Managing Quantity Surveyor

North West London
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Job Description: Permanent Managing Quantity Surveyor

Position Overview: The Permanent Managing Quantity Surveyor is a senior-level role within the construction and engineering industry. This individual is responsible for overseeing the quantity surveying function of a construction project or multiple projects, ensuring effective cost management, accurate financial reporting, and compliance with contractual obligations. The role involves leading a team of quantity surveyors and collaborating with various stakeholders to achieve project objectives. Previous water project experience would be an advantage but not essential. The successful candidate would be required to oversee sites in Swindon, Oxford, Reading Aylesbury as well as Euston station and be able to travel to the office in St Albans. 

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Cost Management:

    • Develop and implement cost control procedures to ensure projects are executed within budget.
    • Review project budgets, estimates, and cost plans, providing guidance and recommendations to achieve cost efficiency.
    • Monitor and manage project expenses, tracking variations and adjustments in costs.
  2. Contractual Compliance:

    • Review and understand project contracts, ensuring that all financial aspects are in alignment with contractual obligations.
    • Provide contractual advice to project teams to mitigate risks and resolve disputes related to costs and payments.
  3. Financial Reporting:

    • Prepare and present accurate and timely financial reports to project stakeholders, highlighting cost forecasts, expenditures, and potential financial risks.
    • Analyze financial data to identify trends, potential cost-saving opportunities, and areas of concern.
  4. Team Leadership:

    • Manage a team of quantity surveyors, providing direction, guidance, and mentorship.
    • Allocate tasks, monitor workloads, and ensure the team's professional development through training and performance assessments.
  5. Tendering and Procurement:

    • Collaborate with procurement teams to develop tender documentation and evaluate supplier and subcontractor bids.
    • Assess and negotiate subcontractor agreements to achieve favorable terms and conditions.
  6. Value Engineering:

    • Participate in value engineering exercises to optimize project costs without compromising quality or functionality.
    • Recommend alternative materials, construction methods, or design changes to achieve cost savings.
  7. Change Management:

    • Assess and manage changes in project scope, identifying potential cost impacts and negotiating change orders with clients or contractors.
    • Maintain accurate documentation of variations and change orders throughout the project lifecycle.
  8. Client Communication:

    • Engage with clients to provide regular updates on project costs, financial performance, and potential risks.
    • Address client inquiries and concerns related to costs and financial matters.
  9. Risk Management:

    • Identify, assess, and mitigate potential risks that could impact project costs or financial outcomes.
    • Develop and implement strategies to manage and minimize financial risks.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor's degree in Quantity Surveying, Construction Management, or related field (Master's degree preferred).
  • Professional membership with a recognized surveying institution (e.g., RICS, CIQS, CIOB). Or at least working towards their memberships
  • Proven experience as a Quantity Surveyor, with a significant portion of that experience in a managerial or leadership capacity.
  • Strong understanding of construction contracts, procurement methods, and cost management principles.
  • Excellent analytical and numerical skills, with proficiency in relevant software and tools (e.g., cost estimating software, project management software, spreadsheets).
  • Exceptional communication and negotiation skills, with the ability to interact effectively with diverse stakeholders.
  • Strong leadership qualities, including team management, mentorship, and motivation.
  • Attention to detail, organizational skills, and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously


  • 5% company pension contribution
  • Life assurance at 2 times notional salary
  • Single person private medical cover
  • Permanent Health Cover