APAC Portfolio Central Cost Manager

Posted 16 May 2023
Job type Permanent
Discipline Real Estate / Construction

Company's Benefits

  • Flexible Working Arrangements

    Flexible Working Arrangements

  • Equal Pay Initiatives

    Equal Pay Initiatives

  • Mentorship Program

    Mentorship Program

  • Leadership Development Program

    Leadership Development Program

  • Paid Parental Leave

    Paid Parental Leave

  • Return to Work Policy

    Return to Work Policy

  • Childcare Facilities

    Childcare Facilities

  • Breastfeeding Rooms

    Breastfeeding Rooms

  • Sponsorship Program

    Sponsorship Program

  • Coaching Program

    Coaching Program

  • Raise Numbers Of Women In Leadership

    Raise Numbers Of Women In Leadership

  • Internal Women's Networking Group

    Internal Women's Networking Group

Job Description


Cloud Operations + Innovation (CO+I) is the team behind one of the world’s largest cloud infrastructures, responsible for powering all Microsoft online Products and Services as well as powering Microsoft’s “Cloud First” mission. Our focus is on smart growth, high efficiency, and delivering a trusted experience to customers and partners worldwide. We are looking for passionate, high energy program managers to help achieve that mission.

Within CO+I, the Infrastructure, Planning and Acquisition team is responsible for supporting delivery of datacenter capacity for Microsoft’s cloud business. We have a portfolio of complex, multi-disciplinary, multi-million, multi-year datacenter construction and lease projects with specific safety, quality, schedule, and cost goals.

Job Description:

To help us accelerate our objectives, growth, and transformation, we are looking for a strong senior APAC Portfolio Central Cost Manager to join our Cost Management Team in APAC, working alongside the Regional Cost Director & Sub-Regional Cost Managers to assist in commercially managing all data center construction projects.

Being part of this team would give you an opportunity to be part of a rapidly growing business and enable global impact.

In alignment with our Microsoft values, we are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment for all employees to positively impact our culture every day.



Knowledge, experience and skills:

  • 7+ years’ experience managing the estimating or commercials on a major construction portfolio

  • 3+ years of leadership experience in Construction Cost Estimating or Cost Management

  • Quantity Surveying degree or Construction Commercial Management degree or Construction degree

  • Deep commercial knowledge of construction internationally

  • Working knowledge of construction contracts used internationally, especially in APAC

  • Deep knowledge and experience of the commercial management role in the procurement of GC contracts and other construction vendors

  • Ability to understand what "right" looks like contractually and financially and be then able to negotiate with the other parties to ensure that this is the final position.

  • Good communication skills, ability to collaborate with all other areas of the data center program, be able to think strategically, ability to build the trust of our construction partners needed to agree very large construction GMPs and final accounts

Preferred, not required:

  • RICS full membership (MRICS or FRICS) or equivalent is desired

  • Experience on location in the construction industry

The ideal candidate will be a chartered Quantity Surveyor, RICS qualified, with deep knowledge in construction costs, estimating and procurement and will be comfortable in a construction team environment. Experience in presenting to senior leadership. The candidate will have a solid contractual and procurement knowledge and have the ability to work in a fast paced environment dealing with multiple stakeholders.




  • Provision of cost management support on all new projects in new regions/campuses prior to appointment and establishment of dedicated project cost management teams. Scope to include procurement support, processing PO’s, payments and invoice approvals, cash flow tracking and cost reporting

  • Commercial support and coordination with procurement, design and estimating teams. Participate in initial Stage Gate estimate reviews and New Regions Contracts reviews.

  • Cost/commercial support to Land Acquisition and Energy teams

  • Coordination with E2E and estimating teams for Stage Gate reports and planning

Funding Management

  • Coordination and support to project funding requests. Process management and alignment of cost tables and data

Post Construction

  • Cost Management support during defects liability periods on projects where project cost managers are no longer on board. PO close outs, vendor accounts.


  • Development and maintenance of regional benchmarking data. Liaison and coordination with global benchmarking.

  • Compilation and tracking of project indirect costs. Maintaining database and comparisons with baseline data

  • Coordination and alignment of cross walks and normalized rates

Resource Management

  • Onboarding support to Cost Management vendors

  • Maintenance and reporting of Vendor KPI’s and project savings logs.

Compass Systems / Processes

  • Regional point of contact for “Compass” cost management processes and systems. Full training will be provided

  • Interface and support to other stakeholders in development and maintenance of project cost management processes

Finance Support

  • Entity transfers, coordination with BizOps, Procurement and MS Finance

  • Taxation planning support – Capital Allowances Documentation preparation

  • Audit support.

  • Support the Audit process as Managed by the MSFT appointed 3rd party vendor including preparation of responses, sourcing, and provision of project information etc

Cost Planning

  • Support for Preconstruction / Design Stage Estimates and Report Outs

  • General Contractor RFP support, coordinating BQ production and the preparation of pricing documents and Pre-tender estimates

  • Risk Management: Coordination of early phase Risk workshops and reporting prior to handover to project cost managers.

Primary interfaces

  • Principal Cost Manager / Regional/Program Cost Managers

  • HQ based (Redmond) Cost Engineering

  • Estimating and Design teams

  • Supply Chain/Procurement teams (Services and Equipment)

  • Project Management teams

  • E2E teams