Contracts Manager

Quantity Surveyor

Junior Quantity Surveyor

Quantity Surveyor

Senior Engineer

IT Technician

Assistant QS & Senior QS

Site Agent

Lead Planner

Environmental Manager

Contracts Manager – Civils

Cornwall

Permanent

We are seeking an experienced Contracts Manager with Civils and/or groundworks engineering experience to join a long-standing regional Contractor to manage their sites across Cornwall.
With an expansion phase in full swing and a large client base of repeat business this is a great time to join.

The Role:

  • You will be tasked with the overall operations management of sites, to provide on-site health and safety, ensuring compliance and standards are always met.
  • Managing site teams, and site supervisors.
  • Programmes and planning is in place to deliver sites on time and in budget.
  • Attend pre-let meetings, regular liaison with the client on progress

Requirements:

  • Experience at Contracts Manager level with – civils, groundworks, and surfacing will be considered
  • SMSTS and a good level of health and safety management
  • Commercial/financial understanding
  • Full Driving License as sites will be across all of Cornwall

On offer is a competitive salary paying circa £65,000, a company vehicle and a pension.

To Apply:
For an informal discussion please call Jo on 01752 421888 or click apply and embark on this journey with us!

Sphere Solutions are a market leader in the Southwest & Wales construction recruitment sector. With offices in St. Austell, Plymouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Gloucester and Taunton
We pride ourselves on building long-term relationships with local, regional and national contractors, developers and consultancies and offer a bespoke, discreet and professional service delivered by highly experienced consultants.

Quantity Surveyor / Estimator

Aberdare – South Wales

Permanent salary + package

Sphere Solutions are currently looking for a Quantity Surveyor / Estimator to work for a multi-disciplined company delivering Structure Maintenance and Rail projects across England and Wales.

I’m working with a RISQS-approved rail contractor, that covers a range of civil engineering and maintenance services to the rail infrastructure. After 15 years working in the Rail Industry has allowed the company to build technical expertise whilst developing and encouraging other innovative ideas such as adjustable FRP platform systems and driver walkways.

The Candidate:

  • Ideally resides locally in the area and drives
  • HNC/HND and preferably degree-qualified
  • Civil engineering and rail experience
  • 2-3 years of industry experience or more
  • Comfortable undertaking estimating duties from time to time
  • Good interpersonal communication, listening, and negotiation skills
  • A good working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook

 

Responsibilities:

  • Understanding, preparing and presenting monthly cost/value (CVR’s) and/or work-in-progress (WIP’s) reports with input and assistance from the Project Team.
  • Experience in working with, negotiating and understanding the NEC contracts.
  • Preparation of monthly cost plans identifying and providing justification for periodic or completion movements.
  • Regular communication and liaison with the project team to identify and manage both contractors and client risk.
  • Ability to prioritise and schedule workload enabling the meeting of external and internal submission deadlines.
  • Working collaboratively with the department and project teams to ensure contract administration and internal processes are improved and maintained to the maximum standard.
  • Understanding and experience in project programmes and critical paths
  • Producing, submitting, substantiating and agreeing monthly Applications for Payment to the point of Certification.
  • Producing, submitting, substantiating and negotiating external Final Accounts.
  • Subcontract administration including but not limited to procurement, management, administration and Final Account agreement.

 

If you are interested, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Junior Quantity Surveyor

 

Helston – Office based with site visits across the county.

 

Permanent

 

Sphere Solutions is seeking a Junior Quantity Surveyor, ideally from a groundworks/civils/surfacing background to join a very successful contractor covering sites across Cornwall.

 

You will join an experienced commercial team, reporting to a Commercial Director

working with both commercial and domestic clients; predominantly house builders, contractor, and councils on large and small projects that include roads, car parks, footpaths driveways etc.

 

This is an excellent opportunity for an aspiring Quantity Surveyor to join a forward-thinking team of like-minded professionals.

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • The role will involve managing sub-contractors to maximise costs, as well as assisting with ongoing estimating duties.
  • Commercial/financial management, valuations, reconciliations, and final accounts.
  • You will be required to report to the head office and travel to the site.

