Quantity Surveyor

Location: Cape Town Posted Date: October 6, 2017
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Job Summary:

Quantity surveyors are responsible for managing all aspects of the contractual and financial side of construction projects. This includes managing the quantity of materials and labour used for the construction, with the objective of minimizing the costs while maintaining the quality standards.

Job Description:

  • Undertake feasibility studies on new developments and improvements including NPV/IRR calculations and accurately compute contract values.
  • Perform project risk management and evaluate commercial risks of new-build.
  • Implement a robust procurement strategy and cost control processes.
  • Preparing tender documents and contracts, including a Bill of Quantities
  • Prepare and analyse costing for tenders considering plans and using best available price.
  • Conduct tender evaluation.
  • Make recommendations to management on allocation of work to contractors, subcontractors and professional fees.
  • As in-house QS, minimise the project cost and hold service providers strictly accountable.
  • Prepare trend analysis and forecasting of project costs and cash flows relative to budget.
  • Provide advice on contractual claims and manage variations.
  • Attend all site progress meetings.
  • Value completed work and issue payment orders, less any retention.
  • Produce periodic detailed project progress reports and analyse project outcomes relative to project plan including cost reports, cash flow reports and variation orders.
  • Undertaking costs analysis for repair and maintenance work.
  • Attend tender briefing meetings.
  • Comply with internal policies, procedures, systems and controls.
  • Perform other general estimating or QS functions.

Reporting Structure:

  • Reports to the Head of the Property


  • Minimum B.Eng. or B.Sc /B.Sc Hons/M.Sc degree specialising in Quantity Surveying with a strong academic profile.
  • Professional QS (Pr.QS)

Experience and Skills:

  • 3-7 years’ experience as QS with a medium to large sized reputable Engineering / Construction / Mining Company or independent practice.
  • Proficiency in use of automated QS tools and software
  • Knowledge of health and safety regulations
  • Detailed knowledge of building regulations including relevant legislation, regulations, and ordinances governing property
  • Firm understanding of building / engineering contracts and their application ideally with commercial / industrial experience


  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • Strong analytical ability
  • Ambitious and focused
  • Ability to work in an accountable and regulated environment
  • Driven
  • Logical and precise
  • Creative and innovative approach to problem solving
  • Good motivational ability.

Required Education:

  • Master's

Required Experience:

  • Engineering/ Construction/ Mining: 5 years
  • Conducting construction feasibility studies: 5 years
  • Project & Commercial Risk Management: 5 years
  • Project Budget Management: 5 years
  • Tenders (Submissions, Contracts, Evaluation, etc.): 5 years As QS: 5 years
  • Project Reporting: 5 years managing Construction Projects (contractual & financial side): 5 years

Required Languages:

  • At least one other Official South African Language
  • English

Required Licences or Certifications:

  • In-depth knowledge of building / engineering contracts
  • In-depth knowledge of Building Regulations
  • Valid South African ID
  • B.Sc Honours
  • B.Eng. or B.Sc
  • Valid South African Drivers Licence
  • Health & Safety Trained
  • Professional QS (Pr.QS)
  • Proficient in automated QS tools and software
  • M.Sc Quantity Surveying

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