Contracts Manager (Firestopping)

Quantity Surveyor

Senior Engineer

IT Technician

Design Coordinator

Quantity Surveyor

Lead Planner

Environmental Manager

M&E Senior QS

Are you an experienced Construction Estimator looking for a new challenge? One of our top clients, a prestigious and well-established main contractor in Cardiff, is seeking a talented professional to join their team. With over 20 years in the industry and a diverse project portfolio up to £40 million, this is a prime opportunity for career growth.

Working within an established pre-con team, you will Report to the Pre Construction Manager,  with the following roles and responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the tender process in a timely fashion
  • Accurate measurement using both CAD and manual measures
  • Production of tenders using Causeway
  • Develop relationships with the design team and clients
  • Develop relationships, quality and the range of the supply chain
  • Identification of areas of risk and opportunity

This role would suit an experienced Estimator from a main contractor background who resides close to the Cardiff area and is able to work on larger schemes ideally. This is the ideal opportunity to work for a market-leading business that is secure with a strong pipeline of work. Get in touch today for further details.

Contracts Manager (Fire-stopping)


Competitive Salary + Benefits Package

Sphere Solutions is seeking a skilled Contracts Manager specialising in Fire-Stopping for a reputable contractor in Cardiff, South Wales. This permanent position offers the chance to join a leading firm in the passive fire industry.

About the Role:

As a Contracts Manager, you will oversee fire-stopping contracts from inception to completion. Your key responsibilities will include:

  • The ability to be able to take a project from initial enquiry to completion.
  • Effectively manage and run a team.
  • Preparation of Risk Assessments and Method Statements for each contract, ensuring operatives sign and records are retained in the contract file, for HSE inspection if ever needed.
  • Liaising directly with sub-contractors/directly employed staff including planning critical dates and organising labour, materials (organising the logistics of delivery/material ordering and transportation of materials to site), plant and accommodation where appropriate, with admin support.
  • Responsible for management of each contract ensuring that each project is delivered smoothly on time and within budget.
  • Contracts Manager to be issued with a budget and timescale for each project and to hit the budget targets.
  • You will be expected to manage more than one contract at once and visit site, providing the office with site reports, carrying out toolbox talks and checking plant maintenance records.
  • Liaise with site managers and customers managing their expectations
  • Preparation of operation and maintenance manual and handover on completion with client.

The Candidate:

  • Previous experience working as a Contracts Manager
  • Thorough Knowledge of relevant legislation, fire-stopping products
  • Ideally experienced in interior finishing and refurbishment
  • Ability to undertake site surveys to scope and select appropriate solutions to the issues presented
  • Understanding of the importance of collating evidence for all completed works using systems such as bolster or site audit pro
  • Capable of overseeing numerous projects and directly employing operatives and subcontractors.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to produce health and safety documentation in line with current legislation
  • Excellent man-management capabilities
  • Suitable Contract management qualifications

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



  • 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.

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:


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.

Our client is a rapidly expanding and well established main contractor in Cardiff. They carry out a diverse range of projects typically up to £10 million, genuinely look after their staff and have low staff turnover. All of their projects are typically in or around the Cardiff area.

Due to ongoing growth and a very healthy pipeline of work they have approached us to recruit a Design Coordinator to join their team.

Your role will involve working as part of an established team, supporting and advising the client as to the requirements and your obligations in the development of the building design as well as ensuring the design process recognises current legislation. You will work closely with a senior design manager at all times.

Candidates will have some design coordination experience having worked with a main contractor or achitectural practice previously. You will also reside within commutable distance of the Cardiff area

This is an excellent opportunity to join a reputable contractor that can offer a long term career path as well as the chance to work on some very interesting projects.

The Company

Our client is one of Wales’ highest profile and most successful main contractors. They are a regional business with an excellent reputation. They genuinely look after their staff and for that reason staff turnover is very low. They carry out a diverse range of building and refurbishment projects up to £80 million typically.

