GRAHAM been awarded the contract to build the new Baird & Anchor project at the Foresterhill Health Campus with the construction phase due to start in early 2021.

The construction firm is looking to recruit an Apprentice Quantity Surveyor, with the job description surmised below, as well as an Apprentice Site Engineer which can be viewed here.

Job title: Trainee Quantity Surveyor (Building)
Reporting to: Project quantity surveyor
Division: Building
Location: Aberdeen
Contract type: Permanent
Benefits: Pension, private medical cover, life assurance scheme.

Summary: As the GRAHAM business continues to grow and develop, they are looking for an enthusiastic Trainee Quantity Surveyor. The successful candidate will be based on the NHS Grampian Baird & Anchor project providing support to our Commercial team whilst studying on a day release basis.

Job description
The Trainee Quantity Surveyor (QS) shall be responsible for:

  • Assisting with re-measurements on site for labour-only and sub-contract payments.
  • Attending Sub-contract pre-appointment meetings;
  • Sub-contract management including the checking and processing of labour-only and sub-contract payments.
  • Assisting in the preparation of interim valuations.
  • Assisting in the preparation of monthly financial reports.
  • Preparation and issuing of sub-contract documentation to sub-contractors.
  • Maintaining live costs of selected works.
  • Liaising with Engineers for records of labour, plant & materials.

This job description is intended to give the post holder an appreciation of the role envisaged for the ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Trainee Quantity Surveyor (Building) and the range of duties to be undertaken. It does not attempt to detail every activity. Specific tasks and objectives will be agreed with the post holder at regular intervals.

Personal specification
Technical Competencies - Essential:

  • Demonstrate a strong desire for the role
  • Demonstrate an ability to work on own initiative.
  • Demonstrate strong communication skills
  • Minimum HNC Quantity Surveying or
  • A minimum of four Highers. With at least two Highers at grade B or higher. Various grade combinations from Highers and Advanced Highers will be considered.
  • Nat 5 English and Mathematics are essential at; Higher English and Mathematics are preferred
  • Knowledge of the Construction Industry Experience within the Construction Industry


  • Knowledge of the Construction Industry Experience within the Construction Industry
  • Experience within the Construction Industry

Behavioural Competencies - Essential:

Commercial Awareness: understanding of business acumen combined with the creativity and vision to meet customer needs and GRAHAM business requirements.
Leadership skills: Communicates and gets involved in team commitment to a vision.
Effective Communication skills: Able to adapt communication to audience and create detailed written documents and reports. Able to maintain and manage communication links with a variety of stakeholders. Presents a professional image and promotes the Brand.
Customer Focus: Takes time to question and understand the real, underlying needs of the customer, beyond those initially expressed. Always works closely with customers, developing an independent view of their needs and acting in their long-term interest.
Influencing: Identifies and builds relationships with those who will be useful now and in the future in achieving strategic business objectives.
Initiative: is able to work alone to get results in an effective way. Understands and seeks to minimise waste in resources and processes. Adopts and encourages others to adopt new ways of working. Ability to work unsupervised and / or with minimal supervision after an initial training period.
Team Player: Always willing to be involved in other activities to achieve company objectives. Works collaboratively and uses influence to gain resolution of issues. Demonstrates honestly, loyalty and commitment.

For more information or to apply for the role, please email with your CV and covering letter.