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Senior QS

Posted: 4 Aug 2020 Closes: 23 Sep 2020
Leicestershire-Leicester, UK Competitive
Permanent & Full-time -629317355

About Costain and your project.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior QS to join our project.

Cadent is the UK's largest Gas Distribution Company, operating 4 of the 8 UK Gas Distribution Networks (East of England, London, North West and West Midlands). Their service spans over 131,000 kilometres of pipes supplying to 11 million homes & businesses. They also operate the Gas Emergency Helpline for the whole of the UK.

Costain helps to improve people's lives with integrated, leading edge, smart infrastructure solutions across the UK's energy, water, transportation and defence markets. We help our clients improve their business performance by increasing capacity, improving customer service, safeguarding security, enhancing resilience, decarbonising and delivering increased efficiency. Our vision is to be the UK's leading smart infrastructure solutions company. We will achieve this by focusing on blue chip clients whose major spending plans are underpinned by strategic national needs, regulatory commitments, legislation or essential performance requirements. We offer our clients leading edge solutions that are digitally optimised through the following five services which cover the whole lifecycle of their assets: future-shaping strategic consultancy; consultancy and advisory; digital technology solutions; asset optimisation and complex programme delivery. Our culture and values underpin everything we do.

For more information visit www.costain.com
What will I be doing?
  • Undertaking the efficient and effective management and issuing of accurate, timely and compliant notices and correspondence
  • Ensuring contractual and commercial risks and opportunities are identified to the Contract Leader
  • Preparation and agreement of applications for payment or the assessment & preparation of payment certificates.
  • Maintaining registers of variations, delay, extension times and claims
  • Compliant and consistent implementation of the Company's commercial policies and procedures.
  • Assist with preparation of monthly progress valuations and claims for work completed.
  • Interfacing with Customer's commercial and project teams
  • Produce pre-Contract tender negotiations & reports where necessary
  • Produce monthly cost reports, forecasts, and Contract Leader Reports
  • Review value management and advise on Risk management
  • Prepare supply chain enquiries, negotiate, administer and finalise / close out supply chain contracts.
  • Plan and implement change management and cost control
  • Monitor and update supply chain procurement plan including benchmarking
  • Ongoing liaison with site team, supply chain and Customers' representatives
  • 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, safety and environmental regulations.
  • Ensure all health, safety and environmental risk situations are brought to the attention of Contract Leader / Project Manager
About you
  • Holds an RICS / CICES accredited degree.
  • Senior Quantity Surveyors will hold or be nearing completion of Full Membership with RICS / CIECS
  • 5 years commercial experience in the construction industry with demonstrable track record of achievement
  • Experience of managing the NEC Suite of Contracts including ECC and ECSC
  • Demonstrable financial and commercial acumen
  • Practical approach, logical thought process and a methodical way of working
  • A creative and innovative approach to problem-solving
  • Extensive experience of setting up and/or operating office management systems including filing systems and document control and distribution.
  • Extensive experience of technical minute taking at contractual meetings and able to demonstrate the ability to collate information, prepare reports, payment certificates and interim financial reports and closeout reports.
  • Extensive experience of drafting effective contractual correspondence and the facilitation of collaborative solutions
  • Experience of developing & implementing procurement
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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