Principal Estimator and Cost Planner (VPSG6)

Job posted: 22/07/2021
Applications close: 08/08/2021 (Midnight)
16 days remaining

16 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time / Ongoing

Organisation: Department of Health

Salary: $124,033 - $165,983

Occupation: Projects

Reference: VG/DH/CR/1552501

Reference: VG/DH/CR/1552501

Occupation: Projects

Salary Range: $124,033 - $165,983

Work location: Melbourne | CBD

The Department of Health plays a critical role in the Victorian health system and is responsible for shaping it to meet the health needs of Victorians into the future. We also lead the Victorian Government's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Working with our partners, we oversee Victoria's health system including mental health, ageing and aged care and preventive health. We are committed to developing and supporting a workforce that is well equipped and highly motivated to provide responsive and quality services to all Victorians. All jobs can be worked flexibly and we encourage job applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, LGBTQI+ and people from culturally diverse backgrounds and differences to realise the potential of our employees for innovation and delivering services.


As the Principal Estimator and Cost Planner, you will be responsible for the development and implementation of project cost estimating, planning, and reporting practice across a diverse asset base and project portfolio. A key initiative will be the establishment of the VHBA costing database.

As a subject matter expert, you will advise and support project teams in the following areas

  • Establish benchmarking, cost plans, and estimating practice
  • Peer review of cost plans, bills of quantities, and tenders
  • Prepare estimates for funding applications
  • Participate and support value management
  • Contract administration and quality assurance advice
  • Assess commercial and contractual risks

Your success will be measured by the implementation of processes to improve accuracy and efficiency resulting in a capability uplift and PMF adoption/compliance across all projects.

What you will need to be successful

As the Principal Estimator and Cost Planner, you will have experience across the whole project lifecycle, supporting infrastructure projects, ideally within a PMO environment. It is expected that you will have knowledge and understanding of industry best practices and be able to advise on project benchmarking, cost planning, estimation, and control to support the delivery of complex programs. You will have experience in the following

  • Project cost estimation and quantitation
  • Development of cost plans, cashflows
  • Risk and contingency calculations and value management
  • Reporting of estimates for funding application
  • Various project models (PPP, Alliance, D&C)

In addition, you will require a relevant qualification in construction management or quantity surveying. Membership of the AIQS, RICS would be well regarded.


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Principal Estimator and Cost Planner (VPSG6)

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Principal Estimator and Cost Planner (VPSG6)