Conversion to Quantity Surveying Pathway
Cockermouth, Cumbria, England
Unspecified (Full time)
\ **Conversion to Quantity Surveying Pathway** **Are you currently in a role where you don't feel challenged? Do you feel like you have more to offer an employer than you currently have the opportunity to show? Are you tired of working in roles where you feel your qualifications and experience is under utilised? Do you want the opportunity to convert to a professional role which provides variety, development and the chance to rise to a new challenge? Or are you planning to return from a career break and considering what your transferable skills can lead to?** **Conversion to Quantity Surveying opportunity…** We have exceptional opportunities for talented, innovative and tenacious individuals to convert to a career in Quantity Surveying. Solomons Europe has a long, successful history in converting proactive and driven individuals into competent and confident Quantity Surveyors. Our Career Conversion program is an opportunity for those who have a prior degree in cognate or non cognate subjects, or relevant experience in the construction and engineering sector, to convert their skills via an accelerated programme to become proficient in Quantity Surveying. At Solomons we value the contribution and impact keen and enthusiastic ‘can do' people can bring. We've seen how effectively those from diverse academic backgrounds, such as degree qualifications in history, law, politics and maths, or previous trades such as plastering, joinery and electrical engineering, with the right opportunities and training, can successfully convert to Quantity Surveying, via our tailored accelerated development programmes. We believe first hand experience is the key and will ensure you are working at a practical level right from the off, supported by mentors and senior professionals to achieve your goals. **What is Quantity Surveying?** Quantity Surveyors are “highly trained professionals offering expert advice on construction costs” (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), 2013) Ultimately the role of a Quantity Surveyor is to provide financial support and contractual management to Clients on construction and engineering projects. For Surveyors at Solomons, this can include working with project teams to successfully deliver windfarms, power stations and transmission, petrochemical and pharmaceutical process engineering, highways, transport and utilities projects across the UK. Our people are guardians of the costs, timescales and quality on projects, ensuring effective project controls are in place to appropriately manage and monitor performance in these areas during both the procurement phases and the lifecycle of the project. Our clients expect us to maintain and manage cost and productivity data, analyse the impact of change events and advise on solutions to project issues and unplanned events. We are expected to advise on appropriate pricing models and contractual provisions to protect project margins and budgets, and to implement these effectively during the pressures and priorities of live projects. It is exciting to follow a large project through from a drawing on a sheet of paper to a fully functioning site. Each project presents its own problems to solve, its own challenges and risks, and the QS teams working on the project should be able to advise and consult with the Client on the best solutions and options available to them, to ensure successful and profitable completion. To get you to this level of proficiency will require tailored and focused study, to hone your strengths and develop the technical and professional skills required to become a valued project adviser to our clients. We have a number of flexible development routes available to suit specific backgrounds and experiences and are confident we can successfully bring candidates with the right approach and attitude, through our training programme to Chartered Status, via a fast track pathway. *“I have been an Intermediate Quantity Surveyor with Solomons for 7 months. I was previously a trainee Solicitor working for a local practice. I loved contract law and the administration, but I needed something more and I wanted to be in the thick of things. It was a real leap of faith applying for a Quantity Surveying role with Solomons, I had a steady career with prospects, but I just didn't feel fulfilled. Solomons looked beyond my CV to see the skills and experience I could bring to the table, and the raw talent and drive I had. They saw a budding QS in me and gave me a chance.” (Lucy Farrer, Intermediate Quantity Surveyor)* \*Bespoke development plans will be discussed and agreed within first 3 months of joining Solomons **Who can apply?** We are looking for curious and tenacious individuals who already possess a wealth of transferable skills and are ready to channel their experience and energy in to a new career. We've got a lot to give and so do you! We like to look past the CV to the person behind the words and value everyone for the individual contribution they can make to our business. You should have: - A full clean driving license - Intrapreneurial approach – being proactive and able to find solutions to problems - Good, IT, Maths and English skills - Effective communication skills (Written and Oral), with an eye for detail - An inquisitive and curious mind with the resilience and tenacity, grit and determination to succeed on a demanding fast track pathway - A Self-starter attitude, with the self-discipline and aptitude to commit to distance learning courses and drive your own development, and an approach which is able to embrace change and desire to keep learning and developing - Brave - willing to take a change and happy to learn from mistakes, never afraid to try a new approach - Practical construction and or engineering experience, or a degree in a cognate or non cognate subject **Who is Solomons Europe?** We are a talented and enthusiastic team of 50 + Quantity Surveyors, working on large scale projects across the Process, Energy, Infrastructure and Utilities Sectors, supporting some of the largest projects and frameworks in the UK Our team are skilled in disciplines such as civil engineering, process engineering, structural steel, mechanical & electrical and power transmission and renewable energy technologies. We believe all our people have the potential to be brilliant – that's why we are proud to invest our time and money in them! We work hard to maintain a supportive, inclusive environment that brings out the best in each individual that works for us. We are just as passionate about people as we are about our clients which is reflected in our Investors In People Gold rating (which only 2% of organizations achieve) and featuring in the Building Magazines Good Employers Guide three years running! Solomons is lucky to have a team of highly skilled and capable intrapreneurs, and by that we mean individuals who are ready to put this talent to use to bring better services, outcomes and innovations to our clients businesses and projects. We encourage this approach to allow our people to have the freedom to innovate and improve established methods and processes - to create a positive culture of critical thinking, allowing our people to shine and do what they do best, unhindered by bureaucracy. Our intrapreneurial approach sets the standard for us – our teams don't sit still, we are good at what we do, we are different, we are passionate, we care about the job…and it shows! “As an Assistant QS at Solomons, I have thoroughly enjoyed almost 3 years of mentorship so far in my pursuit of RICS accreditation, which has been invaluable in my transition from working as a site electrician to a Quantity Surveyor. I would thoroughly recommend Solomons as I feel I have received a wealth of knowledge ... which has contributed significantly to my speedy progression through the process.” (Alex Lewis, Assistant Quantity Surveyor) **\*\*\*\*Applications closing date: 13th September\*\*\*\*** o **Locations:** 2 x North West England, 2x Cumbria o **Contract:**
- Permanent, Full Time Staff Contract (40hrs per week) o **Salary:** from £20,000 (dependent of skills and experience) + £2,000 car allowance + employee benefits o **Start Dates: November 2019** We welcome applications from candidates with experience of working in the construction and engineering sectors such as (but not limited to): Project Controls professionals, Joiner, Plaster, Plumber, Electrician, groundworks, project co-ordinators, accountants, financial administrators, Accounts Payable clerks, payroll, Office Management, Trainee Solicitor, Legal Secretary, Finance Analyst, Trainee Accountant, Data Analyst, IT, Teachers, project managers, site managers. And from candidates who hold degrees in subjects such as (but not limited to): Mathematics, English, Science, Economics, Politics, Data Science, Law, Quantity Surveying, Project Management, Business Management, History, Statistical Analysis, Engineering.
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