MPGQS are seeking to recruit a Trainee QS to join their team

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MPGQS are seeking to recruit a Trainee QS to join their team

• MPGQS are seeking to recruit a Trainee QS to join their team, working in Watford and London with occasional visits to the Middle East.
• Main duties will include preparation of tender documents, measurement of works, analysing costs, measuring of and payments to contractors and subcontractors, along with certification and settlement of final accounts.
• Candidates need to have a good standard of education, such as A levels or equivalent, already studying for a construction related qualification, preferably with a Quantity Surveying bias or already working as a Quantity Surveyor.

MPG Cost/QS Services – for research & prep

Post-Contract Services

Preparation, submission and agreement of Interim Applications, Procurement, Monitor and Report of Interim Client Certifications, Measure, evaluate and agree Contract variations, Investigate, record and obtain instructions for varied Contract Works, Monitor and review project cost information and report apparent errors to management, Valuation and preparation of Subcontractors Interim Certificates, Agree and maintain a rolling Final Account procedure with Client, Monitor and action measures for notification and administration of contra-charges, Preparation of commercial contract correspondence in accordance with the Contract Conditions.

Commercial and Cost Management

Financial Reconciliations, Financial Status Reports, Cash Flow Forecasts, Tender Analysis, Cost Plans, Cost to Complete Reports, Internal Cost Monitoring, Variation and Measurement Analysis, Cost Analysis, Insurance Issues, Project Appraisals.

Contract Administration

Compilation of Contract Documents, Review of Terms and Conditions, Subcontract Documentation, Monitoring and Financial Advice on variations, Programme Analysis, Monitoring and recording impact of Variations on the Programme, Delay Analysis.

The job of graduate quantity surveyors at consultancies
Consultants (private practices) are usually employed by a client for their expertise, including cost management. Quantity surveyors working for a private practice consultancy are known in the industry as private quantity surveyors (PQS) and their role could be classed under a number of different job titles: cost consultant or cost manager, for example.
A PQS gets involved at an early stage of the project and is consulted on costs at every stage, from initial design through to the completion. They are largely responsible for the validation and monitoring of costs. Initial tasks for a PQS involve advising on procurement, producing initial cost plans and hiring contractors. Once the project is up and running, the PQS will liaise with the contractor’s QS to verify and authorise monthly payments and to approve any changes to the original price. They tend to be largely office based, typically getting out on site about once a week.
A PQS would typically start as an assistant cost manager, progress to senior cost manager (after gaining chartership) and then work their way up to associate director and director.
The job of graduate quantity surveyors working at contractors
The role of a contractor’s QS is to ensure that the project stays within the given budget and to maximise profit for their employer. They are often based on site and are very much at the centre of the project, watching it progress from day to day. A contractor’s QS gets an overview of the construction process and hands-on technical experience. Among other things, they are involved in preparing and reviewing subcontract tenders (finding the most suitable subcontractors for particular sections of work), managing the subcontractor’s work throughout, reporting on the financial progress of the project, generating valuations for the work done to date, and overseeing the payment of the subcontractors.
If, however, they work for a contractor that provides a design-and-build service they would get involved at an earlier stage of the project. Graduates working at contractors tend to start as an assistant QS, progress to senior QS, and then work their way up to commercial manager.
How to decide whether a consulting or contracting cost management career is best for you
You do need to think carefully about whether working on the contractor or consultancy side would suit you. It is difficult to switch disciplines once you get established in your career and certainly after you become chartered.
Start with some self-evaluation: if you are more suited to being out and about on site than in an office all day, contracting is probably for you. Quantity surveyors at consultancies (PQSs) tend to put in more regular (typically office) hours while those on site will tend to work longer site-based hours. If you work on site, you may have a longer commute, but you will also have a front-row seat from which to watch the project being built.

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