Cost Manager (VPSG5)

Job posted: 13/05/2022
Applications close: 29/05/2022 (Midnight)
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Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time / 3 years

Organisation: Department of Justice and Community Safety

Salary: $102,637 - $124,183

Occupation: Construction

Reference: VG/DJ2199_MAY

Reference: VG/DJ2199_MAY

Occupation: Construction

Salary Range: $102,637 - $124,183

Work location: Melbourne | CBD

At the Department of Justice and Community Safety, we’re looking for people who want to make a difference. People who take pride in their work. People who get things done. People who are committed to making Victoria a safer place.

We embrace diversity and strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We’re all about recruiting the best people, regardless of gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation or cultural background. If you think you can do the job and would be a good fit for our department, we’d love to hear from you.

The department is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and recognises that children’s rights need to be respected, their views welcomed and valued, and their concerns taken seriously and acted upon.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit justice.vic.gov.au/careers

We’re proud of the important work we do across Victoria. Want to be part of it?

About the Community Safety Building Authority

The Community Safety Building Authority (CSBA) within the Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS) has been established to design, procure, build and upgrade the infrastructure needed to keep communities safe. Currently going through an exciting period of growth. CSBA are looking for a multitude of positions to be filled to support both new and existing projects.

The CSBA provides end-to-end project development, management and delivery of Victoria's new prisons, youth justice centres, court and custody facilities, emergency services facilities and public safety features such as pedestrian walkway bollards and CCTV networks. As well as delivering new infrastructure CSBA modernises, expands and upgrades existing facilities.

The CSBA has a highly skilled workforce of experienced professionals from across the public and private sectors that support the development, procurement and delivery oversight of major capital projects. The CSBA team includes specialists in community safety infrastructure, project management, engineering, cost management, commercial management, planning and design.

Reporting to the Executive Director, Commercial and Legal, the Cost Manager provides expert advice and services to CSBA Project Streams across the Program Delivery portfolio, during key stages of the project schedule. This includes cost planning review and cost management functions to support the project lifecycle. The Program Delivery portfolio covers the development and delivery of a range of new build, expansion, and upgrade projects for groups across DJCS including Corrections & Justice Services, Youth Justice and Justice Health, as well as external entities such as Court Services Victoria and Victoria State Emergency Service.

Why work for us?

Employees at CSBA have access to a wide variety of opportunities, with an extensive range of career and capability development programs designed to develop our teams. We want you to grow and develop with us. We want your work to provide you with a strong sense of purpose and achievement.

We are committed to providing you with a supportive and inclusive culture and to supporting your work-life balance.  Our people can take advantage of flexible working arrangements such as flexible hours, compressed working hours, working from home and additional purchased leave, leave at half-pay or leave without pay.

As part of the DJCS, CSBA has one of the most progressive health and wellbeing programs in the industry. We recognise that our people are critical to our ability to successfully deliver our projects and we take a holistic approach to engaging and retaining our people.  You can access free professional advice and support to empower you to deal with a wide range of professional and personal issues.  This includes career and personal development, legal issues, nutrition and lifestyle, mental health issues and relationship issues.  You can also access discounted private health insurance, fitness classes and gym memberships, and excellent bicycle facilities.

About the Role

The role of the Cost Manager is to provide expert advice and services to CSBA Project Streams across the Program Delivery portfolio, during key stages of the project schedule.

You will also:

  • Provide authoritative advice and recommendations on cost management and estimating matters to ensure appropriate support and assurance across the CSBA Program Delivery portfolio.
  • Assist in enhancing CSBA's cost management and estimating framework to drive consistency, process improvements and deliver leading industry practice on CSBA's project capital cost estimation and management.
  • Perform accurate estimation and management of project costs and establishment of project budgets by liaising with internal clients, applying strong technical knowledge in the interpretation of drawings, obtaining comprehensive and targeted briefs, and ensuring full understanding of the scope of work.
  • Assist with the procurement and management of third-party cost management and quantity surveying consultants, by assessing their cost reports, claim assessments, valuations and advice as required for allocated projects.
  • Support risk management and value management initiatives and processes on allocated projects.
  • Provide support and advice to the project teams across all aspects of the estimating and cost management processes to ensure consistency and accuracy.
  • Ensure quality and consistency of estimating and cost management functions undertaken by CSBA including review of estimates, evaluations, assessments, reports and recommendations completed by external consultants.
  • Assist in undertaking research and analysis of historical project costs including development and maintenance of a project cost database for benchmarking and preparing estimates.
  • Process monthly contractor progress claims ensuring relevant variations and other claims have been approved and processed within the approved contract value.
  • Support procurement processes in consultation with CSBA's procurement team as required under relevant contracts, including the assessment of contractors' and consultants' recommendations for trade packages where relevant, in accordance with government purchasing requirements. 
  • Manage project budgets within approved limits and delegations of authority, by providing advice and support to project teams on budget approvals, reconciliation, monitoring, reporting and managing any adjustments within those delegations. 
  • Support project teams by undertaking necessary internal tasks to prepare key project reports and provide cost control and change management support across the project scope as required.
  • Perform cost checks and valuations on larger projects and in all cases ensuring that timely and accurate cost checking and valuation takes place.

About you

As our ideal candidate, you will have:

  • Demonstrated experience with the preparation of high-level estimates and cost plans.
  • Proven "first principle" estimating competence and accuracy in cost planning, cost management, quantity surveying and contract administration.
  • Demonstrated experience within a range of contract models including Construct Only Design and Construct and Managing Contractor.
  • Knowledge of estimating and cost management techniques and software.

An appropriate bachelor level or higher qualification in Quantity Surveying, Engineering, Construction Management or a related field is highly regarded.

How to apply

Please click the Apply button on this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.

For all VPS employees, due to the new JSE policy, please apply through the JSE only to be considered for this position.

For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.

The Department has legislated duties to provide and maintain a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees and other workplace participants. Consistent with these duties the Department has implemented a COVID-19 vaccination policy which requires all employees who are, or may be, required to work for the Department outside their ordinary place of residence to be COVID-19 vaccinated within the timeframes specified by the Department and/or any timeframe set by any Chief Health Officer direction. The policy applies to all new and current employees. 


The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with the department's obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic).

Therefore, there is a requirement that all DJCS employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to undertake duties outside of their homes.

Prior to commencement of employment with the department you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19. Acceptable evidence includes:

  1. COVID-19 digital certificate (available via your myGov account)
  2. Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account) or
  3. A letter from the GP who vaccinated you.
Cost Manager (VPSG5)

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Bryony Ager on 0409 687 354 | bryony.ager@justice.vic.gov.au

Cost Manager (VPSG5)