Quantity Surveyor Graduate

Starting Salary:



Bristol or Guildford

Closing date:

17 May 2021

About the programme

Our Graduate Quantity Surveyors will complete a series of inspirational placements over three years. The projects, challenges and responsibilities you take on will complement and directly support you on your Assessment of Professional Competence towards becoming a chartered member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Senior Commercial Managers and Quantity Surveyors within Highways England will offer mentoring support and help you plan your placements so you can take control of your development – as you act as an ambassador for Quantity Surveying at Highways England.

Once you have completed our 3-year flexible programme, you will have proven Quantity Surveying skills that are in demand around the world. Together with experience of working on equally impressive projects, this is a great first step on your commercial career at Highways England.

Moreover, you will have access to a wealth of new opportunities to explore right here, as you continue to make improvements to society by creating roads that are ever-more efficient, effective and above all safe.

Our quantity surveying programme offers:

  • professional development, training and additional CPD learning to help you gain chartered status as a quantity surveyor with Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • a combination of workshops, formal training and ‘hands-on’ experience to develop your technical, commercial and consulting skills
  • opportunities to grow and develop ‘on-the-job’ through a variety of internal quantity surveying placements across Highways England working on ‘real-life’ projects
  • supervisor, counsellor and mentoring support to help you identify and reach your goals
  • a dedicated line manager to provide you with encouragement, direction and career planning support to steer you into a permanent role with us at the end of your programme
  • support after the programme for those who are looking to move their careers to the next level

About you:

  • at least 2:2 in a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) accredited construction related degree (that is, Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management, Construction Management, Building Surveying etc)
  • or at least a 2:2 in a non RICS accredited construction related degree in addition to a RICS accredited MSc in Quantity Surveying
  • an understanding of basic quantity surveying principles and practice
  • ability to demonstrate team working across multiple disciplines or teams with an enthusiasm and passion to succeed
  • commercially minded thinker with knowledge of quantity surveying principals, procurement and tendering techniques and construction and civil engineering contracts such as the New Engineering Contract (NEC) suite of contracts.
  • proactive personality who meets deadlines and prioritises where necessary and actively takes control of their own development & learning needs
  • confident communicator and good listener that can absorb complex or technical information
  • clear and concise writer, able to effectively distil complex and detailed topics

About us

Highways England operates, maintains and improves England’s strategic road network made up of motorways and major A roads. These vital arteries account for a third of all traffic, carry two thirds of heavy goods vehicles, and are relied on by 98% of the UK’s businesses.

Increasing levels of investment are leading to all manner of innovations, like smart motorways that help traffic flow smoothly. But with 4,300 miles of motorway, 20,000 bridges, underpasses, retaining walls and other kinds of structures, our work continually increases in scale and complexity. Not least as we bring £27.4 billion-worth of projects to life, boosting capacity, tackling congestion, and improving safety.

Why you should join us

At Highways England we believe in a connected country. We are passionate about creating a culture where colleagues feel connected, included and enjoy greater wellbeing to achieve this.  We’re proud that as an organisation we are continually striving to do better and actively encourage and support our colleagues to do the same with their careers. So, if you put safety first, take ownership of your work, show passion in what you do, work effectively in a team and demonstrate integrity in how you do it – then you’ll be a great fit for our organisation.

And finally

And finally, we reserve the right to close before the advertised closing date, so we recommend completing your application as soon as possible.