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Quantity Surveyor

Canal & River Trust
Homeworking/ North & South England Opportunities
£40,100 - £45,100 inclusive of allowances + benefits
Closing date
22 Oct 2022

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We are one of the UK's biggest charities, and what we do is possible because of the many different people and organisations make it work – from our grant from Government, fees from boat owners and businesses, our investment and commercial income, lottery funds, corporate and local authority partnerships, and donations from the public, including their volunteer time.

We have opportunities available for self-motivated Quantity Surveyors to assist in the delivery of our Civil Engineering, Dredging, MEICA and various other Contracts in England and Wales.

We have a busy and ambitious commercial function and are looking for a Quantity Surveyor to assist within our Commercial & Contracts Team in providing an independent, expert resource to oversee the commercial aspects of contracts across the Trust. The Trust has a diverse and dynamic workforce and offers a great working culture. It carries out circa £70m per annum on civil engineering construction related projects, £10m on dredging, £7m on MEICA and various other contracts.

The majority of these are delivered under the NEC3 and NEC4, ECC, ECSC and PSC Forms of Contract through our Framework Suppliers, for which this role will assist the delivery teams in their delivery, as well as from time to time, dealing with our in-house delivery team and other contracts under various other forms of contract.

We aim to ensure that the Trust ascertains value for money, and to protect the Trust and individuals within it from adverse risk.

Location & coverage

Our Quantity Surveyors will be offered on a remote working basis, with a requirement to attend our main hub spaces as and when required for team working and collaborative meetings.  Travel throughout the regional waterway network will also be expected to enable site visits, liaise with team members, and to assess/conduct necessary improvements. 

You will be working in a unique environment across either our Northern or Southern waterway region together with a great team of dedicated colleagues. 

The regularity, flexibility and distribution of travel will be discussed further at interview stage. 

See our canal network here: (

Regular accessibility to this network is essential.

About the role

As a Quantity Surveyor, you will be a self-motivated individual engaged in providing a high standard of commercial expertise and support to deliver best commercial value from all Civil Engineering, Dredging and MEICA contracts. You will also assist the Procurement Team with commercial support in the tendering process and assist in the carrying out commercial assessment of tenders and recommendations. You will report to a Senior Quantity Surveyor within the Commercial & Contracts Team.

In this role, you will support the Delivery Team ensuring that the Trust drives best value from its suppliers and manages risk in accordance with the Contract. 

Key accountabilities: 

  • To ensure that the Trusts Governance and Commercial roles are met to a high standard.
  • Initiates and implements post contract supply development with internal and external partners.
  • Review of Cost Plus, Lump Sum’s and Target Cost’s to ensure compliance to the Contract. Assist in the evaluation of Compensation Event quotations to ensure contract compliance.
  • To assist as and when required to provide contract and commercial support to the Procurement Team and Contract Managers/Service Managers in undertaking the re-tendering of existing Contracts.
  • Carry out Audits In accordance with an Audit Programme, conduct audits and publish results to the Commercial & Contracts Manager.
  • Support the various teams with the KPI assessments on a monthly/annual basis on relevant KPI’s within all Contracts and report to the Commercial & Contracts Manager and relevant Contract Manager.
  • Negotiate and agree new Star/Derived Rates on all Framework Contracts.
  • Manage a Star/Derived Rate database with the various contractors and take responsibility for the management and updating of all Schedules of Rates for the various Contracts.
  • Assist when required with the administration of annual inflation and rebates for all Contracts.
  • Use commercial and contractual experience to ensure the Trust is not exposed to unnecessary contractual risk.
  • Always display the Trust values and behaviours. 
  • Ensuring that diversity and inclusion are integrated into all aspects of Trust life and promoting inclusion by challenging behaviour, practices, actions, or decisions that are counter to the objectives of the Trust’s policies and values. 

Knowledge, Experience & Skills

You will be a highly organised individual who self manages effectively to deliver to agreed deadlines. Collaboration and teamwork are how you do business. In this role you will also have day to day administration to manage, so it is important that you can assist in the administration of all Contract and KPI rebates for the various Contracts and assist to administer all annual price inflation in accordance with the relevant Contracts. You’ll care about the necessity for accuracy of administration.


