Cost Controller – Pharma construction projects (based in Switzerland)

Turner Townsend

Company Description

At Turner & Townsend we’re passionate about making the difference. That means delivering better outcomes for our clients, helping our people to realize their potential, and doing our part to create a prosperous society. 

Every day we help our major global clients deliver ambitious and highly technical projects, in over 125 offices worldwide.

We work with clients to deliver certainty and maximize their return on investment, delivering effective program management, project and cost management and project controls services.

Job Description

We are currently looking for an experienced Cost Controller to join our team and work on a major Pharma construction project based in Switzerland. As the Cost Controller you will be responsible for cost controlling and overseeing the costs and cost reporting of projects through various project stages.

The main aim is to track budgets, commitments, expenditures and forecasts, and to assist in the preparation and review of cost estimates and schedules across the Building Program and its supporting projects.

The responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Set-up and control of cost report, maintaining a consistent approach to reporting across the portfolio of projects taking into account Capex as well as Opex costs.
  • Analysis and integration of cost estimates and forecasts provided by contractors and suppliers, and support the cost estimating process.
  • Ensure changes are correctly documented communicated to the business of the probability it will occur.
  • Oversee invoice processing to ensure timely release of invoices for submission for payment.
  • Review the cost impacts of changes and incorporate impacts of approved changes into the project control budget and current cost forecast.
  • Ensures that the project cost report reflects the correct value for approved changes and that the forecast final cost incorporates all approved changes.
  • Develop, monitor and maintain overall Monthly Project Cost Reports.
  • Ad hoc requests for data, data analysis, and presentation materials.
  • Provides assistance to other Cost Controllers as and when required.


  • A degree in Quantity Surveying, Engineering or equivalent is required. 
  • Cost engineering experience; working experiences in one of the sectors: Hightech & Manufacturing, Life Science or Oil & Gas sector.
  • Experience being part of a team cost controlling on large scale projects preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience balancing and organizing multiple project or assignments.
  • Strong communication skills
  • Business Level in English and German

Additional Information

Our inspired people share our vision and mission. We provide a great place to work, where each person has the opportunity and voice to affect change.

We want our people to succeed both in work and life. To support this we promote a healthy, productive and flexible working environment that respects work-life balance. We also encourage our staff to strive to ‘make a difference’ and become involved in various working committees and forums (for example, Inclusion Working Group, Social & Wellness, Learning & Development, Corporate Social Responsibilities and Net Zero Vision).

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