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Cost Quality Assurance Manager (f/m/d)

Position Title: Cost Quality Assurance Manager (f/m/d)
Location: Frankfurt

Your Role

Joining us at Digital Realty on the Cost Quality Assurance Manager position, you will the opportunity to showcase your construction cost estimating expertise and technical skill to make a direct impact at one of the largest data centre providers in the world. As a Cost Quality Assurance Manager/Cost Estimator, Global Implementation Services you will be responsible for managing cost estimating process and providing installation costs and value engineered recommendations for data centre white space fit-out work performed by the Implementation Services across the sub-set of countries/markets within EMEA Digital Realty portfolio working cross-functionally with our Sales Engineering, Design & Construction, Data Center Operations, Sales, and Finance teams.

The ideal candidate will be responsible for providing cost estimates and ROM budgets, as well as managing cost quality assurance for customer white space installations within assigned countries/markets. This role involves managing installation cost estimates for colocation, cabinet, interconnection, and large-scale enterprise/hyperscale suite builds. The primary responsibilities include developing installation cost estimates for racks, electrical distribution, cages, containment systems, and data cable infrastructure. The position requires ensuring that installation spend represents the best value across various installations, from small colocation to large hyperscale data center suites. An eagerness to work on multiple projects in a dynamic, fast-paced environment is essential.

Responsibilities also include: 

  • Work closely with Sales Engineering, Sales and Portfolio Management Group to understand customer or internal requirements and to ensure costs are competitive and accurately reflect installation costs.
  • Analyze vendor quotes and compare vs DLR internal database.
  • Maintain database of unit costs for work across sub-set of countries/markets in the EMEA’s portfolio
  • Work with our design engineers and vendors to identify cost reduction opportunities.
  • Work closely with the Implementation Managers to identify unique circumstances that could influence installation costs (site specific)
  • Quantity take-offs and estimating responsibilities for a range of data center white space fit outs. 
  • Work with contractors and suppliers to obtain and maintain best pricing.
  • Provide quotes and ROM budgets for prospective deals/builds.
  • Work collaboratively with Data Center Design Engineering, Sales Engineering, Sales, Design and Construction, DC Ops, Procurement/Supply Chain and Finance teams.
  • This position is in a deadline-oriented environment, must be organized and able to re-prioritize at a moment’s notice.



Your Profile

  • Minimum 10 years of experience with data center construction and/or telecommunications/data center industry
  • Expert level knowledge of white space fit-outs including rack, cage, electrical distribution, and data cable infrastructure
  • Expert level knowledge in reading/interpreting construction plans, one-line drawings, and construction specifications
  • Expert level knowledge of Excel
  • Advanced level proficiency in the use of MS Project, Word, Access and Visio
  • Proficiency with AutoCAD (advanced)
  • Familiarity with project cost accounting 
  • Familiarity with the local codes
  • Advanced analytical and quantitative skills
  • Must be detail oriented with excellent communications, interpersonal and oral/written presentation skills.
  • Strong multi-tasking abilities
  • Must be a self-starter, proactive, flexible, and able to work within and meet deadlines.
  • Must be organized and able to reprioritize at a moment’s notice.
  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, mission critical facilities environment.
  • Highly proficient in spoken and written both in German and English (C1 or C2 level of CEFR)


A bit about us

Digital Realty brings companies and data together by delivering the full spectrum of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions. PlatformDIGITAL®, the company's global data center platform, provides customers with a secure data meeting place and a proven Pervasive Datacenter Architecture (PDx™) solution methodology for powering innovation and efficiently managing Data Gravity challenges. Digital Realty gives its customers access to the connected data communities that matter to them with a global data center footprint of 300+ facilities in 50+ metros across 28 countries on six continents. To learn more about Digital Realty, please visit or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.


What we can offer

Our rapidly evolving business sector offers the opportunity to be part of a courageous and passionate team who work together to understand and meet the changing needs of our global customers. Join us and you’ll be part of a supportive and inclusive environment where you can bring your whole self to work. As part of our team, you’ll get to work with people from different business areas, challenge the way we do things and put your ideas into action. We’ll also give you plenty of development opportunities so you can build a rewarding and successful career with us. This is an exciting time to join our business so apply now and make your mark on our future.