Quantity Surveyor



The main purpose of this role is to provide the business with cost management for assigned developments from land procurement to the completion of sub-contract final accounts and statutory authority adoption certificates Reports to: Surveying Manager/ Commercial Manager / Commercial Director Works with: Buyers, Build Department, Technical Department, Subcontractors and site staff

Pre-Commencement Activities

Maintain a record of current Build Cost/Rates and liaise with the Company Estimator to ensure all records are current.

Attend specification meetings to confirm site specific specification requirements from Sales and the latest applicable Build Regulations.

Attend the Site pre-start meeting to receive construction issue drawings and determine Build and Sales strategy.

Agree tender list with Area Build Manager and review site build strategy, site overhead provision, build programme and site resource requirements.

Ensure availability of the pre-tender Health and Safety Plan.

Compile tender packages for all sub-contract trades and despatch in accordance with Commercial Best Practice Manual.

Receive tenders and qualify.

Compile analysis sheet for each trade comparing tender levels with CV1/CV2 estimates and latest management plan.

Compile and present CV2 Tender Summary sign-off in accordance with parameters determined in the Commercial Best Practice Manual. Compile and present CV1 Tender Summary sign-off in accordance with parameters determined in the Commercial Best Practice manual. Coordinate the activities of the Material Buyer and Company Estimator to achieve CV1 and CV2 sign-off.

Obtain authorization to ‘let’ all sub-contract orders valued over thresholds as noted in Commercial Best Practice Manual.

Place and issue sub-contract orders in accordance with Group Policy and Commercial Best Practice to budget and within programme requirements.

Attend and minute all sub-contract order adjudication meetings.

Compile reports on contract letting vs. estimate for each site periodically, as required.

Liaise with Build Department on sub-contractors’ performance and compliance with order conditions.

Post Commencement Activities

To attend and project team meetings as required.

To complete sub-contract orders to accord with site programmed build requirements in accordance with Group Policy and Group Rebate schemes and fully adjudicate prior to issue of documentation.

Set up and regularly review with the Site Management team the PPQA tick sheet to facilitate sub-contract contract work payment.

To liaise with Company Management and provide all necessary forecast and site budget information to meet the business’s reporting requirements.

Control and report post contract cost movements per development every month.

Update CV1 and CV2 site specific reports and provide details of all “unscheduled” and “scheduled” order revisions i.e. Site Instructions and Site Purchase Orders.

To provide such monthly reporting as required by the Commercial Manager.

Review monthly Site Overhead expenditure with the Area Build Managers.

Review Professional Fee provisions and statutory service cost, and credits, with the Technical Department.

Ensure invoices/applications for payments are processed in accordance with my client's Standard Terms and Conditions of Contract.

Maintain a half yearly site reserve list.  Issue Payment Withhold Notices, where a contractor application, or part thereof, is in dispute in accordance with Construction Act.

Immediately advise management of notification of impending claim or legal action arising from a disputed claim or payment from a Sub-Contractor/Service Provider.

Where necessary, determine a sub-contract order in accordance with Standard Terms and Conditions of Employment and liaise with Build Department in this respect.

Diligently use the clients Construction System to manage site project administration, including orders, variations, valuations, etc.

Assist in the regular review of materials on-site and material valuations.

Agree and process all Sales Variation requests, including works to show homes, stock plots and sales incentive works in accordance with Group Procedures.

Properly categorise on the Construction System “unscheduled” and “scheduled” order amendments.

Settle all variation invoices/applications for payment in accordance with my clients Homes Standard Terms and Conditions of Contract.

Process groundwork’s payments/applications for payment using my clients Homes AGA payment system as outlined in Commercial Best Practice Manual.

Ensure the collection of retention against all sub-contract orders in accordance with Group Policy.

Manage and certify retention releases on completion of the development.  Complete and agree sub-contract final accounts within 6 months of the last legal completion on-site and prior to the first release of retention to the individual sub-contractors. 

Post Site Completion

Maintain final account schedule.

Maintain completed development provision on CV1.

Maintain CV2 reserves as part of the ‘Old Site Reserve’ central file.

Liaise with the Technical Department to secure site adoptions and tender, let and administer maintenance orders, as required.

Complete formal site close-down procedure in accordance with Group Policy.

Communication & Professional Development

Ensure you keep up to date with legislation changes and attend training and technical training as and when require by the Company.

Attend departmental meetings as required.

Deal with queries from site managers.

Maintain open lines of communication with colleagues in other regions.

Ensure all relevant stakeholders are informed of key departmental developments.

Health and Safety

Ensure you have read the Company’s health and safety policies and procedures observe them at all times.

Reporting any accidents or near misses immediately to your Manager and record them in the accident book.

Ensure your workplace is kept tidy and any hazards are eliminated or reported to your line manager.

Wear appropriate protective clothing on site at all times.

Attends all health and safety training as required by the Company.

This job description is not a definitive list of duties. It provides an outline of Key Performance Indicators required for this position. The job holder may be asked to undertake other duties to meet business requirements.

Person specification


Education, training or qualifications

HNC / HND in Surveying

Candidates must be prepared to complete a degree course as part of their employment Relevant experience

At least 1 year experience working within a residential house builder

Experience maybe gained from a similar position or promotion

A good understanding or building regulations and legal obligations

A good knowledge or construction methods and materials Special skills or knowledge

Strong mathematical and IT ability

Ability to assess and analyse information

Good business sense

Good understanding of budget management

Negotiating and networking skills Interpersonal skills and attitude

Excellent communications skills

Able to work under pressure, and accept criticism of work

Good team working skills

Accurate with an eye for detail

A methodical approach Special Circumstances

Willing to work extra to meet deadlines as and when the business needs require it


Education, training or qualifications

Degree in Surveying or similar

Working towards being a Member of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), or Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Relevant experience • Able to show they committed to their chosen profession by continued self development, i.e., short courses, seminars etc…

Duration: Permanent

Salary: Negotiable

Harbron Recruit Ltd is a family run construction industry recruitment agency based in the South West of England.

Harbron Recruit originally stemmed from a construction company that boasts 25 years of successfully working with the majority of major contractors across the South West.

Recognising the demand for quality construction personnel with the necessary skills and qualifications to carry out jobs quickly and safely gave birth to Harbron Recruit as a major supplier of construction trades to companies requiring temporary, permanent and contract workers on a range of assignments.

Now, as a well-established Recruitment Agency having traded successfully for 10 years within the specialist sector of construction it has enabled us to create long standing client relationships built on a foundation of trust, honesty and integrity.

Based in Devon we provide quality staff to our clients both locally and nationally.

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