Quantity Surveyor – Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme

Job reference:
BAS 119/19
Contract type:
Full Time
Fixed Term Appointment (4 Years)
Starting from £30,782 per annum.
We offer generous benefits
New Polar Vessel and Associated Projects team
BAS Cambridge with possible short (up to 6 weeks) visits to research stations in Antarctica.
Closing date:
19 January, 2020 11:59 pm


A great opportunity has now arisen for an enthusiastic and capable quantity surveyor to join the Project Management Office (PMO) at the British Antarctic Survey.

With huge variety in the projects we are delivering, the successful candidate can expect to gain experience in many aspects of infrastructure delivery including the specific Antarctic factors such as logistics, environment and science interfaces. You will be based at the BAS head office in Cambridge surrounded by a large team of highly committed people passionate about delivering and supporting polar science. There may also be opportunities to spend time in Antarctica during both the development and construction delivery phases of the projects.

We expect all team members to grow and develop their careers significantly through their involvement in this programme. It is a fast moving environment and no two days are the same, which is part of the challenge and the excitement, however we have a strong team that supports each other and allows us to be successful.


The successful candidate will be part of a team tasked with delivering one of the most exciting and challenging programmes of infrastructure projects ever commissioned by NERC/BAS.

NERC/BAS will shortly take delivery of its new polar research vessel, the RRS Sir David Attenborough. This is part of a £225M programme of works, which also includes a number of land based infrastructure projects, such as wharf upgrades and station buildings and services improvements at the research stations. A separate programme of station improvements at Rothera (the UK Antarctic Hub) has also been agreed giving a total budget of over £300M currently being invested in improving our Antarctic infrastructure. These projects are known collectively as the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme (AIMP). Future phases of this programme have now been identified with significant additional spend over the next ten years.

NERC/BAS has entered into long term partnering contracts with a Technical Advisor and a Construction Partner in order to deliver this challenging programme.

The AIMP projects are part of a Government capital investment for the development of sustainable and efficient infrastructure. In addition, BAS is embarking on an extensive programme of transformation to achieve a number of objectives including using resources more effectively, realising the benefits of capital investments and the integration of BAS business systems and capability with other BAS functions.

BAS has set up a Project Management Office (AIM PMO). This role sits within the PMO and is responsible for providing commercial support to all the projects.

The partnership is committed to working collaboratively with very strong and positive shared values and behaviours. Our delivery model is to adopt best practice in all areas such as sustainability, innovation, BIM, Government Soft Landings, benefits realisation and continuous improvement, amongst others. We expect all new members of the team to help us develop so that our model can be demonstrated to be an exemplar of infrastructure delivery, one which has helped transform the way BAS is able to deliver science in Antarctica.

For this position we are looking for a quantity surveyor with:
• Experience working in the construction industry
• Experience managing projects using the NEC suite of contracts
• Experience of risk and opportunity management
• Experience of cost estimating
• Working understanding of PRINCE2 methodology (or similar)
• Appreciation of project delivery in complex environments with multiple stakeholders


Quantity Surveying or related degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent


Duties and Responsibilities

• Support the Senior Infrastructure Programme Manager and work with the other AIM PMO team members in delivering the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme.

• Prepare investment appraisals to support business cases.

• Prepare through life cost estimates for projects at all work stages.

• Support the Project Managers in the preparation of task orders, including Employer Risks and Qualifications.

• Provide advice to the Project Managers on value management and risk and opportunity management.

• Assist in the contract administration of the NEC TSC Task Orders with the Technical Advisor and Construction Partner, including commercial aspects of progress reporting, change management, procurement and programme management.

• Assist the Project Managers in reviewing and certifying payment applications.

• Member of the procurement Working Group and work to align partner procurement strategies.

• Support the continuous improvement effort on all aspects of commercial management for all partners, through KPI’s, audits and other activities.

• Support the commercial audit process.

• Prepare highlight reports and any other reports required by the programme.

• Communicate the work of the AIMP to the wider community.

• Visit research stations as required for purposes of site investigation, familiarisation, site supervision and contract administration support.

• Provide assistance in ensuring the Construction Partner team is compliant with the agreed construction contract.

• Work with the Senior Information Manager and the Project Management Officer to ensure rigorous compliance with the Common Data Environment and the Project Management Plan.

• Assist in preparation of all end of stage and end of project documentation, including value for money and project completion reports.

• Progress towards achievement of formal professional qualifications.

For any queries, please quote reference: BAS
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 19th January 2020
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: 30th January 2020

BAS is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities and disabled people are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the job. We are open to a range of flexible working options, including job sharing, to support childcare and other caring responsibilities.

Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)

Communication skills

  • Form effective working relationships with staff of various levels of seniority and disciplines. - Essential
  • Fluent in written and spoken English language. - Essential
  • Excellent standard of English. - Essential
  • Strong knowledge of MS Word and Excel. - Essential
  • Good presentational skills. - Desirable [3]

Knowledge and Experience

  • Experience working in the construction industry - Essential
  • Experience managing projects using the NEC3 suite of contracts. - Essential
  • Experience of risk and opportunity management. - Essential
  • Experience of cost estimating. - Essential
  • Working understanding of PRINCE2 methodology (or similar). - Essential
  • Appreciation of project delivery in complex environments with multiple stakeholders. - Essential
  • Experience of working in a collaborative partnership. - Desirable [3]
  • Appreciation of the logistical and environmental issues in delivering construction projects alongside polar science programmes. - Desirable [3]

Leadership/Management Skills

  • Proven ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams in a project or non-project environment. - Essential

Other Skills

  • Intermediate user of other MS Office products including Project and Outlook. - Essential
  • Must be able to travel at short notice and independently to Antarctica. - Essential
  • Enthusiasm to progress. - Essential

Planning & Organising

  • Demonstrate independence and initiative in carrying out role. - Essential
  • Organise and prioritise workload of self and others in order to meet deadlines and competing priorities. - Essential


  • Quantity Surveying or related degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent - Essential
  • MRICS - Desirable [3]
  • Project management experience - Desirable [3]

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Send your completed application forms to:
Human Resources Team
British Antarctic Survey
High Cross, Madingley Road
United Kingdom

If you need more information

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 221400
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The British Antarctic Survey will not share the information you provide with any third parties, and the information will be held securely by the British Antarctic Survey whether the information is in electronic or physical format. Please note that the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire will be detached from your application prior to the short-listing of candidates for interview.

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