Quantity Surveyor

A Quantity Surveyor undertakes feasibility studies and manages the costs relating to building or construction projects, from the initial proposal to the final analysis of final costs at the end of the project.

About this role

Typical duties

  • Supports technical/ engineering teams with project requirements
  • Prepares Bills of Quantities from drawings and specifications
  • Maintains records and tracks Bills of Quantities and other measurements according to the approved technical drawings
  • Checks, verifies and maintains records of built / site measurements and quantifications for further approval
  • Maintains accurate records to help resolve contractual conflicts and disputed claims with subcontractors
  • Supports and contributes to the tender and proposal process as required Identifies and analyses the commercial risk of a project
  • Writes detailed progress reports
  • May be required to make visits offshore to check on work progress
  • Understands and works within strict health, safety and environment legislative requirements and guidelines
  • Carries out site/offshore surveys and produces reports
  • Reports any breaches of safety procedures to supervision / management
  • Actively participates in and promotes company health and safety campaigns, policies and procedures, and ensures personal safety and that of colleagues at all times

In the industry

Quantity Surveyors play an essential role in the evaluation of associated risks and costs of high value projects in the Oil and Gas Industry. This role supports project teams from the outset and is an integral part of the process. They are found in a variety of organisations including the Operators who own or manage production installations, major Engineering Contractors, Drilling Contractors and specialist service companies. The role is often based in an engineering or site project office, and may also involve regular tips to new construction sites and / or existing production facilities to undertake site visits and to check on progress.


  • Office
  • Outdoors
  • Offshore


  • University
  • College
  • Apprenticeships

What do I need?

Key Skills

  • Team working
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Analysing
  • Planning
  • Organising
  • IT
  • Numerical
  • Creativity
  • Working to deadlines
  • Flexibility


Entry requirements:

  • Degree in relevant Engineering or Surveying subject or equivalent
  • Basic offshore induction and emergency training (BOSIET)
  • Offshore Medical Certificate
  • OPITO Minimum Industry Safety Standards (MIST)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Good IT skills
  • Good organisation and administration skills

Employers might also look for:

Member of RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors)