Cost Manager

Cost Manager

Program Management - MARTA - Must have Earned Value Management experience - Not an Accounting Position

At H.J. Russell & Company, we know that exceptional outcomes start with the right people. We believe that work should be challenging, and the challenge should be fun. We also believe that exceptional outcomes are more likely to occur with a respectful, satisfying, and empowering company. We value and respect our employees – their experience and expertise as well as their energy, passion, and diversity – and their innovative approach to work and life.


Russell is currently seeking a Cost Manager in our Atlanta, GA office to support the Centralized Project Management Office (CPMO) in support of our client, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) pursuit to rehabilitate, enhance and expand their light and heavy rail infrastructure, bus rapid transit lanes, transit facilities and stations, and state of good repairs initiatives. Responsible for providing budget, commitment, invoice, and cost forecasting support. The successful candidate will have proven cost engineering experience with complex, multi-phase, multi-million-dollar construction and/or renovation projects.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES – Includes the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Ability to lead and train a team of professional Cost Engineers in the execution of a Capital Improvement Program

Monitor project budgets, cost tracking, and funding for a multi-billion-dollar Capital Improvement Program.

Experience in implementing and managing an Earned Value Management system is essential to do this job.

Responsible for the creation and maintenance of reports to accurately reflect current budgets, invoices, and committed costs; projected-to-go or cost-to-complete estimates; budget variances; cash flow projections; and schedule of values for individual projects.

Provide trending information to assist in forecasting potential problems with cost and time.

Prepare work breakdown structures.

Oversee conceptual estimates for various design and construction estimates to provide program budgets.

Oversee the development and maintenance of an automated program cost database.

Provide, annually, a fiscal budget and past period cost performance report.

Provide monthly consolidated program cost performance report.

Manage the coordination of cost information required for Procedures and various Cost Control Systems

Attends project meetings to provide Project Management with current financial information and trend logs regarding potential impacts on project budget or forecast.

Develop creative reporting tools to communicate complex project sequencing and/or progress assessments.

Perform work in a safe manner and actively encourages others to do the same.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Engineering, Construction Management, or other related fields preferred.

10+ years of experience in Cost Engineering on large-scale projects/programs

Strong knowledge of MS Excel and databases is required.

Knowledge of construction, engineering, procurement, industry standards, and other project-related activities, their interfaces, and interdependencies.

Transit experience is a plus but not required.

Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) Experience, desired but not required.

Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification is desired but not required.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment and the noise level is usually moderate.



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