 

Key Requirements:

  • Qualified with a suitable construction-related qualification
  • Have some experience within the construction industry on similar projects.
  • A full driving license will be required,
  • Proficient IT skills in particular Excel.

 

 

On Offer:

  • Competitive Salary (DOE)
  • car/car allowance
  • Offering ongoing career progression

 

To Apply:

For an informal discussion please call Kalina on 01752 421888 or click the inviting red button in the upper right-hand corner to apply and embark on this journey with us!

Sphere Solutions are a market leader in the Southwest & Wales construction recruitment sector. With offices in St. Austell, Plymouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Swansea and Southampton.

We pride ourselves on building long-term relationships with local, regional and national contractors, developers and consultancies and offer a bespoke, discreet and professional service delivered by highly experienced consultants.

 

 

 

Quantity Surveyor 

Helston – Office-based with site visits across the county.

 Permanent

 Sphere Solutions is seeking an experienced Quantity Surveyor, ideally from a groundworks/civils/surfacing background to join a very successful contractor covering sites across Cornwall.

You will join an experienced commercial team, reporting to a Commercial Director

working with both commercial and domestic clients; predominantly house builders, contractors, and councils on large and small projects that include roads, car parks, footpaths driveways etc.

This is an excellent opportunity for a suitably qualified Quantity Surveyor to join a forward-thinking team of like-minded professionals.

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • The role will involve managing sub-contractors to maximise costs, as well as assisting with ongoing estimating duties.
  • Commercial/financial management, valuations, reconciliations, and final accounts.
  • You will be required to report to the head office and travel to the site.

Key Requirements:

  • Qualified with a suitable construction-related qualification
  • Have extensive experience within the construction industry on similar projects.
  • A full driving license will be required,
  • Proficient IT skills in particular Excel.

On Offer:

  • Salary circa £60k & car/car allowance
  • Offering ongoing career progression

To Apply:

For an informal discussion please call Kalina on 01752 421888 or click the inviting red button in the upper right-hand corner to apply and embark on this journey with us!

 

Sphere Solutions are a market leader in the Southwest & Wales construction recruitment sector. With offices in St. Austell, Plymouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Swansea and Southampton.

We pride ourselves on building long-term relationships with local, regional and national contractors, developers and consultancies and offer a bespoke, discreet and professional service delivered by highly experienced consultants.

 

 

Senior Engineer

Cardiff, South Wales

£55k – £65k plus package depending on experience

Sphere Solutions are currently looking for 2 X Site Engineers and 2 X Senior Engineers to work for a large tier-one building contractor on a permanent basis.

Responsible for:

Responsible for initiating and leading tasks and processes, taking responsibility and being accountable, where relevant, for the work and roles of others whilst exercising broad autonomy and judgement within broad parameters in their area of responsibility. Specialist learning involves detailed analysis of a high level of information and knowledge in an area of work or study.

Summary of the role:

To manage all aspects of engineering on a section/project to ensure the works are delivered to meet the client’s expectations generally working within larger teams or self-sufficient on smaller projects

Main Responsibilities:

Engineering

  • Confidently makes decisions based on engineering judgment and with knowledge of the full range of impacts. Anticipates problems and proactively resolves them and delivers work beyond customer expectation
  • Has full knowledge of the Construction Drawings and Contract Specifications and requirements for compliance and accuracy
  • Manage the setting out process including primary and secondary stations Ensure engineering is undertaken accurately and that a robust checking mechanism is in place
  • Allocate Site and Assistant Engineers to specific tasks or sub-sections of work
  • Challenge provided information and the principles behind it and engages with Consultants to manage the development of engineering solutions and designs
  • Takes the lead in resolving engineering and logistical problems and takes a holistic approach to appraise options, considering project-wide impacts and opportunities for improvement
  • Carry out basic research to identify engineering systems from outside personal experience Facilitate the introduction and exploitation of new and advancing technology
  • Examine the technical aspects of Value Engineering and consult with the wider team
  • Evaluate success of completed work and propose improvements
  • When appointed, undertake the duties of the Temporary Works Coordinator, as defined in the company procedures
  • Write proposals and obtain approval of measures for correcting inaccurate/defective work

