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James Blaber

Director – Contractors

James has been involved with construction recruitment for over 20 years, working for a number of leading consultancies during this time. As an experienced construction recruiter, James helped to establish a number of contractors desks giving him a sound knowledge and vast experience which he shares with the team, candidates and clients alike.

Working with both temporary contracts and permanent placements, James now primarily focuses on working with specialist sub-contractors including exteriors and interiors within the Built Environment. What he particularly enjoys are the trusted relationships built with clients, colleagues and candidates and using that understanding and experience of the construction market to deliver a quality service time and time again.

Recruitment for the following:

  • Commercial – Assistant Quantity Surveyor, Quantity Surveyor, Senior Quantity Surveyor, Commercial Manager, Commercial Director, Buyer, Senior Buyer and Chief Buyer, Estimators at all levels.
  • Operations – Installer, Fitters and Fixers, Site Supervisor, Installation Manager, Assistant Site Manager, Site Manager, Senior Site Manager, Project Manager, Contracts Manager, Project Director and Construction Director.
  • Technical – Quality Assurance Manager, Health & Safety Manager, Design Coordinator, Designers and Detailers, Design Manager, Senior Design Manager and Design Directors.

Specialities: executive search, contingency recruitment, permanent and contract recruitment

 
 
 

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Graduate / Trainee Quantity Surveyor, Buckinghamshire
Up to £25,000 plus benefits


This leading exteriors specialist sub-contractor in London, offering the complete design, supply and installation of internal glass and associate fit out are looking to expand their commercial team, with a trainee level Quantity Surveyor.


Reporting to the Senior QS in the team and then the Commercial Manager, your role will be to assist the project team with commercial functions on a number of current prestigious projects. Duties will include:

  • assisting in all aspects of the financial control of the project
  • valuations
  • measurements
  • cost reports
  • attending meetings
  • ensuring that adequate cost monitoring and management is undertaken
  • co-ordinate and agree the production of final accounts with various parties
  • ensure that project approvals and completions can be obtained at the required times


Required Attributes and Experience
The ideal Trainee Quantity Surveyor will have graduated with a degree and perhaps gained a little practical experience within a suitable specialist sub-contractor and preferably with experience of glass and partitions and other sub contract packages. Quantity Surveyors who have worked with main contractors or other specialist sub-contractors will be considered if they are an adapt and capable Quantity Surveyor keen to gain experience in a new discipline or working with a specialist sub-contractor on large build projects.


You will have a focused attitude, and excellent communication skills and must be able to work as part of a team and possess a high level of motivation. Ideally you will also have an HND or equivalent qualification.


The salary will be dependent on level of exposure to industry and can go beyond the stated level above for first class individuals. Bonus and additional benefits also make up the package. The group are a recognised performer in industry within the sector in which they operate.

Quantity Surveyor

£67500 - £70000 per annum

Project Quantity Surveyor West London
Up to £70,000 plus benefits

This leading interiors specialist sub-contractor in London, offering the complete design, supply and installation of integrated partitions and ceilings are looking to expand their commercial team, with an Assistant level Quantity Surveyor. Or someone with a little more experience, at intermediate level.

Reporting to the Commercial Manager, your role will be to assist the project team with commercial functions on a number of current prestigious projects, various sub-contract packages up to £5 million on both commercial and residential new builds. Duties will include:

  • assisting in all aspects of the financial control of the project
  • valuations
  • measurements
  • cost reports
  • attending meetings
  • ensuring that adequate cost monitoring and management is undertaken
  • co-ordinate and agree the production of final accounts with various parties
  • ensure that project approvals and completions can be obtained at the required times

Required Attributes and Experience

The ideal Quantity Surveyors will have gained practical experience within a suitable specialist sub-contractor and preferably with experience of partitions and ceiling sub contract packages. Quantity Surveyors who have worked with main contractors or other specialist sub-contractors will be considered if they are an adapt and capable Quantity Surveyor keen to gain experience in a new discipline or working with a specialist sub-contractor on large build projects.
You will have a focused attitude, and excellent communication skills and must be able to work as part of a team and possess a high level of motivation. Ideally you will also have an HND or equivalent qualification.

The salary will be dependant on level of exposure to industry and can go beyond the stated level above for first class individuals. Bonus and additional benefits also make up the package. The group are a recognised performer in industry within the sector in which they operate.

Business Development Manager

£55000 - £60000 per annum commission

Business Development Manager London & South East
Up to £60,000 plus package

Due to continued growth, we are seeking a UK Senior Sales / Business Development Manager to join a busy facades team, to source, manage and grow key accounts in the South East. There will be a focus on targeting new build projects as well as further develop existing clients. Typical projects are small to medium sized with quick turnaround, £50,000 - £500,000.


The role will be predominantly based from offices in NW London, with the expectation to set up and attend regular prospecting meetings across the Greater London area, attend site for pre-start meetings and site updates at various locations. With an already existing customer base, the ideal candidate will not only maintain strong relationships with key accounts but continue to grow our customer portfolio in the designated areas. The focus will be on the Greater London area.


You will work closely with the Commercial Manager and Director to develop new opportunities for profitable and sustainable growth.


This opportunity is ideal for an experienced, entrepreneurial, and highly motivated professional with ambitions to make an impact.


UK Senior Sales / Business Development Manager Duties:

  • Reading construction drawings and BoQ's, working with Main Contractors to agree product detail, programme schedules and lead times.
  • Manage relationships and set expectations with Contractors.
  • Working closely with Sales Administrators to draw up order details for customer sign off.
  • Work with the Estimating Department to manage sales enquiries.
  • Maintain an up-to-date record of all leads and sales via our bespoke CRM system.

