Senior Quantity Surveyor

£50,000 - £75,000 DOE + car allowance + benefits
15 Oct 2016
14 Nov 2016
Contract Type

Senior Quantity Surveyor

Brentwood, Essex

£50,000 - £75,000 depending on experience + car allowance + benefits

Our client is one of the UK's leading residential developers. With regional offices across England, Scotland and Wales, they offer a range of properties from one- and two-bedroom apartments to five-bedroom detached houses. Their regional businesses are run as local homebuilders and have in depth knowledge and experience of their local market. They aim to develop vibrant communities with a true sense of place that fit into their surrounding area and meet the needs of local people.

Due to continued success in their market they are now recruiting for a Senior Quantity Surveyor to join their team based in East London.

Purpose of the Role:

As Senior Quantity Surveyor you will set out, and successfully implement, the regional business strategy for delivering efficient cost control and procurement needs in line with business unit targets for two major projects within the Company. Both schemes are around 1,000 units and involve concrete frame, traditional construction, contemporary elevations, green roofs, CHP plants / biomass boilers / district heating and substantial infrastructure works.

You will also monitor all contractual issues, reviewing costs on a continuing basis, identifying and realising cost saving opportunities. You will oversee material and subcontract procurement.

Ensure adequate resources on site to build the product in accordance with the planned programme. Monitor and evaluate subcontract performance and take any appropriate action. Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Liaise with the Sales and Design and Planning Departments with regard to specification on a site-by-site basis, advise on cost and availability of materials and products and produce specifications
  • Liaise with Production Management in respect of the programming and delivery of subcontract trades
  • Negotiate and place orders with labour and material subcontractors on a competitive tender basis
  • Ensure all specifications and programmes are complied with and that quality is not compromised
  • Monitor invoicing procedures and resolve any issues in conjunction with the Finance Department
  • Oversee site stock on a regular basis
  • Monitor material quality and the performance of subcontractors in conjunction with site based staff
  • Provide feedback to subcontractors outlining where an unacceptable standard of materials or performance has been identified
  • Calculate all the prime costs on developments within the business, reporting any movements in the costs since the preparation of the budget. Prime costs to include but not restricted to house pricing, labour costs, site work operations and remediation work
  • Provide a detailed cost budget and share with Site Manager at the appropriate time
  • Detail a labour cost schedule including anticipated target hours
  • Maintain schedules of quantities and price them individually for prime cost budget
  • Manage the adoption process of public works
  • Complete the apportionment of total prime costs to individual plots and produce a profit analysis
  • Monitor and explain subcontractor cost movements
  • Responsible for subcontractor payments, variation orders and day works and settlement of final accounts
  • Undertake valuations of production at budgeted cost on a monthly basis and split the cost of profit completions and potential future profit to estimate a value for work in progress
  • Report on savings and excesses against budget costs at the cost meeting
  • Forecast final accounts
  • Ensure awareness of continuing product development in light of changes in legislation i.e. building regulations, NHBC requirements, HSE, and Company Health & Safety standards
  • Attend pre start, specification and any other relevant meeting as required under the Company's operating framework
  • Undertake regular site visits
  • Any other duties as required by the Commercial Director

The Person:

  • Strong knowledge of all quantity surveying activities in particular concrete frame
  • Strong knowledge of Building Regulations, NHBC and Health & Safety requirements
  • Wide experience in the procurement and purchase of materials and sub-contract labour
  • IT literate
  • Knowledge of the Coins system would be advantageous


  • £50,000 - £75,000 salary depending on experience
  • Car allowance of £5,200
  • Contributory pension
  • Healthcare scheme
  • Bonus based on company performance
  • Staff development

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