Permanent jobs

We have a great number of permanent and contract vacancies. Here is a selection.

Commercial Manager (Contractor Fit-out) - Surrey - c£70K-£75K plus benefits

The Commercial Manager will be responsible for overseeing production and control of project financials in order to minimise the costs of the tender return, enhance margins and increase value, while still achieving the required standards and specification.


Working closely with the Lead Designer, Technical Services Manager and the bid team on specification selection, the QS will take ownership of ensuring that costs are competitive, margins are healthy and commercial risk is minimised.


Key Duties: :

  • Reviewing contract documents, including bills of quantities and preliminaries.
  • Assisting in establishing a client's requirements and undertaking feasibility studies.
  • Advising on procurement strategy.
  • Financial controlling accountability.Identifying, analysing and developing responses to commercial risks.
  • Preparing and analysing tender returns.
  • Providing advice on contractual claims.
  • Analysing outcomes and writing detailed progress reports.
  • Re-measuring projects insuring they match with the Estimators bill of quantities.
  • Overview of sub-contractor accounts.Managing valuation and sub-contractor invoicing.
  • Needs to be aware of the different building contracts in current use.
  • Performing risk and value management and cost control.
  • Liaising with professional teams, especially quantity/building surveyors.
  • Understanding and making sure health and safety regulations are adhered to.


  • Performing risk and value management and cost control.
  • Liaising with professional teams, especially quantity/building surveyors.
  • Understanding and making sure health and safety regulations are adhered to.

Professional Skills & Experience:

  • Ideally qualified chartered surveyor (RICS) or degree qualified.
  • Demonstrate a solid track record of overseeing and delivering profitable commercial projects.
  • Fit-out background from a main contractor.
  • 6-10 years’ experience working as QS on projects ranging from £1M-£10M.
  • Ability to build relationships, internally and externally.

Personal attributes :

  • Team Player/Flexible approach
  • Proactive and accountable attitude
  • Good communicator
  • Self-motivated
  • Strong business awareness
  • Clean driving license


  • Annual salary negotiable depending on experience.
  • Car allowance £6,600
  • Benefits (pension, PMI, life & disability insurance)
  • Good commission structure
  • Ancillary benefits: mobile, laptop, expenses account
  • 20 days holiday plus the period between Christmas and New Years and bank holidays.

Senior Health & Safety Manager - Doncaster, South Yorkshire - c£50K-£70K plus benefits

Our client is an established and experienced railway infrastructure contractor. They have a successful track record of delivering projects across the whole of the UK; working with Network Rail, London Underground as well as light rail and tram operating companies to enhance the national infrastructure.


Job Summary

This role will involve:

  • Proactively promote HSQE best practice throughout Major Projects and established accident & incident prevention strategies throughout the managerial/supervisory/workforce levels (including contractors) across the alliance as directed by the alliance management team.
  • Work with the managerial/supervisory teams across the business in the implementation of HSQE standards and procedures necessary to ensure compliance with the Railway Safety Certification & Principal Contractors / Rail Plant Company Operating licenses, ISO standards, current applicable legislation and other client requirements.
  • Provide professional HSQE advice, coaching, mentoring, training and education to management/supervisors/HSQE team/workforce and contractors where identified as necessary.
  • In conjunction with managerial and supervisory staff manage and close out all associated investigation recommendations and remedial actions arising from accident & incident investigations. In addition assist in the management of formal investigation recommendations and remedial actions as directed by the alliance management team.

Job Requirements

You will be self-motivated with a pro-active approach and have experience of working under pressure and meeting tight deadlines. Problem solving, communication and good interpersonal skills are a key requirement for this role. The candidate will also ideally have the following:


Experience/skill set:

  • Previous experience in an Health and Safety role.
  • Previous experience in managing a team.
  • Hold a degree in Occupational Health & Safety or equivalent.
  • Holding CMIOSH would be advantageous.
  • Have working knowledge of both rail and civil engineering interfaces and practices.
  • Previous experience of working in the construction/rail industry is an essential requirement along with the possession of a PTS and CSCS Card.
  • Ability to prioritise and manage a diverse workload.
  • Experience of alliance working is an advantage.

