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Director - Quantity Surveyor / Cost Manager

Turner & Townsend

Company Description

From the inception of a project through to completion and beyond, Turner & Townsend help to deliver the outcomes that matter through transformational programs covering the full spectrum of consultancy, project delivery and post-project operations.

With offices located globally, you're never far away from our services. Working from 113 offices in 46 countries, we make the difference to projects across the real estate, infrastructure and natural resources sectors worldwide.

Our team is dynamic, innovative and client-focused, supported by an inclusive and fun company culture. Our clients value our proactive approach, depth of expertise, integrity and the quality we deliver. As a result, our people get to enjoy working on some of the most exciting projects in the world.

Job Description

Turner & Townsend’s Southern California team is growing, and we are seeking a Director level Quantity Surveyor / Cost Manager SME based in Los Angeles to lead our SoCal team.

Working within our Real Estate Cost Management team, you will be supporting an impressive portfolio of construction projects for commercial, technology, hospitality, pharma, and industrial clients.

The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, driven and able to work independently as well as part of a team. In this significant position you will be responsible for providing leadership and direction, embedding, and promoting the purpose, values, and vision of Turner & Townsend.


  • Onsite / in-office work is required.
  • Coordinate/assist with the strategic and operational management of Cost Management and Project Controls Services in a variety of Property sectors, including commercial, technology, hospitality, pharma, and industrial clients.
  • Act as a member of the Senior Management team, to create and implement strategic and financial plans focused on the growth and development of the Business Unit.
  • Assist in the leadership of program and project level Management teams and manage staff levels on team to complete current and forecast project deliverables.
  • Participate in meetings with VP of Business Unit, Directors and staff and prepare and deliver presentations.
  • Develop a detailed understanding of the market, acting as a brand ambassador and creating a pipeline of opportunity.
  • Provide effective Line Management to subordinate professionals. Schedule and lead Regular 1:1 meetings, set Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and train, coach and mentor staff, including recruitment interviews, resource management and staff appraisals.
  • Work with business generation and senior management to construct bids/proposals for new work, and managing the bid teams.
  • Increase company revenue through contract renewals, referrals and service expansion, cross selling services and maintaining delivery quality to achieve profit goals and meet budgets.
  • Provide weekly updates regarding the status of projects, initiatives, and staffing, and propose solutions and obtain approval and agreement from management team.
  • Enforce and maintain the use of internal Business Management Systems and bespoke company delivery methodologies and tools in the office to ensure consistent delivery of best practice for Clients and the company.
  • Undertake internal BMS audits, and coordinate and represent the office for external audits undertaken by the external certification authority.
  • Direct process improvement to improve internal and client facing systems and processes, establishing new cost and project control tools, reporting and risk documents, and cost management templates and products.
  • Engage in financial management – Utilize FMS tools provided to track ongoing margin levels and monthly fee/resource forecasts for each commission and financial reports.
  • Develop priority plans including risk mitigation through internal tools, make performance measurements via Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and appraisal documents, management controls and critical success factors based on company goals.
  • Advise on contracting and procurement strategy to the benefit of clients over a variety of industries and procurement routes and program level capital planning and reporting
  • Facilitate value engineering, capital phase planning, risk and/or life cycle costing exercises for all projects/programs.


  • Minimum 10 years of relevant working experience in the discipline.
  • Degree holder in Quantity Surveying, or related field (Construction Management, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, etc).
  • RICS qualified (MRICS) - Chartered Quantity Surveyor preferred.
  • Strong leadership skills; experience leading a Cost Management team, ensuring they deliver on all accountabilities.
  • Must have experience in Business Development/Generation.
  • Set a clear strategy and ambition for the team.
  • Display excellence in leadership and service delivery.
  • Proactive, quality driven, self-motivated and hands-on team-leader with the ability to multitask.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills essential, ability to communicate well with clients and senior management.
  • Identify, coach and mentor talent to realize their potential and celebrate the success of others.
  • Experience in leading teams of professionals with a strength in growing and developing people.
  • Be a role model that drives a one business culture that achieves great outcomes by striking the right balance for our people, clients, stakeholders, and society.
  • Always acts with the highest integrity, caring for the safety and well-being of others.

Additional Information

The salary range for this full-time role is $190K-$230K per year. Ranges are determined by role and level and represent a good faith effort to provide a fair and equitable salary. This range is a reflection of base salary only, not of a total compensation package. Please note Turner & Townsend reserves the right to pay more or less than the posted range, depending on candidate’s location, experience, and qualifications.

*On-site presence and requirements may change depending on our client's needs.

Our inspired people share our vision and mission. We provide a great place to work, where each person has the opportunity and voice to affect change.

We want our people to succeed both in work and life. To support this we promote a healthy, productive and flexible working environment that respects work-life balance.

Turner & Townsend is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and actively encourage applications from all sectors of the community.

Please find out more about us at www.turnerandtownsend.com/

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.


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