Cost Planner

at Lend Lease Group
Location Sunnyvale, California
Date Posted September 19, 2022
Category Construction
Job Type Permanent


Job summary

Responsible for cost planning, estimating and value engineering activities in the preconstruction phase of projects to ensure success. This role will be called upon to lead parts of the cost plan reporting to the Sr. Cost Planner. Responsibilities include quantification of work items, bid solicitation, estimate pricing, value analysis, design analysis, scope development and processing of data.

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 assigned elements of cost plans or estimates 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.

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.

Compile a list of qualifications and exclusions for cost plans & estimates.

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.

Liaise with the construction delivery team to understand the actual procured construction cost and understand any reasons for variance to the budget.

Actively contribute to the various benchmarking databases to ensure we expand the data.

Work with the VDC teams to ensure we are optimizing digital technologies in support of the cost planning function.

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.

4 or more years' experience in cost planning / estimating and related functions.

Ability to organize the work of supporting cost planners

Proficient in estimating and BIM software.

Strong communication, organization and analytical skills.

Key Capability Listing

Applies strong logic to identify the best approach and methodology. Diagnoses core issues and identifies a range of potential solutions, selecting the most appropriate course of action given the scenario. Applies technical expertise to build credibility and shares best practice and key project learnings to ensure continual improvement in Lendlease capability.

Conveys thoughts and information, both verbal and written, in a clear, concise manner. Uses multiple platforms for communication and demonstrates a range of interpersonal skills and approaches, knowing when to use what with whom.

Supports others to communicate performance expectations with others to ensure all team members are aware and accountable for their contribution to project success.

Collaborates with others to support the successful delivery of shared outcomes.

Develops technical expertise by speaking with consultants & specialist contractors.

Working Conditions

Standard Office Environment 90% of time

Travel Required 10% of time

Lifting Required % of time

Continuous Standing % of time

Exposure to Chemicals % of time

Exposure to Loud Noises % of time

Others (describe) % of time

Please Note: Certain site-based roles may require adherence to additional client requirements to work on site, which may include COVID-19 vaccinations

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