Associate Director

  • Job Reference: 2313
  • Date Posted: 22 March 2024
  • Employer: Gleeds
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  • Location: Cardiff
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Construction
  • Job Type: Full Time

Job Description

Associate Director, UK Property
Full time / permanent
Cardiff, CF1

About this opportunity

Gleeds is an award winning, global construction consultancy with over a century of success in the Built Environment. Our impartial advice helps clients maximise return on investment, from site acquisition to project completion. With over 135 years of construction intelligence we offer unparalleled insight across all sectors, helping clients deliver real value from their assets.
Our Cardiff Cost Management team are looking for a Associate Director to join their growing team. Based in the heart of Cardiff and located a 5 minute walk from Cardiff Central Station, the office is our hub for South Wales and provides a multi-disciplinary offering to a range of local clients. With an excellent balance of senior and junior staff, you will be joining a diverse team and will benefit from plenty of support as well as opportunities to mentor or manage within the Cost Management division. 
Your role as a Associate Director in our Cardiff cost management team will provide a range of clients and projects across healthcare, commercial, education and manufacturing sectors, as well as great opportunities to develop your career, build strong relationships with longstanding clients, and pursue additional qualifications with full support from the business. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Supporting Business Unit Directors in delivering business objectives.
  • Positively engaging with Customers and developing, growing and maintaining Customer relationships.
  • Delivering high quality services and ensuring that cost management deliverables meet Customers’ requirements.
  • Managing projects to deliver high quality services and deliverables in accordance with the business procedures.
  • Preparing and presenting order of cost estimates and option studies
  • Cost planning and benchmarking
  • Cost-in-use studies
  • Advising on and implementing procurement strategies
  • Valuing completed work and arranging for payments
  • Settling final accounts
  • Providing technical advice on legal and contractual issues relating to construction projects
  • Administrating contracts as Contract Administrator or Employer’s Agent
  • Managing service delivery for profit
  • Advising Directors promptly of any issues that have arisen, or that might arise, on projects; in particular those that might impact on Gleeds professional indemnity (PI) insurance
  • Actively identifying new business development opportunities and driving growth across the Business Units activities.
As a Gleeds team member, you will have access to:
  • Opportunities to develop and grow your career
  • A contributory pension scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Our Global Travel Scholarship Programme
  • Flexible working arrangements

Who we are looking for:

Experience, Knowledge and Key Skills
  • Broad, in-depth cost management experience post MRICS qualification.
  • Detailed knowledge and practiced experience of cost estimating and cost planning techniques.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of construction procurement strategies, including tendering and contract strategies.
  • Thorough knowledge and experience of post-contract cost management tasks.
  • Ability to administer construction contracts as Contract Administrator and Employer’s Agent.
  • Clear understanding of legislation impacting on building contracts.
  • Ability to motivate others (including providing support and encouragement) and to lead high performance teams
  • Clear and effective communication skills - both oral and written.
  • Methodical way of thinking and approach to work.
  • Ability to absorb complex information and assess requirements readily.
  • Excellent problem solving, negotiating, financial and numeracy skills.
  • Sound ICT skills, with a high level of proficiency in MS Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
  • Ability to prepare first-class bids for services.
  • Competent at negotiating sufficient fees to both complete services and generate required profit levels.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and manage teams.
  • MRICS (Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors)

Be part of the extraordinary

Every day at Gleeds, we influence the way people around the world live, work and travel. Delivering on the world’s most iconic projects for globally renowned clients, our teams solve complex problems that shape the future of the built environment.

One of the qualities we value in people, is the ability to think creatively about the solutions we offer to clients. With 71 offices spanning the Americas, Europe, MENA and Asia Pacific our ability to innovate and improve is a product of the varied backgrounds and experience of our people. We welcome new perspectives and ideas.

Above all, we believe that quality relationships sit at the heart of good business. We strive to be the people that seek to understand and bring people together. Wherever we are in the world, our aspiration is to leave a positive legacy for people and local communities, whilst living and breathing our three core values:
  • We’re committed to our clients and our people
  • We’re creative and realistic
  • We combine professionalism with personality
We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications regardless of age, disability, marital status, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender status or gender.

We recognise the importance of work/life balance and agree flexible working arrangements to suit each individual.

Gleeds is a Great Place to Work certified employer.