Terms and Conditions for the position

  • 38 hours per week (8:30am – 4:45pm) obviously will be dependent on workload, weekend work – may be required
  • Salary – up to £70K will be dependent on experience
  • Car or Car allowance
  • Healthcare
  • Pension

Senior Quantity Surveyor - Cardiff - c£45K plus benefits

The Senior Quantity Surveyor will be responsible for the management of projects, budget preparation and estimates, progress reports, final account preparation, client interaction and attending various design team / site meetings.


As a Senior member of the Quantity Surveying Team the Senior QS will have responsibility for direction of the function in relation to relevant projects; as a result of which the Senior QS must be commercially aware, with a high level of commitment, initiative and enthusiasm.


In addition the job holder will also be responsible for the day to day operational oversight of the key business areas including, responsibility for liaising with and promoting cooperation with other functions, effectively assisting the QS Director and the management of intermediate and junior surveyors as required.


Principle Duties & Accountabilities

  • Liaising and reporting to the Quantity Surveying Director, the Project Director and the Contracts Manager.
  • Liasing with the Design Team to ensure requirements and specifications are met
  • Develop and maintain relationships with Client Representatives to support the activities and maintain positive relations on behalf of the company
  • Attend regular site meetings as company representative and communicate effectively to keep QS Director up-to-date on project development status whilst also tracking and resolving issues Reviewing tender enquiries and tender analysis for projects.
  • Estimating and tendering for projects in conjunction with Head Office Quantity Surveying Staff Negotiating new projects and fixed price premiums which are cost effective
  • Organising and chairing pre-award meetings with new sub-contractors in conjunctions with the construction team
  • Subcontract purchasing and monitoring of packages on site Monitoring of contract charges and notification to sub-contractors
  • Sub-contractor re-measurement, interim and final account payments
  • Processing fortnightly / monthly sub-contractor payment certificates
  • Compiling the variation log an signing off on variations with Project Quantity Surveyors
  • Issuing interim payment applications to the Project Quantity Surveyor and correlating payments received.
  • Final account preparations at the end of the project
  • Cost monitoring and reporting using construction computer software and attending monthly cost reporting meetings
  • Cashflow forecasting for projects and issuing monthly reports to accounts
  • Keeps abreast of various changes in industry and competitive environment in which the company operates.
  • Where required provide leadership, motivation and mentoring to intermediate & Junior Quantity Surveyors so as to encourage optimum performance, whilst also planning and Perform Other Duties and Projects as assigned


  • Degree in Quantity Surveying
  • Minimum of 7 years of professional experience with proven track record in dealing with Subcontractors and Clients in relation to Valuations, Variations, Final Accounts and cost reporting
  • Displays through understanding of specifications, bills of quantities, and drawings
  • Displays high capability of extracting quantities from drawings and issuing enquiries to sub-contractors and suppliers to ensure that accurate quotations are received within specified time frames
  • Computer literate in Microsoft Office and other Quantity Surveying Packages (Billsoft)
  • Proven track record in Commercial / Industrial Projects
  • Demonstrates excellent budgetary responsibility
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to provide and explain accurate reporting.
  • Excellent organisation and time management skills with ability to manage multiple priorities at once.
  • Self-starter and ability to organise the workday around assigned activities and priorities with minimum supervision.
  • Must be highly flexible with a high level commitment to success.
  • Ability to work successfully as part of a team with wide variety of individuals demonstrating effective interpersonal skills.

Temporary Works Design Specialist - Guildford - c£38K-£48K plus benefits

We have an opportunity for a Temporary Works Design Specialist to work on fantastic building and civil engineering projects.


Projects include demolition, rebuild, and refurbishment of existing buildings, works on highway, rail and water assets along with deep excavations and underground space for a wide variety of uses.


The work is predominantly structural in nature and will require an ability to collaborate with colleagues in other disciplines such as geotechnical, rail and water engineers.


The attributes required to successfully fulfil this role are:

  • A degree in structural engineering or a related discipline
  • 5 - 10 years+ relevant experience
  • Working towards or achieved chartered status

Commercial Operations Manager / Director (Construction) - Bristol -

c£Excellent plus benefits 

Our client has grown from a small M&E business to one of the South West's leading Construction companies.


