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Cost Manager / Quantity Surveyor

31-05-2024 12:05

About The Land Development Agency

The Land Development Agency (LDA) is a key Government Commercial Semi-State Body that delivers social and affordable housing on State and other lands. It is overseen by an independent board of directors and the Government has committed to providing the LDA with €1.25 billion of equity which is drawn as required.

The LDA has commenced construction on various state sourced lands and is currently working on direct delivery projects that can deliver over 5,000 homes. It is also delivering affordable housing by working with the private sector on an initiative called ‘Project Tosaigh’, which will yield a further 5,000 homes.

Additionally, the LDA is working on large-scale longer-term strategic areas by master-planning and bringing forward planning applications in locations such as Limerick Colbert Quarter, the Digital Hub in Dublin and Sandy Road in Galway.

Role Purpose

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Cost Management Team and to support the development of the LDA’s extensive development pipeline, one of the most significant development pipelines in the history of the state.

The role will involve working across multiple business functions including Strategic Planning & Master Planning, Property, Construction, Land Acquisition, Developer Collaboration, Asset Management and Investment.

The LDA are looking for candidates with strong commercial and technical acumen with the ambition and drive to progress the development pipeline, with project values ranging from €60m to €1bn+.

This is a unique opportunity to play a key part in the most exciting, high profile and high value projects in country. You will have the opportunity to challenge to norm and work with a progressive, innovative, and professional team, whilst accelerating your career progression. You will also have one to one support in achieving the next level in your career, including completing the APC and attaining your Chartership.

Key Responsibilities

  • Participating in workshops and providing advice on cost and value management.
  • Visit sites in consideration and prepare Order of Magnitude Cost Estimates and Development Budgets.
  • Detailed analysis of tender returns including overall unit type cost analysis.
  • Analysis to identify the most cost-efficient unit types, unit layouts and building materials.
  • Assisting in the co-ordination of value engineering exercises throughout various stages of projects.
  • Liaising with project delivery teams ensuring construction budgets for upcoming developments are robust.
  • Assisting in maintaining a database of construction and development costs.
  • Managing the development budget, cash flow and monthly expenditure on projects.
  • Interface and liaise closely with external consultants, building effective and collaborative working relationships.
  • Liaise closely with all LDA external cost management teams. Review and assess external QS reports and cost documents.
  • Attending Cost Management meetings with the external QS and monthly site visits.
  • Involvement in contractor negotiations where appropriate.
  • Attend meetings and undertake site visits.
  • Assisting LDA Development Managers and Construction Managers as required in the management of projects on a day-to-day basis.
  • In collaboration with the LDA Asset Management Team establish, develop and maintain life cycle costing analyses and database pertaining to the asset management of LDA developments.
  • Assist in enhancing and optimising cost management standardised documentation.
  • Carry out research / cost analysis to continuously enhance the cost management function.

Person Specification

  • Indicative level of 2 to 8 year’s demonstrable relevant experience with a Contractor, PQS or Developer.
  • Experience with cost management and procurement of residential developments, preferred but not essential.
  • A self-starter, ability to take ownership and responsibility for assigned responsibilities and tasks.
  • Ability to work to multiple deadlines.
  • Ability to work within a team and to appreciate the multi-disciplinary nature of the LDA.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively across both internal and external teams.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with clarity of delivery.
  • Degree or Higher in Quantity Surveying.
  • Chartered or in the process of gaining chartership.
  • Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Willingness to attend training and to develop relevant knowledge, techniques and skills.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, presentation skills and a team player
  • A willingness to innovate.

To apply:

The Land Development Agency is an equal opportunities employer.

Additional Information:

Please note that this is a Permanent Full-Time position, and you will be reporting to the Cost Management Lead.

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