2018 Commercial Graduate Programme - Quantity Surveyor

In 2018 we are recruiting Graduate Quantity Surveyor’s for two exciting business areas in UK Power Networks - UK Power Networks Services and Capital Programme and Procurement. Please be aware of this when making an application for this role as you will need to make a separate application for each of the business areas if you wish to apply to both.

UK Power Networks Services

Our Networks Branch is the largest electricity distribution network owner in the UK, covering the whole of London, the East and South East of England, serving over a quarter of the UK's population.

The UK Power Networks Services directorate forms an unregulated part of the Networks business and focuses on designing, building, operating and maintaining safe, sustainable private electrical and multi-utility networks for owners of major infrastructure. Our most significant projects are linked to the Rail, Defence and Airport sectors making us one of the largest private networks operators in the UK. To support the development of the directorate and the growth of the business the Services Sector is looking to develop its contracts capability and controls.

Capital Programme and Procurement

Capital Programme’s primary purpose is to deliver major capital projects on behalf of Asset Management defined by an agreed NAMP. This includes project and programme management, design, procurement, construction and commissioning services.
Procurement maximises value for UK Power Networks through the sourcing of all materials, services and works delivering Customers’ requirements in line with the business objectives. Competitive advantage is achieved through collaboration with the business to understand the current and future requirements, sourcing strategically to determine the most cost effective solution whilst managing risks associated with the supply of demand.

UK Power Networks’ Capital Programme Directorate is seeking to appoint a Graduate Quantity Surveyor in 2018 to work on its Alliance framework. The Alliance framework will deliver over £1 billion of new asset infrastructure over the next 8 years and is subject to regulation by OFGEM. Whilst on the programme, Graduates will develop their knowledge and skills whilst at the same time contributing to the objectives of the business.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Site and/or office based.
  • To learn and apply practices and techniques gained from the Graduate Programme safely and in accordance with UK Power Networks standards.
  • Draft works package orders and professional services contract agreements.
  • Working alongside estimators and senior quantity surveyors to produce target cost budgets for new civil engineering and electrical works.
  • Assisting in the valuation of contract variations known as Compensation Events.
  • Assisting in making and defending contractual claims together with the preparation of any supporting data as may be necessary.
  • Analysing variances between target cost and actual cost and providing commentary on variances.
  • Certifying payments to contractors.
  • Site visits, assessments and cost forecasting of future work.
  • Contract administration using bespoke contract management software and systems.
  • NB- accountabilities will vary according to the nature of the rotational placements you choose to undertake.

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience:

  • To be eligible for RICS training and to work towards ARICS status.
  • Applicants must be excellent communicators and possess impressive numeracy skills to handle the financial and mathematical demands of the role.
  • They should also demonstrate innovative approaches to problem solving and an ability to negotiate across the various levels of any construction environment.
  • To develop and demonstrate our UK Power Networks Leadership Competencies.
  • Demonstrate an enthusiasm, interest and commitment to a career in Quantity Surveying.
  • A 2:1 Degree in Quantity Surveying or similar.
  • Possession of a full clean UK driving licence.
  • Good health & safety awareness

Nature and Scope:

You will work towards full RICS membership either through vocational experience, attendance on an MSC degree course that is RICS accredited or both.

The RICS accredited postgraduate courses enables graduates to work as a quantity surveyor and take takes two years to complete part time.

It is important that you gain some site-based experience as part of your professional development. As well as giving you an insight into all aspects of our company, we’ll make sure that you get all the support you need from our team, qualified quantity surveyors and graduates who are currently seeking RICS membership and qualifications.

The Graduate Programme

Year 1:

The programme begins with an eight-week induction during which time you will gain an in depth insight into our business and will also receive training in additional areas such as finance, accounting and successful negotiation.

You will also attend some engineering specific courses to introduce you to the technical aspects of our industry.
Throughout your first year you will have a home base location in London. You will divide your time during this year between your home base and shorter rotational placements in other business areas.

Year 2:

In your second year, you’ll then progress into your first supported role in the business which will see you based at your original home base location. During this time you will continue to be part of the graduate programme and will receive all of the mentoring and support you need to ensure you succeed. You will gain valuable work experience – not to mention the opportunities you need to gain the professional qualifications to become a future leader in your field. What’s more, we’ll provide you with a Chartered Surveyor mentor, as well as funding and enabling your membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (the RICS).

At the end of the two years, you will then have the choice to continue working in your home base location and business area or at another location. Our graduate career progression policy will ensure that you continue to be supported in your professional development.

Over the course of the programme, you’ll be reviewed on a quarterly basis to monitor your progress and development. You will also have access to exciting opportunities such as attending external industry conferences and site visits.

If you share these values, want to play a role influencing the energy industry’s future and want to join a critical sector at a critical time of change then we believe our unique combination of classroom training, hands-on work and real life experience as well as competitive benefits will get your career with us off to a flying start!

Apply today!

Health & Safety Responsibilities

Managers and supervisors carry both legal and company responsibilities for ensuring the health and safety of their employees, those under their control and those who might be affected by the work undertaken, i.e. public, visitors and employees of other organisations. This includes briefing individuals working for them and ensuring there is the necessary understanding, competence and application of requirements to work safely and without harming the environment.
Employees are responsible for ensuring they fully understand the health and safety risks involved in their work activities and their responsibility to apply the controls needed to manage those risks to acceptable levels. Similarly where work activities can have an adverse impact upon the environment, and particularly where there are legal requirements, employees are responsible for understanding those impacts and the controls they must ensure are applied.

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