Chief Project Cost Controller

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Remote Group is an engineering, construction and project management firm working in infrastructure, energy, and real estate sectors in emerging African markets. We are field folks first, working boots on the ground with our multinational talent to execute our client’s projects in some of the toughest global environments. Our execution arm can act as either general contractor or subcontractor on complex infrastructure jobs.  We maintain a fleet of heavy equipment and trucks across East Africa, and in-house design and engineering capacity.  We specialize in design-build with a construction workforce committed to HSE excellence.

Remote Group is currently seeking a highly experienced, thorough, and insightful Chief Project Cost Control leader. The role holder will lead a specialist team to oversee cost management and reporting within a portfolio of construction projects for our entire company. In this role, you will work collaboratively with various department managers to analyze costs, assess vendor relationships, and maximize profitability. To succeed in this position, you will demonstrate an aptitude for leadership, efficiency, problem-solving, and resourcefulness, with a deep commitment to the bottom line without compromising quality. 

Role Responsibilities

  • Work in conjunction with all project managers, department heads to develop the accurate project and corporate cost reporting to ensure maximum profitability 
  • Provide leadership to build a Cost Controller Centre of Excellence 
  • Create appropriate documentation and best practices for the Group 
  • Provide critical assessment of all budgets and cost projections 
  • Assess all incoming products, resources, and services to ensure the best price 
  • Remain acutely aware of market trends that could impact resource costs 
  • Keep up to date on new vendors and possible cost-cutting partnerships 
  • Analyze invoices to ensure correct products/services were received at the expected cost 
  • Collaborate with department heads to strategize ways to minimize waste 
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the interdependency of cost drivers 
  • Understand the entire arc of the business and how productivity impacts profitability 
  • Commit to maximizing efficiency at all levels without compromising quality 
  • Develop and implement proactive solutions and cost-cutting measures 
  • Present new strategies and assessments to stakeholders in a compelling fashion 
  • Roll out clear cost-saving programs with timelines and assessment goals 

Requirements & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance or relevant field strongly preferred 
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience working in cost control in the construction industry 
  • Management experience essential 
  • Association for Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE International) or similar 
  • Project Management qualification or equivalent experience 
  • Exceptionally well organized with an aptitude for data 
  • Outstanding communication skills, both written and verbal 
  • Solid networking and interpersonal skills 
  • Able to generate budgets and reports 
  • Strong presentation skills, able to explain concepts concisely and accurately 
  • Able to develop strong, cooperative relationships with department heads 
  • Creative thinking skills and ability to solve problems 
  • East Africa experience preferred