Health, Safety and Environment

  • Be aware of and understand the requirements of Health Safety, Quality and Environmental procedures and site plans including Minimum Safety Standards and support the implementation of these and conduct all duties in a manner consistent with these.
  • Manage subcontractors and suppliers to construct the works safely, being assertive in stopping unsafe working
  • Ensure that Task Control Sheets have been issued and are being followed
  • Anticipate risks of Environmental damage and formulate prevention strategies
  • Ensure that risk assessments and method statements are being produced/approved and ensure they are being followed throughout the works
  • Monitor and report on health and safety and incident management within the area of responsibility

Project Management

  • Familiar with the project life-cycle and able to contribute effectively at each stage
  • Develop construction methodology
  • Prepare Short Term Programmes for their areas of work
  • Fully aware of the resources required to effectively complete a section of work
  • Manage site activities to ensure works remain on budget and time
  • Manage all engineering activities related to their section of works

Financial Management

  • Provide input into the evaluation of technical proposals during Subcontract procurement
  • Understand the scope of works and attendances included in Subcontract orders, to support the management of subcontractors
  • Manage site reporting such as record sheets, site instructions etc.
  • Review Daywork Sheets and similar records submitted by subcontractors with the commercial team

IT Technician

South Wales

Competitive Salary + package

 

Purpose of Job:

The post holder will work closely with the central IT team to deliver projects and provide solutions to technical problems and requirements. The job holder will be responsible for ensuring the best delivery of IT resources to support daily operations and providing support and guidance to end users.

Reporting to: Admin & Finance Manager

Responsibilities:

  • Install and configure computer hardware operating systems and applications.
  • Monitor and maintain computer systems and networks.
  • Talk to staff or clients through a series of actions, either face-to-face or over the phone, to help
  • set up systems or resolve issues.
  • Troubleshoot system and network problems, diagnosing and solving hardware or software
  • faults.
  • Replace parts as required.
  • Provide support, including procedural documentation and relevant reports.
  • Support the roll-out of new applications.
  • Set up new users’ accounts and profiles and deal with password issues.
  • Respond within agreed time limits to call-outs.
  • Prioritise and manage many open cases at one time.
  • Raise PO’s for new equipment and hardware etc.
  • Investigate improvements and better ways of working for the business.
  • Any other reasonable task the post holder is capable of performing

The Candidate:

  • Minimum of 3+ years of experience working in an IT support role.
  • Strong attention to detail with excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent working knowledge of TCP/IP, WAN Technologies, VLAN’s, DHCP, Routing and Firewalls.
  • Good understanding of MS technology stack: Office 365, Windows 10+, Windows Server 2012+, Active Directory.
  • Proactive and able to use own initiative.
  • Ability work independently as well as part of a team
  • Dependable, with a positive attitude and flexible to the needs of the business with the ability to multi-task and prioritise workloads

Qualifications

  • Ideally educated to degree level or qualified to HND or equivalent.
  • A full driving licence

 

If you are interested and want further details, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Assistant QS & Senior QS

Bridgwater – South West

Permanent contract + package

 

Sphere Solutions are currently recruting for an Assistant QS and Senior QS to work for a reputable contractor in Bridgwater.

Our client work with a variety of leading main contractors and housebuilders to successfully complete a range of civil engineering and groundwork projects, ranging in value from £100,000 to £15 million.

Turnover circa £20 million and the business is split 50% housing/ 50% main contracting (mainly public sector projects – schools, hospitals, social housing etc).

