Managing Quantity Surveyor

Job Title: Managing Quantity Surveyor
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Reading
Salary: £48000 - £72000 per annum
Start Date: 2019-08-09
Reference: 4375
Contact Name: Robyn Smith
Contact Email:
Job Published: August 09, 2019 13:56

Job Description

About the role:

In this role you will be responsible for all commercial and/or operational aspects of the Contracts allocated to you and will be expected to lead on the implementation of robust assurance processes for all your Contracts. You will also be expected to provide support to Contract Managers as required.

You will join Thames Water as a Middle Manager and will be given a dedicated workload to manage, all with the support of the Senior Management team. In a fast paced and exciting environment you, and your team of Quantity Surveyors, will be expected to deliver key outputs to ensure Thames Water’s customer and health and safety promises are met.

To be successful you will have the following skills and experience:
  • A degree in Quantity Surveying or equivalent is necessary for this role.
  • Previous experience in a Quantity Surveying role and should also have experience of managing a team.
  • Chartered Quantity Surveyor qualification or working towards this qualification is preferable.
  • Knowledge of the water industry and its regulatory frameworks desirable.
  • Procurement experience as well as a successful track record of assuring large contracts and experience of resolving disputes.
Duties will include:

Advising on Contract Strategy where appropriate.

Managing a Team of Quantity Surveyors ensuring that they deliver their outputs.

Annual and final accounting, estimating and forecasting.

Supporting commercial or operational teams with procurement exercises.

Ensuring applications for payment are assessed and ensuring that they are made on time and in accordance with the contracts.

Ensuring that appropriate processes are in place and monitored on your portfolio of contracts to ensure that contractual compliance is maintained and any non-performance is identified and corrective actions implemented as necessary.

Assisting the contract managers with the implementation of robust processes with their third party suppliers and providing them with commercial or operational support as and when required.

Working with the finance department to ensure all financial systems are updated to time, cost and quality; and help identify non-performance and make ensuring corrective actions are implemented.

Supporting the management and optimisation of budgets and spend (in conjunction with finance) on their portfolio of contracts.

Resolving general disputes and claims as well as providing advice and support to the business.

Providing advice and guidance to other team members as required.

Assisting the management and strategic development of the QS Team.

What’s in it for you?

Working with an established team you will gain insight into how the UK’s largest water company selects and manages its suppliers across a wide spectrum of services, from supplying pumps to repairing leaks, and recruiting temporary staff through to managing our facilities or treatment plant upgrades.

You will be a part of a highly professional Quantity Surveying team empowered to make decisions and responsible for all commercial aspects of your allocated contracts.

If you are not already a Chartered Quantity Surveyor you will be given the opportunity and support you need to become chartered. The team has a very successful APC and CPD training programme, with the support network of a number of chartered quantity surveyors, RICS APC assessors and colleagues studying to become MRICS or FRICS.


Our competitive salary package includes an excellent contributory pension, 26 days holiday per year increasing to 30 with length of service and a wider benefits scheme. This includes an annual pay review, season ticket loans, voucher scheme giving you money off in major retail outlets, loyalty awards for continuous service plus much more, including our refer-a-friend bonus, where you can receive up to £1,000 for helping someone get a permanent position within the company. 

We’re also proud to be here for our local community around Reading, offering all of our teams two days paid volunteer leave a year, as well as proudly supporting a lot of local events and charities.

You will also receive a car allowance, a performance related bonus of up to 20% of your base salary, an excellent contributory pension scheme, private medical insurance for you and your family and much more!

About us:

Thames Water is the largest water and waste-water services company in the UK. We provide the essential service at the heart of daily life, health and enjoyment to 15 million customers across London and the Thames Valley and we are going through a period of exciting change. On a typical day we supply 2.6 billion litres of top quality drinking water and our 350 sewage treatment works treat more than 4.2bn litres of waste-water. Our 85,000 miles of water mains and sewers would wrap around the world three-and-a-half times.

We are focusing like never before on delivering brilliant services and providing our customers with a great experience. We are in the process of transforming our business in order to achieve this. To help us succeed, we need a range of new skills and capabilities and will be recruiting for these in the coming months. We are on the lookout for talented people across our entire region who are interested in helping us to become the best water and waste-water company in the UK.

Thames Water is an equal opportunity employer, Stonewall Diversity Champion and Disability Confident Leader, welcoming applications from all walks of life to join our diverse team. We’re also leading the way with our award-winning mental health and wellbeing strategy.