Data Center Construction Cost Control Manager

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Location: Sydney

Job Type: Full time


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Job summary
At Amazon, we are a diverse, driven, and creative team of engineers and leaders working daily to design and construct data centers that are changing the face of data facilities for our Customers.

The AWS Data Center Construction Cost Control team is seeking a passionate and motivated manager with experience in developing and managing commercial cost management programs, while mentoring and leading a team of Cost Engineers. The ideal candidate is innovative, analytical and knowledgeable in the core systems integral to data center construction, their associated costs and has a pulse on the construction market. You should have a bias toward automation and experience creating and maintaining benchmarks and metrics to support efficient and effective cost controls. You pay attention to detail and solve problems at their root. You have experience working with remote teams and ability to communicate effectively with both construction and non-construction professionals.

The Manager of Construction Cost Control is a strategically significant role dedicated to leading, mentoring, and coaching a team of skilled Cost Engineers. This team supports data center related construction projects across multiple regions within North and South America to ensure compliance and fiscal responsibility. As part of the larger team of construction specialists, you will be responsible for championing initiatives and seeking simple solutions to complex problems. You will use data driven metrics to seek ways to improve processes and reduce cycle times for the delivery of data center capacity supporting Amazon’s growth.

Key job responsibilities
Success as a Manager of Construction Cost Engineers is measured by:
  • Hire and develop Cost Engineers; coach, mentor and lead an international team
  • Strategic and tactical management of cost control support across the region
  • Work alongside the regional Data Center Planning & Delivery (DCPD) Construction *Director/Manager to commercially manage all projects in the region
  • Provide the Construction Management (CM) team all commercial support necessary to ascertain the required OP and CAR funding, and all commercial information needed to back up these funding requests to Leadership.
  • Review the current commercial processes in the region. Develop and maintain a regional program for Cost Reporting hosted on a business intelligence dashboard.
  • Develop and enhance tools and templates for bid analysis and cost management
  • Use of metrics to measure and improve the performance of team
  • Use of metrics to measure and improve the performance of 3rd party Quantity Surveyor vendors
  • Working seamlessly with multi-disciplinary teams, both internal and external on an international scale
  • Communicating cost control goals to all stakeholders effectively
  • Implementing, maintaining and executing all cost control, change management, progress and performance reporting
  • Ability to lead, motivate and train direct reports
  • Ability to perform complex business case analysis and present recommendations to both construction and non-construction professionals.
  • Strong knowledge and expertise of cost control practices, standards, systems and processes relevant to the operations of DC projects
  • Provide commercial support to Design Team; provide commercial support on business cases, value engineering studies and change control as the design evolves from Design Kick-off though to 100% design

    Travel may be required, including international travel. 50-75%


  • Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management, Quantity Surveying, Civil, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or related field
  • 7+ years of experience in construction cost control, with specific knowledge of electrical, mechanical and ASC cost elements
  • 4+ years managing a team of direct reports
  • 4+ years’ experience with Data Center or other mission critical construction environments


  • Experience working across multiple countries
  • Experience developing and implementing new programs and initiatives
  • Experience developing and justifying budgets
  • Experience communicating estimate strategy to construction and non-construction professionals
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to create and maintain both project and process documentation at a portfolio level
  • Experience with estimating software such as CostX, Cubit, Onscreen Takeoff, Timberline or Bluebeam
• RICS full membership (MRICS or FRICS) or similar

Acknowledgement of country:
In the spirit of reconciliation Amazon acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

IDE statement:
Amazon is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Amazon is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, or other legally protected attributes.
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