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Land Development Agency
Dublin 2, D02 VX67

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Senior Quantity Surveyor

Location: Dublin
Entered: 05 Dec 2023
Duration: Permanent
About The Land Development Agency
The Land Development Agency (LDA) is a key Government Commercial Semi-State Body that delivers social and affordable housing on State and other lands. It is overseen by an independent board of directors and the Government has committed to providing the LDA with €1.25 billion of equity which is drawn as required.
The LDA has commenced construction on various state sourced lands and is currently working on direct delivery projects that can deliver over 5,000 homes. It is also delivering affordable housing by working with the private sector on an initiative called ‘Project Tosaigh’, which will yield a further 5,000 homes.
Additionally, the LDA is working on large-scale longer-term strategic areas by master-planning and bringing forward planning applications in locations such as Limerick Colbert Quarter, the Digital Hub in Dublin and Sandy Road in Galway.
Role Purpose
This is an exciting opportunity to join the Cost Management Team and to support the development of the LDA’s extensive development pipeline, one of the most significant development pipelines in the history of the state.
The role will involve working across multiple business functions including Strategic Planning & Master Planning, Property, Construction, Land Acquisition, Developer Collaboration, Asset Management and Investment.
The LDA are looking for candidates with strong commercial and technical acumen with the ambition and drive to progress the development pipeline, with project values ranging from €60m to €1bn+.
This is a unique opportunity to play a key part in the most exciting, high profile and high value projects in country. You will have the opportunity to challenge to norm and work with a progressive, innovative, and professional team, whilst accelerating your career progression.
Key Responsibilities
  • Preparing high level feasibilities and cost analysis to assist in keys decisions around site acquisition.
  • Participation in project workshops throughout the design phases offering cost, value for money, procurement, contract and affordability advice and assist in ensuring the financial viability of the project.
  • Prepare cost analysis to identify the most cost-efficient unit types, unit layouts and building materials.
  • Leading in the co-ordination of value engineering exercises throughout various stages of projects.
  • Liaising with project delivery teams ensuring construction budgets for upcoming developments are robust.
  • Investigation and research into innovative procurement strategies, innovative material / product selection, modern methods of construction, the supply chain and cost analysis.
  • Developing and maintaining a database of construction costs to assist the ongoing development and financial appraisals process.
  • Prepare high-level feasibilities and OMCs for early-stage viability analysis.
  • Work with LDA Development Managers and Construction Managers to develop budgets and track expenditure.
  • Assisting LDA Development Managers and Construction Managers as required in the management of projects on a day- to- day basis.
  • Interface and liaise closely with external consultants retained on LDA developments, building effective and collaborative working relationships.
  • Review and assess external QS reports and cost documents. Liaise closely with all LDA external cost management teams.
  • Involvement in contractor negotiations where appropriate.
  • Attend meetings and undertake site visits.
  • In collaboration with the LDA Asset Management Team establish, develop and maintain life cycle costing analyses and database pertaining to the asset management of LDA developments.
Person Specification
  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience as a PQS / Developers QS or similar environment with demonstrable relevant experience in a senior level role. Candidates should at least be at an experienced SQS level and comfortable engaging with senior management of internal and external bodies.
  • Extensive experience with cost management and procurement of residential developments.
  • Knowledge and/or experience of public procurement is an advantage.
  • A self-starter, ability to take ownership and responsibility for the delivery of major projects and tasks.
  • Ability to work within a team and to appreciate the multi-disciplinary nature of the LDA.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively across both internal and external functional teams.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with clarity of delivery.
  • Degree or Higher in Quantity Surveying.
  • Chartered (SCSI / RICS).
  • Excellent written and spoken communicator.
  • Understanding/working knowledge of BIM.
  • Microsoft Office Suite, with particular emphasis on strong MS Excel abilities.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, presentation skills and a team player
  • Willingness to attend training and to develop relevant knowledge, techniques, and skills.


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