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Head of Estimating

Job Title: Head of Estimating
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Oxford
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: 25112027002
Job Published: February 04, 2019 09:49

Job Description

Head of Estimating
Ref: 25112027002

About Amey
About Amey Investments
Amey are the people behind the public services you use every day – from roads, railways and schools to waste disposal, airports or the energy and water you use in your home; nearly every person in the UK will benefit from at least one Amey service each day.
The dedicated Investments team drive our Government and Utilities clients to make and set up, really smart innovative solutions to meet the needs of UKs infrastructure today and seek to address the introduction of technology and innovation in the 21st century. This can involve working with our Business teams to identify interesting acquisition and joint venture opportunities which can help transform our business to seeking and developing solutions in new markets/ sectors. The team has primary responsible for providing all resources to Amey for bidding from a commercial, estimating, work winning, funding, financing and investment management perspective.
When you join Amey Investments you are joining a team like no other in the industry. The Investments Team has a range of specialist knowledge rarely found in a single business unit - we combine the skills of lawyers, estimators, financial modellers, commercial managers, estimators, bankers, graphic designers, bid production and bid winning. Any individual joining the Investments team will thrive on the variety of work, individually tailored training and contribute to the collective team spirit across the range of our responsibilities to get involved in whatever needs to be done to deliver our goals. No day is the same and the roles are challenging, high profile and key to the success in delivering Amey’s growth plans.
We already have around 20 existing joint venture companies established to deliver large PFI/PPP projects. We manage and report on those joint venture project entities for Amey and its various co-investors, which include DIF Infrastructure, Aberdeen Standard Investments, Equitix, and Dalmore Capital, protecting and enhancing shareholder value in the underlying assets and driving high investment returns.

What is the purpose of this role?
Sitting as part of our Investments Division, our Pre-contract Commercial and Estimating Team (PCC&E) provide pre-contract commercial and estimating support on bidding opportunities across all of the Amey Group. We have a team of talented professionals with multi-sector experience who have supported Amey on some of their biggest projects.
We are looking to appoint an experienced Principle Estimator, to predominantly support our Utilities Business Division.

You will be responsible for:

Developing, agreeing and implementing estimating strategy in line with Amey governance.
To enhance and protect Amey’s commercial interests. 
To own and lead on estimating policy and provide estimating guidance. 
To promote and develop collaboration and effective working relationships with other parts of the Business.
To motivate and lead a professional team of estimators
What will this role involve?
Tasks (Needs To Do):

Provide effective leadership by working closely with the Business Unit leadership teams to develop, implement, monitor, and review estimating deliverables to meet the company strategy including, inter alia, the organisational structure for estimating.
To take ownership of ensuring all opportunities meets PCC&E and Amey Group Governance and policies from an estimating perspective.
As a leader you will be a member of the PCC&E governance board which governs all Type 1 opportunities across Group and will challenge the opportunity using your knowledge/experience of your sector.
To create and develop effective customer relationships with the procurement leadership in the sector specific client organisations.
To influence and lead the estimating staff to meet deliverables in terms of bid strike rate, positive cash flow and industry leading margin recovery to support the achievement of the financial KPI’s.
To coach and develop the senior estimating staff to enable them to grow and develop their futures and the succession of others to replace them.
To lead the recruitment and retention of all estimating staff including agreement on the terms and conditions, job descriptions and development of the same with HR.
To develop and enhance commercial liaison and influence with trade organisations, government departments and key estimating/procurement groups.
To work with the stakeholders and develop pricing and commercial frameworks for bids to ensure value optimisation and meeting the client deliverables.
To lead and implement the Commercial opportunity / risk plus tender strategy in bids, including the supply chain arrangements.
To champion the development and implementation of estimating training.
What are we looking for?
Role specific requirements:

Senior Member of PCC&E representing Amey Investments
Leading the Estimating function for Rail and/or Utilities
Member of the PCC&E governance board which governs all opportunities across Group namely Consulting, Rail, FM, Utilities, Highways and Environmental.

What makes this role unique?
You will report directly to the Pre-Contract Commercial Director but will work with colleagues across the Investments team as well as the wider Amey business and will maintain key relationships at senior levels with our customer such as:

Amey Executive
Business Units;
External clients;
Group functions such as Legal, Procurement, IT, HR etc;
Up to 10 direct reports.

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