  • NEC3/4 Contract experience.
  • Proven track record / training.
  • Educated to degree level B.Sc. or B.A.
  • Proven post graduate experience as a Quantity Surveyor. Analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Proven track record. 
  • Proven track record of successful contract negotiation.
  • Highly organised and strong administration - paying attention to detail matters to you.
  • Excellent communication skills - you are an effective communicator and have experience training or sharing best practice developing team members to a heightened understanding.


  • Professional Qualification RICS, CICES. Knowledge of other Contract Options ICE, JCT.

To Apply: click on the "Apply for this job" button and follow the process - complete the application form, upload current CV and supporting statement. 

If you have any questions about the role, please contact

What We Offer

In addition to your salary of £35,000 - £40,000, we can offer you a Car Cash Allowance (£425 per month), a generous contributory DC Pension arrangement & great holiday entitlement. Further details can be found here ( 

£40,100 - £45,100 inclusive of allowances

Other benefits include: 

  • Competitive contributory DC Pension scheme arrangement, where we will double your contribution to a maximum of 10%.
  • 25 days paid holiday (plus paid Bank Holidays), increasing to 30 days after 5 years.
  • Home working status with ‘hub’ facilities available should you need the flexibility to work outside of home.
  • Annual £200 personal learning & growth award to spend on any learning related activity.
  • Free access to specialist counselling on a range of issues, e.g. health, financial, well-being and domestic matters.
  • Access to a range of employee benefits including store discounts, boating holiday discounts and holiday purchase scheme.
  • 2 days paid volunteering leave per annum, allowing you to volunteer for a local community project etc.
  • Free fishing facilities across our canal network.

At the Trust we care passionately for our waterways, and as importantly, for those who look after and use them. We strongly believe that a diverse workforce brings with it a diversity of ideas, thinking and ways of working which enhances what we do as a Trust. We are striving to represent the diverse communities that we are a part of and welcome applicants from across all sectors of the community.

All candidates will be treated on the basis of their merits, skills and abilities and solely by being assessed against the requirements for the job.

When you join the Canal & River Trust you become a member of an engaged team working to preserve our heritage for future generations. Come and share your passion and knowledge with a team that makes a difference to millions of people every day.

Find out more about us on our website:


Our research shows that spending time by water, whether it be your lunchbreak, daily commute or just a weekend stroll, really does make us feel happier and healthier.

With ever increasing rates of obesity, stress and declining mental health in the UK, we are uniquely placed to make a significant contribution to improving the wellbeing of millions of people. Our canals and rivers run through some of the most heavily populated communities in England and Wales, providing accessible green and blue space where it’s needed the most.

That’s why, here at the Trust, we're working with volunteers and communities across England and Wales to transform canals and rivers into spaces where local people want to spend time and feel better. We know this will bring wellbeing opportunities to millions.

Our work involves not only looking after our waterways, but promoting them widely to the eight million plus people who have waterways on their doorstep so that many more people benefit from our free, accessible and local source of wellbeing.

What we do

  • We create new routes to work, places to enjoy and spaces where you want to be
  • We build stronger communities by giving people the chance to protect and improve the places that matter to them
  • We help thousands of people young and old develop their confidence and learn new skills
  • We champion the many benefits that our waterways offer and encourage more people to use and enjoy them
  • We care for a 2000-mile long ‘green-blue ribbon’ that connects hundreds of wildlife habitats, helping you to get closer to nature wherever you live
  • We protect our precious heritage so your children, and their children too, can connect with our rich history
  • We make sure that 2,980 bridges, 1,580 locks and 335 aqueducts are open and ready for use all day, every day

Supporting this varied community who live, work and play on our canals means that we need an incredibly varied workforce. From engineers to ecologists, museum attendants to marketers, hundreds of people work at the Trust, all striving to make sure life is always better by the water.

Find Us
Canal & River Trust Head Office
First Floor North
Station House, 500 Elder Gate
Milton Keynes
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