Nuclear Job of the Week - Quantity Surveyor - Nuclear - Cumbria

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Nuclear Mechanical Project Engineer

Recruiter: Atomic Talent

Location: Cumbria, UK

Employment Type: Permanent


Atomic Talent are currently working with a class leading engineering company who specialise in the design, manufacture, and installation of mechanical services across a number of sectors and UK wide.

This is an excellent opportunity for a Quantity Surveyor with either Mechanical, HVAC or Plant Construction experience to join a highly successful commercial team working on one of the most challenging sites in Europe. The projects are dynamic and require an attentive and diplomatic approach.

Your previous experience as a Quantity Surveyor:
  • Managing sub-contract packages

  • A working knowledge of NEC3 and JCT contracts

  • The ability to make autonomous decisions

  • An understanding of programme scheduling

  • Excellent client and supplier facing skills

  • A working knowledge of lump sum environments

As you’ll likely be managing your own projects, it is expected that you will be able to demonstrate experience and competence in the following areas as a minimum;

Cost/Budget/Forecast Control

Be able to produce, monitor, review and report upon;

  • Project preliminary, Site Installation, and factory fabrication forecasts,

  • Sub-contract package forecasts,

  • Equipment Procurement forecasts,

  • Analysing project progress with project cost expenditure.

Change Control Be capable of proactively managing change using the relevant mechanisms within the contract, such as;

  • Monitoring and valuing change between the contract and latest documentation (drawings/specifications etc.)

  • Identifying potential changes to the contract scope

  • Programme delays/unproductive working etc.

  • Assessing sub-contract variation claims and ensuring only contractual entitlement is paid


Provide demonstration of managing a supply chain by;

  • Producing ITT documentation for sub-contractors/vendors incorporating all required contract scope in conjunction with the project team and other key departments such as H&S/Quality,

  • Carrying out comprehensive quotation analysis against project budgets and compliance with ITT,

  • Attending/Chairing tender and final price negotiation meetings,

  • Drafting and raising sub-contract packages in conjunction with the commercial director/legal department,

  • Raising purchase orders incorporating all required contractual documentation.

Internal & External Reporting

Be capable of completing all required project commercial reporting documents such as the following;

  • Monthly project cost/status report (including costs to date/liability forecasts/cash position etc),

  • Revenue Forecasts,

  • Cash Flow Forecasts,

  • Client commercial reports (such as Earned Value/EAC etc.),

  • Variation Registers (internal & external).

Get Into Nuclear

This is the type of opportunity gets us really excited at Get Into Nuclear. Excited and frustrated at the same time. Excited by the fact that this is a huge opportunity for a Quantity Survey who may be currently working outside of the UK Nuclear Industry but frustrated by the fact that a lot of eligible candidates are unaware of the opportunities out there for them.

Okay; so let's look at the six steps to get into nuclear:

#1 Know who you are: you are an attentive Quantity Surveyor with a diplomatic approach who has either Mechanical, HVAC or Plant Construction experience. Expertise and experience of Project Management or Project Controls would also be of much help for this role.

#2 Know what you want: you are looking for a new challenge, potentially in a new industry and would like to join a highly successful commercial team working on one of the most challenging nuclear sites in Europe.

#3 Know the Business: all of the indications here are that this is clearly for a role on or around the Sellafield site near Seascale in Cumbria. Sellafield is one of the hazardous sites in Europe and is currently undergoing a huge decommissioning exercise. There are numerous enterprises and initiatives that are in place to help you land that perfect role in the nuclear industry. However, in this occasion you can't be much better than speaking to Atomic Talent directly if you have an interest in the role.

#4Know the Skills: as you can see above none of the highlight requirements to land this role are highlighted as nuclear specific. Although previous experience in the UK Nuclear Industry helps it is definitely not a barrier to entry for this role. An experienced QS who will have no problem meeting the vetting requirements will have a good chance of landing such a role as this.

#5 Know the people: there are numerous resources our there to support you in finding a role in the UK Nuclear Industry but as this role is being recruited by Atomic Talent you need not look any further for all the help and advice that you need.

#6 Be known: if you feel that you are ready for the particular role, go for it!

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