Costing Associate

Posted 4 days ago by Covance
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Covance have an exciting opportunity for a Costing Associate to join their growing team in Yorkshire.

Job Title: Costing Associate

Location: One of our Yorkshire offices - Harrogate, Leeds, York

Salary: Competitive

Covance is currently seeking a Costing Associate to join our Global team. This role is to be based in one of our Yorkshire offices - Harrogate, Leeds, York.

Costing Associate - Main Responsibilities:

- Interprets low to med complexity study designs for pertinent costing requirements and reviews design changes as they apply to the scope of the work, may require more frequent peer review

- Works closely with client managers and other internal partners on low to med complexity study designs and costing of those designs, may require more frequent peer review

- Provides workload support in a costing function, typically for a single service line and single site (i.e. Tox or Metabolism)

- Has knowledge of the systems being used in the costing function

- Provides general information about business units and metrics, processes and operations to customers

- Maintain training manuals for the global costing functions

- Performs tasks in support of the global costing workload as required

- Assists in the costing activities and process improvement initiatives with relevant internal customers

- Assists in the creation and implementation of new processes as standards to improve business as a result of process projects

- Prepares detailed estimates of labour and material costs using appropriate software; provides clarification on metric and cost information as needed; understand and applies resource metrics; provides labour estimates for quote and contract initiation

- Monitors and ensures the timely costing of any changes to the scope of the study/project

- Ensures Sarbanes Oxley Compliance from a costing and pricing perspective as applicable

Supports costing and pricing SMEs and Operational leaders to update metrics in the costing tools as needed.

- Work cross-functionally within the client experience team to resolve quote, contract and billing issues in a timely manner

- Other duties as assigned

Costing Associate - Experience & Education:


- Ability to review and analyse data required

- Experience working directly at a CRO/pharma in a related field

- Well-founded user knowledge of software applications required

- Effective interpersonal skills required

- Ability to effectively communicate with multiple levels of the organization required

- Good negotiation skills required

- Demonstrated attention to detail; consistent accuracy required

- Ability to participate in implementing process improvement

- Ability to report and present information required

- Knowledge of study plans and of the design of Early Development studies required

- Ability to work to deadlines

- Strong analytical skills

- Ability to communicate appropriately and effectively with colleagues.

- Positive attitude and sense of urgency

- Advanced knowledge in use of computer systems, databases and relevant applications.

- Familiarity with Life Science/Contract Service or similar business and general operating procedures

- Effective interpersonal and customer service skills; excellent oral and written communication skills

- Demonstrated attention to detail; consistent accuracy

- Ability to effectively communicate with internal customers and operational contacts

- Proven ability to work independently

- Identify areas of opportunity in the processes, communicate with management and execute on approved recommendations

- Must be a pro-active problem solver, interacting with internal customers, to meet the business needs in an efficient and timely manner


- Bachelor’s degree in a scientific, business or related field (or equivalent work experience)

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Required skills

  • Costing

Reference: 38890812

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