Quantity Surveying (Cost Consultancy) - London
Mace Cost Consultancy is about focusing upon cost and value early in the project lifecycle to be able to influence decision making. We combine the understanding of our clients' business drivers and output requirements with our knowledge of construction costs and the market trends that influence costs to create insightful and accurate assessments of proposals. Mace Cost Consultancy operate across a breadth of property sectors, including public and private.
Our approach is to actively manage costs, identifying and addressing potential issues early, providing informed advice at the appropriate time to facilitate client control and enable business decisions to be taken with confidence. Coupled with this approach, we think beyond our discipline and use innovative approaches to fully participate in a team based approach to project working. The diversity and breadth of services and sectors that Mace provides enables our cost consultancy teams to offer unique cost management services to our clients.
Quantity surveyors working in a consultancy capacity are often referred to as private quantity surveyors (PQS) whose role can be defined under multiple job titles such as Cost Consultant or Cost Manager.
As a placement student in cost consultancy you will be assisting senior cost consultants with a variety of responsibilities, including:
- Estimating and producing cost plans
- Checking costs
- Conducting valuations
- Analysing final accounts
- Measurement exercises, including the preparation of schedules of quantities for building elements
- Drafting procurement documentation, monthly reports and tender reports
- Supporting the tender process
- Assisting with variations and change control processes
- Attending client meetings.
Professional Qualification Routes
Mace’s cost consultancy team provides extensive training and support for graduates including RICS workshops, leading to professional RICS qualification.
Qualifications, Knowledge and Skills
Mace’s cost consultancy placement students must be studying towards a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) accredited degree in Quantity Surveying.
- A minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree (expected)
- 240 UCAS points and Grade C in GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent qualifications)
- Evidence of significant extra-curricular activities that demonstrate drive and excellent interpersonal skills
- A passion for a career in the construction industry.
In addition to the minimum requirements, candidates must have:
- Strong numerical skills
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
- Strong attention to detail
- Ability to work effectively in a team
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Drive to achieve results.
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