Chief Surveyor

Our client a major JV delivering the £965m Chilterns Tunnels and Colne Valley Viaduct main works civils contract by HS2.
This is a key section of Phase One of the HS2 high-speed rail network between London and Birmingham.
They require a Chief Surveyor to join their team. The role will be based out near Uxbridge & Maple Cross. This is a PERMANENT role.
Purpose of the job:
The Chief Surveyor is responsible for planning the professional land surveys and supervising the surveying team to ensure the correct alignment and to maintain this data throughout the duration of the project. The Chief Surveyor is responsible for the survey team and its equipment and output.
The Chief Surveyor will be responsible for:
  • Managing all site-based staff, workers and sub-contractors related to survey and monitoring
  • Managing site safety to achieve all safety objectives
  • Identifying and managing safety, programme, cost, environmental and community risks involved with monitoring and survey
  • Ensuring the works are carried out in accordance with the design
  • Preparing Method Statements and procedures for all site-based survey activities
  • Attending weekly site production meetings
  • Maintaining and managing all design and setting out documentation in accordance with the Projects Plans
  • Liaising with the Project Manager’s site teams
  • Maintaining good community and third-party relations
  • Ensuring recruitment of suitable and appropriate staff and workers and maintaining up to date training records
  • Organising requisitions for materials, plant and equipment
  • The coordination of the results of monitoring with the requisite measurements
  • Ensure that all Data acquisition is processed and analysed correctly with final results recorded for future use.
  • Setting up, testing, calibrating and operating a variety of survey and positioning systems.
  • Collecting, arranging and presenting survey data and results
  • Ensure that surveying is carried out with the highest regard to the health and safety of all involved and to the protection of the environment
  • Operate online survey software and monitor the data quality to ensure the survey specification is achieved, bringing non-conformances to the attention of his/her Line Manager taking immediate corrective action whenever possible
  • Collecting, collating and presenting results from various survey sections
  • The preparation of various reports including mobilisation and calibration reports
  • Maintain up-to-date and accurate survey folders and comprehensive hand-over notes
  • Complying with all Company’s Policies and Procedures
  • Undertaking other such reasonable duties appropriate to the role
Skills & Experience:
  • Significant experience in a similar role within the construction industry
  • The role will require the post holder to have excellent communication skills in English, both written and verbal and to be able to report at Board level
  • Computer skills – Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Explorer least squares package.
  • Excellent organisation and people management skills
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Demonstrate a meticulous and highly accurate approach to work.
  • CSCS card holder
  • Membership of an appropriate Professional body, typically member of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors, or an appropriate international equivalent professional status


  • The post holder will be educated to degree or higher level or equivalent in a numerate discipline, typically Geomatics, Hydrography or Related Subject or Equivalent Military discipline. A lower educational level, typically HNC or HND may be acceptable where a very significant level of experience in a senior technical engineering role can be demonstrated
  • Membership of an appropriate Professional body, typically member of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors, or an appropriate international equivalent professional status
  • A good working knowledge of the:
    • Health & Safety at Work Act 1974,
    • Construction Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations 1996
    • Construction Design and Management Regulations 2007
    • Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and other relevant legislation.