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Cost Manager / Quantity Surveyor


Leeds, United Kingdom

We are an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialist offering a broad range of professional services. Through our work, we believe we make a positive difference in our world. As a wholly independent organisation, we are owned in trust for the benefit of our employees and their dependants: with no shareholders or external investors determine our own business priorities and direction.

Due to continued business growth and internal succession we have a new opportunity for a Quantity Surveyor / Cost Manager to work within our Leeds Project and Programme Management (PPM) team.

Reporting to a Senior Cost Manager you will be responsible for providing support on the full range of pre and post contract services predominately in the infrastructure sector.


In conjunction with the wider team you will be responsible for:

• Undertaking pre-contract estimates, cost planning;

• Management of cost vs budget;

• Change Management;

• Risk analysis;

• Supporting the tendering and procurement of projects;

• Report writing;

• Post contract commercial management of projects; and

• Management of internal Arup commissions as needed.

Other areas of work may include quantitative risk management and value management.

You will be able to work collaboratively with other Arup team members and clients. Progression towards or existing chartered status is highly desirable.

Our workload is varied and you will have opportunities to work with a range of clients on challenging projects, both locally and further afield.

Requirements and skills

Essential Skills & Knowledge

• Experience of cost planning & estimating

• Excellent Excel and Word skills required

• Have an understanding and interest in construction methods

• High standard of mathematical ability

• High standards of written English & communication – this will be tested

• Cost estimation and measurement knowledge & experience is essential

• Use of standard forms of cost analysis

• Experience of estimating software

• Understanding of BIM.


• Minimum of a 2:1 degree in a RICS accredited degree course.

• MRICS or route to APC.

Desirable Skills and Experience:

• Ideally experience working on heavy civils, HV transmission and distribution or transport schemes.

• Wider industry interest and awareness.

• Inquiring, open-minded approach.

• Collaborative team-player with ability to operate independently when required.

• Excellent communication skills.

• Positive attitude.

• Hardworking & diligent.

Reward and Benefits:

We offer a competitive salary at all levels, and one of the best benefits package in our sector.

Core benefits include cover under the UK Healthcare Plan (private medical insurance), Life Assurance, Accident Insurance, and Income Protection (long term disability) cover. Core benefits are funded by us and made available to all permanent staff in order to support and safeguard your financial, physical and mental wellbeing. You will also have access to a grade-related Flexible Benefits Fund which you can choose to take as extra cash, or spend on a wide range of Choice Benefits to help with your work/life balance and financial security.

In addition all permanent employees are eligible for the Global Profit Share scheme. Subject to scheme rules employees can receive two Profit Share payments per year, which are dependent on the firm’s financial performance.


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