 

The Candidate:

  • Ideally experienced in civil engineering and groundworks
  • NEC contract experience
  • Ideally resides locally to the area but will recruit from areas like (Bristol, Taunton, Bridgwater, Newport)
  • 1-3 years’ experience for AQS and 5-10 years for the senior role

 

Duties:

  • Assisting in the preparation of the sub-contract/supplier enquiry lists for approval.
  • Preparing full enquiry packs and collating all tender information, ensuring fully compliant tender packs are issued, return tenders are analysed and compliant bids received.
  • Preparing tender comparison sheets, including making recommendations for placing subcontract orders
  • Attending meetings that may be necessary in the performance of your duties.
  • Complying with and upholding company policies and procedures
  • Carrying out drawing take-offs

 

If you are interested and would like further details, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Site Agent

Devon

Permanent

Sphere Solutions is working with a regional Civil Engineering contractor to recruit an experienced Site Agent, sites will be in various locations across South and Mid Devon.

Projects will include major and minor highways schemes, kerbing, retaining walls and bridges. Suitable candidates will have UK civil engineering experience and be familiar with the local supply chain.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Overseeing civils projects, managing site operations and teams
  • Coordinating with subcontractors and suppliers
  • Ensuring compliance with health and safety regulations, and delivering toolbox talks
  • Monitoring project progress
  • Budget management, quality control, and client communication
  • prepare reports, schedules, and documentation

Key Requirements

  • Must have valid SMSTS, First Aid, and CSCS, (Street Works advantageous)
  • Previous UK experience working on Civil projects is essential.
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Excellent communication abilities
  • A thorough understanding of civil engineering principles.

On Offer

  • Salary paying up to £46k + car allowance
  • Generous Pension scheme with employer contribution
  • Employee discount scheme and wellbeing events
  • Holiday starting at 23 days and increasing to 28 with service plus bank holidays
  • Investment and support in your continuous training and development

To Apply:

For an informal discussion please call Kalina on 01752 421888 or click the inviting red button in the upper right-hand corner to apply and embark on this journey with us!

 

Sphere Solutions is a market leader in the Southwest & Wales construction recruitment sector. With offices in St. Austell, Plymouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Swansea and Southampton.

 

We pride ourselves on building long-term relationships with local, regional and national contractors, developers and consultancies and offer a bespoke, discreet and professional service delivered by highly experienced consultants.

 

 

 

Lead Planner

South Wales

Competitive Salary + benefits package

 

The post holder will be responsible for all aspects of planning, programming and progress monitoring of a section of works on the Duelling of the A465 Areas 5 & 6 project.

Accountabilities include the planning and preparation of programmes on the project and the full integration with other project controls functions.

The Planner will work closely with planners from multiple organisations within the Joint Venture, including supply chain.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities

 

  • For a section of the works; detailed works planning, preparation of delivery programme that reflects the detailed requirements of the works and is consistent with the Project delivery strategy and master strategic delivery programme, progress updates & assisting in the project progress reporting.
  • Integrates the planning function across each stage of the project to ensure there is a single accepted programme with a clearly identifiable critical path, which is fully coordinated in line with best practice and with an agreed Work Breakdown Structure
  • Ensures all pre-construction activities are identified and planned with the same attention to detail as physical work activities, paying particular attention to design and assurance requirements and the involvement of third parties, consents and interface with utilities
  • Liaises where appropriate with Designer, supply chain, statutory consultees and undertakers to ensure all requirements and consents are identified and planned
  • Establishes effective project control systems and processes onsite and ensures that the planning and delivery team fully understands them
  • Works collaboratively and openly with the project team in the production and reporting of programme and maintains a good working relationship with all parties.

 

The Candidate:

 

  • Degree (desirable) in Civil Engineering
  • CSCS card required
  • Minimum 10-years industry experience of general civil engineering with evidence of major highway schemes delivery and a general level of understanding & experience in the multiple disciplines associated with highway construction.
  • Experience in planning multi-disciplinary works in essential
  • Proficiency in Primavera P6 preferred
  • Experience of programme submissions and updating to NEC requirements is preferred
  • Ability to communicate the planning strategy for complex projects to the wider team
  • Experience of working within a collaborative environment and Client reporting

 

If you’re interested, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Environmental & Sustainability Manager

South Wales

Very competitive salary + package

 

Sphere solutions are currently working with a leading civil engineering sector on the heads of the valleys highways scheme in South Wales, and they have approached us with the urgent requirement of recruiting an Environmental Manager on a permanent basis.

