Developments to do longer term cost planning and project budgeting.
  • Coordinate and lead post completion project reviews to assess performance and identify learning points.
  • Liaise internally with the Head of Finance and the finance department regarding cashflow, supplier issues, payments etc.
  • Support project managers with the administration of day to day projects invoicing and purchasing.

What we can offer

  • A positive workplace environment with opportunities to develop both personally and professionally.
  • Stay in shape with our complimentary use of our gym and wellbeing classes
  • Look after your wellbeing with complimentary access to our Spa and swimming pools and our exclusive benefit of 50% of Spa Treatments.
  • Enjoy shopping in both our shops on estate and online with 30% discount for all our colleagues and free delivery for any online purchases.
  • Discover exclusive perks with our Discounted hotel stays for staff, accompanied by a fantastic 30% discount at our restaurants.
  • The opportunity to ensure your views are heard and shape the future of the business via our Employee Engine Room.
  • Complimentary garden membership for the Newt and our partner gardens including the Eden Project, Kew Gardens and The Lost Gardens of Heligan
  • Complimentary meal whilst on shift, created using fresh produce from our estate by our dedicated staff food chefs
  • We value your hard work and recognise your achievements through our colleague recognition programme "Newt Awards" with the opportunity to achieve a variety of amazing rewards including a complimentary Hotel Stay.
  • Support from our Employee Assistance Programme for both yourself and your family
  • A team that knows how to have fun with regular team engagement activities including monthly Gather and Grow Motivational Speakers and our regular fun squad events, which include activities such as Go-Karting and Wine Tasting, to name but a few.
  • Up to 30 days annual leave each year for our full-time team

Skills and Experience

  • A degree in Quantity Surveying, Construction Economics or equivalent.
  • Cost engineering experience; work experience in the construction sector.
  • Exposure to organising multiple project or assignments.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and collaborate with employer, colleagues, project team consultants and contractors/suppliers.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Where you'll be working - Our Development Team

Our development department comprises of a small team of full-time designers and project managers who deliver all capital investment projects for the business. These diverse initiatives include the construction of new buildings, gardens, landscapes, exhibitions as well as renovations or improvements to existing facilities.

Who are we? - The Newt in Somerset

Nestled within an expanse of rolling fields and steeped in ancient history, our luxury country estate stands as a haven of refined elegance, inviting guests to explore acres of captivating gardens, meandering pathways, and enriching exhibitions - accessible 364 days a year for our members. Our hotel extends a warm welcome, offering a home-away-from-home experience where impeccable service flourishes in an ambiance of unassuming sophistication. Beyond the estate, the Newt's essence remains tangible, with our Ecommerce teams delivering our finest products to homes, while media and membership endeavours keep them informed of our latest developments. Behind the scenes, a tapestry of talented teams - from Housekeeping to HR, Finance to Farming - collaborates harmoniously, crafting an unforgettable journey of growth, development, and innovation, where every contribution creates unparalleled experiences.


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