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Quantity Surveyor Grade II

06-09-2021 12:09
Office of Public Works

The Role

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]OPW seeks to appoint a Quantity Surveyor (Grade II) to join its Quantity Surveying Section, based
in Dublin.

The successful candidate will report to a Quantity Surveyor Grade I and will provide full, partial quantity surveying, and advisory services on a diverse range of construction projects.

The QS section’s primary objective is to deliver suitable, practical advice to project teams to assist them deliver high-quality, value-for-money projects that optimally manage risk and opportunity.

The successful candidate will be a technically-competent, diligent, task-focused quantity surveyor. Working in multi-disciplinary teams, the quantity surveyor will be involved at every stage in the project lifespan on a diverse and interesting range of projects, delivering outputs of a consistently high standard to agreed deadlines. Task-prioritisation will be an important skill. Expertise in cost planning and measurement using software packages such as Cubitt, BIM, change management software, and development of detailed excel spreadsheet are key skills in this role.

The appointee will be comfortable developing working alone and collaborating within small teams, to suit the task in hand, often working to project deadlines.

S/he will possess excellent inter-personal and oral & written communication skills, numeracy, and report-writing skills, and be comfortable engaging with colleagues, members of design teams and contractors on a regular basis.

Continuous professional development and business process improvement are at the core of the service we offer. The successful candidate must be willing to proactively research and develop knowledge, keeping up-to-date with changes in legislation, trends in the construction industry and
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Role Responsibilities

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The key duties of the role include the following, and those that may be assigned from time to time
by the Head of the Section:

  • Provide robust, agile and consistent quantity surveying advice to a diverse range of strategic and
    project stakeholders, whether alone or within a QS section team;
  • Assist in the preparation of feasibility studies, options appraisals and business cases; to comply
    with DPER Public Spending Code for Capital Project
  • Develop appropriate cost plans, cost checks, estimates, bills of quantities and procurement
    documents for projects for review by a manager, referencing project databases
  • Assist in the development of cost benchmarks and databases (on digital platforms)
  • Procure, manage and monitor the services of outsourced consultants to enhance value-for-money, and ensure timely and efficient performance of contracted services
  • Procure and manage construction works contracts, in accordance with CWMF
  • Engage supportively and flexibly with managers and colleagues to assist us prioritise and meet
    the operational needs of the team in the most efficient and effective manner
  • Assist OPW QS Section and OPW colleagues with digital transition initiatives, such as Tableau
    dashboard reporting, common data environments, and implementing pilot projects for 5D BIM
  • Develop with colleagues’ appraisal techniques for sustainability and whole-life costing
  • Develop knowledge of heritage construction techniques and their costs
  • Keep abreast of developments and research relating to the quantity surveying profession
  • Maintain the highest standard of professional quantity surveying standards & ethics, and
    compliances with OPW governance
  • Engage in continuous professional development
  • Other tasks as assigned from time to time by the head of the Section.


Key Deliverables from this Quantity Surveyor Grade 2 position:

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]S/he will develop and leverage their technical and commercial expertise to:
1. Deliver a sustained and varied project workload of Stage I-V quantity surveying services on a
diverse range of office, fit-out and heritage projects, including:
i. Developing estimates, cost plans, pricing documents, Bills of Quantities, cost, project
preliminaries documents and contract documents for projects;
ii. Assisting in procurement and drafting of contracts for services & works packages;
iii. Analysing & evaluating tender documents, payment applications and contractual claims ;
iv. Administering construction projects from project inception to completion, including
reporting on project scope, cost and risk management.
2. Assist line managers to develop reports, studies, software initiatives & research papers.
3. Assist in managing OPW’s databases of live construction projects and procurements.
4. Monitor delivery of projects within approved budget, programme and cost risk parameters.
5. Assist OPW to develop digital platforms to streamline operations, enhance data analytics and
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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Candidates must on or before 16th September 2021:
1. Hold a qualification of at least level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications in Quantity Surveying,
Construction Economics or an equivalent qualification; and have had, since qualifying (i.e. obtaining minimum
level 8 degree or equivalent), at least three years satisfactory practical quantity surveying experience;
2. Be a Professional, Fellow or Associate Member of the RICS or SCSI and registered on the respective Society’s
3. Be a person named on a register maintained pursuant to Part 4 (Registration of Quantity Surveyors) of the
Building Control Act 2007;
4. Have substantial relevant post-qualification practical experience of delivering client-side quantity surveying of a
consistently-high standard in accordance with SCSI or RICS standards;
5. Have extensive experience of dealing with and resolving technical and contractual issues on major projects
including regular engagement with major contractors;
6. Have appropriate experience and proven capacity to manage and deliver a high-quality quantity surveying
service in accordance with best practice;
7. Have technical and contractual expertise, and a thorough understanding of construction techniques and digital
8. Have a sound working-knowledge of the Capital Works Management Framework, EU Directives, ARM4, CESSM
and SCSI Practice Notes that underpin best practice;
9. Have a structured and organised approach to task planning, execution and completion,
10. Have strong attention to detail and analytical skills
11. Have excellent inter-personal and communication skills;
12. Have strong influencing and negotiation skills;
13. Have a commitment to driving continuous improvement and service standards;
14. On the date of appointment, the successful candidate must possess a current full driving licence (Category B),
as s/he may be required to drive in the course of his/her duties.

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