What is a quantity surveyor?

A quantity surveyor manages all costs relating to building and civil engineering projects; from initial calculations to determine the feasibility of a project right through to reporting on final figures to determine the financial success of the project. The primary focus for quantity surveyors is on minimising the costs of a project to deliver value for money whilst maintaining quality standards.

How do you become a quantity surveyor?

To become a qualified quantity surveyor, you'll need to complete a relevant or related degree or higher education course, ideally accredited by the Institution for Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

AG Surveying (AGS) works with local Hertfordshire based universities to offer work experience and placements for students currently studying to become qualified surveyors.

AGS also offers quantity surveyor apprenticeship programmes to graduates or those interested in training to become a surveyor. For  enthusiastic apprentices keen on taking a quantity surveyor course or quantity surveyor degree, AGS can sponsor dedicated employees - offering day release opportunities to enable individuals to study whilst gaining on the job experience.

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Quantity surveyor job description

Quantity surveyors are involved in Estimating, Tendering, Procurement and Project Management, and the main duties of a trainee position will be to assist with / undertake some of the following tasks:

Estimating / Tendering:

  • Measure works from drawings to assist with estimating
  • Prepare tender enquiries to subcontractors and suppliers
  • Analyse and compare tender returns / prices
  • Raise queries in relation to tender information
  • Prepare area schedules and bills / quotations

Quantity Surveying:

  • Managing payment application process
  • Prepare and pricing variations
  • Managing subcontractor accounts (including payment applications)

Qualified Quantity Surveyors will take ownership of the following tasks:

  • Preparing tender and contract documents, including bills of quantities with architects and/or clients
  • Cost analysis for repair and maintenance project work
  • Feasibility studies
  • Risk, value management and cost control
  • Procurement strategy
  • Commercial risk identification and management
  • Subcontractor work distribution / management
  • Detailed progress reports
  • Value completed work and arrange payments
  • Keep abreast of different building contracts in use and legislative changes, including health and safety regulations

Start your career in Quantity Surveying and Estimating

If you're looking for quantity surveyor jobs in Hertfordshire or are looking for an opportunity to train as a quantity surveyor, please email a copy of your CV and covering letter to info@agsurveying.co.uk.