Experienced Quantity Surveyor - Residential Homes Construction Consultancy in Watford, Hertfordshire, UK

Employer: CLPM Limited

Location: Watford, Hertfordshire, UK


Salary: £40,000 - £45,000 per annum

If you are a QS looking for an opportunity to move into management, read on...

The essence of this exciting role is to work within a small Commercial Team that provides a variety of commercial construction services to external clients and other team members. As a QS with more than 5 years experience within either a main contractor, QS consultancy or residential housebuilder enviroment it is expected that you will be involved with supporting the commercial requirements of the Directors, the Commercial Manager and may be required to support and mentor less experienced team members.

The Commercial team are responsible for both the procurement and cost management process of construction projects valued £200k - £5 million. Based in our rural office in South West Hertfordshire, CLPM anticipate that you’ll enjoy contributing in a flat structured, open culture that highly values its’ team and believes in a healthy work-life balance.

You will have managed the relationships with external suppliers, the valuation & payment process with clients and subcontractors, be used to supporting a team with JCT contractual matters and potentially have managed internal teams.

The Role:

This role includes performing a wide range of tasks including helping prepare budgets (and supporting other team members doing so), tendering, contract preparation, Contract Administration including providing cost for variations, raising certification, completion of final accounts and the accompanying administrative support to other CLPM team members. The work will be mostly based from offices currently in Rickmansworth but the motivation and self-discipline to work remotely from home and visit site is essential.

Key Functions:


  • Preparation of Budgets
  • Process management of budgets to external agencies

Tendering and Cost Control

  • Preparing construction cost documentation (tender packs, and financial reports)
  • When requested to do so, attending site to meet clients / contractors with the Project Manager
  • Work with the Project Managers and clients in the valuation / payment process, assessing Applications for Payment and providing Payments Certificate to contractors and clients
  • Agree and prepare final account documentation for approval by the Project Manager or Managing Director
  • Tender analysis and reporting


  • Working with the Commercial and Project team to feed into a robust variation management system
  • Provide and monitor cashflow projections & commercial information for monthly reports

Supplier Management

  • Working with the Commercial team in creation and maintenance of a rates database
  • Checking pricing and negotiating with suppliers and contractors
  • Ensure the contract procurement, valuation and final account processes are administered in a timely & effective manner
  • Review contract agreements and provide feedback on performance
  • Manage the resolution of disputes above an agreed level
  • Ensure that the projects adhere to the financial rules of reporting

Other Commercial

  • Early identification of commercial risk and the ability to produce a robust mitigation strategy
    Attend project meetings as required
  • Act as a mentor for any direct reports or less experienced team members
  • Ensure the Company Health and Safety safe working practices are observed at all times
  • Comply with Company Policies and Procedures
  • Follow the Company's Equalities Policies in relation to staff, customers and members of the Group

Skills and Experience

  • Approximately 5 years + experience as a Quantity Surveyor or Estimator in a consultancy or with a main contractor or residential home builder.
  • Strong commercial awareness and a focus on results
  • Appropriate technical, legal and commercial knowledge (strong knowledge of JCT suite of contracts)
  • Strong attention to detail and production of accurate work
  • Excellent communicator of information and ideas. Proactive sharer of knowledge in a way which is received positively
  • Effective time management and advanced Excel skills capable of linking spreadsheets, graphical reports, lookup formulae and analysis
  • Full or partial RICS qualification
  • UK / EU Driving Licence


In addition to a company pension scheme, CLPM offer a generous 25 days holiday per year in addition to all public holidays, the flexibility to periodically work from home, payment of RICS professional membership and support for on-going training.

Required Skills:

Commercial Awareness Estimating Quantity Surveying Cost Management JCT

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