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Cost Analyst


Location: Brisbane

Job Type: Full time


About the Role

The Cost Analyst is responsible for preparing and overseeing the development of accurate estimates for projects by gathering cost intelligence information and analysing important metrics. These estimates will form the basis of detailed reports so the company can make informed decisions, assess estimates provided by third parties and compile quality project and program budgets.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Collate and evaluate costs/estimates from contractors, consultants, vendors or internal groups.
  • Develop a centralised database of current and previous estimates and providing benchmark data and rates to compare against for future projects.
  • Facilitate data quality checks and risk analysis on cost and completed estimates.
  • Develop and report on Value Score Indicators
  • Develop estimates for data analysis, benchmarking, and cost intelligence.
  • Managing and submitting estimate reports to key stakeholders (project managers, engineers, planning team, etc)
  • Provide advice to project team members regarding the estimation process and/or estimate analysis.
  • Develop and implementation an effective and efficient project estimating system and supporting processes.
  • Positively promote and actively role model the Sunwater values and behaviours to support the delivery of our services.

About you:

The successful applicant will have well developed interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders. They will have excellent written communication and the ability to prepare written reports, presentations, and other communications in a clear and logical manner.

Key requirements include:

  • Bachelor of Business or Quantity Surveyor
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in relevant Costing roles.
  • Well developed risk management skills, with the ability to identify potential project risks.
  • Well developed costing/estimating analytical skills, capabilities and excellent attention to detail.
  • Well developed and proven conceptual, analytical and problem solving skills, with the ability to develop strategies and recommend solutions to complex issues.
  • Demonstrated experience of project estimate to cost management (Budgets, cost, risk and opportunity accruals and fixed costs) - estimate alignment to CAPEX and OPEX.
  • Experience in subcontractor management processes and the systems used to support the process.

What’s great about working at Sunwater?

We are committed to delivering water for prosperity for our customers and providing our people with a dynamic and safe work environment, with a range of benefits including:

  • Attractive remuneration and benefits (including 17.5% leave loading) aligned to an Enterprise Agreement
  • Innovative, diverse organisation that puts safety first
  • A focus on internal career development and progression
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Contemporary health and wellbeing programs (‘Mental Health First Aid’ Skilled workplace recognition)

About Us

We know how important water is to the livelihoods of our more than 5000 irrigation, industrial, commercial and urban customers, and to Queensland’s overall economic wellbeing. Our purpose is clear at Sunwater – ‘Delivering water for prosperity’. We are responsible for providing around 40 per cent of all water used commercially in Queensland. That’s more than 1300 gigalitres a year.

Delivering the best outcome for our customers is what motivates us. We understand our customers’ needs and the essential role they play in regional growth and prosperity.

If you are seeking a new challenge and would enjoy the opportunity to work in a fast paced and customer focused business, click on the APPLY NOW button and submit your application.

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