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Quantity Surveyor Job in Kenya

Job Posting: Quantity Surveyor for fit-out of EquaLife Group retail sites 
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Job Status:Contract-based with opportunity for full-time position pending performance
Are you interested in joining a fast-moving start-up investing in and managing retail businesses in East Africa? 

Do you have a background in quantity surveying and fit-out and want to apply your skills and experience to managing fit-out of individual stores in established retail spaces in Nairobi? 
About EquaLife Group
EquaLife Group was formed to take advantage of business and investment opportunities in newly emerging markets.  

We invest in retail, leisure, hospitality, and related lifestyle businesses with a firm belief in having an active management presence in the regions where we seek and develop opportunities. 

We look at a range of opportunities from creating new brands to master franchising and distributing existing global brands.
EquaLife Group is committed to improving the livelihoods of the communities in which we invest. 

We achieve this through creating products that help better people's quality of life and adapting products in a positive way to the local market.  

We ensure that our investments create jobs, training and development opportunities, and are closely intertwined with local communities.  

To us, a sustainable business model involves an inclusive approach to development: our investments are successful only when the community at large can benefit.
About the Role
The Quantity Surveyor will be responsible for the overall supervision of the fit-out of each space and will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer. 

He or she will head the projects department and will be responsible for the overall planning, execution, budgeting, executing, and monitoring of all projects. 

The focus is to deliver financial success, timely implementation, and quality results. 
Daily responsibilities will include working with our team to identify the most appropriate materials for each space, sourcing the specific materials, creating tenders, analyzing bidders, and actively managing the construction and outfitting of each space to make sure everything is installed to our specifications, within code, on time, and in budget. 

The Quantity Surveyor will also be responsible for liaising with relevant authorities on the pertinent permits for construction.
By nature of being a start-up company, the Quantity Surveyor will also be expected to support the general business needs of the company as needed.  

Travel within Nairobi and elsewhere in the region will be required.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Take responsibility for the overall progress, by ensuring the project is delivered within the available resources, and that it is completed within time, cost, quality, scope and project objectives, initiating corrective action where necessary
  • Coordinate and oversee the procurement, source inspection and final inspection of materials and equipment
  • Prepare the technical components of project proposals, specifications, competitive bid request for quote (RFQ) responses or other tendering-related documents
  • Prepare and advise on budgets, seek approval and impart controls at all states of the project to meet budget
  • Review and manage all contract documents and ensuring accuracy, quality, and completeness and bring any contractual disagreements and discrepancies between the various parties to the attention of the Chief Executive Officer which are to be addressed in a timely manner
  • Ensure that public procurement is complied with in tender documentation and that recommendation for award and procurement procedures are followed
  • Supervise the quality control, engineered equipment installation, commissioning and start-up activities of all third party contractors during project development and making sure all set standards and specifications are complied with and met
  • Ensure all quality assurance measures are followed by the contractors and follow up on all inspections
  • Oversee progress against contract deliverables and contractual performance indicators
  • Develop facilities’ operational plans and take responsibility for ongoing operation and maintenance after each project is  brought on-line
  • Post-completion period management
  • Lead the technical quantitative and qualitative due diligence on new project opportunities and equipment procurement
  • Capture and communicate lessons learned to the benefit of EquaLife Group
Minimum Requirements
The ideal candidate would have the following skills and credentials:
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in mechanical, structural, civil and/or electrical engineering from a recognized institution
  • Diploma or degree in project or construction management a plus
  • Masters or other advanced degree in Quantity Surveying or other relevant field a plus
  • Certified project manager professional (PMP) a plus
  • Minimum of three (3) years post graduate relevant experience, at least one year must have been in a supervisory or management position
  • Experience and knowledge of regulatory requirements in construction and real estate, construction contracts and contract law, construction document preparation and administration, BOQ preparation, and tendering procedures
  • Knowledge of the engineered equipment needed for this type of development, marketplace vendors, pricing and component options
  • Effective organizational skills, including the ability to prioritize processes and schedules; develop sound project plans, conduct constructability, operability, maintainability reviews and juggle multiple assignments with competing deadlines
  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook)
  • Demonstrated experience in creating and managing project schedules with Microsoft Project or a similar scheduling tools a plus
  • A highly energetic person, strong interpersonal skills, and a high level of integrity and reliability
  • High level of intellectual curiosity with the ability to work independently in a self-directed, entrepreneurial environment
  • Demonstrated leadership and emotional intelligent skills as well as ability to manage people
  • Ability to excel in a collaborative, technical, cross-functional and geographically diverse organization
  • Maturity, professionalism and excellent technical communication skills, both orally and in writing
  • Excellent communication skills and command of English and Swahili (spoken and written)
If you are interested, have a Kenya work permit, and feel that you meet the criteria and qualifications outlined above, please send a cover letter and a detailed CV with three references and daytime contacts to NO later than February 1, 2013.
Competitive salary offered
Please be prepared to provide copies of certificates and diplomas of required degrees. 
Please note that canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.    

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