Project Quantity Surveyor in Lancashire-Preston, United Kingdom

Costain helps to improve peoples lives by deploying technology-based engineering solutions to meet urgent national needs across the UKs energy, water and transportation infrastructures.

The Preston Western Distributor Road is a new dual carriageway linking the M55 in the north to the A583 in the south.  The client Lancashire County Council (on behalf of the City Deal) is delivering the scheme to support the North West Preston strategic housing area accommodating over 5000 new houses. The new road also improves access to the strategic road network and the Enterprise Zone site at Warton and the Westinghouse Springfields site at Salwick.

The Preston Western Distributor is approximately 4.3km long with a new Junction 2 on the M55.  Other junctions along its length serve the new East West Link Road and the new Cottam Link Road, both part of the scheme.  The East West Link Road (3.4km) and Cottam Link Road (0.8km) are both single lane carriageways. The scheme will also provide the opportunity for enhanced pedestrian and cycle routes by providing segregated off-road shared cycleway/footway connections to residential areas as well as with the existing Guild Wheel Cycle Route.  The road also requires six major structures to be constructed, including two muti-span viaducts over the Lancaster Canal, Preston to Blackpool Railway and Savick Brook.

The scheme is due to commence in Q4 2019 for a period of 43 months.

The Project Quantity Surveyor will manage a commercial team through the lifecycle of the project from design to project close out, ensuring that at all times the Companys governanceand any contract specific requirements are adhered to.

Within a defined delegated level of authority, this role is responsible for the implementation and delivery of our 10 Commercial Objectives, and appropriate to the activities in which the
role is engaged.

Flexible working: We welcome you to ask about the flexibility you need. This might be part-time, remote working, or compressed hours for example. Anyone who applies for a role can ask about flexibility at interview. In return, we will explore what is possible for the role. 



What will I be doing?

  • Providing support to Commercial Manager/Senior Commercial Manager
  • Leading and developing the efficient and effective management and issue of accurate, timely and compliant notices and correspondence
  • Ensuring contractual and commercial risks and opportunities are identified to the Project Director/Manager
  • Preparing monthly progress valuations and claims for work completed within deadlines
  • Producing monthly cost reports, forecasts, and Contract Budget reports
  • Liaising with the Customers commercial team
  • Ensuring effective and consistent implementation of the Company's commercial policies and procedures
  • Ensuring registers of variations, delay, extension of time applications and claims are contemporaneous and maintained
  • Producing records of pre-Contract tender negotiations & reports where necessary
  • Review value management and advise on Risk management
  • Prepare, review and complete of sub-contract documentation
  • Plan change management and cost control
  • Prepare & agree interim applications for payment
  • Prepare & agree final accounts with sub-contractor
  • Manage subcontracts from initial placement of order to final account
  • Monitor and update Procurement Plan, Sub-contract procurement including analysing commercial comparisons
  • Produce requisition and award letters
  • Reconcile weekly plant, material, labour reconciliation against budget
  • Monitor main contract- including assisting with and producing Change Reports,
  • Value Change Report Forms Main Contract, Monitor allocation changes Report on matters relating to insurances relevant to the project
  • Understanding the implications of health, safety and environmental regulations.


About you

  • Holds an RICS / CICES accredited degree
  • Full Membership of RICS or CICES
  • Previous commercial experience in the construction industry with demonstrable track record of achievement
  • Demonstrable financial and commercial acumen
  • Practical approach, logical thought process and a methodical way of working
  • A creative and innovative approach to problem-solving
  • Extensive experience of setting up and/or operating office management systems including filing systems and document control and distribution.
  • Extensive experience of technical minute taking at contractual meetings and able to demonstrate the ability to collate information, prepare reports, payment certificates and interim financial reports and closeout reports.
  • Extensive experience of drafting effective contractual correspondence and the facilitation of collaborative solutions
  • Experience of developing & implementing procurement and contract strategies
  • Proven negotiating and team-working skills with the ability to motivate and lead a team
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Demonstrable legal, contractual and construction knowledge
  • Experience in implementing and delivering strategic objectives and associated change programmes
  • Confidence and ability to assert influence

Youll be a welcomed member of the wider team, with opportunities to take on additional responsibility, join one of our networks for women, military or LGBT+ staff, and participate in cultural and social events with the local community (e.g. as a STEM ambassador).

Your personal and professional development is important to us. We welcome a discussion about how we can support you with further study, or professional membership or attainment for example.

It is expected that you will work to be a part of the wider project team, living by the programmes expected values.   We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Costain closely monitors job applications, to ensure an inclusive recruitment process. To ensure we are able to maintain this, and to recruit a diverse workforce, we encourage candidates to complete the diversity form as part of their application so we are able to monitor and improve our approach to diversity.  Please note, all responses are anonymous and you do not have to provide a response.



Final Statement

We listened to our employees so our Core Benefits are funded by us and include a Group Pension Scheme, Employee Assistance Programme, Life Assurance, Income Protection and funded membership to a Professional Institute. In addition to this we also offer a Private Healthcare Scheme, Private Dental Scheme, Cycle to Work, Volunteering Days and Save as You Earn Scheme. 

At Costain we aim to be an accessible, diverse and inclusive organisation to continue to meet our customers needs. We will be industry leading in our approach and people from all backgrounds will be proud to work for Costain. Our goal is to have a workforce that is representative of society.

We actively encourage applications from candidates who have a relationship with the armed forces community whether as a currently serving member or reservist, ex-military or wounded personnel or as a member of a service family.

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