Quantity Surveyor – Cambridge and Antarctica

Job reference:
BAS 62/19
Contract type:
Full Time
Fixed-Term Appointment (18 Months)
Starting from £38,318 per annum.
We offer generous benefits
Estates team
Cambridge and Antarctica
Closing date:
2 June, 2019 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) are looking for a Quantity Surveyor to support the Halley Future Planning Project. This role will be responsible for producing a full quantity survey of Halley VI research station. You will also be require to prepare documents including manuals, reports, and risk assessments to assist in the project delivery.

We are looking for someone with practical post-qualification site experience and proven experience in project management. You will need to be organised and be able to plan and manager your own workload. You will also be required to carry out important technical assessments and evaluate site information and data in order to make decisions and provide options and solutions for the project.


- To advise on and contribute to the development of detailed management plans to undertake decommissioning of Antarctic buildings/facilities.
- To develop, procure and manage independent project works.
- To ensure all works are carried out safely and in accordance with best practice and the BAS environmental policy.


Relevant Degree or equivalent experience.


• Preparation of documentation including manuals, reports, method statements, risk assessments and inter-departmental procedures to assist project delivery.
• Estimating and preparing the cost of decommissioning tenders using first principles.
• To ensure that the BAS Health & Safety policy is implemented, including carrying out risk and COSHH assessments making sure that safe working practices are promoted and implemented.
• To ensure that the BAS environmental policy is adhered to during all stages of project delivery.
• Carry out condition surveys of stations and support the facilities engineers in preparation of & upkeep of long term maintenance plans
• Liaise with other staff, Station Management, technical advisors, suppliers and stakeholders to ensure that operational safety standards and project risks are managed and maintained.
• Working closely with the BAS PMO and BAS Estates, provide advice and support to projects by answering TQ’s/RFI’s as required.
• To carry out other duties as required by the Director of BAS.

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website at www.bas.ac.uk/vacancies.

These are also available from the Human Resources Section, British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET. Tel: (01223) 221508.

Please quote reference: BAS 62/19
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 2nd June 2019
Interview date: 18th June 2019
Proposed start date: As soon as possible

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 part-time or full-time employment as well as flexible hours due to caring or other commitments.

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

Communication skills - a) oral skills b) written skills

  • Fluent in both written and spoken English. - Essential
  • Able to read and interpret drawings. - Essential
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills with an ability to communicate technical information to a wide range of individuals and groups both orally and in written form. - Essential
  • Report writing experience - Desirable [1]

Computer / IT skills

  • A good and proven level of computer operating skills; using the Microsoft Office suite of programs. - Essential
  • Use of electronic pre-planned maintenance systems (PPM). - Desirable [3]
  • Use of e-mail systems - Essential
  • Experience in using computer aided design packages – preferably AutoCAD - Essential

Decision Making

  • Ability to make technical assessments and evaluate site information and data. - Essential
  • Ability to make decisions and provide options for solutions to tasks, combined with a clear understanding of when assistance/confirmation with decision-making should be sought - Essential
  • Good problem solving skills. - Desirable [1]
  • Flexible approach to all tasks and duties given - Desirable [1]
  • Should be enthusiastic about tackling a range of problems and determined to provide satisfactory solutions. - Desirable [1]

Interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work effectively individually and as part of a team. - Essential
  • Ability to build productive relationships and work with a wide range of people including scientists, administrators and contractors - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Able to plan and manage both time and workload. - Essential
  • Track record of time / work management skills and ability to progress several tasks in short succession with minimal supervision. - Essential

Numerical ability

  • Relevant recognized qualification in mathematics. - Essential
  • Able to correlate, manipulate and utilize numerics from numerous data sources - Desirable [1]

Other Factors

  • Flexibility to adjust to changing priorities - Essential
  • Can identify key issues that need to be addressed to achieve objectives and how to tackle them. - Essential
  • Good working knowledge of UK statutory building regulations - Essential
  • Demonstrate understanding of Health & safety issues - Desirable [1]


  • Relevant Degree or equivalent experience - Essential

Resource Management ability

  • Track record of managing multidisciplinary teams within the construction industry. - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Practical post qualification site experience within the construction industry. - Essential
  • Practical experience of project management - Essential
  • Decommissioning estimating experience - Essential
  • Building maintenance experience. - Desirable [2]
  • Knowledge of building systems. - Desirable [2]
  • Preparation of risk assessments, COSHH assessments and procedures in line with CDM Regulations 2015 - Desirable [2]
  • Preparation of condition surveys - Desirable [2]
  • Experience working in long international supply chains - Desirable [2]

You can apply for this job online or you can print off the application forms, fill them out by hand and mail them.

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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
Facsimile: +44 (0)1223 362616

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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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