Client Side – Senior Quantity Surveyor

Client Side – Senior Quantity Surveyor


Full Time – Permanent


Due to ongoing expansion, a rare and exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Client-Side Quantity Surveyor to join our team in Head Office.

Working as part of our development team, and reporting directly to the Development Director, you will be responsible for running a number of development projects from inception to completion. The projects are predominantly within Purpose Built Student Accommodation and Co-Living developments, as well as a number of commercial development projects.


About Downing  

We are a family-owned and market leading real estate investment, development, and management business; highly regarded across both commercial and student accommodation sectors, with more than 30 years of experience. We deliver best-in-class developments, with over £2bn of developments successfully completed to date. We have a further £1.6bn in the pipeline and over £1bn under management.


Our recent projects include:

  • Development of several thousand PBSA beds across the UK including
  • Vega, our 841 bed Student scheme, in Vauxhall, London
  • The Mont, a 341-bedroom PBSA scheme in Edinburgh City Centre
  • Miles Yard, a purpose built, Grade A office scheme, circa 28,000 ft², in Vauxhall, London
  • Grade A refurbishment of No.1 Old Hall Street, a 65,000ft², multi-tenanted commercial scheme in Liverpool City Centre.

We are also developing one of the largest residential developments in the UK – Square Gardens, at First Street, Manchester, which is to provide 2,224 apartment beds, along with a host of commercial retail/ leisure suites to let, including one of the largest outdoor spaces in the city which is connected to a residential offering.


Roles and Responsibilities

  • Providing initial cost advice to aid in the assessment of potential PBSA/residential opportunities.
  • Preparing accurate / detailed cost plans to establish the project budget.
  • Managing the project cost plan from inception, through contract award, to practical completion.
  • Ensure risks have been considered / managed and costs are accurate to inform the funding request
  • Being commercially responsible for on-site schemes, including cost reporting, value engineering, cash flows, dispute resolution, cost control and account management.
  • Overseeing the production of tender documentation and managing contractor and supply chain relationships
  • Knowledge of Contraction Contracts especially JCT D&B contracts
  • Negotiating and overseeing construction contracts, retentions, bonds, warranties and other contractual documents
  • Agreeing final account in line with the Board approved level Requirements:


Key Requirements

  • Preferably MRICS Qualified with a minimum of 5 years post qualification experience.
  • Experience working within the living sector is desirable but not essential
  • Ability to build relationships and influence internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to travel throughout the UK with a full driving licence.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work on own initiative and within a team
  • Demonstrable strong negotiation, influencing and communication skills, with a willingness to participate and present in meetings at various levels.



  • Competitive salary.
  • Car allowance.
  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays.
  • Pension scheme.
  • Private medical insurance.
  • Life Assurance cover.
  • Employee Assistance Program.

The benefits



Private Medical


25 days holiday

+ bank holidays

Life assurance


Mental health


Company pension


Work for us

Our people are our success and there has never been a more exciting time to join Downing as it enters the most significant expansion for three decades.

Our team is united in a mutual respect and a desire to move the business forward. Here you’ll find all our latest job vacancies. If you’re excited by opportunity and want to be valued for your contribution, take a look at what we currently have available.

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