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Project Quantity Surveyor

Location: Holyport
Company: Costain
Contract type: Permanent
Hours: Full time
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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.

Costain Digital

Digital technology is transforming our world at pace. Costain’s Leading Edge strategy is putting Digital at the heart of our business. Utilising our broad sector knowledge and deep client insight, we transform business performance and infrastructure intelligence through the development and integration of digital technology solutions.

We want to include YOU in our journey.

We are looking for an experience Quantity Surveyor to provide commercial support to a variety of critical national infrastructure projects across the full scope of the project from estimation through to completion.

To be considered for this role you will need to have extensive experience as a QS within a similar infrastructure environment - whether that be rail/highways/water etc.

This role will be permanently home based with the expectation - once restrictions are eased - to visit client sites when required.


The Project Quantity Surveyor will manage a commercial team through the lifecycle of numerous projects from inital bid, project set up to final accounts and close out, ensuring that at all times the Company’s governance and any contract specific requirements are adhered to.

Within a defined delegated level of authority, this role is responsible for the implementation and delivery of the Group Commercial Objectives, and appropriate to the activities in which the role is engaged.

Key Responsibilities

Providing support to Commercial Manager/Senior Commercial Manager

Leading and developing the efficient and effective management and issue of accurate, timely and compliant notices and correspondence

Ensuring contractual and commercial risks and opportunities are identified to the Project Director/Manager

Preparing monthly progress valuations and claims for work completed within deadlines

Producing monthly cost reports, forecasts, and Contract Budget reports

Liaising with the Customer’s commercial team

Ensuring effective and consistent implementation of the Company's commercial policies and procedures

Ensuring registers of variations, delay, extension of time applications and claims are contemporaneous and maintained

Producing records of pre-Contract tender negotiations & reports where necessary

Review value management and advise on Risk management

Prepare, review and complete of sub-contract documentation

Plan change management and cost control

Prepare & agree interim applications for payment

Prepare & agree final accounts with sub-contractor

Manage subcontracts from initial placement of order to final account

Monitor and update Procurement Plan, Sub-contract procurement including analysing commercial comparisons

Produce requisition and award letters

Reconcile weekly plant, material, labour reconciliation against budget

Monitor main contract- including assisting with and producing Change Reports, Value Change Report Forms Main Contract, Monitor allocation changes Report on matters relating to insurances relevant to the project

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

Membership of RICS or CICES

Minimum 5 years post-graduate commercial experience in the construction industry with demonstrable track record of achievement

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 and contract strategies

Proven negotiating and team-working skills with the ability to motivate and lead a team

Strong analytical skills

Demonstrable legal, contractual and construction knowledge

Experience in implementing and delivering strategic objectives and associated change programmes

Confidence and ability to assert influence


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 but isn’t limited to the following:

  • 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
  • Life assurance, to help protect your loved ones financially
  • Funded membership to a professional Institute
  • Private healthcare and dental packages
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Volunteering days, so you can give back to your local community
  • Save as You Earn (SAYE) scheme

Diversity & Inclusion

Talent comes in many different guises and 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.

At Costain, we believe that hiring, retaining and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce not only increases employee engagement and creates higher levels of wellbeing but also leads to innovation, creativity and an opportunity for all of us to make a valuable contribution not just to the business but to our society too.

As a mark of our progress we have been named as a Times Top 50 Employer for Women every year since 2018. 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.

We also encourage applications from candidates who have a relationship with the armed forces community

Flexible working

We welcome you to ask about the flexibility you need for whatever reason. This might be part-time, remote working, or compressed hours for example. Anyone who applies for a role can ask about flexibility at interview. In return, we will explore what is possible for the role.

Security Checks & Right to Work

Understandably given the nature of our business, everyone who is employed at Costain must undergo thorough referencing checks. 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.

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