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Commercial Assistant (QS) Full Time

at Project Partners London in London (Published at 05-08-2021)

Reporting To: Head of Commercial

Location: Longstanton with flexibility to work from other offices and remote locations

Overview of Role

The Commercial Assistant (QS) will report to the SQS within the Commercial function. and be responsible for ensuring the project is completed within its projected budget.

As the Commercial Assistant, you'll be working closely with the rest of the commercial team, providing support to the QS and SQS whilst undertaking your own commercial duties on the framework. The role is heavily focused on subcontract management and as such, you'll spend a lot of time working closely with subcontractors and building on your communication, cost management, cash flow and reporting skills.

Key Accountabilities

  • Measurement and valuation of works for valuations, variations and final accounts as directed.
  • Assist the other commercial team members with the running of the scheme
  • Direct interface / liaison with the supply chain
  • Assisting with subcontract procurement and management
  • Assisting with the identification and management of change control.
  • Responsible for keeping both the in house and client early warning and compensation event registers up to date
  • Maintain commercial information relevant to the contract.
  • Assisting in preparation of pre-cost estimates.
  • Measurement and valuation of subcontractors work for payment and Final Account purposes.
  • Preparing detailed, accurate and orderly measurements in accordance with relevant measurement standards and preparing and agreeing accounts using relevant rates.
  • Ensuring that payments to sub-contractors are paid on time and in accordance with the subcontract agreement
  • Completing regular and timely payment certificates and presenting to line manager for signature.
  • Assisting with preparation of external valuations.
  • Providing detailed record and valuation of work executed with application of principles of cash maximisation.
  • Preparing detailed, accurate and orderly measurements in accordance with relevant measurement standards and preparing accounts using relevant rates.
  • Assisting in preparation of pre-cost estimates, analysis of Head Office cost prints and divergences between pre-cost estimates and Head Office cost prints.
  • Preparing detailed schedules of periodic costs from site based information. Comparing these with Head Office cost prints and resolving anomalies with Cost Department.
  • Reviewing sub-contract liabilities.

Key Skills

  • A driven, self-motivated attitude, with the ability to work on your own initiative.
  • A team player with the ability to interact with a wide variety of people at all levels.
  • Ability to interpret and monitor programmes against contractual period for completion dates
  • Above average numeracy and literacy skills
  • I.T. skills with competence in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Seeking long-term career prospects and development
  • Good financial and commercial acumen. Capable of understanding pricing, costs and profit
  • An understanding of basic contract language
  • A completer/finisher with exemplary attention to detail and focussed on end result
  • Strong numerical, analytical and problem-solving skills.

Professional Qualifications/Training

  • Preferably educated to degree level;
  • Either an undergraduate degree accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in quantity surveying, commercial management or a related construction subject
  • Background in civil engineering, telecoms or utilities

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: £20,000.00-£26,000.00 per year


  • Monday to Friday

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