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Turner & Townsend Director, Cost Management - Cost Center Lead in Boston, Massachusetts

Company Description

At Turner & Townsend we’re passionate about making the difference. That means delivering better outcomes for our clients, helping our people to realize their potential, and doing our part to create a prosperous society.

Every day we help our major global clients deliver ambitious and highly technical projects in over 108 offices in 45 countries worldwide.

Our team is dynamic, innovative and client-focused. Our clients value our proactive approach, depth of expertise, integrity and the quality we deliver. As a result our people get to work on some of the most exciting projects in the world.

Job Description

Do you want to be part of our successful team supporting top clients for Turner & Townsend in Boston,MA? We are seeking a strong leader to head up our Life Sciences Cost Management/Project Controls Team.

The role presents a unique opportunity for the right leader to build from a strong foundation, taking operations to the next level of maturity. For this role, the successful candidate will have leadership responsibilities for the cost management and/or project controls discipline in a CRE setting, driving growth across the region and being the guardian of quality on existing commissions. The CM lead will work with senior leadership in Boston and the surrounding markets on exciting business opportunities.

The successful candidate will be an agile, emotionally intelligent leader with strong technical delivery history. International and cross sector experience with an ability to work in multi-cultural environment is beneficial. The successful candidate will be a cost management and project controls generalist, covering estimating, cost, scheduling, risk, change, performance measurement and reporting and should be able to articulate and continually move forward "what good looks like." They will have excellent communication skills and be a strong and respected influencer. They should operate at a senior level and comfortable to present to large groups.

Key requirements of the role include, but are not limited to:

  • Act as principle point of contact for cost management/project controls matters and lead the Turner & Townsend team

  • Leads and motivates others to participate and contribute, provides necessary direction and inspires high performance

  • Take on key account role(s), project execution assurance and maintain client relationships as required

  • Deliver assurance services to projects - peer review, gateway review, maturity assessments, readiness reviews, progress and performance audits

  • Periodically take on major program delivery roles and lead the Turner & Townsend team on the commission - achieve a successful "steady state" delivery and then manage transition and backfill

  • Provide oversight and assurance to the Turner & Townsend major program in the region

  • Identify organizational needs, build recruitment plans and develop role specifications

  • Extensive experience in delivering CM/Project Controls programs, projects and segment knowledge

  • Play a key role in the Real Estate CM/PC business development activities for the cost center

  • Assist in the development and implementation of marketing and business development strategies

  • Provide solutions to clients and work together with business development team member(s) on sales proposals, qualification packages and presentation materials

  • Coordinate with project team leaders on project negotiations and execution

  • Collaborate with the other business divisions and teams

  • Provide oversight and assurance to the Turner & Townsend major programs in the region

  • Delivers high quality of service products by utilizing Turner & Townsend systems, policy and procedure, managing time, planning and organizing to ensure excellence

  • Demonstrates understanding of commercial business drivers and ensures that work and projects are carried out in alignment. Contributes to the development of business opportunities

  • Demonstrable appetite for challenge, innovation and continued improvement in CM/PC discipline

  • Take responsibility for BU performance and project P/L

  • Identify and understand the areas of opportunity and development

  • Enable continued growth trajectory within the market


  • Minimum 10 years of relevant working experience in the discipline

  • Degree holder in Quantity Surveying, or related field

  • Experience in business development

  • Proactive, quality driven, self-motivated and hands-on team-leader with the ability to multitask

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills essential, ability to communicate well with clients and senior management

  • Experience in leading teams of professionals with a strength in growing and developing people

Additional Information

Turner & Townsend is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. Equal Employment Opportunity Posters ( If you’d like to view a copy of the company’s affirmative action plan, please email . If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation as part of the employment selection process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 713-457-9400 or . This telephone line and email address is reserved solely for job seekers with disabilities requesting accessibility assistance or an accommodation in the job application process. Please do not call about the status of your job application if you do not require accessibility assistance or an accommodation. Messages left for other purposes, such as following up on an application or non-disability related technical issues, will not receive a response.

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