Trainee Estimator - Construction

  • Apprenticeship Reference: 625708801-2
  • Date Posted: 15 June 2022
  • Apprentice Employer: Berry Recruitment
  • Location: London
  • Apprentice Pay: £35,000 to £42,000
  • Apprenticeship Sector: Construction, Health and Safety, Project Management
  • Apprenticeship Type: Permanent

About this Apprenticeship

Trainee Estimator - Construction - c£40k - London

The Company

This company is a large regional construction company specialising in M&E, new refurbishments and light civils. With offices throughout the country and carrying out woks on a global basis. They are now looking for a Trainee Estimator to join their team in London.

* Salary Circa £35-40k depending on qualifications/experience;

* Enrolment into company pension scheme

* 3 month probation period with performance review (annual review thereafter).

* Growth potential and progression within the company to dedicated candidate


The role itself will be working/supporting our quantity surveyors on maintenance and reconfiguration/refurbishment projects across various sectors (e.g. Education, health, defence etc.). This will involve the following:

* Assisting with the pre-construction works (PQQ and Quotation/Tender preparation);

* Working with our QS team to build and assess specifications

* Assisting with Project Programmes;

* Assisting with control throughout project lifecycle;

* Assisting with preparation of reports e.g. Progress reports;

* Assisting and liaising with the commercial team for valuations etc. To agree terms and conditions of subcontractors and incorporate within documentation to forward direct to subcontractor.

* To coordinate and manage the selection of subcontractors (working closely with the Project Managers) for tender enquiries ensuring that a balanced range is chosen capable of delivering the required price, quality and duration.

* To coordinate subcontractor tender responses and provide full comparisons of all quotes vs. the tender allowances, showing a best price, further negotiation to provide the best possible price and the buy-in of the operations team.

* To place and coordinate the placement by others of subcontractor orders to an agreed set of terms and actively participate in engaging the subcontractor in the pre-contract handover with the operations team.

* To produce or have produced valuation breakdowns in an agreed format to maximise cash flow and to keep the Accounts Department informed at all times.

* To be responsible for chasing valuations, certificates, invoices and cash from clients to hit the required cash flow targets.

* To ensure that all appropriate Certificates of Practical and Partial Completion are timely collected and utilised in releasing retentions.

* To help coordinate and produce claims for accelerations, loss and expense as required for submission when required.

* To own the project profitability whether involved directly or through a direct line report.

* Learn from our QS team on contractual issues that may arise both directly and through direct line reports.

The ideal candidate:

* A driven motivation to be trained in quantity surveying

* Working towards or completed education to Degree level, or equivalent experience

* Experience of both NEC3 and JCT forms of contract

* Excellent communicator both written and verbally

* Attention to detail

* Ability to work efficiently under pressure and meet deadlines.

* Highly organised and efficient with proven time management skills

* Holder of a Full UK Drivers License

* Confident IT skills, proficient in the use of MS Office in particular Excel

* Must be an excellent organiser with proven time management skills

* Must be flexible in hours of work and travel