• Junior Cost Engineer

    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(18/11/2019 21:33)
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    Project Controls
  • About Costain and your project.

    Costain helps to improve people’s lives by deploying technology-based engineering solutions to meet urgent national needs across the UK’s energy, water and transportation infrastructures.


    Costain supports Energy Nuclear Generation to maximise the lifespan of its eight UK nuclear power stations. Costain's role is to provide project controls and commercial managed services to portfolios and programmes of work across all of EDF's eight UK nuclear power stations. As part of this work Costain will develop people capability in core project control skills and provide specialist support to EDFs Central Technical Organisation to improve project performance and deliver cost efficiencies.

    This role is an entry level role that prepares the holder for progression to specified Project Control roles. The role provides support to specific project control tasks and delivery of work as detailed below. This also provides experience, learning and development towards a substantive position by exposure to both operational and project environments.


    What will I be doing?


    The Junior Cost Engineeer will work under supervision across various areas delivering work during their time, The role will require the individual to be potentially based on various sites and therefore temporary UK mobility is a requirement. Trainee will be developed, mentored and supported by their employing organisation so that they achieve the necessary competencies and skills for core Project Control roles.


    1. Planning
    Allowing experience of the following areas to be developed:
    Provide low level planning and scheduling for projects under the supervision of the PCL and in line with EDF procedures.
    • EDF Energy planning / scheduling procedures.
    • Project Scheduling.
    • 'S' Curves and tabulations, Hours / Resource histograms.
    • Monthly progress report including narrative, Produce current physical progress report.
    • Analysis of schedule trends and produce forecasts of schedule performance.
    • Methods used to control and manage projects using appropriate levels of scheduling.
    • Methods used to measure progress and productivity.
    • The impact of resource constraints on schedule achievement

    Ensure that any necessary planning interface with the site Work Management Process (WMP) is established.


    Cost Management
    Provide cost management support for projects under the supervision of the PCL and in line with EDF procedures.
    Allowing experience of the following areas to be developed:
    • Reviewing hours spent against budget, including productivity and rate analysis.
    • Reviewing material requisitions against budget specifications.
    • Analysing cost and hour trends.
    • Issuing documents and transmittals through the Document Management System.
    • Document numbering and the processes involved in issuing documents and drawings.
    • Cost analysis and the impact of change.
    • Cost codes and contract numbers.
    • Project control and EV.
    • The interfaces between project control and other disciplines.
    • The use of SAP in projects.

    Estimating & Risk
    Provide cost estimating support to project managers and engineers, producing estimates for projects
    under the supervision of the PCL and in line with EDF procedures.
    Allowing experience of the following areas to be developed:
    • Estimating software.
    • Engineering service and construction estimates.
    • Estimate summaries and basis of estimates.
    • Event risk analysis. • Estimating classification.
    • Event risk analysis.

    (Operation or Project) Allowing exposure and understanding of the following areas to be developed:
    • Preparing Requisitions. • Planning and control of Engineering deliverables.
    • Design Reviews, Plot Plan Reviews, and Constructability Reviews and follow up with action list closures and approvals.
    • System engineering.
    • Technical reviews (HAZOP, SIL, Hazardous Area Classification or similar reviews) • Engineering investigations.
    • Exception reports for supplier data.
    • Expediting.
    • Attending weekly Engineering Meetings, record actions and follow up with actionees, with a view to obtaining closure.
    • Specific areas of Equipment.
    • Project Close-Out Reports.
    • Investigations.

    Site support and construction: Allowing exposure and understanding of the following areas to be developed:
    • Contractual arrangements.
    • Health, safety and environmental management.
    • Contractors work methodology, plant, labour, supervision etc., and the controls used to manage the safety and quality aspects of the works.
    • Day to day co-ordination of the site works.
    • Management of quality control and the implementation of quality systems on site; this may include inspection duties on site.
    • Control and distribution of design documents at site and the resolution of engineering queries.
    • Details planning of site works, monitoring progress on site and the identification and resolution of issues affecting progress.
    • Control and management of materials on site.
    • Project support roles.

    About you


    Key Responsibilities & Outcomes


    To the Project Control Lead:

    1. Delivering allocated roles and tasks in a safe manner to the specified functional criteria, goals and objectives, compliant with appropriate legislation, Project and Station Procedures and within the approved baseline, scope, cost, schedule and quality requirements.

    2. Early identification of issues and/or concerns that either have the potential or will impact the project baseline or task being performed.

    3. Providing accurate and timely information, data and reports regarding the task status, activities and performance.


     Knowledge and Skills

    • Experience between 1 to 2 years.

    • Evidence of potential project controls capability, aptitude to combine both technical and commercial office with site project delivery.

    • An understanding of the need for Safety and Quality within a project environment.

    • Good logical reasoning and numeracy skills.

    • Good interpersonal skills and tenacity.

    • Basic P6 knowledge Primavera – P102.

    • Basic SAP knowledge.

     Self motivated with good interpersonal skills working in a team environment.

     Excellent communication and presentational skills.


    Must have knowledge in the use of packages such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint and ideally developed

    knowledge of Excel.

    Final Statement

    We listened to our employees so our Core Benefits are funded by us and include a Group Pension Scheme, Employee Assistance Programme, Life Assurance, Income Protection and funded membership to a Professional Institute. In addition to this we also offer a Private Healthcare Scheme, Private Dental Scheme, Cycle to Work, Volunteering Days and Save as You Earn Scheme.  


    At Costain we aim to be an accessible, diverse and inclusive organisation to continue to meet our customers’ needs. We will be industry leading in our approach and people from all backgrounds will be proud to work for Costain. Our goal is to have a workforce that is representative of society.


    We actively encourage applications from candidates who have a relationship with the armed forces community whether as a currently serving member or reservist, ex-military or wounded personnel or as a member of a service family.


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