Consultant - Project Risk Consulting (Estimator)


  • Opportunity to be involved in many interesting construction and infrastructure projects across Australia
  • Work with a diverse range of industry leading clients
  • Immerse yourself in an inclusive, diverse and supportive culture

KPMG Australia is part of a global network providing extensive services across a wide range of industries and sectors. Our people collaborate, share their expertise and create innovation as we partner with clients to solve complex challenges, empower change, drive disruption and growth. We look for talented people with the potential to make an extraordinary difference for our clients, our firm and our communities. 

KPMG’s Project Risk Consulting team works with project owners, including government and the private sector, investing in long term construction and infrastructure projects, to help protect them against major delays, cost overruns, waste and irregularities. Due to recent growth, the Melbourne team is looking for a Consultant to work on some of Australia’s largest infrastructure projects and contribute to this fast-growing practice.

Your Opportunity

As a member of the Project Risk Consulting team, you could expect to assist clients by:

  • Benchmarking the cost estimate and costs incurred against similar projects
  • Reviewing the scope of works against details in the cost estimate and identifying gaps in estimations.
  • Working with the client to prepare and review the principles of cost estimates on road, water and rail projects to ensure a value for money outcome will be achieved.
  • Determining whether appropriate planning, estimating and accuracy has been applied in understanding the project drivers for cost and schedule.
  • Verifying internal unit rates for labour, plant equipment and materials to market value and the proposed procurement strategy.
  • Validating estimated labour norms and productivity to the scope of works.
  • Determining whether appropriate allowances have been incorporated in the early stages of the project and identifying cost escalation processes as required.
  • Developing a structured plan to analyse whether contingency allowances are directly proportional to risk and identifying mitigation tactics to enable the project to continue.
  • Analysing final actual costs against the budget and market and capturing lessons learned to enhance value for money outcome on future projects.

How you're Extraordinary

In order to be considered for this opportunity you will:

  • Have relevant qualifications with a strong quantity surveying or civil engineering background.  With approximately 4+ years of relevant civil or related construction and/ or project management experience either in the government or private sectors.
  • Currently possess or are working towards obtaining relevant professional memberships in RPEQ, AIQS, RICS and/ or equivalent.  
  • Have prior quantity surveying, scope assessment, procurement management, cost estimation and benchmarking experience and a track record of working in a professional services environment.
  • Be proficient with the use of cost estimation software including Pronamics Expert Estimation and Microsoft excel.   
  • Have well-developed written and communication skills, including the ability to work to deadlines and in a team environment.
  • Possess high level project management and report writing skills.
  • Lead and coach others in engagements, and mentor staff as they grow in their capabilities, careers and client service impact.

The KPMG Difference

Our people are focused on creating a diverse and dynamic environment that embraces and values differences. We value the variety of unique experiences, qualities and characteristics our people possess and we share and learn from each other.

We are proud to be consistently recognised as an employer of choice for women, and for our achievements in LGBT+ workplace inclusion. 

Our commitment to ‘Flexibility’ allows our people to manage the changing demands of work, personal or family life. Explore the links below to hear our people share their experience @ KPMG:

Flexibility empowers wellbeing

Flexibility enables contribution to the community

Flexibility inspires technology & innovation

Flexibility supports family

Make KPMG the clear choice for your career and be Extraordinary!


  • Opportunity to be involved in many interesting construction and infrastructure projects across Australia
  • Work with a diverse range of industry leading clients
  • Immerse yourself in an inclusive, diverse and supportive culture

KPMG Australia is part of a global network providing extensive services across a wide range of industries and sectors. Our people collaborate, share their expertise and create innovation as we partner with clients to solve complex challenges, empower change, drive disruption and growth. We look for talented people with the potential to make an extraordinary difference for our clients, our firm and our communities. 

KPMG’s Project Risk Consulting team works with project owners, including government and the private sector, investing in long term construction and infrastructure projects, to help protect them against major delays, cost overruns, waste and irregularities. Due to recent growth, the Melbourne team is looking for a Consultant to work on some of Australia’s largest infrastructure projects and contribute to this fast-growing practice.

Your Opportunity

As a member of the Project Risk Consulting team, you could expect to assist clients by:

  • Benchmarking the cost estimate and costs incurred against similar projects
  • Reviewing the scope of works against details in the cost estimate and identifying gaps in estimations.
  • Working with the client to prepare and review the principles of cost estimates on road, water and rail projects to ensure a value for money outcome will be achieved.
  • Determining whether appropriate planning, estimating and accuracy has been applied in understanding the project drivers for cost and schedule.
  • Verifying internal unit rates for labour, plant equipment and materials to market value and the proposed procurement strategy.
  • Validating estimated labour norms and productivity to the scope of works.
  • Determining whether appropriate allowances have been incorporated in the early stages of the project and identifying cost escalation processes as required.
  • Developing a structured plan to analyse whether contingency allowances are directly proportional to risk and identifying mitigation tactics to enable the project to continue.
  • Analysing final actual costs against the budget and market and capturing lessons learned to enhance value for money outcome on future projects.

How you're Extraordinary

In order to be considered for this opportunity you will:

  • Have relevant qualifications with a strong quantity surveying or civil engineering background.  With approximately 4+ years of relevant civil or related construction and/ or project management experience either in the government or private sectors.
  • Currently possess or are working towards obtaining relevant professional memberships in RPEQ, AIQS, RICS and/ or equivalent.  
  • Have prior quantity surveying, scope assessment, procurement management, cost estimation and benchmarking experience and a track record of working in a professional services environment.
  • Be proficient with the use of cost estimation software including Pronamics Expert Estimation and Microsoft excel.   
  • Have well-developed written and communication skills, including the ability to work to deadlines and in a team environment.
  • Possess high level project management and report writing skills.
  • Lead and coach others in engagements, and mentor staff as they grow in their capabilities, careers and client service impact.

The KPMG Difference

Our people are focused on creating a diverse and dynamic environment that embraces and values differences. We value the variety of unique experiences, qualities and characteristics our people possess and we share and learn from each other.

We are proud to be consistently recognised as an employer of choice for women, and for our achievements in LGBT+ workplace inclusion. 

Our commitment to ‘Flexibility’ allows our people to manage the changing demands of work, personal or family life. Explore the links below to hear our people share their experience @ KPMG:

Flexibility empowers wellbeing

Flexibility enables contribution to the community

Flexibility inspires technology & innovation

Flexibility supports family

Make KPMG the clear choice for your career and be Extraordinary!

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