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Cost Engineer / Cost Estimator

Cost Engineer / Cost Estimator

Job Title: Cost Engineer / Cost Estimator
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Wiltshire
Salary: £40,000 - £55,000 - Contract Possibility £300 - £400 Per Day
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: JW4045
Contact Name: Jonathan Webb
Contact Email:
Job Published: March 22, 2018 16:30

Job Description


Senior Cost  Engineers / Product Cost Estimators you will work with Engineering, Operations, Procurement and Finance to provide an independent view of future product costs and the risks and opportunities associated with these. 

Function Overview:

Procurement plays a vital role in strategic decision making. Ultimately it affects the very design of our machines and the growth ambitions of the business. In the balance between quality and price, quality must always win. So our global team needs to be rigorous in selection. Meticulous in determining standards, researching suppliers, analysing value and negotiating contracts. Challenging and diverse, their work creates a dynamic, driven team. 

•Build ground up ‘should cost’ estimates for new components, assemblies and projects currently being developed within Research Design and Development (RDD).
•Conduct reviews with Engineering to calculate future product costs and understand the associated risks and opportunities which could impact a product as it progresses through the development cycle. Use your experience and knowledge to influence product, assembly and component design to reduce cost where possible.
•Represent the Cost Management Team at project milestone reviews. Clarity of what makes up the product cost and what drives any variance to target will be essential. Be prepared to answer questions and challenge others at this cross functional meeting and deliver any cost actions arising.
•Work with Engineering and Procurement to develop new cost calculation ‘should cost’ tools.
•Work closely with Engineering, Operations, Procurement and Finance to agree achievable, but stretching Target costs for each assembly.
•Actively look to develop current reports and processes to continuously improve the timeliness, accuracy and quality of cost reporting in the context of the rapidly expanding RDD environment.
•Reverse engineer Products at a detailed level to creating cost comparison information to guide the NPI teams during the early development (Cost Value Analysis).
•Actively seek out and drive the implementation of cost reduction measures to improve product profitability.
•Use your experience of manufacturing processes to enable the engineers to choose the most cost effective process to produce their parts.
•Analyse the suppliers manufacturing processes too and collaboratively identify how they can reduce their own costs and pass those savings on to us.
•Make or Buy - Complete make/buy studies where appropriate to help establish best most cost effective solution for production.
•Risks and Opportunities – develop a targeted list of cost risks and opportunities and work to realize the opportunities and mitigate the risks ahead of SOP.


•Analytical ability demonstrated through previous engineering work.
•Direct experience working with and a deep understanding of development, manufacturing, packaging and consumer products. Familiarity with key industry players and influencing factors.
•Experience of working with and influencing managers and executives outside your direct reporting line.
•Experience within a high volume manufacturing environment will be a key requirement for the role.
•Strong knowledge of alternative manufacturing techniques and processes with global impact.
•Proven track record in working to tight timescales within a project programme, managing your budget and prioritising to deliver cost effective results.
•Tenacity in getting to understand an issue and challenging others in a constructive manner.
•Previous experience in working within a cost environment is essential.
•Strong communication skills in one-to-one situations, in a team environment and when presenting to senior managers and executives. 
•Ability to manipulate large amounts of data.
•High aptitude for problem solving in order to resolve business, financial, customer, and organizational issues.
•Proven interpersonal and teamwork skills.
•Must possess highly effective analytical skills in areas of accounting, critical thinking, analysis and communication.