Title:  Strategic Cost Planning Manager VIC/SA/TAS

Job Number:  18792

Melbourne, VIC, AU, 3000

About John Holland


At John Holland our purpose is simple - we transform lives with everything we do. 


We have always known that infrastructure is about people - customers, our employees and the communities in which we work every day. 


Thats our difference. Deep experience and capability with a genuine care about creating better lives for people along the way. 

About the role


Lead and manage the cost planning, estimating function for Southern Region (VIC/SA/TAS) & WA providing strategic leadership beyond the region and Cost Planning functions through the implementation and management of the National Digital Enhancement strategy for the Cost Planning Group, oversee and drive the strategic market relationships and National Cost Planning Strategies for the forward National Building pipeline. 

Responsibilities of the role include/ What you will do;


  • ­Oversee the regional cost planning, procurement and estimating (CP&E) operations for the Building Business in the Southern Region & WA.
  • ­Lead the National Cost Planning Digital Enhancement strategy for the National Cost Planning Group, working with the Corporate TEK & Chief Estimator to implement new ways of work through the adoption of digital 3D/4D tools and AI.
  • ­Lead training, skilling and knowledge transfer across the regions and business
  • ­Monitor performance of the Southern Region/WA and National group in relation to digital transformation adoption to ensure high standards of technical performance in the group’s functions.
  • ­Review Southern Region & WA and approve cost plan strategies, procurement plans cost plans and estimates including all qualifications and clarifications to the client at each stage of the project life cycle.
  • ­Oversee feasibility / budget cost plans to assist in new business project identification and early contractor involvement works to ensure enhancement of the John Holland position.
  • ­Oversee the profit enhancement strategies for the Southern and WA Regions for the Pre-Contracts and live projects ensuring approved targets are being met.
  • ­Identify, develop & maintain Southern Region & WA market relationships with Subcontractors and Key Suppliers with a focus on the strategic opportunities through long term partnerships to enhance the John Holland market position and financial enhancement opportunities that strategic relationships present. Where possible extend these strategic relationships nationally to the other BU’s. 
  • ­Develop, maintain and oversee the Southern Region & WA Project SWOT Analysis tracking market positions of competitors and utilising this information to strategically inform the region in relation to market positions, pipeline guidance and potential emerging markets for the John Holland Group.
  • ­Provide strategic leadership and management nationally to the procurement strategies for work winning, with specific attention given to the exposure and risk factors associated with subcontractor insolvency. Provide strategic guidance to the regions on alternate strategic partnerships that are available ensuring enhancement of the John Holland Market position.
  • Lead in the development and maintenance of cost planning benchmarking for all key business sectors. 
  • Oversee the administration of major subcontract contract negotiations for the pre contracts and delivery teams providing strategic procurement whilst updating and maintaining a national database of subcontractors, suppliers and associated rates.
  • ­Provide Strategic Guidance in the Public-Private Partnership Procurement Model in relation to Alliance Contracting and Cashflow Techniques

To be successful in this key role, you must have/ What we are looking for;




  • Degree in Engineering, Science, Building Construction or equivalent degree.
  • Diploma or Masters of Project Management in Engineering Science, Building, Construction or equivalent
  • ­Master’s Degree in Engineering or equivalent




  • Demonstrated experience of estimating and management in Tier1/2 Building contractor. 
  • Management of multidisciplinary projects and project teams
  • Contemporary practices in design and construction methodology         
  • Contractual, legal, commercial, industrial relations and legislative compliance management       
  • Advanced financial management including cost reduction and meeting budgets        
  • Quantitative and qualitative safety, environment and quality risk management
  • Demonstrated Strategic Leadership beyond the cost planning role to enhance business functions
  • Excellent client relationship and stakeholder management both internally and externally­        
  • Experience in Construct Only, Design & Construct, Managing Contract, Alliance, joint Ventures, Alliances & PPP Contracts types and demonstrates strategic relationship, thinking and operating models to enhance business outcomes. 

As part of the team, you help us deliver on our promise to transform lives.


Your success is reflected in ours, so we're committed to being an employer of choice. We pride ourselves on having a diverse and inclusive workplace, as different perspectives and ideas will deliver long-term success.  


We want you to be with us for the long-term, so providing you with rich career experiences and ongoing development is our priority. 


What’s in it for you when you join John Holland?


We’re about connecting your sense of purpose to ours. We understand that your career is one of the biggest ways to have an impact on the world. We also believe in supporting you as a whole person, not just an employee.


We reward and support our people in so many ways. This starts with being flexible about how different people like to work. From generous leave policies to wellbeing and relationship support, your needs sit at the heart of our employee benefits.


We Offer;


Competitive remuneration with salary continuance, and salary sacrifice options. 


Great leave benefits including 18 weeks paid parental leave with super and up to an extra 18 weeks of super paid on further periods of unpaid parental leave, multicultural leave exchange and two extra days to prioritise.


Career progression underpinned by our exciting pipeline of work means you'll have the opportunity to work on iconic projects that are shaping cities and communities.


Learning and development opportunities where you'll have access to emerging talent programs, building your career through clear career pathways, plus technical and leadership training and development opportunities. 


Inclusion, diversity and equity is part of how we work. We want everyone at John Holland to feel that they belong - that's why we're working hard every day to foster a more inclusive culture, backed by a business-wide inclusion strategy to bring about meaningful change.

We've also got active employee resource groups that support our commitments including those around gender equality and reconciliation. 


Flexible working that works for you as we know flexibility means different things to different people. Whether it's flexi-hours, flexi-parenting, flexi-leave, flexi-shifts or flexi-work, we're committed to helping our people work flexibly.   

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