Specific Location


Hours of Work
9.00am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday


Contract Type

Closing Date
29 June 2018


The Commercial team deals with everything to do with cost-effective building, including quantity surveying, estimating, procurement and material buying.

With a watching brief on choice of material, cost, customer satisfaction and sales, and other critical issues, our Commercial team – which comprises Estimators, Quantity Surveyors and Material Buyers - has one objective: to deliver best quality homes, at the best possible cost. Their work is fundamental to our continued viability as a business and presents a fast-moving challenge that will exercise your creativity and commercial flair to the full.


Preparation of viabilities for both the land purchase exercise and reappraisal of development opportunities.  Prepare scheme financial appraisals to ensure land disposals and affordable housing contracts support business objectives and reflect best practice.  Ensure that all estimating work required to deliver the businesses unit output is completed timely and accurately in the most efficient and effective manner in support of the business plan.  Monitor and report build costs.



Key Activities

Provide information for land purchase exercise

  • Identify specific scheme abnormals.  Prepare estimates of all prime costs.  Co-ordinate input of all development costs into appraisals/viabilities.  Input into "value engineering" exercise at appraisal/pre-start stage, input and maintain master appraisal costs.

Complete all estimating work

  • Calculate all prime costs on developments within the business, reporting any movements in costs since the preparation of the land purchases exercise.  Prime costs to include but not restricted to house pricing, labour costs, site work operations and remediation work, up to commencement on site.

Provide a detailed "pre-start" appraisal following grant of planning consent and track movements through to site commencement.

Maintain "library cost" and update on a regular basis.


  • Be aware of all codes of practice that impact on estimating e.g. Building Regulations, NHBC requirements, HSE, Code for Sustainable Homes etc.  Attend pre-start, specification and any other relevant meeting as required.  Input and maintain any computer based estimating databases or systems.  Monitor, reconcile and recharge any costs, which relate to shared cost items with either other businesses within the Group or external companies.  Be aware of new materials and methods of construction which would assist the business in maintaining or increasing its targets, and report on same.  Any  other duties as required by the Commercial Manager.

Personal Characteristics / Qualifications & Skills

Key Competences

  • Team Work
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Attention to Detail
  • Business Acumen
  • Customer Focus
  • Leadership


Key Experience

Wide experience in the discipline within the house building industry

Strong knowledge of Building Regulations, N HBC and Health & Safety requirements etc.

Industry related business qualification


What About the Benefits Package?

  • Competitive Base Salary
  • Company Bonus Scheme
  • 25 Days Holiday
  • Company Car / Car Allowance
  • Money Purchase Pension Scheme
  • Choice of Flexible Benefits
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