Cost Engineer (Pharmaceutical)

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Tom Sleep


North West England
Market related

A blue-chip Construction & Engineering firm are looking for a proactive and meticulous Cost Engineer with pre-existing Pharmaceutical or Chemical experience for a project in Hessen state, Germany on a 12 month contract position, commencing in early July.

The Cost Engineer Role

Day to day, the Cost Engineer can expect to be taking a defining role in the all commercial aspects of the project, formulating front-end budgets and then monitoring the project’s progress against these. The project itself pertains to a large CapEx investment from a global player in the Pharmaceutical industry, taking in a refit of an existing facility to enable production of a flagship new product. A previous record of success on Pharmaceutical or similar projects would be preferred for this reason, but you can also look forward to:

  • Controlling, analysing and reporting across all cost-related aspects for the work package across the site, leading a small team of Scheduling and Cost Engineers.
  • Drive development of and use of Project Control Structures, taking a lead on the CBS in particular.
  • Interface and align with key Service Providers of Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management capabilities with Contracts ranging from €250,000 to €20 million
  • Be able to understand the challenges which engineering teams are facing during the several engineering phases and related stage gates
  • Manage the level 1, 2, 3 and 4 schedules (as required) and set the main schedule drivers
  • Evaluate schedules supplied Contractors and/or suppliers.
  • Ensure all cost and contract transactions on a project are understood and managed in an appropriate way.
  • Ensure all variances in the baseline are identified and communicated as appropriate.

Requirements for Cost Engineer role

The rate for this role would be €85 per hour, all-inclusive, and you should have the following attributes in order to qualify for this Cost Engineer role:

  • Deep understanding of the Pharmaceutical, Semiconductor, Chemical or Petrochemical sectors (i.e. time spent in the Nuclear, Utilities, Infrastructure industries or similar would also be taken into account, but less relevant).
  • Experience working with major EPCM companies to deliver these major projects.
  • Confident when building comprehensive Cost Forecasts for large-scale (€300m+) engineering projects across their life cycle, including the establishment of far-reaching Control Budgets at the early stage of projects.
  • Proven ability to lead teams (3-4) of Planners/Schedulers to build higher level plans on major projects.
  • Comfortable when working on a portfolio of demanding projects, each at different stages of their life cycle.
  • Contributes well to wider project teams, sharing your knowledge with other members of the Project Control and Engineering teams.

Next steps

There will be a two-stage interview process, with an initial round scheduled at the end of the week beginning 8th June. These can be conducted entirely through Microsoft Teams, but please note that you must be able to travel to Germany at the beginning of your contract.

Please get in touch with Tom Sleep in order to register your interest – email an updated CV to to book in an initial call.


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