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Quantity Surveyor

Posted: 11 Oct 2020 Closes: 10 Dec 2020
Warrington, UK Competitive
Permanent & Full-time -1482030828

About Costain and your project.

We are looking for a Quantity Surveyor (QS) to provide accurate and value generating input to projects, whilst ensuring that all commercial aspects are carried out in accordance with the contract, company policies and procedures, also to the satisfaction of the customer and/or contract leader.

United Utilities (UU) have awarded a single 5-year framework agreement to provide overall management and execution of the larger-scale on-site asset maintenance activities across the North West region, including the provision and management of supplementary engineering services to manage and deliver diverse works, including the provision of a first-generation helpdesk. UU want to optimise the operation of their water, wastewater and energy production for effective and efficient management of their end-to-end system.

What will I be doing?
  • Inputting to the efficient and effective management and issuing of accurate, timely and compliant notices and correspondence
  • Preparation or assessment of applications, valuations, cost/value reconciliation.
  • Cost control and forecasting. Prepare and provide input to monthly reports: value, cost, profit/loss, cash flow and budget.
  • Preparation and agreement of applications for payment or the assessment & preparation of payment certificates.
  • Assisting with Risk and Value Management to optimise solution. Monitor and regularly review with the project team. Identifying, analysing and developing responses to commercial risks.
  • Contract Management, including all relevant contractual forms, methods of budgetary control and relevant software applications.
  • Prepare supply chain enquiries, negotiate, administer and finalise / close out supply chain contracts.
  • Ensure all notifications/documents are managed in accordance with the contract, and customer / company policy.
  • Ongoing liaison with site team, subcontractors and Customers' representatives
  • Undertake record-keeping including but not limited to collating site records, the preparation of meeting packs, meeting invites and taking meeting minutes
  • Provide contractual advice to the project / site team as and when appropriate.
  • Maintaining awareness of the different construction contracts in current use
  • Understanding the implications of health and safety regulations.
  • Ensure all health, safety and environmental risk situations are brought to the attention of Contract Leader / Project Manager
About you
  • Experience with NEC contracts
  • Post graduate experience in construction industry in a commercial role
  • Demonstrable financial and commercial acumen
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills
  • Practical approach, logical thought process and a methodical way of working
  • A creative and innovative approach to problem-solving
  • Experience of setting up and/or operating office management systems including filing systems and document control and distribution
  • Experience of technical minute taking at contractual meetings and able to demonstrate the ability to collate information and prepare reports
  • Experience of drafting contractual correspondence on behalf of the Project Manager and preparation of payment certificates and interim financial reports
  • Experience of contributing to procurement and contract strategies
  • Negotiating and team-working skills and the ability to motivate and lead
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Demonstrable legal, contractual and construction knowledge
  • Confidence and ability to assert influence
Qualification and Training
  • Holds an RICS/CICES accredited degree or enrolled on an accredited part-time post-graduate degree with relevant experience
  • Full Membership of the RICS or CICES desirable, or enrolled on the approved training scheme for membership
  • Experience with NEC contracts
Final Statement

Why work for us?

Talent comes in many different guises. At Costain we recognise this and work with employees to take them where they want to go rather than where we think they should go. We are fully committed to creating a safe place to work, where everyone can be at their best, every day. A workplace where everyone can be their true self, feel valued and understood for who they are and what makes them unique.

As a mark of our progress we were named as a Times Top 50 Employer for Women in 2018 and again in 2019. In addition to this, we have won various awards, including IChemE Diversity and Inclusion, Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Employer of the year and a Business in the Community (BITC) Game Changer award. Manchester and London Pride parades are now established dates in the Costain calendar, and we are proud to be a Stonewall diversity champion. We are a member of Working Families, an early signatory to the BITC Race Charter and a Disability Confident Committed employer.

Costain value that everyone is different and by being different, our people can bring their own valuable contribution to the business. Creating an inclusive culture makes us more able to recruit, retain and progress a diverse workforce, increasing employee engagement and experiencing higher levels of wellbeing.

Our employee benefits

We're dedicated to providing a broad range of rewards and benefits. As well as a competitive salary, our employees enjoy a comprehensive core benefits package which includes:

  • Group Pension Plan, to help you save for the future
  • Employee Assistance Programme, to help employees and their families balance the pressures of work and home life
  • Incentive payments to recognise high-performance
  • Life assurance, to help protect your loved ones financially
  • Funded membership to a professional Institute
  • Private healthcare and dental packages
  • Salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme
  • Discounted gym membership, to keep you as fit and as healthy as you can be
  • Volunteering days, so you can give back to your local community
  • Save as You Earn (SAYE) scheme, that lets you save towards buying shares in Costain

Costain, and the Armed Forces

We actively encourage applications from candidates who have a relationship with the armed forces community whether as a currently serving member or reservist, ex-military or wounded personnel or as a member of a service family.

Right to Work & Security Checks

Understandably given the nature of our business, everyone who is employed at Costain must undergo thorough referencing checks. We will need different information depending on the job we have offered you. For all roles, we'll carry out a criminal record check and we'll ask to see evidence that you have the legal right to work in the UK. You may be required to obtain and maintain security clearance of at least Security Check level (or SC clearance). To satisfy the requirements, you will need to have been a legal UK resident for a minimum of 5 years and have successfully complete all stages of the vetting process.

Closing date

Please note that Costain reserves the right to bring forward the closing date of any of its job vacancies if we receive a suitable number of quality applications from which to make a shortlist. Therefore, we recommend at you apply as soon as possible rather than wait until the published closing date.

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