Senior Quantity Surveyor - Property Sector

Location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Date Posted: 12-06-2018
MAIN PURPOSE OF ROLE
To perform the role of the Commission Manager, taking responsibility for end to end service delivery, often with respect to large or complex commissions and programmes.
To act as the key, day to day client interface, ensuring that client objectives are met through the delivery of a value added cost management service.
SCOPE
Senior Quantity Surveyors handle commissions of varying sizes, depending upon the complexity of the project, etc.
Key Accountabilities:
Commission Management, to include:
  • Conducting feasibility studies and preparing procurement reports
  • Applying value engineering techniques at the outset of a project where appropriate or applicable, and where necessary involving Senior Management
  • Managing and taking ownership of estimating and cost planning activities to include presenting the Estimated Improvement Cost
  • Managing and taking ownership of the procurement process, ensuring that all stages including pre-qualification, enquiry, Bills of Quantities, analysis, selection and contract preparation are performed effectively
  • Ensuring that post-contract cost variances and change control processes are managed effectively
  • Ensuring that cost checking and valuation work is managed effectively
  • Ensuring the preparation of monthly cost reports including presenting them to the client
  • Value engineering, risk management and life cycle costing where applicable
  • Ensuring that final accounts are negotiated and agreed
  • Taking a lead role in interfacing with the client and other consultants, at all project stages
  • Where appropriate, leading a cost management team, ensuring that they deliver on all of the above accountabilities
  • Ensuring that QA/QC procedures are adhered to at all times
 
Secondments to client organizations:
On commissions where the client is seconded to a client’s organisation, the Senior Quantity Surveyor will be responsible for the following, in addition to all the other accountabilities and key performance indicators that are part of this role:
 
  • Assist in the preparation of business cases or board approval papers
  • Ensure that all projects are delivered in accordance with the client’s project/programme governance framework
  • Work collaboratively with the client’s Procurement department to appoint professional teams and contractors
  • Proactively co-ordinating the deliverables of appointed suppliers
  • Ensure that the quality of work delivered meets client and project requirements including looking to drive continuous improvement and highlight continued value add to the client
Marketing and business development, to include:
  • Taking responsibility for developing new business opportunities with existing and new clients
  • Identifying and acting upon internal cross-selling opportunities
  • Working with Associate Directors and Directors to construct proposals for new work
  • Attending networking functions as required
  • Identifying and acting upon opportunities to improve cost management procedures, templates and products and hence improve the service provided to clients
  • Understanding the Target, Improve, Control philosophy and identifying and acting upon cross-divisional opportunities
Internal management accountabilities, to include:
  • Staff management (where appropriate) – Inputting into the formal management of a Quantity Surveyor or small cost management team, to include 1st round recruitment interviews, input into resource management and attendance at junior staff appraisals
  • Knowledge management – Ensuring that key information and learning generated from each commission is input into the internal database and Best Practice library
  • Financial management – Utilising the FMS in order to keep track of the ongoing margin levels and monthly fee/resource forecasts for each commission
  • Process improvement – Identifying and acting upon ways to improve internal systems and processes
  • Training and Mentoring – Identifying and proposing training requirements for Quantity Surveyors and Candidate Quantity Surveyors in the cost management team, and mentoring staff as required
Reporting:
Depending upon context, a Senior Quantity Surveyor is likely to report to a Sector Leader, Associate Director or Director.

KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
A Senior Quantity Surveyor will in part be assessed by the extent to which:
  • Commissions are managed to the correct quality standards and are completed efficiently and on time
  • Service delivery on commissions is in line with the conditions of appointment
  • Strong relationships are developed with clients and cross-functional team members
  • The cost management team is effectively led (where appropriate) within the context of delivering a specific commission
  • General line management responsibilities (where appropriate) are effectively discharged
  • Business development opportunities with existing and new clients, including cross- selling opportunities, are identified and acted upon
  • Margin levels and monthly fee/resource forecasts are kept track of on all commissions
  • Key information and data is effectively cascaded and appropriately retained
Specific Accountabilities and Key Performance Indicators will be developed separately for individuals where applicable. The Senior Quantity Surveyor will be assessed against the general Accountabilities and Key Performance Indicators identified herein as well as the specific Accountabilities and Key Performance Indicators.  These will be developed together with Senior Management.
Minimum Requirements:
  • Relevant tertiary qualification i.e., B.Degree or QS Diploma obtained from a recognised institution
  • Must have a professional Quantity Surveyor qualification (PRQS or MRICS)
  • Minimum 7 years’ experience in a commercial / property environment
  • Strong analytical ability with good communication skills
  • Strong business development skills
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