Hassaan works with one of the biggest construction and regeneration groups in the UK. Here is an insight into his role as a quantity surveyor.
How did your journey to becoming a quantity surveyor begin? I began my career as Quantity Surveyor by studying surveying at Nottingham Trent University, before beginning my career as a Project Quantity Surveyor with a global cost consultancy.
What did you end up studying throughout college and university?
I studied BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and prior to that A Levels in Business Studies, Government & Politics and English Literature.
What are some common misconceptions about your industry?
That it is unprofessional and “only for men”.
Do you consider your industry or be diverse? Or is there room for improvement?
There has been a surge in the number of women opting to join the construction industry in recent years which is fantastic as this not only increases diversity but also competition.
What would you do in your typical days work?
I get in, set up, manage and administer contracts including sending parties contractual notices as required. Value construction works in order to; process payments for sub-contractors; submit payment applications to the employer. Report current project costs, liabilities, expected cash and forecast profit to senior management and ultimately to shareholders. Identify, manage and mitigate all commercial risks on my given construction project. Maintain good working relations with suppliers, clients, end users, the project team and all relevant stakeholders.
Are there any particular skills you think people should have to succeed in your profession?
Good time management, working to deadlines, understanding of basic contract and construction law, strong negotiating skills, awareness of construction technology and appreciation of construction methods and sequencing, financial prowess including basic accounting and reporting of costs, good business acumen, risk management, dispute resolution and dealing with confrontation, exemplary written communication skills.
Do you think enough young people consider your industry as oppose to others such as finance and law?
Perhaps not as much as they should given the demand for good people in construction! But of late there certainly are more and more people turning to the construction industry as well as surveying as it can be less competitive than say law but equally rewarding in the long run.
What are the best and worst parts of your job?
The best part of my job is that no two projects are the same. Always moving around every year or so to a new site in a new physical location. The worst part of my job are the confrontations and at times disputes.
What is your favourite city and why?
London because it has a bit of everything.
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