Cost Planner (Data Centres)

At Hickory, we don’t believe in standing still, for over three decades we have continually invested in researching and developing systems and products to improve the way we build. Our philosophy is ‘MADE for LIFE’ – it’s a commitment we honour, each day. Everything we do and everything we build is ‘MADE for LIFE.’ Whether it’s refining our patented, prefabricated building products, developing more efficient and sustainable construction practices, or bringing expertise inhouse to supply critical components, we always believe there is a better way. As a result, Hickory have become one of the most diverse property companies in Australia.


  • Work-Life Balance: Enjoy a balanced work-life schedule with a standard 5-day work week.
  • Continuous Career Advancement: Unlock your potential through ongoing career development and growth prospects.
  • Employee Wellbeing: Access our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for valuable support and resources.
  • Travel Perks: Benefit from exclusive travel perks, including discounted flights and hotel rates.
  • Expert In-House Team: Collaborate with our dedicated structures and facades team.
  • Family-Friendly Policies: Receive paid parental leave to support your family needs.
  • Supportive Culture: Thrive in a nurturing team environment that values both collective and individual achievements.
  • Diverse Opportunities: Gain exposure to a wide range of roles and industry leaders in our leading market company.


Preconstruction / Design Responsibilities:

  • Develop comprehensive target cost plans by analyzing site layout, conditions, and constraints.
  • Prepare Request for Tender (RFT) documents for various works packages.
  • Establish pricing methodologies and project-specific tendering processes, including reviewing trade packages and procurement strategies.
  • Participate in Kick-off meetings to align project objectives.
  • Create and update a project commercial plan, outlining estimate timelines, workshops, and construction audits.

Procurement Duties:

  • Negotiate local contract terms and conditions.
  • Develop a contract strategy and negotiation plan.
  • Oversee the procurement of subcontract trade packages, from reviewing RFT documentation, attending tender meetings and making recommendations for approval.

Change Management Responsibilities:

  • Analyze and negotiate all project changes submitted by vendors.
  • Validate vendors’ valuations of changes and support the client in monitoring these changes and their associated values.
  • Maintain a Change Order Request Log and update it regularly.

Project Cost Reporting:

  • Generate project financial reports and present them at monthly cost review meetings.
  • Conduct regular meetings with the client’s Project Controls team to synchronize project data with Power BI reports.

Payment Applications:

  • Evaluate actual site progress through inspections and compare it with project cash flow and monthly payment claims using standard Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) library.
  • Serve as the interim approver for invoice administration.

Post Contract Services:

  • Attend and support regular Design Team meetings, Change Request review meetings, and Budget review meetings.
  • Manage the change control process, attending weekly change meetings and providing construction cost and budget advice on proposed changes.
  • Manage Contingency through Quantitative Risk Analysis, attending workshops, evaluating risks, and providing cost estimates for proposed levels of contingency.
  • Assist with commercial claims for costs and implement a Resolution Process.
  • Serve as the interim reviewer of contract documents and approve them using Docusign.
  • Review insurance certificates and performance for deficiencies, advising on local market conditions.
  • Lead monthly review meetings and assist with commercial performance-related concerns, including instigating and tracking escalations.


  • Demonstrated experience in data center construction.
  • Chartered status (desirable).
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Cost Management or a related technical field.
  • Preferred experience in Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) projects.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively within a team of Cost Managers and report to senior management.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a proven track record of building and maintaining client relationships.
Proficiency in and adherence to industry standards and practices, including:
  • CSI (Construction Specification Institute).
  • AACEI (Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering).
  • SCEA (Society of Cost Estimating and Analysis).
  • RICS (The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors).


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