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Microsoft UK • London, United Kingdom

Cost Management Lead - Execution Oversight Team (EOT)

Employment type:  Full time

3 days/week at home

Fully flexible hours

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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 seeking a highly motivated and experienced Regional Datacenter Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) Regional Execution Oversight Team (EOT) Lead to join our team.

Microsoft's CO+I team is seeking a Datacenter Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) Regional Execution Oversight Team (EOT) Cost management Lead to provide services for EMEA region.

As part of the regional EPC Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) Execution Oversight Team (EOT), the key responsibilities are to work cross functionally with other Execution Oversight Team (EOT) team members to provide oversight on the consistent implementation of the project SLA and functional governance, perform project health analysis against the approved SLAs/scope/execution plan/cost/schedule, assist with the project setup, evaluate the site resource effectiveness, conduct spot audits, assist with onboarding and training of the site-based team. The team will be dedicated to this scope and will not be assigned to specific projects or other functional/regional activities. The project reviews and assessments will be as per the Execution Oversight Team (EOT) roadmap and/ or managed by exception should a critical priority be raised within the region. The team will be based in a hub location and will travel together to the site as per the roadmap and business critical priorities.

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.

This role is a regional role covering the EMEA region. This role will require significant levels of travel to datacenter campuses in the region.


  • Reports to the EPC Regional Cost Management Lead with reporting structure to a Execution Oversight Team (EOT) Lead
  • This position requires a senior level of understanding of cost management, commercial issues, Datacenter Construction, Project Management, Telecommunications, and Mission Critical Operations.
  • Create and/or maintain best practices to identify and incorporate quality and cost-effective solutions.
  • Development of corrective action reports to best understand and communicate project recovery.
  • Development of cost management audit reports to best understand and communicate project status.

Deep understanding of the commercial management of the General Contractor (GC) from liaison with our procurement office on the Request for Proposal (RFP) documents through to the final payments and agreement of the final accounts and paperwork. This will also include :

  • Detailed estimation of the project based on local design documents.
  • Agreement of estimates with the GC at during design development and agreement of the contract sum.
  • Pay application assessment and approval for the GC, all equipment vendors and all project support consultants.
  • Estimation of and commercial agreement of all change orders.
  • Draft commercial detail and supporting documents for all funding requests.
  • Review and agreement of all GC procurement of the subcontract packages including the approval of the sub contract Letters of Authorization (LOAs).
  • Commercial review of all disputes that may arise.

Commercial management of all other program vendors including:

  • Presenting proposals to head office for purchase order approval.
  • Approving invoices for all project vendors.
  • Final account agreement & closeout for all vendor accounts.
  • Manage the Cost Management firm contracted to provide commercial support in the region.
  • Assist in the procurement of Cost Management firm.
  • Manage the resources allocated to the projects to ensure that they are appropriate in number and quality.
  • Regular Monthly Business Updates (MBUs) with the cost management firms.
  • Cost Reporting: Work with the Cost management firm, GC and project controls to ensure that the full suite of cost reports are available for review by Redmond on a monthly basis.
  • 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.
  • 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 though to final decision.
  • 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 Purchase Order (PO) support necessary for this team to perform in the region.
  • Commercial Process control: Review the current commercial processes in the region and develop these into a commercial playbook. On agreement of this playbook the candidate shall be responsible for the consistent implementation of same.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Construction management, Project Controls, Quantity Surveying or related field and indepth related experience
  • Experience managing the estimating or commercials on a major construction portfolio
  • Proven experience of the commercial management role in the procurement of GC contracts and other construction vendors


  • 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.
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) full membership or equivalent
  • Commercial knowledge of construction internationally


  • Excellent communication skills, experience collaborating with all other areas of the datacenter program with an ability to think strategically and build the trust of our construction partners needed to agree very large construction contracts and final accounts

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. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. 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.

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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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