Quantity Surveyor Construction

  • Permanent
  • Anywhere
  • £50000 - £55000/annum USD / Year
  • Salary: £50000 - £55000/annum


Job Title

Quantity Surveyor


Banbury Oxfordshire Buckinghamshire Warwickshire Northamptonshire Bedfordshire

Reporting to:

Commercial Director


June 2022

Main purpose of the role

As Quantity Surveyor, you will be responsible for, in conjunction with the other project team members, and accountable for profitability of the project(s), developing commercial strategy to ensure the delivery of the required margins.

You will contribute to the management and maintenance of the contract cost reporting systems ensuring the financial information is up to date, accurate and tracked in accordance with the budget/tender allowances, commitments and deviations highlighted and managed.

Key Activities (detailed tasks)

Manage the sites under your control

Ensure you understand the Scope of Works included within each and every tender. Provide support to the Contracts Manager and Site Foreman to ensure they too understand the Scope of Works

Meet the Contracts Manager monthly and where necessary fortnightly to review progress and carry out valuations. Ensure that each and every site visit is worthwhile

Record and calculate the monthly cost of materials on site

Valuations must be submitted on time to each and every Client. Values on account are not acceptable.

Complete the order book on a monthly basis by around 8th, value of order works carried out to be recorded against value of order – showing order value remaining

Make sure all correspondence is correctly filed

Make sure that the sites are profitable. Costs are issued on the 15th of the month and need to be reviewed along with the value for the monthly meeting held on/around 24th of every month. Full CVR to be reviewed with the Commercial Director/Manager prior to the monthly meetings. CVRs must be an accurate reflection of the current financial position of the job. Monthly variances in figures are not acceptable as they are critical to the future of the business

All valuations need to be recorded on the QS Information Book and added to the cashflow sheet. It is your responsibility to chase and reconcile payments on a monthly basis

All variations must be priced in advance, there are no exceptions

Make certain that no daywork is undertaken, and that this is reinforced to the Contracts Manager and Site Foreman

Manage fixed priced periods – when they have expired calculate the additional cost

In addition to payments retention is an important part of our cashflow. Ensure we are getting half released at practical completion and that the remainder is applied for when due on your completed sites

If we are to be Principal Contractor – make sure that you agree the cost(s) with the Client

If we are importing topsoil or subsoil between both the Contracts Manager and Quantity Surveyor must make sure that we have written approval from the Client/Environmental Consultant to use the source

Ensure that we compile records of the material moved/transported for the Client

If quality and workmanship is unacceptable bring to the attention of the Contracts Manager for them to address – don’t turn a blind eye, we expect quality and so do our Clients

Record in the form of drawing register and issue all new drawings for your sites. Two copies in total – one for the Contracts Manager and one for the Site Foreman. New drawings must be issued daily and all drawing variations need to be priced and returned within a week to the Client

For block and beam orders the Quantity Surveyor will send out the initial material enquiry to a minimum of three suppliers. When prices are received the Quantity Surveyor will produce an analysis comparing the prices received against the tender. The buyer then needs to negotiate to reduce the cheapest suppliers’ price and place the order when approved by the Commercial Manager/Director. The Engineer needs to check and sign the drawings for approval and submit to the buyer to send with the order

Finishing forecasts are critical to ensure that we are not losing money on these works. Liaise with the Contracts Manager for the programme and resource(s) and calculate the cost and value of the works Forecasts need to be monitored fortnightly to ensure we remain on programme and are achieving necessary outputs

Manage Sub Contractors:

Ensure that Sub Contractors are procured in a timely manner. Generally for every element of Sub Contract Works ensure that we have received a minimum of three estimates. Sensibly increase this for higher order values

A detailed comparison of all Sub Contract prices must be done and signed off by the Commercial Manager

Prior to commencing every Sub Contractor must receive a written order

Where work is subject to re-measure arrange to meet and attend site with the Sub Contractors representative to agree the quantities

In terms of Tarmac Sub-Contractors, make sure that the Engineers dips are calculated and any reduction in layer thickness is not paid for and/or any regulating is recovered from the Sub Contractors payment where applicable

Bricklayers must be checked prior to payment a minimum of every fortnight. All bricklayers are only to be paid in accordance with the standard list of rates unless agreed otherwise by the Commercial Director

All Sub Contract applications (other than bricklayers) need to be entered on to the Sub Contractor liability spreadsheet by the second Wednesday in the month

Make sure we have current copies of insurances in our possession prior to any Sub Contractor commencing

Interact with the Client:

Attend pre-start meetings for new sites

Provide support and advice – build a good relationship with your opposite Quantity Surveyor

Arrange/attend regular meetings with Clients to ensure their complete satisfaction and that our accounts are paid in full. Do not let payment shortfalls escalate – they need to be addressed on a monthly basis

Price and agree extent of any work that is additional to the tender

Interact with the Commercial Manager:

Review both valuations and variations with the Commercial manager prior to submitting to the Client.

No Contractual correspondence is to be sent to the client without approval

CVR’s are to be reviewed with the Commercial Manager prior to the monthly meetings

Ensure that block and beam comparisons are approved

Ensure that Sub Contractor comparisons are approved

Key Results

To successfully minimise the cost and risk of a project and enhance value for money, while still achieving the required legal standards and quality.

Person Specification


Bachelor’s degree in Quantity Surveying, Engineering, Management, or similar


Construction estimating or finance experienced is advantageous

Skills & Knowledge

Strong analytical and critical thinking skills

Sound knowledge of construction

Excellent negotiating and interpersonal skills

Ability to organise, plan, and strategise

A valid driver’s license

Great networking abilities

Personal Qualities

Ability to organise workload effectively for the purpose of meeting deadlines

Ability to demonstrate flexibility /versatility combined with initiative, drive and ability to meet deadlines

Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to deal with a wide variety of contacts

Ability to work autonomously and flexibly, responding to business needs

Leadership Behaviours



Innovative Thinker

Develops self and other


Communicates and engages


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