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Quantity Surveyor

We Build Recruitment



£45000 - £60000/annum


Posted: 14/09/2023

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Quantity Surveyor

Knowsley, Merseyside

Full time role working from the company depot and offices in Knowsley including all live construction sites both around the North West and surrounding areas and nationwide at times.

Our client is a successful, well respected and fast-growing fencing and temporary free-standing hoarding subcontractor based in Liverpool with a current annual turnover in excess of £8,000,000, with ambitious plans for further high growth.

Constantly striving for excellence, a positive impact on all those that we touch and to be at the forefront of their industry, we are a benchmark for quality in our field with important emphasis on building strong, honest and long lasting relationships with satisfied clients and customers.

They currently operate under a number of different sectors for a large range of main contractors and house builders including, but not limited to,Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd, McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd, Winvic Construction Ltd, Readie Construction Ltd, Vermont Construction Ltd, Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure Ltd, GMI Construction Group Plc, Eric Wright Construction Ltd, S J Roberts Construction Ltd, Kier Construction Ltd, Tilbury Douglas Construction Ltd, McLaren Construction Ltd, Equans Regeneration Ltd, McGoff Construction Ltd, Glencar Construction Ltd, BAM Construction Ltd, Bowmer & Kirkland Ltd and Caddick Construction Ltd.

Due to the continued growth of the company and increased workload, they are currently looking to expand the team by recruiting a skilled, highly ambitious, influential, highly capable and experienced Quantity Surveyor to assist the company in delivering strong growth targets that have been put in place for the next 5 years, and therefore, they need an experienced individual who will assist all of their project teams commercially to deliver quality projects both on time and to budget and who has a depth of knowledge and experience in this role.

As the successful applicant, you will have a proven track record as a Quantity Surveyor, coupled with strong communication skills. You will demonstrate integrity, a hard working ethic and be target focused, whilst embracing the challenges and changes within the industry. Your tenacity, dedication and team spirit will ensure the success in the delivery of key business objectives.

Reporting directly to the Managing Director or his appointed delegate(s), as a Quantity Surveyor you will also be responsible for a Trainee Quantity Surveyor further down the line and will work simultaneously on numerous live projects both in and around the North West and further afield as and when required to do so by the company.

The Managing Director wants to create success for all of his team, directly for the business but as importantly for his employees so that they can successfully develop their careers.

Duties, Responsibilities and Key Activities

• Provide leadership, management and oversight of all commercial aspects of the project

• Reporting directly to the Managing Director but to have overall commercial responsibility for the successful planning, execution, monitoring, control and closure of a project

• Ensure that the Contract Managers / Site Supervisors / Fencing Operatives comply with company commercial policies and procedures

• Liaise with the Managing Director, non-working and working Supervisor(s), Contracts Managers, Estimator(s), Buying Department, Accounts Department and general office staff across all projects

• Attendance at site meetings (including pre-start meetings) where required

• Produce and analyse progress reports, updated costs and cashflow forecasts

• Meticulous Profit and Loss exercises on a project-by-project basis and at regular intervals throughout the life of each project(Fully detailed reconciliations between cost and value to establish true gain or loss)

• Improving the company's current supply chain database (i.e. gate automation and such like)

• Assessing Payment Notices / Pay-Less Notices issued by Main Contract Clients to establish if anything has been deducted / omitted and the grounds for doing so and to challenge as and when required

• Work in accordance with the client’s programmes and instructions

• Chair and attend internal commercial meetings and ensure the production of accurate records of any discussions and actions

• Reconciliation of variations and compensation events

• Actively encouraging and promoting profit enhancement within the Business

• Mentor and develop key staff to their next level

• Developing and monitoring risk registers on a project-by-project basis and managing out any risks that have been identified

• Ability to draft letters in a professional manner

• Identifying areas of opportunity or threat

• Train and develop trainee / assistant Surveying staff to reach the required competencies

• A solid knowledge and beneficial implementation of commercial awareness

• Assisting the Accounts Department with the vetting of all Clients whether new or existing

• Communicate effective, accurate and timely information to the wider team

• Contract appraisals – checking Subcontract Agreements furnished to us by Clients for new projects to ensure that they are correct thus reducing and eliminating any risks to the Business

• Accepting ownership and responsibility of actions – not being scared of making commercial decisions if, as the Quantity Surveyor, you believe that they add best value and minimise / eliminate any risks to the Business

• Maintaining diplomacy and assertiveness whilst dealing with the contract teams

• Providing advice to the Operational teams with Extension of Time provisions including the submission of any formal EoT’s as and when required