They cover all aspects of the construction and development industry from building houses, educational, hotels, offices etc,  They are looking to recruit an experienced Commercial Operations Manager to join them. 


They have grown to c£15M + per annum as a main contractor, having successfully delivered numerous high end developments in some of the most exclusive locations in the South West. They are in a strong position with significant land bank opportunities which will allow them to see further sustainable growth.


The majority of their projects are Design & Build contracts that require significant amount of design development and commercial awareness.



  • Superior management and organisational skills
  • Expert negotiating skills
  • Prior industry experience
  • Comprehensive knowledge about the industry
  • Efficient presentation and communication skills
  • Focus and thoroughness
  • The capacity to be influential and amenable
  • Professionalism and cordiality
  • Solid industry networks
  • Outstanding project management expertise
  • The capacity to adequately handle work stress
  • The capacity to meet project deadlines
  • Technical knowledge of travel distribution channels
  • Decisiveness and mercantile shrewdness
  • Solid problem solving, decision making and analytical capabilities

Key Responsibilities

  • Reporting straight into the director
  • Working with the existing Management on all aspects of the Commercial proposals.
  • Monitoring the project pipeline and actively working to ensure a high rate of conversion.
  • Working with the existing team to plan and implement the structure of the Company to reflect the planned future growth.
  • Producing Monthly Cost Report for all planned and current projects.
  • Monitoring existing projects to identify potential problems and provide commercially sound solutions.
  • Working with the project teams to ensure that projects are delivered in a profitable and timely manner.
  • Monitoring all professional teams and ensuring they are delivering to their Terms of Reference.
  • Identify/ develop Key Performance Indicators (KPI's) and monitor on a regular basis adjusting as and when necessary.
  • Preparing, in conjunction with the MD and appropriate team members, project budgets.
  • Assist with preparation of the Company's Business Plan.
  • Assisting commercial directors
  • Resolving contractual and commercial problems
  • Working with contract managers
  • Discovering areas that are not in keeping with regulation practices
  • Offering direction and instruction
  • Reviewing, scrutinizing, and developing operational process flows
  • Ensuring that the financial aspects and impact of a contract are clear to all parties
  • Risk assessment
  • Ensuring that all stakeholders, such as administration, operations, and finance understand and adhere to contractual obligations, reflecting them accurately
  • Managing daily operations


  • 25 days holiday plus bank holidays
  • Discrentionery bonus scheme
  • Car / Car Allowance
  • Company phone
  • Company tablet

Construction Director - Midlands - c£110K plus excellent benefits

Our client is a mixed use developer, predominantly operating in the North West delivering medium sized residential led schemes. In the last two years they have moved into the Midlands and are focusing on larger scale developments.


Their portfolio is incredibly diverse and their construction methodology is varied, procuring some works to Principal Contractors and Self-Delivering others.


Reporting to the Managing Director, the successful Construction Director will be responsible for the delivery of all Midlands based schemes. You will implement strategy, establish and develop relationships with professional teams and supply chain.


Ultimately the Construction Director will be responsible for the timely delivery of a quality product. The business has an excellent brand and is keen to further enhance that in the Midlands market.


The Construction Director will currently work for a Developer or Main Contractor and will have experience delivering residential led mixed use schemes.


You will be business minded with an interest in the Development and Construction cycle. You will be expected to have a significant input at every stage of a projects life cycle.


On offer is a competitive salary, plus bonus (30-40%), Car Allowance, BUPA, Pension, LTIP, Share Options.

Commercial Manager / QS - Warrington - c£Negotiable plus benefits

The core purpose of the role is to optimise the margin on projects whilst protecting the business from commercial risk.


Organisational Reporting

This role will be reporting to the Project Director



Management of a commercial team compromising the following functions:

o Quantity surveying

o Supply chain management

o Contract administration

o Cost capture and control

o Reporting

• Liaise with the Employers commercial team

• Ensure the necessary internal and external periodic valuations and reports are prepared and issued in line with deadlines

• Implement commercial procedures and reporting to ensure compliance with company and contract requirements

• Ensure appropriate commercial records are maintained in line with the contract requirements and oversee any contractual issues.


