Graduate scheme

South West

Mace was founded on a belief that the construction industry would benefit from a more open and collaborative approach, we have become a leader in construction delivery by adhering to that founding principle.

From fixed price contracting to construction management, we understand what it takes to ensure successful delivery. We use our consultancy expertise and knowledge of the entire property lifecycle to develop sound strategies, which are then translated into fully realisable programmes and plans that are delivered on time and within budget.

The role

The role of the commercial manager in a contracting capacity covers all financial aspects of a project, from bidding for work through to the close out of final accounts when the project is completed. This involves procurement of works to maximise the profit margin, and the subsequent management of costs through the design and construction phase in order to ensure that margins are realised.

A graduate trainee commercial manager would typically start working on sub-contracts, assisting in procurement, carrying out valuations, and agreeing variation costs. As their construction knowledge and negotiation skills develop, the complexity of their work packages will increase. From there, they will become involved with cost reporting and the main contract account.

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, cost manager, or commercial manager.

Alternatively, if you're interested in working in consultancy rather than contracting, please look for our roles in Cost Consultancy.

Professional qualification routes

Graduates working in commercial management will be supported in working towards professional chartership status with either the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) or the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), depending on your degree.

Minimum requirements

  • An undergraduate degree (expected or obtained) in Quantity Surveying (RICS accredited, although CIOB may also be considered)
  • GCSE grade 4/C in Maths and English (or equivalent)
  • Evidence of significant extra-curricular activities that demonstrate drive and excellent interpersonal skills
  • A passion for a career in the built environment

In addition to the minimum requirements, candidates must have:

  • Strong numerical skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to negotiate and act decisively when valuing and agreeing costs
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

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