Trainee Quantity Surveyor

West Midlands
Hours Per Week:
Vacancy Type:
08 Jul 2022
Salary Details:
What you'll be doing?

The Commercial team deals with everything to do with cost-effective building, including quantity surveying, estimating, procurement and material buying.

With a watching brief on choice of material, cost, customer satisfaction and sales, and other critical issues, our Commercial team – which comprises Estimators, Quantity Surveyors and Material Buyers - has one objective: to deliver best quality homes, at the best possible cost. Their work is fundamental to our continued viability as a business and presents a fast-moving challenge that will exercise your creativity and commercial flair to the full.

Reporting to the Quantity Surveyor/Senior Quantity Surveyor/Chief Surveyor, you will Assist with commercial and surveying responsibilities for a Site. Assist in compiling all necessary reports and schedules as required, and undertake all general commercial administrative duties, including filing, emails, chasing down emails and phone calls, and ensuring a general tidiness to Commercial presentation. A keen learner, willing to assist with all sub-contractor procedures and processes, materials and goods if, whilst always checking compliance with Group Policies and Procedures.

You will be expected to:

  • Assist with updating all cost control procedures as advised, and working within the guidelines set out within the Group policies and procedures
  • Assist with the compilation of all weekly, monthly and quarterly reports as required. Responsible for general departmental administration
  • Assist with accurate costing for each aspect of site development
  • Assist with compiling reports on costs and cash flows using the support systems available, as well as reports for the Division as required
  • Assist with preparation of tenders and procurement of sub-contractors using Group Tender procedures
  • Process Subcontract orders, payments and variations, using Excel and Group payment system (COINS), as advised by line manager
  • Understand and assist with evaluation and agreement of variations and instructions for smaller trades
  • Attend team meetings as required
  • Complete general departmental administration
  • Provide other appropriate ad hoc duties, and administrative support as and when required
  • Maintain relevant filing systems and databases
  • Promote and act in accordance with Group values, systems, policies and procedures
  • Ensure compliance with Group IT systems
What you'll need?

To be successful in the role, we are looking for:

  • Must show a willingness to study for surveying
  • Must carry a valid CSCS card
  • Highly numerate with excellent attention to detail, able to gather, interpret and present data to facilitate preparation of budgets and subsequent valuations
  • Methodical, conscientious and organised, works to deliver high standards
  • Intermediate to advanced level of proficiency with MS Office and Excel programs and a good standard of written English. Ability to generate professional correspondence unaided.
  • Articulate, clear and credible, and able to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment
  • Able to work on own initiative
  • Strong communication skills, with the ability to build effective working relationships both internally and externally
  • Self–disciplined, with demonstrably good time management skills and the ability to manage a number of priorities
  • Ability to multi-task, and work efficiently and accurately
Our Company and Benefits

We’ve been nationally recognised as a 5 star housebuilder twelve years in a row for supplying high-quality homes for all generations. That’s more than any other major housebuilder. It’s because we combine the brightest minds, the latest technology, and a genuine commitment to putting customers first. We want the best people in the industry to help us shape the future of building. We have tailored opportunities for apprentices, graduates, experienced professionals and ex-Armed Forces personnel to come and help us stay one step ahead, and build the homes that Britain needs.

We are building an organisation where anyone with drive and talent can pursue the career they want. We are building a culture where anyone, regardless of gender, race, sexuality, disability, background or any other characteristic, can progress and be proud to work for us.

As part of working for Barratt Developments PLC and specifically for this role we offer:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Competitive Bonus Scheme
  • 26 days holiday (increase by 1 day for every 3 years continuous service up to 29 days)
  • Choice of Flexible Benefits
  • Enhanced Family Friendly Policies
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