Required - Experience / Qualifications 

Professionally qualified and accredited QS / Commercial Manager

Degree level education or equivalent with training and qualifications in a related discipline


Knowledge / Experience

Demonstrable experience in Civil Engineering or Building

Experience of managing a medium size team

Experience of working in a construction/rail environment within a contractors organisation

NEC Contract experience essential


Salary and Benefits

Excellent salary and benefits package

Director - Structural Engineering (Bridges) - Manchester - c£90K-£110K plus benefits

It’s an exciting time as my client are creating a new Civil / Structures discipline in the UK practice to focus on bridges and other major permanent and temporary structures associated principally with the rail and highway sectors.


This opportunity would suit an individual located close to Manchester, Guildford or London.


Reporting to the Regional Director this position requires an articulate and focused Associate Director or Technical Director with highly developed technical engineering, interpersonal and organisational skills. The emphasis of this role will be on winning and managing commercially viable work and offering a reliable, high-quality client focused service.


This is an opportunity to be master of your own success and to reap the rewards of your efforts. You will have overall responsibility for the growth, performance and engineering delivery of this section of our business.


The attributes required to successfully fulfil this role are:

  • Highly competent on major civil structures and bridges projects from concept to detailed design engineering.
  • Ability to prepare proposals at the feasibility, pre-planning, planning and detailed design stages.
  • Able to monitor progress, resolve technical issues and provide technical direction during the development of bridge and associated structures from concept through to detailed design.
  • Highly experience in aged assets projects.
  • Extensive experience in the bridges sector, predominantly refurbishment experience.
  • A detailed knowledge of all applicable codes of practice, design standards and health and safety regulations.
  • Ability to plan, organise and manage resources, provide leadership, mentor and motivate a team of Engineers.
  • Can effectively communicate with clients, colleagues, external agencies and build effective working relationships.
  • Commercially astute, prepare technical and commercial bids, win work, project manage and consistently deliver significant projects to program and budget.
  • Take ownership of multiple projects managing risk, ensuring financial, commercial and contractual compliance.
  • Able to promote and champion a quality culture to achieve company goals, is committed to Continued Professional Development and keeps up to date with current trends in the industry.

Ideal candidates must have the following credentials:

  • A degree (minimum 2:1) in Civil or Structural Engineering.
  • Significant and relevant UK structures project design engineering experience.
  • Chartered Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers or appropriate professional body.

This role attracts the following benefits package:

  • Strong basic salary
  • Performance related bonus
  • Attractive pension benefits
  • Death in service cover
  • Accident and illness cover
  • Training & Educational assistance
  • Flexible Working arrangements
  • Professional membership funding
  • Annual Leave increases in line with service

Director of Civil / Structural Engineering - Guildford / London - c£60K-£90K plus benefits

Our client requires a seasoned engineer with highly developed technical engineering, interpersonal and organisational skills, the focus will be on heavy civil structures, bridges and other major permanent and temporary structures principally in the rail, highway, energy and water sectors along with other opportunities as appropriate.


The individual will have overall responsibility for the growth, performance and engineering delivery of this section of our business and will be able to call on the support from existing experienced staff.


The attributes required to successfully fulfil this role are:


  • You will be experienced on major civil structures projects from concept to detailed design engineering
  • You'll have the ability to monitor progress, resolve technical issues and provide technical direction during the development of projects from concept through to detailed design
  • You will be able to successfully plan, organise and manage resources, provide leadership, mentor and motivate a team of Engineers
  • You are able to effectively communicate with clients, colleagues, external agencies and build effective working relationships
  • You will be commercially astute, able to prepare technical and commercial bids, win work, project manage and consistently deliver significant projects to program and budget
  • A degree in civil engineering or a related discipline
  • Chartered status from an appropriate professional body
  • Ideally around 20 years+ civil structures design and project delivery experience

Senior Civil Engineer - Surrey - c£50K-£70K plus benefits

Our client has for requirement for a Senior Civil Engineer to join their busy civils team in Guildford.

They regularly undertake projects across a range of sectors including educational, residential and commercial for both private and public sector clients from scheme concept through to detailed design and construction monitoring.

