CBRE - Cost Manager

CBRE Global Workplace Solutions is a leading global provider of integrated facilities and corporate real estate management. We are recruiting a Cost Manager to join the team located in London. Whilst the Cost Manager will generally support the delivery of commercial projects, the role will also be required to work within different market sectors including industrial, data centres and retail. The Cost Manager is required to be versatile in the nature and scope of services to be undertaken whether it is in a programme, project, or contractor capacity.

Key Responsibilities

  • Business fluency in French and One other language skill to help promote, grow and deliver projects across EMEA.

  • The candidate will be proficient in a minimum of two languages, preferably French and another language to a business level as the company are requiring strong technical and linguistic skills to accompany this as the business takes their growth outside of the UK market.

  • The candidate will be familiar with markets other than just the UK in terms of procurement, contracts, and impact of supply chain on general construction outputs.

  • A desire to travel to Switzerland and other French speaking countries may be required to assist in the foundations of developing new growth opportunities.

  • The key role of the Cost Manager will be to build on the foundations of the technical skills gained in industry over 2-3 years and be ambitious to pursue new opportunities in evolving markets.

  • Assisting the Senior members of the Cost Consultancy team across projects generally, utilising the language skills to serve and lead on projects outside of the UK.

  • Assisting on feasibility studies and writing procurement reports.

  • Producing estimates and cost plans with minimal support and confidently presenting the outputs to Clients.

  • Clearly identifying change in costs in cost plans and communicating this effectively to Clients.

  • Taking a lead on the tendering and procuring, including managing the pre-qualification stage, producing the tender list, putting the preliminaries together, tender analysis, producing the tender report and compiling the contractual documents.

  • Dealing effectively with the post contract changes and implementing efficient tools to track change and report regularly to clients. Where necessary, major changes to be discussed with more Senior members in the team to offer support.

  • Taking personal responsibility for making cost checks and carrying out valuations on larger projects and in all cases ensuring that timely and accurate cost checking and valuation takes place.

  • Producing monthly post contract cost reports and presenting them to the client.

  • Inputting into value engineering.

  • Negotiating and agreeing final accounts.

  • Interfacing with the client and other consultants, at all project stages.

Marketing and business development, to include:

  • Assisting in the development of new business opportunities with existing and new clients and informing your line manager of any opening leads predominantly outside of the UK.

Person Specification

  • Undergrad degree in a technical and or industry area of study.

  • Progressing towards RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC)

  • GCSE Mathematics Grade B or Equivalent / Higher


  • Requirement to be fluent in English, French and another language is essential for the role.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in minimum of 3 languages, as above.

  • Strong organizational and analytical skills.

  • Ability to provide efficient, timely, reliable and courteous service to customers.

  • Ability to effectively present information.

  • Intermediate skills with Microsoft Office Suite including MS Project.

  • Ability to read and understand architectural drawings.

  • Knowledge in leases, construction contracts, and construction practices.

  • Local knowledge and experience of projects in EMEA.

  • Ability to solve advanced problems and deal with a variety of options in complex situations.

  • Requires expert level analytical and quantitative skills with proven experience in developing strategic solutions for a growing matrix-based multi-industry sales environment.


  • Proven experience in all facets of cost management across the whole lifecycle of a project.

  • Manage multiple projects and an ability to lead on Cost management functions and outputs in English and French as an essential and another additional language would be required for the growth of the team and projects.

  • Self-Motivated and driven and ability to work autonomously on projects, with a collaborative and occupier-focused approach to wider operations.

  • Proven industry experience and/or training.

  • Experience in delivering projects for clients within the Banking Sector.


  • MRICS in Architecture, Quantity Surveying or Project Management


  • Experience in EMEA markets and understanding the various contracts and a solid understanding and implementation of local procurement in French speaking markets.