Cost & Programme Manager

United Kingdom
c.£70,000 p.a. plus excellent benefits
06 Feb 2019
03 Mar 2019
Job position
Contract Type
Full Time

Cost & Programme Manager

Cognita is a private schools group which owns and operates schools globally. Launched in the UK in 2004, we are an extraordinary family of diverse yet connected schools. We share one common purpose: to create an inspiring world of education that builds self-belief and empowers individuals to succeed. With some 70 schools in Europe, Latin America and Asia, we employ 7,000 teaching and support staff in the care and education of more than 40,000 students.

Cognita’s Operations Department is responsible for overseeing and delivering all UK capital development projects and programmes of work, , managing the UK acquisitions and disposals, Property and Asset Management, Maintenance, and Services Management (including catering, cleaning and transport).

Reporting to the Operations Director, the incumbent will provide strategic and commercial leadership on all cost management, programme & planning, procurement and contractual matters to support the  capital investment strategy. You will provide a professional support service to all aspects of the Operations Department  in the delivery of its services related to all business units across the UK school’s portfolio including whole life cycle costing, capital projects, refurbishments and maintenance works.

The successful candidate will possess relevant experience in a quantity surveying, cost management or a commercial leadership role in the construction and property sector. With the formulation of investment across their portfolio it is vital that the programming of projects, forecasting and management of costs and expenditure is exemplary and that procurement methods provide maximum value for money.

You will have experience of cost reporting and providing assurance on projects and programmes from a cost, contract and risk perspective and will relish the challenge of achieving value across a broad range of development and estates management activities.

Cognita offers excellent benefits including private healthcare, flexible working, additional Christmas holiday, professional subscriptions and a commitment to your continuing your personal development along with a fee discount scheme.

For a confidential discussion and/or the Candidate Brochure, please contact our retained advisors Ben Duffill ( or Nick Coppard ( of the Management Recruitment Group on 0203 962 9900.  Applications should consist of a CV and Covering Letter and should be sent to

Closing date: Sunday 3rd March 2019

“Cognita Schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, volunteers and other third parties to share this commitment.  Safer recruitment practice and pre-employment background checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed.”

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