They are looking for a Senior Engineer who can demonstrate a suitable level of experience in below ground drainage and road / pavement design. As a Senior Engineer, you will be capable of working with minimal supervision but also able to supervise and support junior members of the team.

You will be expected to be responsible for the production of technical design information including drawings, calculations, specifications and reports. You will be a good communicator and able to liaise effectively with clients and other design team members.

Their Senior Engineers are also expected to assist in the preparation of bids and proposals for new schemes together with the project management and financial control of small and medium sized projects.

Key Skills

  • Chartered status with a relevant professional body
  • A proven track record in highways and drainage works.
  • Able to work autonomously and demonstrate a high level of proficiency and expertise in these core areas
  • Ability to use computer modelling packages such as PDS, Windes and AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Experienced in the production of specifications and technical reports such as Flood Risk Assessments and Drainage Strategies
  • Experienced in the use of design standards such as Sewers for Adoption, the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges, Manual for Streets
  • Experienced in adoptable infrastructure design and the negotiation of Section 104, 106, 38 and 278 Agreements
  • Good communication skills

Training Accredited training scheme with the Institute of Civil Engineers and actively encourages continual professional development.

Building Services Engineer (Electrical) - Cambridge - c£35K-£50K plus benefits

You will be required to provide Electrical Engineering support by providing expertise in the field of electrical engineering in the built environment to be included in design and project management.


Principal Accountabilities:
Training Level 1 - 2

  • Complete tasks as assigned by the team leader including assisting in the formation of sound engineering, cost effective solutions.
  • To maintain daily timesheet records of current projects
  • To keep accurate records of mileage and expense claims, maintaining receipts wherever possible
  • Drawing up detailed specifications and drawings against clients briefs.
  • Comply with the practices IMS systems.
  • Utilise the Manager system and inter-related IT systems

Level 3

  • Meeting with clients to establish project brief, formulating sound engineering, cost effective solutions.
  • Formulating sound engineering, cost effective solutions.
  • Ensuring designs not only meet functional requirements but are fully compliant with all relevant legislation, codes of practice, CIBSE guides, building regulations and best practice and environmentally sensitive.
  • Attend regular office meetings
  • Liasing closely with other professionals, including structural engineers, builders, architects, surveyors, and in-house project teams.
  • Dealing with statutory authorities in all matters affecting their incoming services to buildings.
  • Preparing budget costs for client consideration.
  • Drawing up tender documentation.

Level 4

  • Reviewing tenders received and preparing tender reports and recommendations.
  • Project manage site works from commencement to completion.
  • Monitor site works against specification requirements.
  • Assist with the training of graduates and generally overseeing Junior Staff Review hand-over O&M documentation.
  • Agree contractor’s final accounts.
  • Carry out inspections of existing installations and submit condition reports.

Level 5 - 6

  • Checking and Preparation of Fee Invoicing each month
  • To meet annual and monthly fee targets as directed by the office partner.
  • Preparation of fee bids relevant to energy related projects


  • To attend the workplace suitably attired and in the appropriate manner as expected within a professional office.
  • Attend annual appraisal and achieve personal goals, aspirations and expectations as considered and agreed.
  • To effectively communicate at all levels and work on own initiative where possible.

Training Level 1 -3

  • Full membership of the requisite professional body.

Level 4-6

  • Engages in career development and Continuous Professional Development.
  • Willingness to pursue further professional management development through participation in training courses.


  • Ability to look critically at existing practices and to understand and interpret complex legislation and guidance
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure, prioritise work and to collate and present information clearly and concisely to a variety of audience
  • Pro-active, mature outlook, tactful and focused, clear thinking, flexible, logical, reliable, good team player


  • Good standard of literacy
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal).
  • Organised and imaginative approach to work.
  • Effective problem-solver and decision making skills
  • Effective team player
  • Able to work on own initiative


  • Good track record of meeting deadlines.


  • Degree/Master’s degree in Engineering
  • Member of the Chartered institute of Building Services Engineers and/or The Energy Institute (or equivalent)
  • Chartered Engineer status or approaching

Additional information

  • Commitment to personal development
  • Full Driving licence and access to a vehicle
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