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Project Officer (Quantity Surveying)

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

The Role


The London Boroughs of Richmond upon Thames and Wandsworth present a unique opportunity to be part of a team within the Design Service, who are working together to create a ground-breaking shared staffing structure across both boroughs. The post available is on a full-time or part-time basis with scope for home working and job share.


The Design Service is an in-house, fee-earning multi-disciplinary consultancy service covering a full range of construction professional services including M&E, building and quantity surveying, architecture, energy management and project management.


The service delivers a wide range of projects across the public realm and the expanding Council’s housing self-build programme.


This service is rare if not unique in local government and this role presents an opportunity for an experienced and customer focussed professional to make a difference in a forward looking and commercially minded Council.


About the job

As an Assistant Quantity Surveyor/ Quantity Surveyor you will work closely with Stakeholders and colleques within the Design Service leading the cost evaluation, cost control, procuring and cost management of all construction activities on multiple projects.

You will plan and manage the cost of  projects, delivering schemes that meet the Council’s budget, design, quality and sustainability objectives in line with procurement and financial procedures.

You will provide cost, feasibility and quantity surveying advice to the council on designated projects from inception to completion and to prepare contract documentation and manage payments and other contract administration.

About the person

The ideal candidate will have the following attributes:

  • Experience of budgeting, cost control, estimating, interim and final accounts
  • Experience of tender procedures and contract administration
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Total IT literacy with excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work autonomously and to tight deadlines
  • Experience gained in the public sector environment is desirable.
  • Have or working towards RICS accredited degree or equivalent in Quantity Surveying

We are looking for individuals with good experience of working within the field of quantity surveying. Crucially, with the ability to effectively coordinate and monitor multiple programmes of work and communicate between project leads, stakeholders, teams and clients. In addition, it is desirable that you have experience of working within a local authority.

You will be an excellent communicator with a positive attitude and good organisational skills; you will have the ability to follow through your work effectively  and follow through to completion,with an  emphasis on high standards and quality.

You will also be solutions focussed and comfortable taking responsibility for tasks and delivering results. You will be expected to manage your projects,including reporting as required to senior management. Involvement in projects can be from the initial concept through to completion. Oversee the cost of construction and logistics, plus ensuring the project is procured and delivered safely, efficiently, and within the development goals and budget. An end-to-end experience, long term work on a variety projects.

This is an exciting opportunity where you will have the support and the training to improve your capabilities and develop your skills to another level. If this sounds like an opportunity you have have been seeking, we are keen to hear from you!

Currently we have a vacancy for Assistant Quantity Surveyors/ Quantity Surveyors (Scale 6 – PO5)



Who will undertake the service delivery of providing a comprehensive multi-disciplinary  professional consultancy service covering all disciplines.


If you want to know more about this post then please telephone Sarah Finn, Business Manager (Design) on 020 8871 7650 for an informal discussion.


Application details:

CV and Supporting Statement of how you meet the points within the person specification. 


In return, we can offer you working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance.  These include full-time and part-time, home working (dependent on service need), and a generous holiday allowance of 31 days plus bank holidays. 


In addition, we offer a range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments. A wide range of developmental opportunities are also offered.


Indicative Recruitment Timeline


Closing Date:  1st March 2020 

Shortlisting Date: W/C 2nd March 2020 

Interview Date: W/C 9th March 2020 


Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change.


The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. 

Equality Statement

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services.

We are pleased to be Disability Confident employer.

Important Information:

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils

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