What is the purpose of the role?
You will be working as a principal quantity surveyor in group commercial at the UK's largest water company. The team currently assure a variety of different contracts, including the Thames Water Infrastructure Alliance and metering contracts. In this role you will be responsible for all commercial aspects of the contracts allocated to you by the managing quantity surveyor and will be expected to lead on the implementation of robust assurance processes for all your contracts. You will also be expected to provide commercial support to contract managers as required.
What makes this role unique?
This role offers a great opportunity to become part of our family. If you are not already a chartered quantity surveyor you will be given the opportunity and support you need to become chartered. The team has a very successful APC and CPD training programme, with a support network of a number of chartered quantity surveyors, RICS APC assessors and colleagues studying to become MRICS.
What will this role involve?
Annual and final accounting, estimating and forecasting.
Supporting commercial team procurement exercises.
Assessing applications for payment and ensuring that they are made on time and in accordance with the contracts.
Ensuring that appropriate processes are in place and monitored on your portfolio of contracts to ensure that contractual compliance is maintained and any non-performance is identified and corrective actions implemented as necessary.
Assisting the contract managers with the implementation of robust commercial processes with their third party suppliers and providing them with commercial support as and when required.
Working with finance to ensure all financial systems are updated to time, cost and quality; and help identify non-performance and make sure corrective actions are implemented.
Supporting the management and optimisation of budgets and spend (in conjunction with finance) on their portfolio of contracts.
Resolving general disputes and claims as well as providing commercial advice and support to the business.
Providing commercial advice and guidance to other team members as required.
Assisting the managing quantity surveyor with the management and strategic development of the QS Team.
What are we looking for?
A degree in quantity surveying or equivalent with good relevant experience in a quantity surveying role is required for this role. Knowledge of the water industry and its regulatory frameworks is preferable. Ideally the successful candidate will have procurement experience and will have a successful track record of assuring large actual cost contracts and experience of resolving disputes. Dedication and a willingness to learn and develop others are vital to success within this role.
Thames Water information and salary details
This role is based in Central Reading, Berkshire. We are offering a salary of up to £55,000, depending on skills and experience. Please note this role will involve traveling to different sites. Our competitive salary package includes an excellent contributory pension and holiday scheme and a wider benefits scheme which includes an annual pay review, season ticket loans and loyalty awards for continuous service plus discounts at a wide range of retailers via Benefits on Taps. We also offer 2 paid volunteering days per year.
About Thames Water
Thames Water is the largest water and waste-water services company in the UK. We provide the essential service at the heart of daily life, health and enjoyment to 15 million customers across London and the Thames Valley and we are going through a period of exciting change. On a typical day we supply 2.6 billion litres of top quality drinking water and our 350 sewage treatment works treat more than 4.2bn litres of waste-water. Our 85,000 miles of water mains and sewers would wrap around the world three-and-a-half times.
We are focusing like never before on delivering brilliant services and providing our customers with a great experience. We are in the process of transforming our business in order to achieve this. To help us succeed, we need a range of new skills and capabilities and will be recruiting for these in the coming months. We are on the lookout for talented people across our entire region who are interested in helping us to become the best water and waste-water company in the UK.
Thames Water is an equal opportunity, Disability Confident, and Stonewall diversity champion employer.
Closing Date: The closing date for applications is 21/08/2018.