 

The Client:
Our client are a world leader in its sector, with extensive experience accumulated over its 120 years of history. Its activities cover all areas of engineering and construction and it is a benchmark for civil works (roads, railways, airports, hydraulic and marine works, tunnels and bridges).

 

Purpose of Job:

 

The jobholder will lead the environmental management team to mitigate and minimise all environmental impacts across the scheme, reporting directly to the Project Director. They will also engage proactively with the Environmental Liaison Group (ELG) to ensure that the best use is made of the detailed design phase and address all relevant stakeholder concerns while supporting a sustainable construction phase in the project.

 

Key Responsibilities:

 

  • Ensure that all design work incorporates all Authority requirements, the 12 Environmental Design Principles, the REAC and the CEMP and associated plans to produce a minimal impact on the environment during construction.
  • Oversee a team of specialists including Ecologists, Archaeologists, Community Liaison, Arborists and Agronomists who will provide specialist advice and carry out audits to make sure that adequate controls are in place across the scheme.
  • Provide proactive, specialist guidance and advice regarding environmental controls, constraints, and legislation specific to the contracted works, ensuring that construction works are planned and constructed to the highest standards of environmental compliance.
  • Responsibility for the delivery, implementation and maintenance of the CEMP, environmental risk and constraints, completion of standard inspection and reporting as well as delivery of site briefings and Toolbox talks.
  • Coordinate the Environmental Liaison Group meetings and attendees including NRW, the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, the relevant Local Authorities, CADW, Glamorgan Gwent
  • Archaeological Trust (GGAT) and SWTRA.
  • Organise, coordinate, and manage all pre-commencement ecological/environmental surveys, ensuring the construction programme is not compromised In partnership with Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW), ensure that the required ecological and environmental licences are applied for and obtained from NRW, that associated mitigation and protection applicable to all protected species are in place and maintained.
  • Liaise with the ECoW and report on any subsequent actions or decisions.
  • Update the Emergency Response Plan with environmental risks and review at least every six

months, or dynamically should environmental issues arise.

 

 

Environmental Responsibilities:

 

  • Consider the environment in decision making, including material procurement, energy efficiency, pollution and ecology on site.
  • Be environmentally aware of the consequences of actions; be familiar with relevant project
  • documentation, standards and contractual requirements regarding environmental performance.

 

Specific Safety Responsibilities:

 

  • To take reasonable care for the safety of themselves and of any other person who may be affected by what they do or fail to do at work.
  • To co-operate with their employers or any other persons in the performance of their statutory duties.
  • Not to misuse or interfere with anything provided in the interests of health, safety or welfare.
  • Have the ability to evaluate safety practices and procedures to recommend methods of improvement.

 

Qualifications:

 

  • BSc (or equivalent) in Environmental Science, Geology, Environmental Management or related subjects.
  • Chartered membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (ACIEEM) or the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (PIEMA).
  • Experience as an Environmental Advisor on a Construction or Civil Engineering project.
  • Relevant CSCS Card.

 

Skills and Experience:

 

  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to discuss complex technical issues.
  • Ability to influence and persuade others to build working relationships with both internal and external customers at all levels.
  • Flexible approach with an ability to adapt to tight and often changing deadlines.
  • Ability to prioritise and organise own workload with a collaborative approach to work.
  • Strong IT knowledge and skills including MS Office.
  • Proven understanding of project management methodologies and procedures.
  • Good understanding of UK legislation and practical control of water pollution, waste management, ecology, soils and air quality.
  • Good understanding of chemistry as you may be involved in sampling and analysing lab samples.
  • Experience of monitoring and management for issues such as air quality, noise and water would be beneficial.

On offer, is the opportunity to work for a Large Civil Engineering Contractor on a multimillion project that can offer job security and long term benefits.

Needless to say, if you are open to new opportunities and would like to discuss in greater detail please don’t hesitate to get in touch.