Quantity Surveyor – Cost Planning

POSTED ON 24th February 2021


Quantity Surveyor – Cost Planning

Cairn Homes plc (“Cairn”) is committed to building high-quality, competitively-priced, sustainable new homes in great locations. Having delivered a successful IPO on the London Stock Exchange in June 2015, we also listed on Euronext Dublin in July 2017. Our objective is to be the leading Irish homebuilder by building and creating places and homes where people love to live.

Cairn has a clearly defined operating model which brings together our enabling and delivery functions based on efficient, mature and collaborative processes which are aligned to our people, structures and governance framework. We are also committed to developing our strong culture as a source of competitive advantage and providing a challenging and rewarding working environment for our team.  At Cairn, the homeowner is at the very centre of the design process and we strive to provide an unparalleled customer service throughout each stage of the home-buying journey. A new Cairn home is thoughtfully designed and built to last with a focus on creating shared spaces and environments where communities prosper.

Cairn is well positioned to continue to expand our operations with a highly attractive, wholly owned land bank of c. 17,000 units across 35 residential development sites. We are active on 16 sites in the Greater Dublin Area which will deliver over 6,750 new homes with a number of new site commencements anticipated over the next 6-12 months.

Cairn plc. has a unique opportunity for a high calibre Quantity Surveyor – Cost Planner to assist in the provision of quantity surveying services under the direction of a Senior Quantity Surveyor undertaking pre-contract duties. This role is diverse and will include interpreting information from live and completed projects along with the measurement of planned works to help robustly project construction costs for upcoming and prospective projects. It will also involve contributing to the decision making process driving key project decisions at various stages through acquisition and design development. The role comes with flexible working conditions.

Join our growing team and progress your career with Cairn Homes.

Key responsibilities

Typically the candidate will be expected to undertake and assist with the following duties:

  • A member of the cost planning team tasked with the preparation of cost plans from early feasibility through to detailed cost planning ready for handover to project team.
  • Participation in design team meetings through the design phases offering cost advice to ensure the financial viability of the project without compromising the design.
  • Ensure that the design team stay cognizant of the most efficient unit types, unit and project layouts and building materials when progressing a scheme design.
  • Liaison with project delivery teams ensuring construction budgets for upcoming developments are robust.
  • Liaising with the sales teams to ensure specifications and budgets properly reflect the market expectations of each project.
  • Taking off Quantities to create Bills of Quantities for upcoming developments, interpreting those BoQ’s to provide site teams with working documents and budgets.
  • Interrogation of current project exit costs to ensure real time cost data is informing new projects.
  • Development / maintenance of a databank of Cairn construction costs to assist the ongoing Cost Estimation and Financial Appraisal process.
  • Prepare Part V applications to Local Authorities and follow those submissions to ensure compliance is achieved.
  • Liaising and engaging PQS consultant to prepare BOQ for the project budget. ensuring the PQS has the latest information.
  • Attend meetings and undertake site visits.

The candidate;

  • Post-Graduate experience in PQS/Main Contractor/Developer.
  • An ability to achieve demanding time and quality targets.
  • Good IT skills with competency at Buildsoft-Cubit, Cost-ex or equivalent, Microsoft Word and Excel
  • A willingness to attend training and to develop relevant knowledge, techniques, and skills.
  • To have strong analytical skills and ability to present findings
  • To have good spoken and written communication skills
  • To be methodical, pay attention to detail and be accurate
  • To be good at working with people at all levels and willing to work in a team.
  • To be self-motivated with ability to work on own initiative
  • To be able to co-ordinate a number of different projects at the same time.
  • To be willing to accept responsibility for completing designated tasks.

To join our growing team, email your CV to careers@cairnhomes.com.

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