Job Summary

The Lead Quantity Surveyor plays a key role in all quantity surveying activities, including performing quantity take-offs, developing construction cost estimates, Bills of Quantities, conditions of construction contracts and instructions to tenderers. He supports the tender process, including the development of responses to tender queries related to Bills of Quantities and conditions of contracts, evaluation of contractors’ submissions, the preparation of tender analyses reports and the support of clients during the negotiations with contractors, as needed.

Key Responsibilities

  • Analyze the design drawings and perform quantity take-off from detailed design drawings to prepare Bills of Quantities (BOQ) and determine the quantities of materials to be used during construction
  • Periodically contact suppliers to research and obtain unit rates to be used for construction cost estimates
  • Closely work with design teams for the preparation of project cost estimates at various design stages (e.g. concept design, schematic design, draft final design, tender documents), as needed
  • Conduct a unit rate and cost analysis for various design options presented by design teams for projects of high complexity, as needed
  • Develop Bills of Quantities and ensure all key elements are included and comments from relevant design Sectors and Departments are incorporated
  • Coordinate with the Electrical and Mechanical Department Quantity Surveying teams for the development and incorporation of electrical and mechanical Sections of Bills of Quantities into the overall tender documents
  • Coordinate with design teams and the Specifications Engineers for the development, consolidation, and incorporation of specifications (e.g. outline specifications, performance specifications, detailed specifications)
  • Closely work with Senior Quantity Surveyors for the preparation of conditions of contract and instructions to tenderers as per FIDIC conditions and questionnaire replies received from clients
  • Closely work with Senior Quantity Surveyors for the consolidation of the final tender documents as per project requirements
  • Closely work with Senior Quantity Surveyors for the development of pre-qualification documents and the preparation of instructions to tenderers
  • Prepare and issue addenda during the tendering stage to address tender queries received from contractors related to Bills of Quantities
  • Support Senior Quantity Surveyors in reviewing contractors’ bid submissions and preparing Tender Evaluation Reports and post-tender clarifications, as needed
  • Closely work with Senior Quantity Surveyors for the development of contract documents and Conditions of Contract upon awarding the project to a contractor
  • Assess variations and evaluate claims on additional works submitted by the contractor during the supervision stage, as needed
  • Present cost estimation for changes in the project scope of work to the client through Senior Project Manager during the supervision stage, as needed
  • Provide support to sites by addressing questions about conditions of contracts and commercial issues, as needed
  • Review and evaluate the interim payment application raised by the contractor during the supervision stage and conduct necessary verifications before issuing a payment certificate on behalf of the client, as needed

Qualification, Technical Skills, and Competencies Required to Execute this Role

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering
  • Chartered Professional Engineering certification or equivalent is preferred
    In-depth knowledge of quantity surveying best practices
  • Understanding of international engineering standards and codes
  • Knowledge of local engineering-related rules and regulations in the Middle East
  • Good communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English and/or Arabic

Experience Required to Execute this Role

  • 5-10 years of experience in the Architecture, Engineering and Planning Industry in a top tier regional/multinational engineering consultancy firm, specifically in a quantity surveying role
  • Experience and track record in all aspects of quantity surveying in any of the following Sub-Sectors is preferred; Residential, Educational, Commercial/Retail, Healthcare and/or Hospitality
  • Experience within the Middle East is preferred