Manager of Construction Cost & Procurement - EMEIA

Department:  Architecture
City:  London
Country:  GB


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 manage costs and procurement for capital expenditure projects within the region (corners, travel, mainline, outlet and flagships). Involved on projects from feasibility stage to project completion, producing and managing budgets, cost control, tenders, contracts, procurement and reporting. Actively supporting supplier selection and development, partaking in key initiatives including value engineering, historical data collection and various process/guidance requirements for the wider teams.


  • Manage the cost and procurement aspects of regional projects from initial proposal through scoping and option studies to authorisation of funding and scheme inception as a live project. Site visit to ascertain site constraints and identify risks. Ascertain scope of work from Architectural Planners.
  • Maintain up to date cost report, provide regular updates on spend and update various documents/trackers accordingly
  • Employ modelling and estimating techniques to provide accurate rates and costs for an annual spend of up to £40m across a variety of different types and sizes of new and refurbishment retail projects.
  • 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.
  • Conduct 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.
  • 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 and identify savings. Oversee Purchase Order process, ensure timely release of payments, resolution of issues within SAP
  • Agree final accounts with all contractors, consultants and suppliers.
  •  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.



  • Construction Managers
    • Consultation on commercial, procurement, and financial aspects of construction projects. Regular reviews of construction issues and variations as well as project programmes.
  • Architectural Planners
    • Information and clarification on scope of works, design options and changes, to achieve optimum value within the limits of the agreed capex budget.
  • Finance Department
    • Advice on construction projects to ensure realistic data is included in proposals and financial goals relating to capex spend is achieved.
  • Commercial Procurement Department
    • Cooperation to acheive best value through supply chain management


  • University degree – with emphasis on Quantity Surveying or equivalent (RICS accredited degree an advantage)
  • MRICS (or working towards chartership)
  • Relevant experience managing cost and procurement on construction projects.
  • Detailed knowledge of the construction process and procurement is essential, particularly relating to luxury retail construction.
  • Ability to budget and manage project costs.
  • Ability to manage consultants and local teams to ensure timely completion and maintenance of global standard for all projects.
  • Communication skills written and oral – many times communicating in cultures where English is the secondary language.
  • Flexibility and willingness for extensive travel.
  • A solid understanding of financial reconciliation of construction related costs.
  • Construction experience in the region is an advantage.
  • Strong MS Excel skills. AutoCAD also an advantage.

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