Quantity Surveyor

Solutions Recruitment
10 Mar 2019
29 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Our client provides building consultancy, construction, installation and process engineering to a wide range of clients. The business operates major contracts which can include principal contracting, large scale subcontracting and specialist services.

These contracts are typically based throughout the UK and supported by company offices in Glasgow, London and Northumberland.

The business also operates a fabrication facility, based in Cramlington, Northumberland, which supports all the business streams providing prefabricated plant and pipework.

Role Purpose:

The role of a Quantity Surveyor is to track project finances and contractual relationships. They have to ensure that the financial position of construction projects is accurately reported and controlled effectively at all times.

Role Scope:

Be fully responsible for all financial and commercial aspects of each project that they are assigned to.

Duties including, but not limited to;

Ensuring contractual compliance at all times - Liaising with the Project Manager to administer contractual procedures to both clients and suppliers. Agreement of and management of sub-contracts - Liaise with project manager, the procurement and estimating teams to produce detailed and accurate contracts that reflect bid and company policies

Ensure compliance with contractual procedures and agreed scope of works, issuing all applicable contractual notifications for any changes to the agreed contract ie Early warning notice, delay notice, compensation events, extension of time requests etc Take full responsibility but work with the Project Managers, Purchasing and Finance teams to produce detailed, accurate and timely monthly commercial reporting including cash flow forecasts, for issue to the Board.

Undertake valuations of all works done and issue accurate and fully substantiated applications for payment to client QS/PM. Procure and manage subcontractor work, ensuring that complete financial control is maintained at all times. Agree valuations and process payments accurately to ensure there is no commercial risk to.

Attendance on each project site, at least twice weekly, to review works undertaken walk round valuations and attend any commercial or contractual meetings Programme management - Work with the Project Manager and the planning team to understand any changes in the programme by or the client. Risk Management - Work with the Project Manager to produce and maintain risk and opportunity registers.

Stakeholder engagement - Ensure excellent communication in order to build rapport with the client and clients QS/PM to deliver a commercially viable project to the required quality.

Location - Sites can be anywhere in UK


·Understanding in detail each contract assigned

·Understanding in detail subcontract terms and conditions.

·Coordinate with the purchasing team to understand the project procurement and what elements will need to be procured by the site teams.

·Working on site with the Project Managers on a monthly basis to develop the Contract Review reporting which measured the commercial progress of the project. The Project Managers are ultimately accountable for the commercial outcomes of a project, however the QS must take the lead commercially to ensure that the commercial reports including project forecasts are detailed and accurate at all stages of the project.

·Visiting site at least twice a week to undertake a detailed valuation, attend client meetings and site meetings

·Ensuring that valuations are raised in line with the contract timelines and that payment is made at an appropriate level

·Escalating to the Commercial Director any commercial concerns including undervalued work, outstanding approvals for variations or EOTs or subcontract concerns

·Visiting site to price contract variations, extensions of time or any claims

·Providing prompt pricing of any variations or extensions of time generated during the works

·Reviewing the works on site weekly against original scope of works priced, to assess if there have been any changes in the scope and hence a variation and/or an extension of time should be claimed

·Visiting site at least monthly to value subcontract works and identify any areas where subcontract works are over valued

·Allocating works to subcontractors - including appropriate step down contracts passing project risks from to the subcontract teams

·Providing the client with all the required commercial documentation in compliance with the contract

·Working with the bid teams pricing bid works

·Identifying early any risks that could impact on the achievement of the forecast project cash flow

·Providing recommendations to the Project Manager to alleviate any difference in the project cash flow to the forecast project cash flow

·Contributing to any claims processes including production of reports for an adjudication or court case

·Participating in lessons learnt exercises at the end of each project to provide positive feedback as an organisation to improve processes and procedures

·Maintaining own continuous professional development - keeping up to speed with new and likely changes which could affect quantity surveying of future projects

Personal Qualities & Experience:

BSC Hons in Quantity Surveying, plus 5 years’ post qualification experience in a QS role responsible for multiple projects concurrently, each up to a value of £5m

Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills Strong computer literacy, especially Excel proficiency Strong commercial and contractual knowledge/understanding including contract law, profit and loss, adjudication, variations and extensions of time. Enthusiastic, willingness to learn, Inquisitive by nature and doesn’t just accept status quo, excellent time management Willingness to travel and work from anywhere in the UK. The frequency of such depends on the project and / or its location, however it is expected that the QS spends at least 2 days per week visit site

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