Senior Cost Manager

Job Details

  • Locations: Washington DC
  • Industry: Higher Education
  • Employment Type: Full-Time
  • Job Functions: Cost Management

Why Join Us

At Abbott, we believe the diversity of our professional and personal life experiences helps us build strong relationships with both our corporate clients and local communities. We build and retain the best talent, by valuing recognition and mutual respect between colleagues. These factors blend to create an energetic and positive environment, where ready support and collaboration flow seamlessly. Our culture stands on the firm foundation of the integrity, tenacity, and loyalty of our people, as they are among the most highly respected industry leaders. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer that encourages growth, flexibility, and personal development. 

About Us

Abbott is a fully integrated project and program management consultancy firm, working across all sectors of the built environment. Our mission is to help move the world forward one project at a time. We strongly encourage creativity and passion, consistently building connections, and creating confidence that transforms vision into reality. 

Our team of world-renowned professionals combine a wealth of experience and technical expertise, allowing Abbott to handle some of the most complex projects effectively and deliver the best possible outcomes for our clients. We see our team members as the core of our organization, driving results through dedication, focus, and clarity.

What you will do…

Abbott is currently searching for highly talented construction Senior Cost Managers. Senior Cost Managers are indispensable members of our project teams delivering complex projects across the nation. As a Senior Cost Manager, you will be the main leader for budgeting and cost modeling efforts for one or more of our projects in the Washington DC area.

  • Developing and maintaining project cost models throughout design conceptual budgets, detailed estimates including forecasted scope, and comprehensive estimates with inputs from general contractor and their subcontractors.
  • Spearheading presentation of cost models to client and designer counterparts, including reconciliation and validation of construction managers estimates relative to scope, inclusions/exclusions, and cost
  • Managing additional internal estimating resources during periods of peak demand, but also standing capably as an independent cost manager on an every-day basis
  • Actively participating in the design process and design review cycles, including engaged participation in stakeholder meetings, suggesting value-driving options, and managing cost inputs to design
  • Providing timely feedback on budget requests from stakeholders, both internal and external
  • Monitoring cost risks and cost savings opportunities associated with ongoing design
  • Assisting with the development of scopes of work for procurement
  • Soliciting and analyzing contractor budgets and bids
  • Establish and Maintain good client relationships.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field (e.g. Business, Economics, Construction, Engineering, Architecture, etc.)
  • 8+ years relevant work experience managing a project budgets and/or developing cost models throughout the construction process
  • Previous experience in Higher Education projects, preferred
  • Experience managing contractor bid process
  • Experience in leadership and managing staff
  • Certification with AACE, PMI or CMAA is preferred.
  • Willingness to Travel throughout the country as project needs dictate.

Skills & Abilities

  • Strong knowledge of cost management principles and practices
  • Ability to prepare cost estimates for construction process based on working knowledge of construction/building systems and leveraging historical cost data when appropriate
  • Ability to develop and manage comprehensive, detailed cost project cost models
  • Ability to interface with and communicate cost implications to various project stakeholders, including executive leadership, both internal and external
  • Strong leadership, communication, and relationship-management skills
  • Ability to train and manage direct reports
  • Ability to participate in pursuit efforts–procurement strategy, proposals, budgets, bids, etc.
  • Self-motivated, organized team player with ability to manage work priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to develop relationships with and effectively manage all parties.


We offer a work environment that rewards our people both inside and outside the office. Abbott provides everything you need to turn your vision into reality. From an on-site fitness center and bike share to flexible hours and medical plans, Abbott supports a healthy work life balance and prioritizes the personal wellbeing of our employees. More details will be provided in your employment agreement.
*Benefits and perks mentioned above may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Abbott and the location where you work.

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Job Category: Higher Education
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Washington DC

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