Microsoft UK • London/London, United Kingdom

Central Cost Lead - Data Center Construction

Employment type:  Full time

3 days/week at home

Fully flexible hours

Job Description


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.

Microsoft Cloud Operations and Innovation (CO+I) is the team behind the cloud. CO+I is responsible for delivering over 200 Microsoft web portals, Live and Online Services around the world including infrastructure, security and compliance, operations, globalization, and manageability. Our focus is on smart growth, high efficiency, and delivering trusted experience to customers and partners worldwide. We are looking for a passionate, high-energy individual to help build the network that powers the world’s largest online services.

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. As employees we come together with a growth mindset, innovate to empower others and collaborate to realize our shared goals. Each day we build on our values of respect, integrity, and accountability to create a culture of inclusion where everyone can thrive at work and beyond.

Microsoft's CO+I team is seeking a Datacenter Central Cost Manager to provide services EMEA wide.

The Central Cost Manager will work alongside key stakeholders such as the Regional DCD Construction Directors and Design Leads to commercially manage projects in the EMEA region, concentrating primarily on a) improvement initiatives and consistent application of cost processes across the region and b) supporting pre-construction stages of the build from site selection, through design development and up to contract sum agreement stage and will fulfil the lead role of all initial cost planning and estimating on all projects across the EMEA portfolio.

The preferred location for the role is in UK or IRE, although the role can be located in any of Microsoft’s Europe hub locations. This role is eligible for hybrid or remote work.


Process improvement: Work closely with sub-regional leads to maintain consistent application of cost processes & implementation across the EMEA region, where such processes include cost breakdown structures, estimating, tendering, financial reports, cashflow, accruals, change approvals, contingency/risk management financial close.

Management of improvement initiatives: Be the EMEA region point of contact for globally driven improvement initiatives. Agree and align with sub-regional leads on implementation into project(s) for pilot and roll out. Own co-ordination of each initiative, managing inputs from sub-regions to track progress and collate EMEA-wide reporting to meet global requirements.

Site selection support: Work with our site selection team in the region to provide constructability reports and site-specific comparative estimates on candidate sites. Also provide all funding and PO support necessary for this team to perform in the region

Design Team Commercial Support: From project kick-off through to final design provide commercial support on business cases, value engineering studies and change control as the design evolves from POR though to final design. Project Design Change Control; management of process and coordination of all project baseline design changes during project specific design development. Provide as needed reports identifying cost of any POR/Baseline design changes. Provision of all commercial data to support Microsoft Change Management process

BQ Production and General Contractor Bids: Blank BQ production and preparation of pricing documents for GC bid events. Provision of General Contractor pre-tender estimates. Commercial RFI / clarification support during bid events. Provision of General Contract bid comparisons and tender reports

Pre-Construction Reporting: Preparing regular Cost Status updates and providing commercial input for Stage Gate approvals and Senior Management briefings. Support to, and coordination with, program and project management, procurement, design and estimating teams. Provide monthly Final Reports for all pre-construction projects

Project Funding: Provide the PER (funding) team all commercial support necessary to ascertain the required timing of the funding intervals and all commercial information needed to back up these funding requests to management. This will normally involve the production of multiple option cost scenarios.

Benchmarking: Provision of feedback for our regional benchmarking data. Liaison and coordination with global benchmarking team. Compilation of project indirect costs. Maintaining database and comparisons with baseline data


  • Bachelor’s degree in Construction management, Project Controls, Quantity Surveying or related field
  • Demonstrable experience of working in a matrix environments within large organizations
  • Proven experience of commercial management role on a major construction portfolio
  • Ability to meet Microsoft, customer and/or government security screening requirements are required for this role.
  • These requirements include but are not limited to the following specialized security screenings: Microsoft Cloud Background Check: This position will be required to pass the Microsoft Cloud background check upon hire/transfer and every two years thereafter.
  • Commercial knowledge of construction internationally is preferred, but not essential.
  • MS excel proficiency
  • People management experience is preferred, but not essential.
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) full membership or equivalent is preferred, but not essential.

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Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form.

Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.

Company benefits

Wellbeing allowance
Health insurance
Dental coverage
Gym membership
Mental health platform access
Buy or sell annual leave
Shared parental leave
Matched pension contribution
Charity donation scheme
Employee assistance programme
Employee discounts
Volunteer days
Fertility treatment leave
Open to compressed hours
Open to job sharing
Fertility benefits
Enhanced sick pay
Enhanced sick days
Compassionate leave
Travel insurance
20 days annual leave + bank holidays
Enhanced maternity leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Adoption leave
Childcare credits
Carer’s leave
Cycle to work scheme
Faith rooms
Annual bonus
Annual pay rises
Company car
Open to part-time employees
Pregnancy loss leave
Life insurance
Equity packages
Financial coaching
Relocation packages
Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are largely happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
Employees feel that most people work flexibly
Employees feel that they can mostly manage how they get their own work done

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Office locations

London, Reading, Cambridge, Romsey, Manchester, Edinburgh

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom

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