About us Every day we deliver safe and secure energy to homes, communities, and businesses. We are there when people need us the most. We connect people to the energy they need for the lives they live. The pace of change in society and our industry is accelerating and our expertise and track record puts us in an unparalleled position to shape the sustainable future of our industry. To be successful we must anticipate the needs of our customers, reducing the cost of energy delivery today and pioneering the flexible energy systems of tomorrow. This requires us to deliver on our promises and always look for new opportunities to grow, both ourselves and our business. National Grid is hiring a Lead Cost Manager for our Waltham, MA location. ## Job Purpose To ensure that National Grid achieves value for money and that the contractor delivers the work that they are contracted to deliver at the price they committed to. To support the delivery and project management teams, advising on best practices for Contract Management for contracted complex projects. To be responsible for ensuring all costs for an assigned portfolio of projects are reviewed and robustly challenged against appropriate benchmarks and cost databases. ## Key Accountabilities + Provide contract expertise, support, guidance and advice to the project delivery teams to insure compliance and contractor costs are robustly managed across the portfolio of projects. + Validate, review, and negotiate claims/change orders submitted by the contractor to ensure National Grid achieves value for money. + Identify early warnings, and assist with and monitor appropriate risk mitigation. + Monitor contractor performance against established KPIs, hold regularly scheduled contractor performance meetings. + Handle conflict resolution. + Track and report lessons learned with regard to contract strategy and change order causation. + Regularly review and monitor contractor progress of the assigned portfolio of projects to verify the costs and progress of job. + Support Project Manager to verify forecast accuracy based on crew efficiency, change impacts, etc. + Ensure contract compliance through effective contract management activities. ## Supervisory/Interpersonal- Experience Required ## Qualifications + Excellent verbal and written communication skills. + Construction project experience– understanding of the nature of construction projects and the effective / professional approach to delivery . + Construction contractual knowledge – ability to interpret and apply contract clauses to ensure National Grid’s commercial interests are protected. + Claim assessment / valuation – ability to independently review and challenge change orders, and assess / verify the cost and schedule impact on the project or event. + Project management understanding assessment – ability to review and understand project to assess validity, deliverability and assess impact of delays. + Utility experience preferred. + Bachelor’s degree required – Construction Management, Engineering degree desired. ## More Information This position has a career path which provides for promotional opportunities within and across bands as you develop and evolve in the position; gaining experience, expertise and acquiring and applying technical skills. Internal candidates will be assessed and provided offers against the minimum qualifications of this role and theirindividualexperience. National Grid is an equal opportunity employer that values a broad diversity of talent, knowledge, experience and expertise. We foster a culture of inclusion that drives employee engagement to deliver superior performance to the communities we serve. National Grid is proud to be an affirmative action employer. We encourage minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans to join the National Grid team.