Canal & River Trust

Assistant Quantity Surveyor (North) - Graduate opportunity

Wigan | Leeds | Northwich
Job ID
Closing Date
Position Type
Permanent FT
Finance - SCC
Advertised Salary
£22,000 - £25,000 + Car Cash Allowance

Job Purpose

Assistant Quantity Surveyor vacancy - Graduate opportunity

The Canal & River Trust is one of the UK’s largest charities, we maintain 2,000 miles of historic canals, rivers, docks and reservoirs, along with museums, archives and the country’s third largest collection of protected historic buildings – preserving them for future generations.

We have a vacancy for an Assistant/Graduate Quantity Surveyor to work within the Commercial Team. 

You will be responsible for ensuring the Canal & River Trust receives best commercial value from all Construction, Services and Dredging contracts, by providing expert commercial support to 40+ project managers and by ensuring all major contract work is delivered within the required standards and available budgets.


Based from either our Wigan, Northwich or Leeds you will be joining a dynamic, professional Commercial team that has a varied role as a support function as well as a governance function ensuring that the Trust ascertains value for money. Day to day, the role will involve assisting the Commercial Team in everything from conducting audits, agreeing Target Costs, carrying out monthly KPI assessments and monthly applications, to providing support to project managers and service managers with commercial and contract advice.


If you have flexible working needs, please raise these with us, we may be able to accommodate a flexible hours approach.



Knowledge, Skills/Qualifications & Experience

This role undertakes commercial support for the civil engineering construction and dredging contracts for the the Trust. It provides commercial management support for the delivery of all NEC3 ECC, ECSC and PSC contracts.

The role supports the Project Managers in the asset delivery teams ensuring that the Trust receives best value from its suppliers, and manages risk in accordance with the contract.


As Assistant/Graduate Quantity Surveyor your role will be to: 

  • ensure that the Trusts Governance and Commercial Management roles are met to a high standard.
  • assist as and when required to Provide Contract and Commercial support to the Procurement Team and Contract/Service Manager
  • carry out Audits In accordance with the Audit Programme, conduct audits and publish results to the Senior Commercial Manager
  • as directed carry out KPI assessments on a monthly basis on relevant KPI’s within all Contracts and report to the Senior Commercial Manager
  • assist the Senior Commercial Manager on a monthly basis with payments for the National Engineering and Construction Contract
  • advise Project Managers and Service Managers with regards to maintain a Contract Risk Register; provide Commercial and Contract advice
  • assist when required with the administration of annual inflation and rebates for all Contracts.
  • use Commercial & Contractual experience to ensure the Trust is not exposed to unnecessary Contractual risk.


About you:

We are looking for someone at degree level, who may have some years’ experience as a Quantity Surveyor with a recognised UK client or main contractor and with knowledge of the NEC3 suite of contracts. It is preferable that you have experience of Civil Engineering contracts and a knowledge of carrying out supplier performance analysis. You will be expected to sign up to a Professional body such as RICS or CICES, and will be supported with all the training required to gain accreditation development to enable you to carry out the role, you will also receive people management and leadership training. It is also essential that you have strong analytical and problem-solving skills.


Qualifications, skills & experience:



  • Educated to degree level B.Sc. or B.A.
  • NEC3 Contract experience   
  • Analytical & problem solving skills Proven track record 


  • Professional Qualification RICS, CICES (support will be given to complete the relevant training & experience through an agreed development plan)
  • Knowledge of other Contract Options ICE, JCT 

  • People management / leadership Proven track record 

This is a fantastic development opportunity to further your early or developing career along the path towards Senior Quantity Surveyor.


If you have the desire and the interest in developing your career please contact us or submit your application for consideration.


What We Offer

In addition to your salary, we can offer you a cash car allowance, a generous contributory DC Pension arrangement & great holiday entitlement.


You will be working in a unique environment across our Northern and Midlands Waterway region together with a great team of dedicated colleagues. 


We aim to represent the diverse communities we are part of and welcome applicants from across all sectors of the community. We strongly believe that a diverse workforce brings with it a diversity of ideas, thinking and ways of working which enhances what we do.


Find out more about the work we do and opportunities we have on our website:




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