The Role

Due to ongoing growth and a specific need within the commercial team, the company have an immediate need to recruit another QS into their team. Working as part of a very successful commercial set up, roles and responsibilities will include:

  • Contributing to achieving the appropriate commercial result through the provision of accurate financial reporting
  • Managing subcontractor supplier accounts, financially and contractually, in order to secure full entitlements under the contract
  • Understanding fully the customer’s needs and ensure effective relationships are built and maintained by consistently high customer service and onsite delivery Provide support to the site team on contract requirements
  • Identify, secure, and deliver the business forecast in both turnover and margin, place subcontract orders in accordance with the main contract and manage subcontractor accounts ensuring payments are timely and correct and any other commercial issues are resolved
  • Monitor subcontractor against programme
  • Obtain the most competitive quotes by understanding current market trends. Assist in the production of cost value reconciliation reports and forecast cash recovery and ensure that both are kept in line with target
  • Ensure applications for payment and invoices are completed and submitted to ensure payment is made to terms and within work in progress (WIP) and cash targets.
  • Ensure compliance with all contractual requirements. Monitor internal expenditure against budget. Maximise efficiency of reporting techniques/systems.
  • Seek opportunities to maximise value and minimise costs in line with company Values
  • Operate the systems that are in place to provide the information necessary to manage the contract
  • Ensure all customers and stakeholders have an exceptional customer service and work to achieving Perfect Delivery on all projects
  • Support and coach other team members’ commercial and contractual awareness
  • Liaise with the customer, customer representatives and other third parties on commercial issues, including agreement of variations, claims and additional payments
  • Financial closure of projects ensuring all costs and value are allocated in correct systems in accordance with financial timetable.

On offer for this fantastic opportunity is the following:

  • Excellent all round remuneration package
  • Market leading salary
  • Bonus scheme
  • A whole host of other perks

If you are a Quantity Surveyor from a main contracting background, able to present excellent references and keen to secure a move with a market leading contractor, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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.




  • 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.

Sphere Solutions are currently looking for an experienced M&E Quantity Surveyor to join a large and very well known Mechanical and Electrical Contractor in Bristol.

Our client is a household name – a company that has been established in the region for more than 20 years and continue to be very successful with a very strong pipeline of work.

Due to ongoing growth they have approached us with the requirement to recruit a Senior QS from an M&E background.

Based primarily in the Bristol office and working on a range of projects your roles and responsibilities will include:

  • Vetting and negotiation in connection with the proposed sub-contract documentation to achieve the best deal for the company.
  • Production and submission of cash flow forecast (Internal/External).
  • Assist the project contract engineer(s) in the preparation of the sub-sub-contractor enquiry document, collate and prepare sub-sub-contract documents and agree with sub-sub-contractor.
  • Provide advice on suppliers/sub-sub-contractors quotations.
  • Produce monthly WIP/CVR reports to agreed deadlines.
  • Obtain written agreement on suppliers/sub-sub-contractors final accounts, in conjunction with the project contracts engineer.
  • Collate and prepare in agreed format, variation measurement details for submission to the Main Contractor/P.Q.S.
  • Preparation of final account including agreement of variation account.
  • Analysis of the sub-contract tender to prepare format for valuation applications.
  • Co-ordinate fully with all other disciplines/departments.
  • Monitor performance against project cost/value making recommendations and implementing agreed action.
  • Assist in the monitoring of project progress relative to agreed sub-contract programme and if necessary issue of appropriate ‘formal’ notices. Preparation of contractual claims under the main contract and domestic sub-sub-contracts.
  • Attend project support meetings as and when required.

Candidates will come from the following background and with the following skills and experience:

  • Proven experience as a Quantity Surveyor gained with a well known M&E Contractor previously (or similar)
  • Residing locally to the Bristol area
  • Good knowledge of standard forms of contract.
  • Ability to negotiate with clients/sub contractors and draft sub contracts.
  • Knowledge of CIS.
  • Ability to produce accurate monthly cost and value reports and outturn financial forecasts.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Awareness of dispute procedures.
  • Experience of undertaking risk assessments and valuation of them in conjunction with other project team members.
  • Extensive experience of working on live projects and final accounts

On offer is an excellent salary and remuneration package includinga  whole host of attractive benefits.

Please get in touch via CV Library for further details.