Senior Quantity Surveyor

Posted 5 months ago


The purpose of the position is to lead, manage and prepare cost estimates, audits projects, manage construction revenue and costs and administer construction contracts.


Measurement and certification

  • Maintain an up-to-date measure of the value of work done
  • Produce monthly valuations/claims
  • Validate, agree and signoff on final accounts with PQS and Sub-contractors
  • Measure extra’s and VO’s
  • Prepare and update final measures

Budget & Cash management

  • Manage monthly payments according to due date
  • Oversee cash expenditure in respect of the contract
  • Appropriately manage the budget including ensuring that an accurate and up to date cash flow forecasting is maintained
  • Claim interest on late payments

Contractual conditions, legal compliance, and administration

  • Ensure appropriate systems and controls of contract documents are in place and implemented
  • Ensure contractual and commercial correctness including:
    • Review contract documentation and brief subordinates and relevant parties in respect thereof
    • Liaising with the Contracts Manager regarding contractual requirements and ensure full compliance thereof
    • Liaising with the Contracts Manager regarding the optimal commercial strategy that must be followed in respect of the contract and its requirement
    • Preparation of pre-construction documentation and follow up on signing of main contract documentation in liaison with Commercial Manager
    • Oversee, co-ordinate and consolidate the submission and processing of claims
    • Ensuring conclusion of all contract documentation (e.g. performance and payment guarantees, insurance, etc) in liaison with Commercial Manager
    • Identifying and submitting insurance claims
    • Identifying and formulating contractual claims in conjunction with the contracts Manager and Commercial Manager
  • Ensure that accurate and timeous contract costing, reports and budgets are prepared and include:
    • Monthly cost reports incorporating reconciliations of cost sheets, plant costs and late costs
    • Waste control records and materials registers on concrete and bulk materials
    • Updated budgets and forecasts
    • Ensure subordinate staff maintain an accurate and up-to-date asset register and small tool register
  • Ensure effective and efficient management of contract payments including:
    • Timeously measuring and processing sub-contractor payments
    • Timeously measuring and processing labour-only sub-contractor and supplier payments
    • In conjunction with the Contracts Manager, validate and approve creditor and supplier invoices and payments
  • Ensure timeous, efficient, and effective contract administration is undertaken including:
    • Ensuring effective records management through the maintenance, collection, recording and filing of site records, instructions, and correspondence
    • Evaluation of suppliers and sub-contractors as preferred suppliers and sub-contractors against the approved suppliers’ lists
    • Evaluation and selection of additional suppliers and sub-contractors to be included on the approved suppliers’ lists
    • Approve bulk orders in liaison with Contracts Manager
    • Approve subcontract and Labour only Sub-contract orders in liaison with Commercial Manager
    • Ensuring placing of timeous and contractually correct orders


  • Review data to determine material and labour requirements and prepare an itemized list
  • Call for tenders and/or quotations and assist buying department
  • Prepare estimates for selecting sub-contractors and determine cost effectiveness
  • Guide, lead and direct subordinate staff so that they are able to achieve the objectives set for them
  • Monitor and manage performance of subordinate staff in compliance with the Performance Management policy and processes
  • Coach, mentor and develop staff as appropriate to improve performance
  • Practise sound labour relations within the approved conditions of service regarding staff
  • Ensure compliance of subordinate staff to Khato policies, procedures, and practices
  • Maintain a critical mass of staff ensuring effective staff retention in respect of subordinate staff
  • Establish a positive work context for subordinate staff

Cost Reporting

  • Continuous, accurate cost information, analysis and cost influences are reported on
  • Cost reports to be based on sound correct information and data to ensure continuous pro-active action and effective management of the process.


  • BSc Quantity Surveying (QS) or Equivalent, Honours qualification in the field will be an advantage
  • Building Construction or any relevant qualification
  • Registration  with  professional bodies will be a requirement (IBQS)
  • Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)
  • Contract law and insurance
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Basic financial reporting
  • Construction methods and outputs, programming, and scheduling
  • SHEQ legislation
  • Basic IR, including relevant labour legislation
  • At least 8-10 years’ experience in a similar position and business strategy, contract management, commercial and  legal management; operational planning and implementation.
  • Valid Driver’s license is essential
  • Salary: To be negotiated


  • Excellent written & oral communication
  • Numerical orientation
  • Business acumen
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Analytical ability
  • Conflict management
  • Negotiation skills
  • Financial skills
  • Team player
  • Excellent communication, people, aand team management skills.
  • Ability to challenge designs and resolve problems to conclusion.
  • Ability to demonstrate the right behaviours and lead the team to ensure the culture is in line with Company values.
  • Ability to demonstrate the right behaviours.
  • Ability to motivate and lead the team in line with the Company culture, ensuring high standards of compliance. Excellent written & oral communication
  • Knowledge of Employee Equity Act, Labour Relations Act ,OHS Act
  • Knowledge of Strategic management, financial management, policy development, Risk Management, Quantity surveying Knowledge of business environment


If you are not contacted as a short-listed candidate within 4 weeks of the closing date, please consider your application as being unsuccessful. 

Candidates are invited to submit a CV together with copies of certificates/driver’s licence (no original certificates). Applications that are received without copies of required documentation will not be considered. 

Closing Date: 1 March 2024

Advert Reference No: KC-Snr QS

Completed applications or e-mailed to the recruitment email address below by the indicated closing date.

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Work TypePermanent

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