Graduate Cost Managers

Graduate Cost Managers

Artelia is seeking bright Quantity Surveying graduates to develop your career within our exciting and growing construction consultancy based in London. As part of a global group employing over 8,900 people, we have an exciting range of clients, from global commercial and industrial conglomerates to hoteliers, retailers, healthcare trusts, schools, universities, museums and UNESCO World…

Artelia is seeking bright Quantity Surveying graduates to develop your career within our exciting and growing construction consultancy based in London. As part of a global group employing over 8,900 people, we have an exciting range of clients, from global commercial and industrial conglomerates to hoteliers, retailers, healthcare trusts, schools, universities, museums and UNESCO World Heritage sites. This makes for tremendously varied career opportunities in cost management.

As a key member of the professional team, you will be providing valuable construction cost management services to our clients, responsible for cost planning and management throughout the life cycle of a project:

  • Cost planning and management
  • Carbon budgeting
  • Risk management
  • Lifecycle costing and carbon analysis
  • Budget monitoring
  • Dispute advice
  • Procurement advice
  • Profitability and efficiency planning
  • Cost and carbon value engineering
  • Communication between Project Management and Construction

As a key member of the construction team, you will work closely with Client, Project Manager, the Design Team and other stakeholders to ensure the project achieves best value for money. It is an exciting time to become a cost consultant as AI and machine learning are big disruptors in the industry, and you will have the opportunity to use and help develop these tools as the technology improves.

Artelia Graduate Programme

Our graduate programme in Cost Consulting has been developed to prepare you for a successful future at Artelia and beyond. The experiences available will help you to develop the versatility and confidence essential to becoming a trusted advisor to our clients.

The scheme itself is flexible and fully adaptable to your development and the opportunities available. There are no restrictions and the pace at which you progress through the graduate programme and in your career, it is completely up to your own self-motivation.

Throughout, we provide you with the training, mentoring and support you need to thrive on your journey to Chartered Status with The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

As a Graduate, you will also join Artelia’s Young Professional Forum where you will network with other graduate professionals (in the UK and abroad) and get to know the consultancy business. The YPF is a supportive environment, with a focus on learning from each other and most importantly, ensuring you have fun whilst at work!!

Graduate Scheme Structure


During your first year of the graduate programme you will gain all the core skills to build your career as a Cost Consultant. You will have the opportunity to get fully involved in projects right from the start – working closely with experienced Cost Consultants. The role is incredibly varied, no two projects are the same and all have different demands at each stage. You will be managing relationships with colleagues, clients and a variety of stakeholders – based not just in the office, but out on client sites too. By the end of the year, there is an expectation that you will be given full responsibility for the cost management of one of your own projects.


Assist in basic cost estimation and time/budget tracking for projects. Follow basic contract administration procedures and maintain contract documentation. Comply with basic safety guidelines and participate in safety training. Achieve required safety certification such as CSCS, SMSTS. Assist in basic proposal preparation. Join and contribute to company groups including the Young Professionals Forum.


Assist in accurately measuring and quantifying construction works. Provide support in preparing tender documentation. Assist in tracking project costs, maintaining cost records, and monitoring expenditures against the approved budget. Support in the preparation and maintenance of contract documents. Assist in generating cost reports, financial forecasts, and cost-to-complete assessments, helping senior surveyors analyse project financial data. Participate in identifying potential cost-related risks and contribute to developing strategies to mitigate them. Develop proficiency in take-off and cost estimating software (e.g., CostX, Kreo) and assist in utilising them for measurement and cost calculation processes. Learn and apply knowledge of various construction contract types, such as JCT, NEC, and FIDIC, to assist in contract management. Actively seek opportunities for professional growth, attend training, and stay updated with industry best practices and standards.


After completing your first year at Artelia, you will begin to take on greater responsibility for cost managing projects. You will rotate between different units within the UK office to stretch your Cost Consulting skills and practical knowledge. There are a wide range of opportunities available. Together with your mentor, you could decide to:

  • Develop expertise in the use of BIM for cost estimating and cost management
  • Diversify into specialist areas of knowledge, such as contract, procurement, sustainability or zero carbon etc
  • Build experience in a particular sector such as education, commercial property and historic buildings
  • Broaden your skills to encompass Employers Agent and Contract Administrator roles to your portfolio


The third year of the programme has been created to expand your horizons, develop your skill set and finalise your path to Chartership. You will be given increasing responsibility, opening up an ever-increasing range of challenging and interesting leadership opportunities.

You will be taught to simultaneously manage multiple cost management projects and take responsibility for managing your own portfolio of projects. You will have the opportunity of working as part of a team delivering high profile major projects not only in the UK, but also internationally.

This programme is flexible and can be adapted to meet your needs and the needs of our clients. There are no restrictions for graduates however Chartership with the RICS through the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) does require 2 years relevant work experience with an RICS accredited degree (or 5 years experience without) before the assessment can be taken.

Who are we looking for?

When selecting our graduates, we look beyond just the academic. Ours is a people business and we work together in teams. We need individuals with ‘in-built’ drive and motivation, with good communication skills who can relate to those around them. We like common sense, integrity and people who have broad ranging interests, who can solve problems and thrive under pressure.

How do I apply?

If you are a recent graduate or set to graduate in 2024 and you have:

  • A 2:1 or above in a relevant undergraduate or Masters degree (predicted)
  • Appropriate work experience that demonstrates a proactive approach and exposure to technical skills
  • Strong numerical ability with excellent IT skills
  • Great communication skills
  • Strong persuasion and influencing skills
  • The ability to work in a team
  • Confidence and drive
  • A UK driving licence


Then we’d love to hear from you. Applications via Linked In or alternatively please send a cover letter and CV to

In exchange, we are offering a competitive salary and an extensive benefits package including 5% pension, Life Insurance, full private Medical Insurance and a Medical Cash Plan (including optical and dental cover), cycle to work schemes, membership to My Artelia Benefits offering shopping discounts, savings on cinema tickets, hotel bookings and insurances. You will receive up to 27 days holiday plus bank holiday and 2 days charity leave each year, with the flexibility to purchase additional leave to achieve the ultimate work/life balance! We also have a number of fun social events throughout the year so you will quickly feel like part of the team!

Any data received in connection with your application will be processed for the recruitment of this position only. Any data submitted will be stored securely and will not be passed to any third party. By applying for this position, you are giving consent for us to hold this data and retain for reasonable time in connection with this recruitment only.

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