Due to an increase in workload within their Thames Water Framework, our client, a top Utility provider is seeking the services of an Assistant QS to support projects including a large Water Mains replacement scheme in Twickenham.

Based from offices there, duties will include:

Carrying out the day to day administration of the commercial and financial aspects of projects. * Close liaison with the Project Management Team(s) * Preparing Cost and Value reporting * Preparing commercial performance reports * Manage procurement including labour, plant, materials and subcontract * Demand forecasting * VOWD forecasting * Cost control * Cash collection * Subcontract management and liaison.

To be considered you will have a minimum of an HNC in Quantity Surveying and have circa 2 years experience gained within the Main Contracting environment ideally on Utility works with Civil Engineering experience also considered.

This is a Temp to Perm role and comes with a solid day rate and excellent salary on the permanent side. They will consider straight permanent if preferred.

Urgent need so if interested, please send a copy of your CV to Dave Rowe by email at or call Dave on 07960 054752.


My client, a Tier 1, Main Contractor require a permanent Senior Estimator with a strong Civil Infrastructure background to based from their Swindon OR London office.

Purpose of the Role

Preparation of detailed and accurate pricing for tenders and Supporting Clients with pricing support for Early contractor involvement projects.

Role Accountabilities

  • Ensure company governance procedures are followed at all times
  • Work in coordination with the Bid Manager to ensure competitive pricing.
  • Agree methodologies and outputs for key activities with Planner and, where appropriate the Bid Manager and Design Manager.
  • Provide advice to Bid Manager/ Design manager on most competitive design options.
  • Price alternative design solutions
  • Produce competitive price using methodologies and outputs etc. to suit conditions/ situations relevant to the scheme.
  • Advise Bid Manager on sufficiency of Client bill of quantity/ activity schedule and arrange for full quantity take off or checking as required.
  • Preparing the price estimate for tenders or budget pricing comprising the following aspects:

Labour including the following aspects:

  • Develop local rates/ build up rates for self-delivered items
  • Ensure Working Rule Agreement (and any other specific requirements such as London Living Wage) included in labour rates
  • ​​​​​Prepare scheme specific labour rate calculation where required.

Plant including the following aspects:

  • Develop local rates/ build up rates for self-delivered items
  • Liaise with Planner to reconcile plant resource levels

Materials including the following aspects:

  • Comparison sheet for materials considering unit rate (conversation factors), wastage, waiting times and part loads etc.
  • Liaise with procurement to determine appropriate selection of suppliers to send enquiries to.

Subcontract packages including the following aspects:

  • Liaise with procurement & bid team to determine appropriate selection of subcontractors to send enquiries to.
  • Liaise with procurement to determine the sufficiency and compliance of subcontractor quotations
  • Preparation of comparison sheet for subcontractors detailing additions/ deletions from quoted rates
  • Liaise with procurement and bid manager and agree on the selection of the subcontractor to be used in the estimate.
  • Liaise with procurement to determine the sufficiency and compliance of supplier quotations
  • Liaise with procurement and agree on the selection of supplier quotations to be used in the estimate.

Temporary works

  • Liaise with Planner/ Technical Services and Temporary Works Coordinator to agree extent and nature of temporary works
  • Agree costs of temporary works with temporary works coordinator.


  • Agree staffing levels and produce staff programme with Bid Manager and Operations lead.
  • Use currently weekly staff rates to price staff
  • Agree staff patterns and overtime rates with Operations lead for out of normal hours working – note these need to comply with Working time directive/ NR fatigue guidance etc.
  • Preliminaries
  • Liaise with Planner to determine overall duration of preliminaries
  • Coordinate and liaise with Bid Manager to ensure all aspects of Clients requirements included as necessary (CCS/ CEEQUAL etc).


  • Input with Bid Manager and tender risk manager into tender risk/ opportunity register

Final settlement and submission

  • Produce top –sheet tender summary in current format and associated back up sheets
  • Present pricing build up at pre-settlement and settlement meetings
  • Prepare adjustments sheet in coordination with Bid Manager to reflect settlement adjustments
  • Prepare final pricing documentation for inclusion with tender submission – where possible ensuring pricing maintains a positive cash flow throughout the project.
  • Coordinate with Bid Manager for the production of the Form of tender/ Contract Data Part 2 as required.
  • Liaise with Bid Manager and address any post tender clarifications/amendments issued by the Client.

Handover (for successful bids)

  • Prepare handover pricing document for issue to Project Manager and Commercial Manager
  • Attend Handover meeting with Bid Manager

Review (for unsuccessful bids)

  • Coordinate with Bid Manager to review feedback on tender price (where provided) for future tenders


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