The Career Profile of the Quantity Surveyor will be described in this article. A Quantity Surveyor manages all costs relating to any building project. He is largely relied on by his client, for advice relating to financial and legal matters.
His duties include
1) providing professional advice to his clients on several matters such as
a) contractual matters
b) terms and conditions involving tenders and contracts
c) insurance and choice of contractors
2) preparing work specifications and collating bills of quantities
3) being in touch with the latest market prices of materials and labour
4) Settling accounts between clients and contractors
The qualities of a Quantity Surveyor are similar to that of a Land Surveyor. He must have an aptitude for numbers, and be able to negotiate prices. As he is put in-charge of monetary matters, he must be trustworthy and put the interest of his client first, so as to establish a strong relationship with his client and build a good reputation for himself.
A Degree/ Diploma in Quantity Surveying or Building would be required for this job.