Quantity Surveyor or Senior Quantity Surveyor

March 13, 2023

Role: Quantity Surveyor or Senior Quantity Surveyor

Vacancy Type: Full Time

Location: Based in one of our offices in Oxfordshire, Milton Keynes or Central Scotland, with hybrid working.

About us…

We are an Off-site manufacturer, at forefront of the sector. We have a range of sustainable build systems, that utilise Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) that allows us to construct homes which are Greener, Faster, Better.

We supply the nation’s House Builders with state of the art, third party certified wall panel systems, large floor cassettes and roof systems. Nationwide, from Exeter to Aberdeen and everything in between we have a network of skilled Installers and regional Construction Managers and Supervisors installing timber superstructures on our client’s developments.

With a capacity to manufacture 10k houses a year, we supply and install for the UK’s leading private house builders. We do the same in the affordable sector working for national and regional contractors. We also enjoy strong relationships with more regionally focussed house builders. So, our portfolio of projects is diverse from small developments to large schemes and variety of designs. We have a range of Build Systems and services to suit our client’s needs; it’s what we call tailored customisation. We differentiate ourselves through great client service, even going so far as offer training modules to our clients on MMC.

We are always pushing for better ways to make Off-Site Manufacturing more efficient, better quality, more cost effective and make net carbon homes a reality. That’s why our business is growing.

What a great time to join the Off-Site sector and Donaldson Timber Systems: building in volume and faster to overcome the housing shortage crisis; building leaner with Off-Site Manufacturing techniques to overcome skills shortages; building with the world’s truly sustainable material: timber – to help the country get to net zero carbon by 2050.

Want to know more? You’ll find us here:

 And…We are part of the Donaldson Group.

We are a part of a group of 11 businesses operating from 48 locations throughout the UK. Established in 1860, Donaldson Group is one of UK’s largest, privately owned timber companies supporting the construction industry. Family owned, our offer includes: B2B, retail, ecommerce, all with shared values and a common vision, driven by the desire to always do good. We are focused on always providing a number one customer experience, embracing innovation, and doing things in a sustainable way, not just for our business but also for the communities we operate in. But most of all, our People are at the heart of everything we do, which is why we are committed to nurturing and empowering our 1,500+ colleagues across the UK.

 We are ambitious about diversity and inclusion. We specifically encourage female candidates and those from minoritised ethnic groups to apply for this post as they are currently underrepresented in the manufacturing and construction sectors of our organisation.

Our success has been built from our ability to build long-term relationships with clients, becoming an integral part of their business process with our complete service solution.  Our services cover concept design information and technical guidance, full design service, manufacture, delivery and construction on site.

The Role

You will thrive in an enterprising, dynamic, and client focused team. Working as part of a cross functional team, with your Business Relations Manager, Pre-construction Manager and Construction Manager – you are the Commercial professional in the team. You will use your cost management skills to drive projects in on budget or better. Your communication skills will used to great effect when agreeing the contract with our client, pre-commencement. Your approach to contract administration will support our client with their management of their expenses when it comes to monthly invoicing and valuing the works, managing variations, notices, and final accounting. You will utilise Off-site technology, with our ERP system to report your Monthly Costs. And, as one who values their supply chain and relationships, you will have commercial responsibility for the works undertaken On-site by our Installers, many of whom are Partners working inside a Framework.

In fact, you will have end to end commercial management of project, which doesn’t stop at Final Account as you will be part of the team that will win the next project, because we are all about long term relationships with our clients, we like repeat business.

 My Responsibilities

  • Working within cross functional teams, to deliver projects to the correct price and quality, on or ahead of programme and on or under budget.
  • Undertaking the pre-construction activities including agreeing the price, payment terms, terms & conditions generally and ultimately the contract documents.
  • Agreeing prices and services with our sub-contracted Installers some of whom work within the context of a Framework.
  • Making payments to our Installers.
  • Day to day Contract Administration including variations, applications for payment and notices.
  • Liaising with the finance team on our cash collection.
  • Manage commercial risks.
  • Report project costs through a Monthly Cost Report (MCR).
  • Contribute to value engineering and cost management, in areas such as materials, transport, site plant, labour costs.
  • Monitoring and reporting project costs and progress.

How will I be supported?

  • You will have a Commercial Manager, who is your manager, who guide and support you, especially during your induction period.
  • We have a commercial co-ordination team that will assist you with some of the commercial administration such as purchase orders and payment certificates
  • We have a great team: the client facing team but also you will work closely with our Finance team.
  • We will train you on our business processes and management systems but provide other skills and competency training.

 My Skills

  • A commercial and enterprising approach – find value not just cost reduction, manage risk, understand the financial principles of a project such a budgetary control, cash flows, fluctuations, and project variations. Cost to complete forecasting and monthly cost reporting.
  • IT skills – definitely.
  • Numeracy skills – absolutely.
  • Contract Administration – record keeping and project financial administration.
  • Communication skills – fluent and confident in the spoken and the written forms and through our training and coaching we enhance your skills.
  • A negotiator – but we will add to your skills through our coaching and training.
  • Contracts – relevant experience in contracts and contract administration.
  • You will probably be University degree educated, hold some experience in house building, construction or even manufacturing or services sectors.
  • You might even have an interest in Modern Methods of Construction, you don’t need to be an expert though, we have a few of us in the company already who are, and you will enjoy working with them to.

Salary and Benefits

Donaldson Timber Systems is proud to develop our employees, offering career development and promotion opportunities across the Group.

  • Competitive Salary
  • Bonus Scheme
  • Generous Holiday Entitlement
  • Life Assurance
  • Private Health care
  • Company Car / Allowance
  • Pension Scheme
  • Flexible Benefits Package, including – Cycle to Work, Gym membership


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