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Senior Manager, Construction Cost & Procurement (London, , GB)


London - UK
Full-Time Job Apply Method - External site
Posted Date - August 17, 2019 Expiry Date - N/A
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Job Description

    Founded in 1856, Burberry today remains quintessentially British, with outerwear at its core.  Digital luxury positioning and intensive focus on design innovation, quality and heritage icons ensure continued brand purity and relevance globally across genders and generations. Burberry believes that in order to be a great brand it must also be a great company and constantly leverages the energy of its compassionate and creative thinking culture to continually innovate and drive the brand forward. Headquartered in London, Burberry is a design, marketing and retail led business with a global reputation for innovative product design, digital marketing initiatives and dynamic retail strategies.


    To lead the team dealing with costs and procurement for capital expenditure projects within the region (corners, travel, mainline, outlets etc), involved on projects from feasibility stage to project completion, producing and managing budgets, cost control, tenders, contracts, procurement and reporting. Taking direct lead on key/complex projects and flagships. Actively supporting supplier selection and development, partaking in key initiatives including value engineering, historical data collection and various process/guidance requirements for the wider global teams.


    Regional Lead & Project Specific

    • Manage all commercial aspects of flagships and key/complex projects within the EMEIA Region from inception until completion including determination of brief, scope definition, project feasibility, cost planning, tender process, post contract change control, reporting and final account agreements. Manage external construction cost management consultants where appointed.

    • Manage and oversee the Construction Cost & Procurement Manager team in the EMEIA region, driving performance, quality and consistency, balancing workload and personal development

    • Develop and employ modelling and estimating techniques to provide accurate rates and costs for an annual spend of up to £50m across a variety of different types and sizes of new and refurbishment retail projects.

    • Conduct and/or oversee tender processes including preparation of tender documentation, evaluation of tenders and the making of detailed recommendations

    • Act as contracts manager for the projects including preparation, insurances, extensions of time and any other contract documentation/amendments

    • Develop and manage procurement techniques to suit the types and quantum of programmes, projects and initiatives with solutions which will demonstrate and ensure best value is delivered taking account of quality, programme and health and safety implications.

    • Adopt a consistent approach to the contractual engagement of all consultants, suppliers and contractors employed by Burberry to carry out works associated with the capital plan. Ensure a timely appointment including agreement of fees and an appropriately specified level of services and activities. Avoid duplication of roles with other consultants and vendors.

    • Monitor the financial progress of individual projects through regular communication and reports assessing the potential impact of change on the budgets and also taking account of the effect on the business and ensuring change control procedures are rigidly adhered to. Take up any variances with the appropriate area/individual. Site Visits to monitor progress & identify savings.

    • Agree final accounts with all contractors, consultants and suppliers.

    • Oversee Purchase Order process, ensure timely release of payments, resolution of issues within SAP


    Global Strategy & Support

    • Develop and maintain accurate benchmark costs across all Burberry store formats and individual cost elements with an appreciation of Burberry Store costs within the wider retail fit-out industry context.

    • Ensure that anticipated costs of proposed designs for store concepts and individual elements are acceptable and in line with expected expenditure limits before they are issued to the business. Undertake cost reduction and value engineering excercises to achieve such goals. Provide benchmark information for all areas of the EMEIA market. Link in with other regions regarding concept development cost management. Provide information, instructions and templates to enable reliable regional benchmarking data to be provided and subsequently assessed.

    • Responsible for implementing a cost reduction strategy within Retail Development, ensuring cost reduction activity and value engineering is delivered appropriately. Drive the value engineering strategy across all retail formats, ensuring that best value is delivered without adversely influencing life cycle cost or compromising operational efficiency. Proactively look to drive cost, time and wasted effort out of construction.

    • Develop standard documentation, templates and procedures to facilitate the efficient, transparent management of construction costs and procurement. Adapt and update as necessary. Provide training to end users.


    • Detailed, realistic budgets provided to the business in good time to ensure correct decisions can be made on multi-million pound investments.

    • Projects procured & delivered within approved Capex budgets & agreed timecales

    • Capex costs reduced on a like for like basis.

    • Costs of new concepts procured within limits of pre-defined cost plans.

    • Harmonisation of cost & reporting instruments globally 

    • Increased independence/confidence & accuracy by Managers of Cost & Procurement and Mangers of Construction when costing minor & mainline projects


    Degree of Impact

    • Direct Reports: 2

    • Cost Responsibility: Circa £50 million

    • Influence: Significant influence on capital expenditure costs



    • BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying (significant advantage)

    • Member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Construction Faculty (MRICS) or equivalent


    • Experience gained at a senior level in a corporate client based organisation or specialist consultancy.

    • Is a confident inspiring leader with credibility who is prepared to drive hard and challenge project teams comprised of internal and external professionals probing and questioning in a constructive manner.

    • Detailed knowledge of the construction process and procurement is essential, particularly relating to retail construction.



About Burberry
Founded in 1856, Burberry today remains a quintessentially British brand, with a closely connected, creative thinking culture at its heart. Burberry believes that to be a great brand it must also be a great company and constantly leverages the energy of its culture. Headquartered in London, the brand has built a global reputation for innovative product design, digital marketing initiatives and dynamic retail strategies.


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