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Operations Director - Cost Consultancy - MEP

London, United Kingdom
Closing date
24 Apr 2024

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The opportunity

Be a part of our cost consultancy business that spans our five global hubs, where you can oversee work for world leading organisations across the public and private sectors.

Operations Director - Cost - MEP Sector

At Mace we are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about cost and commercial management. We are looking to recruit an Associate Director with an MEP background to take on responsibility for end-to-end service delivery, often with respect to large and complex commissions.

The role will ensure that client objectives are met through the delivery of a value-added cost management service. The role will be managing our cost consultancy services for MEP. It is therefore essential that you can demonstrate a thorough understanding of MEP and have a history of leading MEP cost and commercial consultancy services in relevant sectors/regions.

Your responsibilities will include:

• Conducting feasibility studies, business cases and writing procurement reports.

• Applying value management techniques at the outset of a project.

• Managing estimating and cost planning activities to include taking ownership of and presenting the final cost plan.

• Managing the procurement process, ensuring that all stages including prequalification, enquiry, analysis, selection and contract preparation are performed effectively.

• Ensuring that post contract cost variances and change control processes are managed effectively.

• Ensuring that cost checking and valuation work is managed effectively.

• Ensuring the production of monthly post-contract cost reports and presenting them to the client.

• Value engineering and life cycle costing.

• Ensuring that final accounts are negotiated and agreed.

• Being a key interface with client and other consultants, at all project stages.

• Marketing and business development duties, particularly in your sector of experience including being mindful of the need to support the consultancy team in promoting Mace in the region.

• Line management and recruitment duties.

We are looking for someone who can offer the following:

• Experience of leading high performing teams within a consultancy commercial environment

• A track record of winning and delivering MEP cost consultancy work for blue chip clients.

• Demonstrable experience of delivering service excellence to clients.

• Excellent communication skills both verbal and written.

• Good negotiating, influencing and communication skills to command professional respect at all levels is essential.

• Good working knowledge of contracts, estimating, valuations, cost reporting and financial modelling.


• A degree in quantity surveying/cost management or equivalent.

• Professional membership i.e. MRICS/RICS.

Mace is an inclusive employer and welcomes interest from a diverse range of candidates. Even if you feel you do not fulfil all the criteria above, please apply as you may still be the best candidate for this role or another role within our organization.


If you can bring a different perspective to help us shape the cities of tomorrow, take a look at the opportunities we have to join us.

Fortune favours the brave - and so do we

At Mace we empower our people to be collaborative, curious and embrace their entrepreneurial spirits. We aim to attract the best and brightest people, whatever their background, to bring new perspectives to some of the most challenging and inspiring projects around the world.

You might be part of our healthcare team delivering critical hospital care units, or our education team creating schools to inspire our future leaders. You could be a graduate working on the world’s tallest building, or be managing the construction of world-leading cultural landmarks. Whatever your passion, we have an opportunity that will bring out the best in you.

At Mace we want you to feel comfortable from day 1, so for any questions about a career at Mace, including application advice, please contact for a confidential chat.

Our clients say that it’s our people that make the difference

Our people think harder, do better and go further. Every day at Mace is an opportunity to think and do things differently. We were founded more than 30 years ago, and every day our entrepreneurial culture plays a huge role in our success. We exist to seek out the world’s most interesting projects that challenge and excite us.

We want our employees to thrive and achieve their highest potential. We are passionate about creating an environment that provides opportunities for the most stimulating and fulfilling careers. We encourage innovation and welcome new perspectives by attracting and developing people with diverse talent who inspire our thinking, challenge our solutions and enhance our culture.

At Mace you can deepen your knowledge, expand your skills, see the world and get to work with both inspiring colleagues and influential clients – whatever your passion, we have an opportunity that will bring out the best in you. But don’t just take our word for it; below you can see what some of our people had to say.

Reward and recognition

We invest in our people and provide a strong benefits package, which in the UK includes:

  • 22 days of holiday, plus two ‘Mace Days’ to support work-life balance, bank holidays and December holiday shut down
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Life assurance
  • Highly competitive maternity and paternity package
  • Reimbursement of professional subscriptions and membership fees
  • Season ticket loan
  • Annual health screening
  • Private medical insurance
  • Dental plan
  • Sponsorship of education schemes (on approval)
  • Continuous on the job training and development
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • Our international benefit packages are comparable. Please contact our recruitment team for more information.

We know that many parents can face challenges when balancing the demands of work and their home lives. At Mace, we fully support our people when they choose to balance their career with family life. We offer enhanced family leave, as well as options for flexible working and alternative working patterns to support and improve the work-life balance of our employees.

Our performance management and appraisal approach is based on ability and talent. Top performers are recognised for both their contribution to projects and their broader contribution to the business.

At Mace we appreciate the differences that everyone brings to work and we recognise the importance of people being free to be themselves.

Regardless of age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion, or affiliation to any political party, we embrace diversity and believe in creating an inclusive environment where every Mace person is treated equally, fairly and with respect.

We are proud partners of Stonewall’s global diversity champions programme that ensures all LGBT+ staff are accepted without exception at Mace.

Mace’s corporate purpose statement is ‘Redefining the boundaries of ambition’.

Support for disabled employees is provided by:

Our recruitment and HR Teams have undertaken disability awareness training and are eager to provide an inclusive and accessibility experience to job applicants and new colleagues.

Enabled at Mace – employee network. Its aims are to support its members and, to "to raise awareness and remove barriers around disability, neurodiversity and other impairments” to support their aim to create an inclusive and diverse workplace for everyone.

Disability Confident – We are using the requirements of the government scheme to create an inclusive environment for disabled job applicants and existing colleagues.

Clear Assured – an externally verified accreditation around equality, diversity and inclusion practice across our business, driving improvements to our policies, processes and practices.

Recite Me – an assistive technology tool that provides access support to all employees. It is located on our intranet site, our website and job vacancy platform.

Mace are member of the Business Disability Forum, giving access to a wide range of resources and information. Our line managers have access to their confidential support line.


Silver Clear Assured Award


ridi - Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative Awards 2021 - Highly Commended Category

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