UK Senior Sales / Business Development Manager Requirements:

  • You will have a proven track record of self-generated leads to execute these strategies driving business both in new and existing markets.
  • Proven track record in achieving sales targets.
  • Ideally have experience in the Door and Windows industry.
  • Very strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to learn new processes and products quickly.
  • Proficient in using emails and Microsoft Office.
  • Strong understanding of the construction industry, particularly in residential and commercial developments
  • Strong communication skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Well-organized individual who has a deep understanding of prospecting and developing strong relationships with customers at a senior level.

Quantity Surveyor

£60000 - £65000 per annum

Quantity Surveyor
sub-contractor / facades / NEC contract
London
Up to £65,000

A leading international subcontractor with a reputation built on their expertise and delivery of high-quality facades and curtain walling solutions are seeking a capable Quantity Surveyor to assist on a portfolio of smaller projects c £2 - £3m, which are managed on the NEC form of contract. Established for over 20 years, with an annual turnover reaching more than £20m in the UK, they have continuously expanded with an increase in demand for their innovative design lead projects within London.

As a Quantity Surveyor, you will be supporting and reporting to the Commercial Manager in a small team to ensure successful delivery of various current façade projects. This role also requires someone who will take a pro-active and hands on approach to a number of contract wins, at various stages of delivery. Therefore, your day to day responsibilities will vary from but are not limited to:


-Updating cost plans
-Procurement
-Measurements
-Providing written quotations
-Negotiating final accounts
-Meeting clients and Subcontractors
-Investigate, notify, and substantiate variations

This is an exciting opportunity for a Quantity Surveyor to join a contractor offering an opportunity to develop, grow and progress organically within the company. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 5 years' experience in the construction industry, preferably with a facade, curtain walling or roofing subcontractor. Those who have gained experienced working with main contractors or other subcontractors will be considered if they have demonstrated the ability to perform exceptionally well.


Candidates must be highly motivated, resilient, and determined to 'get things right' to be successful. HND Qualification/Degree in Quantity Surveying is desirable, however, not critical. Whilst a more junior role, the salary will be dependent and a product of experience. The package will include additional benefits which will be negotiable. This is an exciting opportunity that cannot go unnoticed, if you are an individual who is keen to be moulded by one of the leading contractors in Europe.


For further details on this and other Facades roles and positions within the Construction Industry, please contact James Blaber for a confidential discussion.

Quantity Surveyor

£45000 - £50000 per annum

Intermediate Quantity Surveyor West London
Up to £50,000 plus benefits

This leading interiors specialist sub-contractor in London, offering the complete design, supply and installation of integrated partitions and ceilings are looking to expand their commercial team, with an Assistant level Quantity Surveyor. Or someone with a little more experience, at intermediate level.

Reporting to the Commercial Manager, your role will be to assist the project team with commercial functions on a number of current prestigious projects, various sub-contract packages up to £5 million on both commercial and residential new builds. Duties will include:

  • assisting in all aspects of the financial control of the project
  • valuations
  • measurements
  • cost reports
  • attending meetings
  • ensuring that adequate cost monitoring and management is undertaken
  • co-ordinate and agree the production of final accounts with various parties
  • ensure that project approvals and completions can be obtained at the required times

Required Attributes and Experience

The ideal Quantity Surveyors will have gained practical experience within a suitable specialist sub-contractor and preferably with experience of partitions and ceiling sub contract packages. Quantity Surveyors who have worked with main contractors or other specialist sub-contractors will be considered if they are an adapt and capable Quantity Surveyor keen to gain experience in a new discipline or working with a specialist sub-contractor on large build projects.
You will have a focused attitude, and excellent communication skills and must be able to work as part of a team and possess a high level of motivation. Ideally you will also have an HND or equivalent qualification.

The salary will be dependant on level of exposure to industry and can go beyond the stated level above for first class individuals. Bonus and additional benefits also make up the package. The group are a recognised performer in industry within the sector in which they operate.

Senior Quantity Surveyor

£90000 - £95000 per annum

Senior Quantity Surveyor London
Up to £95,000

A leading international façade subcontractor with a reputation built on their expertise and delivery of high-quality facades and curtain walling solutions are seeking a capable Senior Quantity Surveyor to manage a number of their large-scale projects. Established for over 50 years with an annual turnover reaching more than £150m in the UK, they have continuously expanded globally with an increase in demand for their innovative projects within the UK. Projects vary in size but upwards of £20m on the largest and most high profile new builds in the city. Ideally you will be ready to run 1 large project and manage the commercial team based on site and support in the office.


As a Senior Quantity Surveyor, you will be reporting directly to the Commercial Director to ensure successful delivery of various façade projects. Therefore, your day to day responsibilities will vary from but are not limited to:

  • Updating cost plans
  • Measurements
  • Providing written quotations
  • Negotiating final accounts
  • Meeting clients and Subcontractors
  • Investigate, notify, and substantiate variations
  • Progressing with your APC competences



This is an exciting opportunity for a Quantity Surveyor or Commercial Manager to join a specialist contractor offering an opportunity to develop, grow and progress organically within the company. The ideal candidate will have 5 to 10 years' experience, or more, in the construction industry, preferably with a facade, curtain walling or roofing subcontractor. Those who have gained experienced working with main contractors or other subcontractors will be considered if they have demonstrated the ability to perform exceptionally well.


Candidates must be highly motivated, resilient, and determined to 'get things right' to be successful. HND Qualification/Degree in Quantity Surveying is desirable, however, not critical. Whilst a more junior role, the salary will be dependent and a product of experience. The package will include additional benefits which will be negotiable. This is an exciting opportunity that cannot go unnoticed, if you are an individual who is keen to be moulded by one of the leading contractors in Europe.


For further details on this and other Facades roles and positions within the Construction Industry, please contact James Blaber for a confidential discussion.