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Assistant Quantity Surveyor – Dorset – Retail, Commercial

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Assistant Quantity Surveyor – Dorset – Retail, Commercial and Leisure Design and Build


My client is a second-generation family owned and managed business delivering main-contracting services to the Retail, Commercial and Leisure sectors.

1.         Purpose:
  • To provide an Assistant Quantity Surveying service across a range of projects under the guidance of a more senior Contract Surveyor / Surveying Director to ensure they are delivered on time and within budget. The role has supervised accountability to commercial functions, accurate contract cost reporting and to mitigate contractual risk.


2.          Position Typically Reports to:
  • Surveying Director
  • Contract Surveyor(s)


3.         Key Accountabilities and Deliverables:
  • Develop a basic understanding of obligations under the main contracts and sub-contracts.
  • Develop an understanding of the Sub-Contract and Vendor procurement process – orders and buying.
  • Develop an understanding of Customer requirements and KPI monitoring.
  • Communicates, confidentially, professionally and positively with all parties.
  • Develop an understanding of all J M Scully Ltd commercial processes and how these can be used to maximise profit margins.
  • To undertake work in accordance with the Company’s H&S Policy and other procedures. To take reasonable care of the H&S of myself and any other person who may be affected by my acts or omissions at work. To cooperate with any H&S duty or requirement imposed by the Company, and to use anything provided by the Company for health, safety or welfare in accordance with its purpose.


4.         Key Tasks:
  • Complete on site measurement and take-off’s.
  • Sending out Sub-Contract and Vendor enquiries with accurate information.
  • Ensure that his or her key objectives are reviewed with line management.
  • Take part in customer review meetings and demonstrate awareness of customer service.
  • Control and request accurate site records to assist in the measurement and evaluation to actual costs and variations.
  • Drawing control/specification revisions – maintaining accurate records.
  • Understanding and controlling the internal and external commercial procedures in respect to sub-contract packages and on site preliminaries i.e. order content with relevant appendices, formalising payment schedules, maintaining procurement schedules and preliminary spend to date comparisons.
  • Develop an understanding of the procedure to support the production of monthly CVR’s.
  • Develop an understanding of the procedure to support the production of regular cost to complete reports.
  • Awareness of risk management control and mitigation of commercial impact.
  • Learn Construction methods and technology from other team members.
4.         Key Tasks (Cont’d):
  • Together with other team members, be responsible for cost control on all their projects – maintaining and improving budgets.
  • Comply with policies and best practices.
  • Understanding of administration and contract records.
  • Assist with progress claims with the client’s representative through to invoicing.
  • Assist with and learn how to measure and value sub-contractor’s accounts to maximise profits.
  • Interpersonal skills – Ability to form relationships with supply chain and work effectively with site management and the site team.
  • Basic ability to form relationships with PQS, Project Management and the design team.


5.         Knowledge, Skills and Qualifications:


  • Continuing professional development.
  • Basic measurement and valuation.
  • Understanding the tendering and supplemental enquiry process.
  • Sub-Contract and Vendor procurement under supervision from Contract Surveyor.
  • The willingness to learn obligations under contract, claims, loss and expense.
  • The importance and implication of a structured Payment processes – internal and external.
  • Knowledge of the J M Scully ISO processes
  • The drive to learn construction methods and technology from experienced site team members
  • Basic administration of contract methods.
  • Basic Contract Law.


  • The ability to understand and implement theoretically learnt commercial skills in a practical situation to maximise value recovery, cost control and cash management.
  • Basic understanding of financial reports and final accounts.
  • Ability to form and develop relationships with PQS, design team and supply chain.
  • Good interpersonal skills – ability to work effectively with site management and rest of the team.


  • Training towards an HNC Building Studies / Quantity Surveying (minimum requirement).


Agency: UCA Consulting
Contact Name: Victor Lagnado
Contact Email:
Telephone: 020 8429 5297
Industry: Removals / Storage
Job Type: Permanent
Location: London, NW10
Salary: £25,000 – £28,000 PA + Package

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