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    Head of Total Cost Management

    Qatar Rail

    Doha, Qatar

    Ref. JB2028806

    Job Description

    Head of Total Cost Management provide strategic direction to the Total Cost Management function and ensure its alignment with the development of Qatar Rail’s commercial function as part of the management team.

    The job holder is accountable to build and implement processes for efficient cost engineering and estimations in the company based on total cost management best practice and approaches to reduce risks and enhance efficiencies.

    • Develops a cost intelligence capability based on an agreed platform which will enable Qatar Rail to benchmark between projects, between suppliers and lines, to track unit rates over time and support risk modelling.

    • Develops a three point estimating capability backed by numerate data and supported by a parametric model.

    • Shape the increased commercial intelligence required by Qatar Rail, and in particular the time and cost estimation skill required to ensure cost effectiveness and efficiency at each stage of a project.

    • Act as the source of authoritative advice on planning and estimating matters for Qatar Rail, liaising with external bodies to determine best practice to implement within Qatar Rail’s commercial function.

    • Supports project Directors and their teams in implementing a commercial approach to planning, estimating and cost capture through the various contract phases.

    • Defines and produces guidance and reporting templates to capture and analyse data effectively for predicting trends, challenging contractors’ estimates, sharing information and improving the cost engineering capability of Qatar Rail.

    • Works with project directors to ensure that appropriate contingencies are modelled and included in all estimates.

    • Identifies and leads reviews of activities and methodologies that will drive continuous improvement in the cost engineering function across the division.

    • Supports negotiations with contractors on the valuation of changes and claims.

    • Mentors and develops capability of the TCM team and cost engineering understanding in the wider business.

    • Takes steps to enhance Qatarization


    • Minimum of ten years’ experience as a cost engineering practitioner.

    • Proven track record of managing a cost engineering and forecasting function using industry recognised standards and based on Total Cost Management principles.

    • Relevant experience of negotiating large contracts.


    • Strong commercial and business acumen.

    • Attention to detail and ability to cope with crises and difficult situations.

    • Excellent organisational skills.

    • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills.

    • Effective interpersonal and motivational skills.

    • Effective time management, priority setting and planning skills.Negotiation


    • Educated to degree level in a relevant discipline / AACE, ACostE or MRICS certified.

    Job Details

    Job Location:
    Doha, Qatar
    Company Industry:
    Transportation; Construction/Civil Engineering; Consulting Services
    Company Type:
    Employer (Private Sector)
    Job Role:
    Employment Status:
    Full time
    Employment Type:
    Monthly Salary Range:
    Number of Vacancies:
    Job Ref.:

    Preferred Candidate

    Career Level:
    Years of Experience:
    Min: 10
    Residence Location:
    Bachelor's degree / higher diploma