• Assisting the Accounts Department with the recovery of any retention monies as and when required

• Providing feedback to both Operational staff and Estimators relating to profit and loss

• Follow set procedures for requesting and / or obtaining Client instructions

• Competency in using the contracts valuation rules in pricing changes and such like

• Works re-measurement either on site in person or via digital software

• Keep up to date with industry best practice and regulations

• Ensuring that any variations are robust with clear and formal instructions received from the Client before any additional works are undertaken on site

• Maximising opportunities and profitability for Nationwide by way of contract variations to the Client and any cost recovery against material suppliers due to the manufacture of faulty / incorrect goods and materials

• Agreeing prompt final accounts with Clients

• Listening to ideas and suggestions from all members of the operational teams

• Liaising with Architects, Structural Engineers, Employers Agents, Surveyors and clients

• Promote cost-conscious management through efficient use of all resources

• Promote repeat business by demonstrating high levels of commitment to Client and customer requirements

• Reviewing and challenging any contra charges that are issued by the Client

• Reviewing and responding to any contractual Notices that may be issued by the Client

• Ensuring that systems are in place for the successful commercial and financial management of the projects

• Attending post-contract evaluation meetings with our operational teams to review both good / positive points and bad / negative points and sharing with the wider teams to ensure continuous improvement within the Business

• Keep line management appraised of the potential risks and opportunities associated with the projects and the potential for future work opportunities

• Maintaining a close working relationship with all company departments in order to maximise support for the projects and for opportunities to share knowledge

• Liasing and working collaboratively with an external Freelance QS

• Commercial control of the operational teams

• Communicating with senior staff and / or Directors

• Ensuring that any payments that become due are paid within the prescribed timescales

• Issuing of formal Notices to Suspend in the absence of any agreed payment(s)

• Effectively managing cashflow via the Accounts Department

• Detailed cost checking of all elements (materials, plant, labour, subsistence, sub-subcontractors)

• Interpretation and analysis of financial reporting

• Identifying and communicating losses and / or gains in a meeting environment

• Integrity and trustworthiness in producing financial information

• Producing projected Final Accounts and cost to complete analysis for Clients when required

• Ensuring meticulous record keeping of all relevant commercial paperwork

• Working closely with the operational teams to ensure that month end paperwork is submitted in a compliant manner and on time to facilitate the submission of AFP’s

• The submission of month end AFP’s on a project-by-project basis by the prescribed deadlines

• The preparation and production of monthly CVR’s including inputting cost and value

• Managing the Site Supervisors and site teams commercially by monitoring performance against contract targets and instigating any necessary corrective actions

The Successful Candidate (Skills and Qualifications)

• Proven and relevant experience as a Quantity Surveyor in education, commercial, industrial, new build residential and refurbishment projects (some fencing experience would be beneficial but not compulsory)

• Experienced in building successful business relationships

• Experienced in the management of traditional D & B subcontracts/contracts (i.e. JCT)

• Experienced in the management of NEC subcontracts/contracts (i.e. NEC3 / NEC4)

• Values-driven and committed to delivering the best, doing the right thing for our clients and our business

• Be able to perform effectively within tight timescales and keep within strict budgets

• A good, sound working knowledge of contract conditions, regulations, risk management and cost control including forecasting, actual costsand value reporting

• Full UK driving licence

• CSCS mandatory

• Aspirations to build a career and a commitment to continuous development and improvement

• Excellent people management skills with the ability to influence and mentor

• BSc Honours in Quantity Surveying or HNC in Construction & Property Management

• Good IT skills including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Outlook

• Applicants will ideally have up to date knowledge of Health and Safety obligations and building legislation

• Proven longevity with previous employers

• Be able to organise and effectively prioritise a demanding workload

• Be able to work in a strong team environment

• Be proactive in your approach

• Be able to demonstrate initiative and be able to find ways to adapt and manage a situation in order to provide a successful outcome to the delivery of the project

• Be able to ask penetrating questions, detect unstated assumptions and resolve conflicts

Personal Qualities

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills are an essential attribute

• Ability to challenge and resolve problems to conclusion

• Hard working, highly motivated self-starter and bringing credibility

• Ability to fit into a very close team

Company Benefits

• 28 Days Holiday (including Statutory Bank Holidays)

• Pension Scheme

• Continued Professional Development Programme and Opportunities

• Competitive Salary (based on experience)

• Company Car

• Employee Benefits

• Creative and Considerate Working Environment

Our client is committed to equality of opportunity in all its employment practices, and to developing policies that support a healthy work-life balance.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Quantity Surveyor to take their next step in growing and developing their career within a successful and progressive organisation

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