Senior Quantity Surveyor Jobs

While the demand for Senior Quantity Surveyors has peaked, the industry is experiencing various changes. New trends have arrived with a new era ushered in with the number of female Quantity Surveyors on the rise.  Latest industry figures report that women form 13% of professionals and 27% of students in training, with those numbers growing by the day.

The role of a Senior Quantity Surveyor involves the setting and managing of budgets throughout construction and civil engineering projects. Jobs in Quantity Surveying can also be referred to as a commercial manager or cost consultant and the more senior Quantity Surveyors will manage several tasks throughout the life cycle of a construction project from finding investors, supervising contractors and forecasting costs.

The Surveying Department in an Operating Division is responsible for monitoring and controlling expenditure on all the company’s developments by controlling the "cost of sales", as well as ensuring that all Group Commercial policies and procedures are adhered to within the company.

Specific requirements for Senior Quantity Surveyor Jobs

A Senior quantity surveyor's task is to figure out what materials a construction project will need and how much it will cost.

During construction they report on the costs and needs of the project, and will often be required to monitor subcontractors, risks, disputes and regulatory issues.

Opportunities for senior quantity surveyors can take you into many different organisations, including niche engineering service companies to architectural practises in Glasgow, Edinburgh and further afield.

Daily duties to progress your quantity surveying career

The daily duties performed by quantity surveyors may involve the following;

  • Manage various tasks throughout the construction’s life cycle.
  • Analyse costs involved in projects, either for repair or maintenance.
  • Identify commercial risks involved with projects and propose viable responses.
  • Allocate work to subcontractors, analysing the outcomes and providing detailed progress reports.
  • Advise clients on relevant procurement strategy.

Senior Quantity Surveyor jobs requires competence in managing the financial and commercial aspects of projects, understand and adhere to current legislation, health and safety law and contract law. Offer strategic guidance to clients, including prioritising spending, outsourcing etc.

How much can you earn with a job in quantity surveying

Senior quantity surveyors earn between £45,000-£60,000.  Obtaining chartered status through the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) increases job prospects and earning potential.  The organisation was founded in London in 1868, and has a collection of offices on all over the world. They have a reputation for being innovative, always adopting latest technology and passing on this expertise for the benefit of their members and their trade. Find out more on the MRICS website.

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