Quantity Surveyor

Reading - Clearwater Court - RG1 8DB

About the role:

Major Projects are responsible for delivering large complex single site projects >£30m in value. Once a need has been validated, the Major Projects Team are responsible for the Definition, Outline Design, Execution and Closedown Stages.

Each project will typically require 12-18 months to complete all activities up to the award of the main contract with the design and build contract subsequently being delivered over a number of years. During the pre-contract period, we will need to complete a study, consider the options and feasibility of the solution, develop the procurement strategy, reference solution and procure and award the main contract. Following award, we will work collaboratively with the main contractor to ensure the works are effectively delivered.

As a Quantity Surveyor, you’ll be responsible for specific commercial tasks on several projects, initially supporting the Project Managers and their teams on all commercial aspects of the project prior to the award of the main contract. A wide range of commercial activities need to be undertaken including estimate development, risk management and commercial support during the procurement stage. Following award, you will be expected to provide post-contract commercial support.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Monthly Cost Forecasting/Reporting: Ensure cost management against the budget, highlighting commercial issues early, including reporting on contingency/risk.
  • Estimating: Understand Business Plan budgets and their make up for cost comparison purposes; compare estimates for affordability against the Business plan; support the Managing Quantity Surveyor by providing insight into estimates produced by others.
  • Procurement Support: Obtain and review quotes for works and services; support with the main contract document preparation including development of pricing schedules; support the commercial evaluation and negotiation of tenders.
  • Contract Management: Support the Project Manager with commercial/contract management of consultants and contractors; support contract administration including responding to contractual communications, monitor/record change, risk management and performance management. Review final accounts and support the Managing Quantity Surveyor with the resolution of claims; record and communicate contractual lessons learnt.
  • Orders and Payments: Ensure value for money, review monthly payment applications and invoices and ensure that payments are made on time and in accordance with the contract.
  • Governance: Ensure we maintain financial governance an all times; provide commercial input to financial and contract governance proposals.

To be successful you will have the following skills and experience:

  • A degree in Quantity Surveying or equivalent is required for this role.
  • Desire to work towards gaining Chartered status.
  • This role requires someone who is enthusiastic and can take ownership of tasks, think on their feet, devise plans of action and deliver effective solutions.
  • The ability to work semi-autonomously and be professional.
  • It is essential that you are inquisitive and have a meticulous attention to detail.
  • The ability to hold your ground and offer reasoned advice in a fast-paced environment.
  • Some commercial and contractual knowledge is required.
  • Some negotiation and dispute resolution skills are required.
  • Good understanding of costs and risks associated with delivery of projects.
  • Knowledge of water industry and business knowledge is preferable.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Self-starter, resilient and able to cope under pressure.

What’s in it for you?

Engineering Your Future to leave a legacy

Lift the lid of the UK water industry and you might be surprised with what you find – we are changing like never before!  In the drive to deliver more environmental sustainability, we are seeking to become one of the biggest producers of green energy in the UK, we have some of the most complex assets in the country built by some of the most famous Victorians. We cover the most populous area in the UK which is growing at an unprecedented rate.    We underpin the safe functioning of society.

Do you want to cut your teeth delivering engineering and construction projects in this world?  Do you want to leave a legacy?  This is ‘A’ game territory and we want ‘A’ game people.    We offer great people, who want to learn and test themselves to limit, full end-to-end exposure to exciting projects and programmes, collaborating with a myriad of suppliers, deploying innovative technology to secure safe water supplies for today and tomorrow.   Do you fit the bill?

Our benefits:

Our competitive salary package includes an excellent contributory pension, 26 days holiday per year increasing to 30 with length of service and a wider benefits scheme. This includes an annual pay review, season ticket loans, voucher scheme giving you money off in major retail outlets, loyalty awards for continuous service plus much more, including our referral scheme, where you can receive £750 for helping someone get a permanent position within the company.  

We’re  also proud to be here for our local community,offering everyone two days paid volunteer leave a year, as well as proudly supporting a lot of local events and charities.   

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About us:

Thames Water is the UK’s largest water and wastewater company. We make a daily difference to millions of customers by supplying 2.7 billion litres of world-class water to around 10 million homes.  

As our world changes, the need to take care of our most precious resource is greater than ever, both locally and globally. That’s why, at Thames Water, every one of our actions, big and small, matters every day. Water is essential to daily life, and that means our business is always open. We’re passionate about providing world-class tap water, now and for the future.

We’re also turning waste into power, self-generating 20% of the energy we use and, in turn, doing our bit for the planet. We’re reducing plastic waste by celebrating our tap water and rolling out an ambitious water fountain project. We’re using our voice to lobby for change and partnering with WaterAid to provide clean water to the world’s poorest communities.

Together, we’re building a better future for our customers, our region and our planet.

Thames Water is a unique, rewarding and diverse place to work. If you join our team, you’ll enjoy fast-tracked career opportunities, flexible working arrangements and unparalleled benefits. We’re also proud to be an equal opportunity employer, Stonewall Diversity Champion and Disability Confident Leader, welcoming individuals from all walks of life and leading the way with an award-winning mental health and wellbeing strategy.

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