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Graduate Cost Consultant (QS)

Graduate Cost Consultants required for our Buildings & Infrastructure Sectors

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If you are looking for a role as a Graduate Cost Consultant (QS) wishing to develop your career and you are ambitious to achieve your career potential, read on. You will work with industry experts who are leaders in their field and have an enormous breadth of knowledge to share. At Arcadis ongoing professional development and coaching means that you will have the opportunity to participate in programmes designed to help you grow your skill sets and take your career to new heights.

We are seeking to recruit ambitious Cost Consultants to support the various teams to work on our design and consultancy projects within the Infrastructure sector. It is intended that the role will offer the opportunity to progress your career as your experience grows within our business.

Our teams are involved in some of the UK’s most complex and stimulating projects that are diverse and technically demanding. We have an enviable reputation in the delivery of such schemes and are working closely with our blue chip clients. Some of our most prominent clients are:

  • Large financial institutions
  • Commercial and Procurement services to Network Rail infrastructure
  • Automotives and manufacturing conglomerates
  • High End Residential Clients
  • Affordable housing and residential developers
  • Retail banks
  • Highways England Commercial Division
  • National Grid, UK Power Networks and Business Advisory for UKPN
  • Environment Agency
  • Universities and educational facilities
  • Local authorities
  • Commercial Developers

Graduate Development Programme

We have a two year development programme for our Graduates, during which time many work towards various accreditation routes which you will be fully supported with. Our Graduate programmes have helped over 300 people through their accreditation exams since 2011.

Overview of Role:

As a Graduate you would be expected to take responsibility from day one and in some cases be the clients point of contact for the project.

Responsibilities: -

  • Responsible for liaising with Senior team members internally and externally
  • To develop the success of the projects through clear strategy and proactive commitment
  • Project Lead – dependant on size and nature of the project
  • Able to assist in the preparation of pricing documents in accordance with methods of measurement, preparation of tender and contract documentation.
  • Undertake measurement and estimating or cost plans and post contract cost reporting
  • Attend site meetings and provide progress update, including undertaking interim payments as per the contract mechanisms
  • Provide regular cost reports to client and all negotiations to do with final accounts.
  • Engagement with all members of the team ensuring strong relationships are formed
  • There would be further opportunities to be involved in activities outside of projects, such as charity events, social committee and Emerging Talent recruitment. Thus acting as an Ambassador for the business.
  • Demonstrate effective communication;
  • Ensuring that senior management have quality information on the progress of each project on a regular basis
  • To provide all work outputs in an accurate and timely manner

Skills/Experience Required

  • Degree or Masters Qualified
  • A clear thinking person demonstrating attention to detail who is well organised and can operate independently under a broad direction.
  • A team player who can develop and maintain good relationships and gain the confidence of other professionals both within the Company and outside
  • A broad thinker who can take a global view and has an inherent ability to ‘get the job done’
  • Able to manage own tasks through to conclusion
  • Pro-active approach
  • Able to maintain total confidentiality at all times
  • A flexible attitude
  • Able to manage priorities
  • Integrity and honesty
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Innovative and self-motivated
  • Commercially aware and financially astute
  • Good personal impact
  • Competent in the use of all Microsoft packages

The individual:

  • An energetic and motivated individual with natural drive to achieve results
  • A perceptive individual who, through a natural diplomacy, can influence people in a changing environment
  • A clear thinking person demonstrating attention to detail who is well organised and can operate independently under a broad direction.
  • A team player who can develop and maintain good relationships and gain the confidence of other professionals
  • Ability to form an independent opinion based on information received
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as capable of using initiative


Arcadis is the leading global Design & Consultancy firm for natural and built assets. Applying our deep market sector insights and collective design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services we work in partnership with our clients to deliver exceptional and sustainable outcomes throughout the lifecycle of their natural and built assets. We are 27,000 people active in over 70 countries that generate €3.4 billion in revenues. We support UN-Habitat with knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world. Arcadis. Improving quality of life.

This role is more than a standard next step. It’s a chance to move into a business where you can go as far as you want. You can explore our world further by visiting our website or talking to us. However, we are keen to know about yours. What ambitions do you hold for the future? What challenges keep you up at night, and put a spring in your step in the morning. Your answers are important to us. We need people who can see the bigger picture. Who can bring their experience to life with spark and imagination, and are passionate about playing their part in our story.

What We Offer:

We offer a dynamic challenging job with international focus in a pleasant working climate, attention to education and a competitive remuneration package reflecting the seniority of the role. You will have a great deal of responsibility with endless opportunity for impact and freedom for initiatives. Given the international spread of the business a certain level of flexibility in working hours is important.

We offer a fantastic working environment where you own your destiny and will be encouraged to forge a successful career. In addition, we offer some excellent benefits, such as:

  • High APC pass rate in the industry
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Highly competitive salary
  • Pension matched to 8%
  • Healthcare
  • Life Assurance
  • Income Protection
  • Generous Annual Leave, with option to purchase additional days
  • Study leave
  • Annual Professional Institution Subscription Paid
  • Paid conversion course for those requiring a Masters

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