Job Title: Provisional Sums Manager

Reports To (Job Title): Deputy Project Director (Construction)

Project Location: Muscat, Oman

Job Summary:

The Provisional Sums Manager is responsible for managing the provisional sums and ensuring that they are allocated, utilized, and reported effectively throughout a construction project.

Duties & Responsibilities/Deliverables:

  • Provisional Sums Planning: Collaborate with the project team, including architects, engineers, and contractors, to identify and quantify provisional sums in the project scope. Determine the specific items or elements that will be covered by provisional sums.
  • Budgeting: Develop a detailed budget for provisional sums, allocating estimated costs to various elements within the project. Ensure that the budget aligns with the project’s overall financial plan.
  • Estimation and Assessment: Work with experts and specialists to estimate the costs associated with provisional sum items. Conduct thorough assessments and evaluations to ensure that the estimates are accurate and realistic.
  • Tendering and Procurement: Participate in the procurement process for provisional sum items. This may involve soliciting bids, evaluating proposals, and selecting subcontractors or suppliers.
  • Contract Negotiation: Negotiate contracts with subcontractors or suppliers for the provisional sum items, defining the scope of work, pricing, terms, and conditions.
  • Cost Tracking: Continuously monitor and track the actual costs associated with provisional sum items throughout the project. Compare actual costs with budgeted estimates and identify any variances.
  • Reporting: Prepare regular reports detailing the status of provisional sums, including expenditures, variations, and any changes to the provisional sum budget. Share this information with project stakeholders.
  • Change Orders: Manage change orders related to provisional sums, ensuring that any adjustments to the provisional sum budget are properly documented and approved.
  • Risk Management: Identify potential risks related to provisional sums and develop strategies to mitigate these risks. Ensure that the project team is aware of any potential cost overruns or delays.
  • Documentation: Maintain accurate records and documentation related to provisional sums, including contracts, invoices, change orders, and other relevant information.

Additional Note: The client reserves the right to interview the proposed candidate as part of the recruitment process. 


  • Bachelor’s degree in construction management, quantity surveying, or a related field.
  • 10+ years of experience in similar position in construction projects, or related field.

Skills & Person Specification:

  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent Language skills in English; Knowledge of Arabic and Turkish considered an Advantage.
  • Strong skills in cost estimation and budgeting, with the ability to accurately assess and quantify provisional sum items.
  • Contract Management: Proficiency in contract negotiation, management, and administration.
  • Analytical Skills
  • Reporting skills on provisional sums status.

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