Senior Quantity Surveyor

Posted 25 February by Brookwood Search and Selection

An exciting opportunity for a Senior Quantity Surveyor to work for a 5 star builder on a variety of residential developments in Norfolk.

The Commercial team deals with everything to do with cost-effective building, including quantity surveying, estimating, procurement and material buying.

With a watching brief on choice of material, cost, customer satisfaction and sales, and other critical issues, our Commercial team - which comprises Estimators, Quantity Surveyors and Material Buyers - has one objective: to deliver best quality homes, at the best possible cost. Their work is fundamental to our continued viability as a business and presents a fast-moving challenge that will exercise your creativity and commercial flair to the full.


  • Maintain all cost control procedures working within the guidelines set out within the Group policies and procedures. Responsible for the compilation of all weekly, monthly and quarterly reports as required.
  • Be aware of new materials and methods of construction which the company may employ, as well as a sound knowledge of latest regulations, codes of practise and NHBC requirements.
  • Ensure that subordinates receive the required training and mentorship for them to learn and thrive in their responsibilities.
  • Responsible for all cost control procedures, including managing and controlling the budget and valuations by always updating the estimated final costs, and having the ability to show absolute cost and value reconciliation.
  • Must be able to control all commercial tasks and responsibilities on large Sites, including those in excess of 200 units.
  • Contribute to the conceptual designs/options to ensure the design is kept within the budgeted values.
  • Compile Site Start budget, liaising with all Departments to ensure document is completed on time to allow the construction to commence, and Sales to start marketing.
  • Lead the value engineering, including updating Group and Regional site review documents, to ensure we achieve best value.
  • Maintain budget control throughout development; and manage cost overruns within contingency levels.
  • Accurate costing for each aspect of site development.
  • Analyse and report on costs and cash flow using the support systems available.
  • Prepare tenders and procure sub-contractors, goods and materials, using Group Procedures.
  • Compile subcontractor recommendations for approval.
  • Process Subcontract orders, payments and variations, using Excel and Group payment system (COINS) in line with Group policy and procedures.
  • Evaluate and agree variations and instructions, always aware of budgetary constraints, and ensuring that approval is obtained prior to agreement of variations in excess of the respective allowances.
  • Be aware of new materials and methods of construction which the business may employ.
  • Liaise with site personnel and subcontractors in order to maximise productivity.
  • Attend all project and team meetings as required, and present the Commercial position to the meeting.
  • Compile and Present valuations at Divisional valuation meetings.
  • Responsible for accurately controlling all commercial aspects and responsibilities with regards to the RSL.
  • Be aware of all codes of practice that impact on estimating e.g. Building Regulations, NHBC requirements, HSE, Code for Sustainable Homes.
  • Any other duties as required by the Managing Surveyor / Commercial Manager.
  • Teach, train and mentor subordinates as required.
  • Promote and act in accordance with Group values, systems, policies and procedures.
  • Ensure compliance with Group IT systems.

Personal characteristics/qualifications and skills:

  • Qualified to HND level or higher with a valid CSCS card.
  • Proven track record in similar role or at the level of Quantity Surveyor.
  • Must have a full understanding of current market conditions and rates.
  • Must be able to control cost to complete on all trades and on all provisions to ensure live cost certainly.
  • Highly numerate with excellent attention to detail, able to gather, interpret and present data to facilitate preparation of budgets and subsequent valuations.
  • Methodical, conscientious and organised, works to deliver high standards.
  • Strong IT skills, working knowledge of computer systems within the commercial environment, i.e. project management/payment and valuation software.
  • Articulate, clear and credible, and able to thrive under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
  • Able to contribute towards the resolution of disputes, problems and cost issues.
  • Able to work on own initiative, with the drive to take ownership of projects.
  • Strong communication skills, the ability to build effective working relationships both internally and externally.
  • Wide experience in the discipline within the house building industry.
  • Strong communication skills, the ability to build effective working relationships both internally and externally.
  • Strong knowledge of Building Regulations, NHBC and Health and Safety requirements etc.
  • Team player, and supportive of colleagues.

Required skills

  • Construction
  • Costing
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Residential Homes
  • Valuations

Reference: 34551345

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