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Graduate Cost Advisory Consultant (Available 2024)

Cost Consulting
Americas Region
LOS0000PA Requisition #

A Future with purpose

At Arup we’re dedicated to sustainable development and to do socially useful work that has meaning.  Our purpose, shared values and collaborative approach has set us apart for over 75 years, guiding how we shape a better world. 

We solve the world's most complex problems and deliver what seems impossible, with curiosity and creativity. We’re a thriving and growing organization which offers you many possibilities to shape a better world, and your future.

The Opportunity

  • Collaborate with design professionals, project stakeholders, and relevant parties to understand the scope and impact of proposed projects.
  • Prepare various analyses such as cost estimating, scheduling, risk modeling, and constructability assessments of proposed projects.
  • Collaborate with design professionals to identify opportunities and efficiencies within a construction project, be able to evaluate different construction options and develop a variety of solutions for a project.
  • Outreach with the construction industry to understand complex methods for building projects such as bridges, tunnels, highways, and tall buildings.
  • Familiarize oneself with a variety of construction software and perform analysis e.g. Primavera, HCSS, Revit, AutoCad, Microstation.
  • Excel financial modeling will be required and a large part of how one presents their analysis. 
  • Work with a team of engineers and consultants to understand the impacts and cost of labor, material and other resources for a project.
  • Understand how to read and analyze blueprints digitally and manually. Perform quantity take-offs.   
  • Develop high-level and detailed construction cost estimates. 
  • You will support the team in the development and assessment of business cases for new energy and/or infrastructure projects, working with developers, financiers, state and local agencies.
  • Work with clients in activities such as client meetings, presentations, workshops etc.
  • Request, manage and review relevant project data, studies, plans, and contextual issues;
  • Prepare analyses, draw conclusions, make recommendations;
  • Assist in presentations of the above to satisfy client needs and goals;

Is this role right for you?

We’re looking for graduates who are curious and ready to evolve how you think and work.  Our strength comes from how we respect, share and connect our diverse experiences, perspectives and ideas. At Arup, you belong to an extraordinary collective – in which we encourage individuality to thrive. If you can share your knowledge and ideas and encourage others to do the same; whilst having a desire to deliver excellent services for clients – we’d like to hear from you.



  • Bachelor's or Master’s degree in Engineering, Construction Management, Economics, Business or Finance, Organizational Psychology, Computer Science, Logistics or similar with coursework in Engineering, Economics, Business and/or applied math/sciences.
  • Strong interest in infrastructure project development, delivery and/or operations   
  • Knowledge of basic business and operational concepts   
  • Strong quantitative skills with good knowledge of MS Excel.   
  • Proficient in MS Office suite.   
  • The ability to prioritize effectively, balance assigned work and exceptional organization skills required for our constantly evolving environment   
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills essential for team-based working   
  • Presentation skills with colleagues and clients at all levels   
  • Analytical mindset and/or Strategic thinker   
  • Willingness to travel both domestically and internationally   
  • Strong proficiency in a technical or consulting area derived from professional experience (design, construction, development, owner/public sector, technical consulting, investment banking, management consulting, etc);
  • Excellent presentation and writing skills are required. Advanced capability with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Outstanding quantitative and analytical skills.
  • Strong interest in and passion for working in the energy, infrastructure or ESG sectors;


  • Master's degree Construction Management, Economics, Business or Finance, Organizational Psychology, Computer Science, Logistics or similar
  • Bilingual (Spanish or Portuguese with English)   
  • Familiarity with project management tools and techniques   
  • Flexibility and Out-of-the-Box innovative thinking

What we offer you

When you start your career with Arup, you will have the opportunity to deliver high quality valuable work for our clients. Our inclusive and diverse work environment will allow you to thrive and build your technical, project management and business development skills needed to be successful in our firm. As a Graduate you have the opportunity to attend our Graduate Experience Program giving you the opportunity to meet your peers across the region and learn about our people, projects, and clients through panel discussions, design activities, and networking events.

Los Angeles Hiring Range - The good faith base salary hiring range for this job if performed in Los Angeles, CA is $71,000 to $78,000 per year. Benefits are not included in the base salary. Please note hiring ranges for candidates performing work outside of Los Angeles, CA will differ.

 Benefits that Work - At Arup, we have a comprehensive and valuable benefits program that works for our employees and their families while keeping costs low. These benefits provide health and welfare security for you as well as paid time off for rest and renewal. Our Global Profit Share Plan (paid bi-annually) provides an opportunity for you to share in the success of the Firm. As a valued employee of Arup, you can also choose to participate in our 401(k) plan with up to 10% company match to help you save for your future.

Flexible Working - We believe that flexible arrangements create a more inclusive way of working that supports our diversity and the wellbeing of our people. Options for alternative schedules and the ability to work outside of the office for a portion of your workweek are available.

Next Steps

We will be reviewing our candidates for this position on a rolling basis. Once you have applied you will be evaluated and potentially moved on to the next round, at which point a member of the talent resourcing team will reach out to you directly. 

Different people, shared values

Our internal employee networks support our inclusive culture – from race, ethnicity and cross-cultural working to gender, LGBTQ+ and disability – we aim to create a space for you to express yourself and make a positive difference - Discover more about life at Arup at www.arup.com/careers/your-life-at-arup.

Arup is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, spouse of protected veteran, or disability.



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