Senior Quantity Surveyor

Steve Thomas
Midlands and East Anglia
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This new live job will suit a Senior Quantity Surveyor that has previously gained experience working for a 'spec' house builder or has worked as a QS in a contracting housebuilding context.
Suitable Senior Quantity Surveyor candidates will need to have excellent residential project contracting experience and will work on a portfolio of challenging residential projects, supervising the work of the client's housebuilding contractor/s.

You will be highly motivated and will have a proven ability to provide high quality service to clients. This opportunity offers excellent career prospects with rapid progression in a vibrant business.

Project Details

This Quantity Surveyor job, while notionally office based in central Birmingham, West Midlands, can be undertaken working from home.

You will work within the building consultancy team of a well-respected national consultancy to work on a variety of property development projects, providing a range of services  including bank monitoring, procurement and cost management / quantity surveying advice.

Your main client will ultimately be 'Homes England' the government agency that has provided funding for a national housebuilding contractor to build houses, and your scope will be to ensure that projects procured and constructed are delivering value for money.  You will effectively be the 'eyes and ears' of Homes England - seeking to ensure the UK tax payer is receiving value for money from the house building contractors working on the housing projects they have funded to be constructed.

Responsibilities and Duties

The exciting range of job duties for this Senior Quantity Surveyor job are even wider than suggested above and this dynamic Senior QS role role can be divided into three broad sections of responsibility:

1 Bank Monitoring, 2 Cost Management and 3 Cost Consultancy:
General: You will use your experience of the Procurement and Development process from feasibility to practical completion, providing accurate and up to date costing information.
You will be analytical, have a flair for numerical data and be prepared to assume responsibility for works from procurement to final account.

1 Bank Monitoring Responsibilities:

  •  You may be asked to manage a portfolio of bank monitoring and development monitoring projects from initial pre lending appraisal through to completion of the developments. Training can be provided for those with strong QS skills.
  •  You will undertake the initial appraisal of proposed developments comprising a review of the Borrower’s cost plan and a detailed risk analysis of every aspect of the proposed development to assess the risks to the Bank/Funder.
  •  Prepare the initial appraisal report to clearly identify our assessment of the potential risks and shortcomings in the Borrower’s proposals and our recommendations on the actions and precautions that can be taken to protect the interests of the Bank/Funder.
  • To undertake regular site inspections, attending progress meetings and valuation meetings and prepare monthly progress reports for the Bank/Funder.
  • To approve valuation and drawdowns.

2 Cost Manager Responsibilities:

  • To perform the role of Bank / Funders Cost Manager on a portfolio of Development Projects from feasibility to final account.
  •  To review and report on the feasibility of proposed developments considering design alternatives, materials, and construction methods with the objective of increasing deliverability of the developments and reducing the Bank / Funders risks.
  •  To provide and update Cost Plans and benchmarking from feasibility to tender of the developers’ sub-contract and supplier packages.
  •  To agree the schedule of developer’s sub-contract and supplier packages, tender lists and the format and content of tender documentation.
  •  To review and agree the developers’ recommendations for sub-contract and supplier awards, reporting to the Bank / Funder as required.
  • To check and confirm that all sub-contracts and collateral warranties are duly executed and held on file by the Developer.
  • To review and maintain cashflow forecasts ensuring consistency with cost plans and forecast costs throughout the duration of the development projects.
  •  To develop and maintain risk registers that inform development contingency allowances throughout the duration of the development projects.
  • To review and advise on the appropriateness of Developers’ allowances for inflation throughout the duration of the development projects.
  •  To instigate a process of development change control from pre-planning stage through to development final accounts ensuring sign off to all significant changes by the bank / funder.
  • Attend project and site meetings, reporting significant matters impacting cost, programme, and overall delivery of developments to the Bank / Funder.
  • To undertake a monthly valuation of each development and submit payment notices to the Bank / Funder.
  • Provide monthly financial statements to the Bank / Funder including Cost to Complete, variations, contingency, and inflation forecasts.
  •  Review and agree the developers’ proposed sub-contract final accounts and development final account.

3 Cost Consultancy Responsibilities:

  • Prepare initial and subsequent cost estimates for the construction and associated costs of specified projects.
  • Administer and prepare progress payments throughout the duration of the project and final accounts at completion.
  • Advise on and prepare appropriate forms of contract documentation to ensure that clients’ interests are always protected.
  • Undertake QS pre and post contract roles for project related work.
  • Manage the financial aspects of the building contract and advise on proposed variations so the work can be approved where necessary and the budget/payments are amended accordingly.
  •  Monitor cash flow and expenditure against approved budgets ensuring any shortfall is fully explained and appropriate supplemental budgets applied for and obtained.
  •  Provide cost advisory support to Building and other business units and support cross team proposals/tenders.
  •  Undertake RCAs for Building and other business units including Corporate Recovery and Valuation, the latter being of some large-scale assessments of properties/portfolios in the UK and abroad.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Specific experience of the residential development process is required and this will have best been gained from working for a housing contractor or speculative housing developer
  •  Ability to demonstrate core Quantity Surveying and cost management skills and operate in a commercial context, including ability to undertake or supervise the preparation of estimates, cost plans, budgets, cashflow forecasts, RCAs, interim and final accounts, valuations and payment certificates etc.
  • Experience of acting as a bank monitoring surveyor is highly desirable but is not essential
  • A good client facing manner with good relationship-building/networking skills is an essential trait
  • Excellent communication skills & good presentation and client skills.
  • Ability to write technical reports to present to lay clients.

Qualifications/Educational Requirements

  • No formal Quantity Surveying qualifications are required although an HND or degree in Quantity Surveying or MRICS would be welcomed

Employing Company Overview and Profile

A leading national multidisciplinary Quantity Surveying and Cost Management consultancy with offices in Birmingham.  Full details will be provided to shortlisted applicants

Additional Benefits Package and Incentives

Generous salary & benefits package

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