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Construction Cost Manager

Santa Clara, California | Direct Hire

Job ID: 55350 Position: Accounting, Finance Branch: San Ramon

Title:                                Construction Cost Manager

Division:                       Finance

Reports to:                  Director, Financial Planning & Corporate Development


Position Description

A Data Center Construction and Development company is looking for a Construction Cost Manager to advise project managers, project engineers and the executive team on all project cost actual and forecast performance through existing and newly developed reports and strategies. In this critical role, you will be tasked to establish and drive cost controls, develop project specific strategies, processes, and procedures to address the needs of the wide spectrum of new and ongoing construction projects. As the Construction Cost Manager, you will also interact with and review data required from all prime contractors and subcontractors for the projects, add cost controls through construction administration tying the contracts to monthly invoices and billing review cycles. Lastly, you will be the liaison between DEC and the accounting / finance departments for the PO process flow and monthly forecast creation.

Essential Job Functions
  • Drive cost control measures by managing and administrating Project Cost Management System (PCMS)
  • Create monthly actual and forecast project cost reports and variance analysis for all existing projects
  • Provide ongoing Construction Administration (“ CA”) support
  • QA/QC for project costs to date, cost coding, and monthly forecasts
  • Provide training and support to project managers



  • Create and maintain the integrity of budgets
  • Provide CA for monthly billing, change orders, purchase orders and cost to date
  • Collect all relevant data required to develop a Monthly Status Report (“ MSR”)
  • Support procurement manager in Owner Furnished Contractor Installed (“ OFCI”) program and track financial progress against targets
  • Aggregate prime contractor Guaranteed Maximum Price (“ GMP”) cost data for purposes of reporting, evaluating and forecasting project cost and variances
  • Manage Purchase Order (“ PO”) process flow and approval gating
  • Ensure governance and contract compliance
  • Provide checks and balances for all construction cost related matters
  • Liaise between DEC and accounting department to connect PCMS with accounting system
  • Assist with developing and structuring document control
  • Provide historical metrics for all previous projects and develop Key Performance Indicators (“ KPIs”) for all prime contractors for the duration of a project and finalize after each project is closed out
  • Conduct advanced financial analysis and calculate intermediate figures including fees, percentages, etc.

Job Requirements
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, Accounting, Statistics, or similar field, or equivalent experience required
  • 3 years of experience in Construction Finance required, 5 to 7 years preferred
  • Experience with construction contractors (GC or MEP) required, owner’ s-side experience preferred
  • Advanced knowledge of financial terms and principles required
  • Advanced analytical and quantitative skills required
  • Data Center or industrial construction experience is preferred
  • Familiar with lean principals and Six Sigma training preferred, green belt or higher
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (“ ERP”) systems and knowledge of construction systems, or similar project management software / cost database, preferred



Mary Lindner
Senior Executive Recruiter

With 20+ years experience in successful Business Development and TalentAcquisition, Mary finds a great sense of fulfillment in matching talented candidates with their Dream Jobs! Mary’s career has focused on growing companies, so she understands that growth for her clients will start by connecting the right individual to the right opportunity. Providing outstanding customer service and exceeding clients’ and candidates’ expectations is the foundation of Mary’s work mantra: work hard, be nice, and have fun!! Mary’s favorite part of working for Wollborg Michelson is being a part of an incredible team that always strives for excellence. Outside of her professional accomplishments, Mary takes the most pride in her role as a mom, never forgetting to savor the little moments with her three daughters and husband.

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