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Construction Cost Manager

Role: Construction Cost Manager [Feasibility Manager]

Purpose of role: To manage Construction and ancillary development costs associated with Primark projects to achieve business needs including management of risk mitigation strategies. You will provide cost leadership through the development and management of robust feasibility studies including but not limited to budget preparation and trend analysis. Working as part of the commercial team based in Dublin, you will contribute to the development of innovative strategies to deliver high quality projects at viable costs to the business whilst engaging commercial negotiations with developers and third parties on behalf of Primark.

Location: Boston

Duration: Permanent
Key Responsibilities:
  • Responsible for leading and managing all commercial aspects within the Store Development Construction team, ensuring business needs are achieved and projects are completed in a timely, cost effective manner
  • Oversee timelines, resources and budget development
  • To develop, promote & maintain our 3rd party relationships across all countries we operate in, delivering cost effective partnerships without compromising service excellence
  • Monitor performance and compliance of all 3rd party vendor contractual requirements. Provide direction and leadership to ensure the team is suitably qualified and adequately experience d to deliver on business needs
  • Manage the production of all feasibility study cost estimates in a timely manner, and effectively communicating with all relevant stakeholders. Collaborate with Commercial Team to ensure deadlines are achieved for the monthly Property Board review/approvals
  • To work as part of a highly skilled, experienced & customer focused team in a positive team environment fostering growth and high levels of productivity whilst ensuring performance is aligned to organization standards
  • To build and manage our cost data and continually updating our cost management database
  • To work within an operating strategy which promotes safety as a core value to ensure our colleagues & customers enjoy a safe working & shopping environment
  • Ensure Construction Cost Management is consistent with all other regions
  • Ensure a system of periodic quality & audit checks is implemented and take required actions as appropriate
  • Benchmark Primark Development costs and identify opportunities for improvement
  • Embrace our culture of technological innovation
  • Manage and influence standardized cost modelling exercises
  • Management of cost research, as well as contractual and regulatory implications on construction costs
  • Contribute to Value Engineering exercises / Procurement Processes including effective liaison with the commercial team and all relevant internal stakeholders
  • Management of contractual documentation for development projects
  • Support Contractor/Consultant prequalification process for development projects
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with all stakeholders
  • Manage the strategy for contract claim issues arising on projects
  • Contribute to the KPI management system
  • Provide Commercial support to Construction Teams on projects
  • Cost and program management of new business initiatives including effective liaison with the commercial team and all relevant internal stakeholders

Key Interactions and engagement as part of role:
  • The Construction Cost Manager will provide cost leadership through the development and management of robust feasibility studies including but not limited to budget preparation and trend analysis. Working as part of the commercial team based in Dublin, he/she will report to the Director of Construction and have various interactions with Primark’s Construction, Finance, Property, Facility Management teams. Whilst engaging with third party providers and developers
Essential knowledge, education, skills and experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in quantity surveying or a related field
  • 5 years of experience in construction cost management – PQS or Contractor/Developer experience
  • Possess a detailed knowledge of construction procedures and procurement processes
  • Experience with planning, design, new build, fit out and refurbishment works project delivery methods
  • Experience in conceptual project budgeting and scheduling, project planning, design and cost estimating at various project stages
Personal Attributes:
  • Highly organised, detail-oriented, possessing the ability to effectively prioritise projects and deliverables whilst meeting deadlines set by management
  • Excellent planning and organisation skills, ability to multi-task, plan and prioritise work schedule both individually and for the wider team in order to work within agreed timescales
  • Excellent attention to detail and an ability to analyse and interrogate high volumes of data as well as demonstrating ability to focus on high level overviews
  • Proven ability in managing sensitive matters whilst ensuring all Primark information remains confidential within the business
  • Collaborative team player with excellent interpersonal/communication skills, whilst demonstrating high levels of professional confidence and emotional intelligence with the ability to push back with supporting reasons.
  • Proven ability developing effective working relationships across all levels of similar organisations
  • Operates with a high level of integrity, diplomacy and tact
  • Effective and persuasive presentation skills, including the ability to present complex information in an understandable format and manner to all areas of the business
  • Ability to lead, influence and coach others
  • Sound judgement, unquestionable ethics and integrity with high degree of transparency and trust

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status

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