Highways Quantity Surveyor

Posted 28 May 2024
Salary Negotiable
Job type Temporary
Discipline Professional & Technical
ContactHannah Harvey

Job description

Job Title: Highways Quantity Surveyor

Location: Hybrid - Kettering Office/Home/Site around Northampton

Rate of Pay: £400 - £450 per day Umbrella OR £307.69 - £346.15 per day PAYE

Working Hours: Full Time Monday to Friday - 7.5 hours per day

Type: Temporary Role for 3 Months

Opus People Solutions are working with North Northamptonshire Council to recruit for a Highways Quantity Surveyor.

Purpose of the job

The Highways team provide statutory services that all residents of North Northamptonshire use. The Highways team is responsible for providing a safe road network that operates efficiently and effectively, providing strategic direction for the future development of highways assets, public transport, active travel and all road users, being mindful of budget constraints, legislation and the sustainability agenda.

The role sits within the Highways Contract Team. This team manages the highway maintenance term services contract as well as work procured through the contract for other clients within the Council. The team is responsible for delivering the highway maintenance term service contract, which includes the transport capital programme and a range of public realm and section 106 projects.

This post directly supports the Highways Service Manager, as defined in the NEC4 Term Service Contract, who manages all aspects of Highways Service delivery included in the Highways Services contract.

The postholder will be a Quantity Surveyor with well-established skills in reviewing bills of quantities, pricing reviews, reviewing monthly payment applications from the Contractor and agreeing new rates. They will have experience of assessing details within the Contractor's Annual Plan, evaluating business cases and managing contract changes. Knowledge of maintenance and construction techniques and knowledge of plant, labour and material pricing is also required.

The postholder will support the Service Manager in formally representing the Client in managing the Contract. They will provide support to the Service Manager managing the capital and revenue highway maintenance budgets. They will advise and assist colleagues from other teams and departments within the council who carry out work through the contract.

Principal responsibilities

  • Support the Highways Service Manager with the drafting, checking and approval of Task Orders.
  • Support the Highways Service Manager in assessing the Contractor's monthly applications for payment and the preparation of Payment Certificates.
  • Liaise with the Highways Service Manager, Contract Engineers and Contract Inspector to confirm all staff, materials, plant and equipment agrees with the Contractor's assessment of Defined Costs.
  • Work with the Contractor to develop accurate monthly forecasting of future expenditure on highway maintenance works.
  • Support the Highways Service Manager in assessing each annual final account.
  • Through reconciliation of applications, assist the Highways Service Manager to ensure quality and best value services are being delivered to the Council by the Contractor.
  • Support the Highways Service Manager in the assessment of Early Warning Notices and Compensation Events, liaising with the wider team as necessary.
  • Attend the fortnightly contract Commercial meetings and Delivery Group meetings.
  • Attend Risk Reduction meetings.
  • Collate monthly, quarterly and annual performance data to check the Contractor's monthly KPI submission.
  • Assist the Highways Service Manager with monitoring and review of the Contractor's performance and the day-to-day management of the term service contract to ensure it is providing the service required.
  • Provide expert advice on contract variations to ensure they meet the commercial constraints of the Contract and needs of the authority.
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  • BSc/BEng (Hons) or similar in Quantity Surveying
  • Able to demonstrate suitable relevant experience in a similar role in Highways
  • Detailed knowledge of valuation and measurement of highway works, including usage of applicable standard methods of measurement.
  • Knowledge of current highway maintenance and construction practices.
  • Knowledge of materials, plant and transport employed in highway construction and maintenance projects.
  • Detailed knowledge of procurement practices used in construction, including forms of tender, conditions of contract and forms of partnership
  • Knowledge of quality assurance and environmental management systems and how they apply in the highways environment.
  • Experience of quantity surveying in a highway's environment
  • Experience of assessing estimates, tenders, bills of quantities, valuations and carrying out contract administration.
  • Experience of Options A, C and E, NEC 4 term maintenance contracts