Role Overview:

In a Nutshell…

We have a great opportunity for a Senior Quantity Surveyor to join our team within Vistry Southern, at our Basingstoke office. As our Senior Quantity Surveyor, you will be responsible for managing all costs relating to new build residential developments. Your focus is to minimise the costs of a project and enhance value for money, whilst still achieving the required standards and quality.


We are pleased to say, this role can accommodate agile working arrangements.


Let’s cut to the chase, what’s in it for you…

  • Competitive basic salary and annual bonus
  • Company car, car allowance or travel allowance
  • Agile working possible (dependent on role)
  • Up to 33 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Private Healthcare
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • Competitive contributory pension scheme
  • Life assurance – 4 x your annual salary
  • Share incentive schemes
  • Employee rewards portal with many more benefits…

In return, what we would like from you…

  • Behave in line with our company values – Integrity, Caring and Quality
  • HNC / HND in Surveying or equivalent
  • Proven experience as a PQS / SQS / Commercial lead working within a residential house builder (dependent on position level)
  • Experience maybe gained from a similar position or promotion
  • A good understanding or building regulations and legal obligations
  • A good knowledge or construction methods and materials
  • Strong mathematical and IT ability
  • Ability to assess and analyse information
  • Good business sense
  • Good understanding of budget management
  • Negotiating and networking skills
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Able to work under pressure, and accept criticism of work
  • Good team working skills
  • Accurate with an eye for detail
  • A methodical approach
  • Willing to work extra to meet deadlines as and when the business needs require it


  • Degree in Surveying or similar
  • Working towards being a Member of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), or Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

More about the Senior Quantity Surveyor role…

  • Maintain a record of current build costs & rates and liaise with the Senior Estimator to ensure all records are current.
  • Attend specification meetings to confirm site specific specification requirements from Sales and the latest applicable build regulations.
  • Attend the site pre-start meeting to receive construction issue drawings and determine build and sales strategy.
  • Compile tender packages for all sub-contract trades and despatch in accordance with Commercial Best Practice Manual.
  • Receive tenders and qualify.  Compile analysis sheet for each trade comparing tender levels with CV1/CV2 estimates and latest management plan.
  • Compile and present CV2 tender summary sign-off in accordance with parameters determined in the Commercial Best Practice Manual. Compile and present CV1 tender summary sign-off in accordance with parameters determined in the Commercial Best Practice manual. Coordinate the activities of the Material Buyer and Company Estimator to achieve CV1 and CV2 sign-off.
  • Obtain authorisation to ‘let’ all sub-contract orders valued over thresholds as noted in Commercial Best Practice Manual.
  • Place and issue sub-contract orders in accordance with Group Policy and Commercial Best Practice to budget and within programme requirements. 
  • Attend and minute all sub-contract order adjudication meetings.
  • Compile reports on contract letting vs. estimate for each site periodically, as required.
  • Liaise with build department on sub-contractors’ performance and compliance with order conditions.
  • Ability to deal with complex consortium sites and attend relevant meetings.
  • Attend and project team meetings as required.
  • Complete sub-contract orders to accord with site programmed build requirements in accordance with Group Policy and Group Rebate schemes and fully adjudicate prior to issue of documentation.
  • Set up and regularly review with the site management team the PPQA tick sheet to facilitate sub-contract contract work payment.
  • To liaise with company management and provide all necessary forecast and site budget information to meet the business’s reporting requirements.
  • Attend a monthly cost valuation meeting.
  • Control and report post contract cost movements per development every month.  Update CV1 and CV2 site specific reports and provide details of all “unscheduled” and “scheduled” order revisions i.e. Site Instructions and site purchase orders.  To provide such monthly reporting as required by the Commercial Manager.
  • Review professional fee provisions and statutory service cost, and credits, with the technical department.
  • Ensure invoices/applications for payments are processed in accordance with Bovis Homes Standard Terms and Conditions of Contract.
  • Maintain a half yearly site reserve list.
  • Issue Payment Withhold Notices, where a contractor application, or part thereof, is in dispute in accordance with Construction Act.
  • Immediately advise management of notification of impending claim or legal action arising from a disputed claim or payment from a Sub-Contractor/service provider.
  • Where necessary, determine a sub-contract order in accordance with Standard Terms and Conditions of Employment and liaise with Build Department in this respect.
  • Diligently use the Bovis Homes construction system to manage site project administration, including orders, variations, valuations, etc.
  • Assist in the regular review of materials on-site and material valuations.
  • Agree and process all sales variation requests, including works to show homes, stock plots and sales incentive works in accordance with group procedures.
  • Properly categorise on the construction system “unscheduled” and “scheduled” order amendments.
  • Settle all variation invoices/applications for payment in accordance with Bovis Homes Standard Terms and Conditions of Contract.
  • Process groundwork’s payments/applications for payment using the Bovis Homes AGA payment system as outlined in Commercial Best Practice Manual.
  • Ensure the collection of retention against all sub-contract orders in accordance with Group Policy.  Manage and certify retention releases on completion of the development.
  • Complete and agree sub-contract final accounts within 6 months of the last legal completion on-site and prior to the first release of retention to the individual sub-contractors.
  • Maintain final account schedule.
  • Maintain completed development provision on CV1.
  • Maintain CV2 reserves as part of the ‘Old Site Reserve’ central file.
  • Liaise with the technical department to secure site adoptions and tender, let and administer maintenance orders, as required.
  • Complete formal site closedown procedure in accordance with Group Policy.
  • Assist the Commercial Director / Manager to ensure:
  • correct financial controls of sites is maintained at all times.
  • all sub-contract payments are recorded and processed through the surveyors and payments clerks in accordance with the general terms and conditions of purchase orders.
  • Inform the management team of any abnormal cost or circumstances which will have a significant effect on cost or have long term cost implications.
  • Ensure Quantity Surveyors are pro-active on sites within their daily control, advice and discuss any operation or method where cost savings could be achieved.
  • Mentor, manage and develop assistant/ junior surveyors and ensure the efficient running of the surveying team.
  • Ensure you keep up to date with legislation changes and attend training and technical training as and when require by the Company.
  • Attend departmental meetings as required.
  • Deal with queries from site managers.
  • Maintain open lines of communication with colleagues in other regions.
  • Ensure all relevant stakeholders are informed of key departmental developments.

Finally, let’s tell you a bit more about us…

We’re Vistry Group, the UK’s leading provider of affordable mixed-tenure homes. Our core values of integrity, caring, and quality shape all we do; our partnership-led approach helps us build sustainable communities where they’re needed most.

You’re probably familiar with our unmatched portfolio of brands: Linden Homes, Bovis Homes, and Countryside Homes. We also have Vistry Works, our timber frame manufacturing operation, and Vistry Services, our support functions. Together, we build more than homes, so there’s nowhere better to build your career. We’re proud that our culture sees everyone treated fairly and respectfully, with diversity and inclusion a top priority and reasonable adjustments provided during the application process. Join us in making Vistry.



Job Type: Permanent – Full Time
Location Detail: Central 40,Lime Tree Way, Chineham Park, Basingstoke, RG24 8GU

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