Senior Associate Quantity Surveyor

Country:  United Kingdom
Position Location:  Reading, United Kingdom
Contract Type:  Permanent
Work Pattern:  Full Time
Sector:  Water
Discipline:  Cost and quantity surveying
Job Ref:  860
Recruiter Contact:  Nick Morton

Mott MacDonald


We’re a global engineering, management, and development consultancy. 
Our purpose is to improve society by considering social outcomes in everything we do, relentlessly focusing on excellence and digital innovation, transforming our clients’ businesses, our communities and employee opportunities. 


A fundamental part of this is respecting each person’s differences and striving to meet their needs. 


We are proud to be a one of Glassdoor’s top employers to work for in the UK, as well as being recognised as a Top Inclusive Company in the UK.


Our values: Progress, Respect, Integrity, Drive, Excellence. 


About the business unit  

The Advisory and Programme Delivery (APD) unit delivers management services in all the sectors that Mott MacDonald operate in the Built Environment, Defence, Energy, Water, Transportation and, Education, Health and Care.  


The Unit delivers services to projects ranging in scale and complexity up to £20bn, through the technical disciplines of Programme Management, Project Management, Project Controls, Scheduling, Cost Management, Estimating, Infrastructure Finance, Management Consulting, Digital Consulting and Education, Health and Care Management.   


Overview of the role


As an Associate/Senior Associate Quantity Surveyor you will be supporting the Advisory Division within Water and Environment portfolio.


  • What you will contribute to the team; What you will contribute to the team; 
  • Support Water Companies in delivering large capital programmes, providing an essential service, and improving the environment.
  • Provide commercial leadership to a large project or programme of works.
  • Be the single point of contact for all commercial matters related to the programme.
  • Working with the Project Manager to develop and gain budgetary governance.
  • Managing commercial inputs to the procurement process including developing strategy, tender analysis and assessment
  • Develop proactive and robust commercial processes to enable effective cost control, including contract administration, risk management, payments and change control
  • Manage and mentor a team of commercial professionals, ensuring all commercial data is produced in a timely and accurate manner to enable informed business decisions to be made
  • Provide commercial advice to the client, whilst liaising with the client’s legal team as necessary
  • Proactive management of any commercial disputes, escalating as necessary
  • Development of strong client relationships across its organisation


Required for the position of Associate/Senior Associate Quantity Surveyor;

  • Chartered Surveyor, ideally MRICS, with a degree or equivalent in Quantity Surveying
  • Experience working with NEC Contracts and other target cost, or cost reimbursable contracts
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in related subject.
  • Demonstrable experience leading the commercial aspect of heavy infrastructure schemes, gained in either a Consultancy or Main Contracting environment.
  • Ability to prioritise and able to work under pressure.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with clients and colleagues.
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills
  • Adept at effective communication at SLT and Exec level
  • Uses a systematic approach to critically examine the situation from different perspectives.
  • Gather relevant information from different sources in reaching a decision.
  • Generate and weigh the different options in arriving at decisions.
  • Weigh the risks and consequences of all options.
  • Make well-reasoned, sound and timely decisions based on the needs of the situation, the clients and the team members.
  • Involve and consult those affected by the decision.
  • Maintain and build on existing client relationships to anticipate needs.
  • Customer focus - ability to engage in sound relationships with the customer project team


Preferred, but not required;

  • Knowledge and expertise of the water/wastewater industry sector
  • Ability to pre-position future opportunities with the client
  • Able to anticipate resource requirements to ensure suitable resources are available
  • Able to budget, monitor and manage cost against fee to ensure required margin is achieved or exceeded


We are actively recruiting a diverse workforce that is reflective of the communities we serve. We recognise that differences in ability, skills and experience are a strength and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. 





Equality, diversity, and inclusion 

We put equality, diversity, and inclusion at the heart of our business, seeking to promote fair employment procedures and practices to ensure equal opportunities for all. We encourage individual expression in our workplace and are committed to creating an inclusive environment where everyone feels they can contribute.



We want you to perform your best at every stage in the recruitment process. If you are disabled or need any support to enable you to apply or attend an interview, please contact us at and we will talk to you about how we can support you.


Agile working 

Happy to talk Flexible Working and how we can support your responsibilities beyond the workplace.


We offer some fantastic benefits including:


Health and wellbeing

  • Private medical insurance for all UK colleagues.
  • Health cash plan to support you with every day health costs and treatments.
  • Access to Peppy, providing free support from menopause experts for all UK colleagues.
  • A variety of wellbeing support is available through our comprehensive wellbeing program, including access for you and your family.
  • Ability to flex your salary to opt into a wide range of health benefits, many of which can be extended to your family too.

Financial wellbeing

  • We match employee pension contributions between 4.5% and 7%.
  • Life assurance equal up to 4 x your basic salary, with an option to increase the level of cover to 6 x your salary.
  • Our income protection scheme provides a financial benefit, as well as absence and return to work support due to long-term illness or injury.
  • Flexible benefits, including increased life assurance cover, critical illness insurance, payroll saving and will writing.
  • As an independently owned business we share the financial success of the business with all our colleagues in various ways including annual bonus schemes.


  • A minimum of 33-35 days holiday each year, inclusive of public holidays and dependent on level, with the ability to buy or sell leave through our flexible benefits programme.
  • Holiday entitlement increased to a minimum of 35 days after 5 years’ service.
  • Variety of employee saving schemes and discounts from high-street retailers.

 Enhanced family and carers leave

  • Enhanced family leave policies, including 26 weeks paid maternity and adoption leave, and two weeks paid paternity/partner leave.
  • Our shared parental leave matches maternity leave meaning we pay up to 24 weeks at full pay.
  • Up to five additional days leave are provided for those with significant caring responsibilities, two of which are paid.

 Learning and development

  • Primary annual professional institution subscription.
  • A broad range of opportunities to enhance both technical and soft skills through mentoring, formal training, and self-development options.

Networks, communities, and social outcomes

  • Join a wide range of groups including our Advanced Employee Networks which support our LGBTQ+, gender, race and ethnicity, disability, and parents/carers communities.
  • Make a difference within our communities through our social outcomes.

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