Responsibility & Skills of Quantity Surveyor

19/07/2017

Starting to write or update your CV is a crucial task which needs to be done if you are to progress with your career.  It’s getting started that always seems to be the stumbling block. So, here are some general responsibilities and skills of a quantity survey which you may be able to adapt to your own experience

Role & Responsibilities

  • Prepare tender and contract documents, including bills of quantities with the architect and/or the client
  • Undertake cost analysis for repair and maintenance project work
  • Assist in establishing a client's requirements and undertake feasibility studies
  • Perform risk, value management and cost control
  • Advise on a procurement strategy
  • Identify, analyse and develop responses to commercial risks
  • Prepare and analyse costings for tenders
  • Allocate work to subcontractors
  • Provide advice on contractual claims
  • Analyse outcomes and write detailed progress reports
  • Value completed work and arrange payments
  • Maintain awareness of the different building contracts in current use
  • Understand the implications of health and safety regulations
  • Offer advice on property taxation
  • Provide post-occupancy advice, facilities management services and life-cycle costing advice
  • Assist in locating and accessing additional and alternative sources of funding
  • Enable clients to initiate construction projects
  • Advise on the maintenance costs of specific buildings
  • Site visits, assessments and projections for future work

Typical skills include:

  • A practical and logical mind and a methodical way of thinking.
  • A creative and innovative approach to problem solving.
  • Strong numeracy and financial management skills
  • An ability to learn sophisticated design and costing IT packages.
  • Write clear and precise reports
  • Relate complex information in a simple way to a diverse range of people.
  • Negotiation and team work skills and the ability to motivate and lead those on site.
  • Detailed knowledge of past and current building and construction technology, processes, materials, business and legal matters.

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