Posted August 30, 2022

Senior Quantity Surveyor (Working on WCCE Project/Depot)

  • Employer Colas Rail
  • Location Birmingham
  • Salary Competitive plus benefits

Purpose of the Role

To lead and manage the commercial team working within your allocated portfolio of multidisciplinary light rail projects (primarily within the Midland Metro Alliance structure - MMA), from inception through to final account and close out, to deliver maximum commercial results.

An example of the current type of projects being delivered by the MMA is the Wolverhampton City Centre Metro extension and the Wednesbury Depot enhancement project which will enhance facilities and additional space to support the increased tram fleet.

About Us

Joining Colas Rail UK provides the opportunity to establish yourself within one of the UK rail industry’s biggest and most prestigious, multi-disciplined Tier 1 contractors, providing you with a springboard that can take you career to new heights.

We take pride in nurturing talent and providing opportunities for you to unlock your potential at whatever stage you are in your career. We encourage cross-collaboration and innovation and if you are interested in advanced learning Colas Rail will enable that.

Everyday we work together safely to solve real problems, with a shared goal of enhancing the infrastructure and logistics support which are key to the UK Rail Network and wider Supply Chain. Everyone here has a voice, and we encourage all to speak up, discuss their ideas and implement them.

We’re always looking for passionate people to join our business and with several bases across the UK, there are plenty of opportunities to join our vibrant, creative, and diverse teams.

Colas Rail hold three core values:

  • Caring – We take care our of our employees, always ensuring safety is a top priority and we nurture our collective wellbeing
  • Sharing – We share a passion for what we do, celebrate our achievements and value high standards like nowhere else.
  • Daring – We dare to take on new challenges, we are one of the international leaders in our industry. We keep on innovating, expanding, and conquering new markets.

Job Description & Person Specification

The performance of Colas Rail UK is dependent upon improving and developing the skills and abilities of all employees, and our Equal Opportunities Policy, above all else, aims to achieve this objective.

Key Success Measures

  • Safety & Ethics – Support the implementation of the Business Conduct Guidelines, Colas Rail Limited Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) strategy, associated actions and resulting initiatives, to deliver continuous improvement in all areas.
  • Excellence – Ensure work is carried out with a continuous view to profitability and efficiency and look after our shareholders by guaranteeing that they see value for money and a profitable business. Quality is key to competitiveness.  Take responsibility for delivering on time and on budget a high-quality product or service, which Colas Rail can take pride in.
  • People – Demonstrate respect for colleagues, our clients, and the environment in all areas of work.

Key Areas of Responsibility & Accountability

Including but not limited to

  • Working with the Commercial Manager you will lead, manage, develop, and train the commercial teams across your portfolio of projects
  • Raise commercial awareness and embed commercial focus and best practice across each project team
  • Lead on all contractual matters from inception to close out via in depth understanding of the contract and its implications for profit delivery.
  • Assisting in the preparation of contract documents, including bills of quantities, specifications, drawings
  • Manage the Risk & Opportunities process to allow for the identification of Risk and Opportunities during the tender and construction phases and ensure the Commercial function delivers contractual solutions and strategies that balance these risk and opportunities.
  • Set and manage budgets ensuring all costs are correctly allocated into the relevant WBS
  • Establishment of robust project life cycle cost forecasts updated monthly and monitored against agreed targets
  • Proactively drive the recording of all contractual entitlements, ensure timely notification of events and accurate pricing and substantiation of change meet contractual imperatives.
  • Establish and maintain rigorous cost controls including early warning systems and provide robust accurate financial data and management reports on each project through the monthly reporting cycle including cost value reconciliation and earned value management.
  • Provide procurement support to ensure each project is delivered safely, timely, at the least cost and to optimal quality.
  • Ensure all procurement expenditure has been validated by the operational delivery team and identified under the budget as necessary to deliver the project
  • Deliver contractually agreed cash flow and ensure all applications for payment are submitted / assessed in line with the contractual timescales.
  • Ensure all valid Supply Chain applications for payment are assessed and certified in a timely manner and payments are made in line with the relevant supplier agreement.
  • Negotiate and agree contractual disputes and final accounts within DFA levels
  • Management and mentoring of junior commercial staff.
  • Undertake any other reasonable duties as requested

Person Specification

Working in a finance or commercial function within the engineering or construction sector having hands on experience working for contractors as a Commercial Manager on large civils or infrastructure projects

  • Working knowledge of finance systems and various forms of contracts
  • Cost and budget administration
  • Financial and commercial reporting to board level
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office

Qualifications

  • Degree in Quantity Surveying or Commercial Management accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) or the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).
  • Minimum 5 years Commercial Management experience as an SQS or QS with a proven track record in major projects.

Interdependencies

Interface with project and engineering teams / Interface with finance and procurement teams

Behavioural Skills

  • Energy – ‘Get up and go’ attitude of a leader
  • Energise – Lead, manage and inspire my team
  • Edge – Maximise my personal edge
  • Execute – Make things happen
  • Engage – Stay close to the client

Stronger Together Principles (not covered above)

  • Innovation
  • Marketing, Business development & Sales
  • Best in Class Practices
  • Communication & Identity
  • External Growth

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