Senior Quantity Surveyor – Witney


Vacancy Type: full time

Location: Witney

Salary details:

Hours per week:

Donaldson Timber Systems is part of the Donaldson Group. Established in 1860, Donaldson Group is one of UK’s largest, privately owned timber companies. We are a family of 11 businesses, ranging from 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. If you’ve got the right skills for the job, we want to hear from you. 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 Timber Systems division is the UK’s leading designer and manufacturer of timber frame building solutions, specialising in off-site construction. We work on over 350 live projects per year, supporting customers on-site and building timber kits across our two bespoke factories in Westhill – Aberdeenshire, Witney – Oxfordshire and in an additional hub space in Falkirk. We have regional offices in Aberdeenshire, Glasgow and Witney and the team operate across several sectors including, private housing, affordable housing, student accommodation, medical facilities, hotels, and education. Working with market-leading precision-engineered build systems, architects, surveyors and design teams, the division delivers noticeable benefits for our clients.

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;

Reporting to the Commercial Manager, the Senior Quantity Surveyor is a key member of the Commercial department, responsible for delivering successful projects, from order through to final account, ranging in value from £500k to £5M. It is important that the Senior Quantity Surveyor possesses excellent communication and interpersonal skills as they will be required to build long term client relationships. They will also be responsible for assisting with the day to day management of the wider Commercial team which includes coaching and developing the Assistant Quantity Surveyors.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Working within cross functional teams, to deliver projects to the correct price and specification, on or ahead of programme and on or under budget.
  • Completing the pre-construction activities and ensuring that projects are setup on the ERP system in accordance with the contract documents and within the required lead in period
  • Maintaining a full and detailed command of the project brief, including the build methodology, scope of works, programme and costs
  • Preparing and issuing Sub-contract tenders and working alongside the Contract Managers to negotiate and place Sub-contract orders
  • Reviewing and approving the fortnightly sub-contractor payments
  • Day to day Contract Administration including variations, applications for payment and notices
  • Liaising with the Finance department on a weekly basis and providing the business with up to date information on payments, overdue debt and retention
  • Identifying commercial risks and potential solutions and highlighting them to the relevant members of the project team and/or Senior Management
  • Competing monthly cost reports, presenting them to the wider business and Senior Management team and proposing actions to improve performance where possible
  • Ensuring the continuous development of the Assistant and Quantity Surveyors
  • Maintaining close dialogue with the Construction team to determine site progress and other site related issues
  • Assisting with the day to day management of the Commercial department, reporting on project and individual performance and maintaining accountability for all allocated projects or clients

In keeping with the specific importance given to Health & Safety, you have specific accountabilities as set out in our Corporate Responsibility for Health & Safety and Environmental Policy.

Essential Technical Expertise


  • Experience of the JCT and/or SBC sub-contracts,
  • A confident negotiator with the ability to build client relationships whilst mitigating contractual risks,
  • Possesses strong problem-solving skills,
  • Pays close attention to detail,
  • Manages time efficiently,
  • Works well within a team,
  • Broad based knowledge of the Construction Industry, the House Building Sector in particular and ideally timber frame or offsite construction,
  • Ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint,
  • A relevant Batchelors degree or RICS membership.

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
  • Company Car / Allowance
  • Pension Scheme
  • Flexible Benefits Package, including – Cycle to Work, Gym membership

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