Quantity Surveyor

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Job Title                                  Quantity Surveyor

Role Type                                Permanent, full time

Job Location                           Billingshurst, West Sussex or Wokingham, Berkshire

Reports to                               Commercial Director


 The Company

Thakeham is an infrastructure-led community creator and strategic land promoter and proud winner of a Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For. 

The business is committed to partnerships, innovation and creating amazing places to live and work. Thakeham is a leader in the industry on sustainability and biodiversity. We are at the forefront of delivering sustainable homes, committed to ensuring every Thakeham home is carbon-neutral in production, and carbon-zero throughout its lifetime use by 2025. These core values underpin the company-wide mission to affect communities in a positive way 

Thakeham was launched in 2003. From day one, the company was driven by a clear vision: to transform the way people think about new-built developments. Today, Thakeham employs just over 200 people with a turnover of over £105m. 

People are Thakeham’s most important asset. Thakeham operates a thriving graduate recruitment programme and supports the Movement to Work initiative to help young people secure work. Thakeham has signed the HBF Mental Health Charter and recently organised a health and wellbeing programme during Lockdown. 

A Silver Armed Forces Covenant signatory and supporter of armed force’s charity Mission Motorsport, Thakeham operates a Talent for Development outreach campaign for military veterans and college leavers. 

Away from work, Thakeham offers a range of staff events including quiz nights and participates in charity challenges including dragon boat racing.    

We pride ourselves on our ‘Infrastructure first’ approach, ensuring communities release the benefits of new development at the outset, rather than later on in the process. Thakeham strive to not just create new homes, but genuinely amazing places to live, work and play. Thakeham delivers social, affordable and retirement housing for some of the biggest housing associations and local authorities in the country.  Partners include the NHS England Healthy New Towns Initiative, the Plunkett Foundation, Social Value UK and have been awarded a prestigious Gold Supply Chain School. 

Offering exciting career opportunities that are second to none, we are keen to develop, guide and support our employees throughout their careers. Our people enjoy excellent rewards and working conditions in an exciting and fast growing business.  


The Department

The focus of the department is cost management, subcontractor procurement, valuations and variations and maintaining our systems and procedures. Due to our continued growth we are looking for a Quantity Surveyor to report to the Commercial Director.


The Job Role

The role holder’s primary responsibilities will be:-

  • Cost management and reporting
  • Subcontract procurement / tendering and analysis
  • Subcontract orders, payments and variation orders
  • Final accounts
  • Internal and external valuations
  • Site project team meetings
  • Client project team meetings
  • Monthly cost report meetings
  • Subcontractor post tender and pre start minutes
  • Costing changes and variations
  • Report writing
  • Control of Specification’s / ER’s
  • Liaise with all departments within the Company to provide continuous value engineering on each project.
  • Cashflow forecasts
  • Scope of works
  • BOQ’s, take off’s and budget breakdown
  • Training and support other members of the team
  • Complying to JCT contract T&C’s
  • Co-ordinate with the operations team to deliver each project on time, to budget and in tune with Company standards of quality.

This list is not exhaustive. Tasks will be allocated to reflect increasing levels of development and experience.


The Required Skills

  • Experience as a residential QS 
  • Track record of integrity & reliability 
  • Teamwork skills 
  • Organisational Skills 
  • Good IT skills 
  • Good Technical understanding
  • Able to demonstrate project delivery within a set time frame 
  • Good management skills & experience 
  • Good knowledge of construction methods and materials including timber frame and traditional construction methods 
  • Budget handling skills 
  • A methodical approach to work 
  • A clear understanding of Building Regulations and other legal guidelines 
  • Excellent communication and negotiating skills 
  • A full valid driving licence is essential 


The Benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • Salary sacrifice car scheme  
  • Car allowance
  • Annual holiday allowance 26 days increasing to 27 after 3yrs service and 28 after 5yrs service (plus bank holidays) 
  • Life assurance 
  • Private medical insurance 
  • Health screening 
  • Pension scheme 
  • Bonus scheme 
  • Flexible working hours in a modern office environment / Working from Home Policy 
  • Excellent development and progression opportunities for the right candidate 
  • Company Social events  

Plus a whole range of other employee benefits that we can tell you all about, our employees are rewarded for their performance, attitude and results.  


Thakeham is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment and treating people fairly. We will treat all job applicants and employees equally regardless of age, race, religious belief, colour, ethnic or national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation or disability. We welcome applicants from all sectors of society and we are committed to promoting an inclusive environment for all.  


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