Highways Quantity Surveyor

Spencer Clarke Group are working alongside a local authority based in Cambridgeshire to appoint a talented Highways Quantity Surveyor on a contract basis.

As a Highways Quantity Surveyor, you will provide commercial support to the delivery of a range of highways maintenance services including cyclic maintenance and improvement schemes. The roles will entail reviewing Contractor pricing and checking for adherence to the Contract and ensuring the application of the correct rates and agreed prices. The role will provide the client within house cost assurance expertise seeking to establish benchmark cost data and drive efficiency and demonstrable value for money. Working across P&E on the main NEC forms of contract for the delivery of Highways and Transport Services in Cambridgeshire. Through collaborative working the suppliers aims to deliver savings for all the authorities within the partnership. This post will therefore be responsible for the identification and oversight of collaborative opportunities, facilitation of project groups, and leading and driving forward efficiencies. The role will also seek efficiencies through collaboration

About the role :

  • Monitor and check Target Cost and Budget Estimate requests on the NEC Contracts within the Highways and Transport Service – check that adequate works information is provided and that the estimates are returned within Contract timescales. Work with internal and external colleagues to ensure consistency in service information, target costs and budget estimates. Check take offs and quantities and item coverage are correct for the activity to be carried out, check the rates and build up are correct back to the contract, including fees and uplifts.
  • Advise the whole team on the status of Target Costs and whether they are contractually and commercially compliant. Interrogate the costs management systems for both the Client and contractors, back to prime records. Use of works order management systems is a must and commercial awareness when carrying out these activities. Build up of rates and schedule of rates, first principle for pricing and checking value for money for the Council
  • Provide guidance on the NEC form of Contract with particular emphasis of change management. For the contracts and frameworks, we have in place. Advise and guide new staff members in ther workings of the NEC forms of contract and how to apply these to delivery of works and commercial requirements set by these contracts.
  • Guide officers and provide support to the teams on commercial and contractual matters. Attend meetings with Officers and contractors offer guidance and support to the teams, throughout P&E who commission works through the NEC forms of contract and frameworks. Guide officers and support to the teams on commercial and contractual matters, provide one to one support, attend meetings and provide training or presentations where required
  • Check programme allowances and advise on productivity expectations. Ensure the programme for the task order is fit for purpose, that the programmes are realistic and affordable. Check risks have been accounted for that could affect programme and price, in risk registers.
  • Review claims for payment and provide advice on contractually matters such compensation events, in accordance with NEC forms of Contract. Check back up information is provided, checked back to prime accounts and sub-contractors’ records, on an open book basis.
  • Review cost data and build library of benchmark costs, in the form of rates register for the contracts. Make sure we track rates and defined costs for providing the service, ensure rates are competitive in the open market

About you:

  • NEC experience
  • Desirable Degree-qualified or equivalent in civil engineering, quantity surveying or construction management
  • Relevant professional status, RICS, ICE, CIHT or relevant industry
  • CSCS card, CITB accredited.
  • Knowledge and experience with Method of Measurements especially highways based
  • Good organisational skills and the ability to prioritise to meet deadlines. Keen to pursue personal development needs and maintain up-to-date knowledge

What’s on offer:

  • On going contract
  • Monday to Friday
  • £280 to £300 per day (negotiable DOE)

If you’ve got what it takes and would love to find out more information or apply, either:

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About Spencer Clarke Group

Here at Spencer Clarke Group, we pride ourselves on connecting you with the best career opportunities; our experienced Consultants have extensive market knowledge and will also provide expert career advice along the way.

When you join us, you will receive:

  • Access to a wide range of temporary and permanent opportunities
  • Free DBS checks
  • Post Placement Aftercare
  • Loyalty reward scheme and regular competitions for our agency professional
Cambridgeshire, England, UK