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Are you interested in working for Melhuish & Saunders Ltd? Current positions available: 

Site Manager 
As a site manager, you will be expected to oversee all project operations on a day to day basis, ensuring that the work is done safely, on time and within budget and to a high quality. You are expected to assess job priorities and assign workers accordingly. You will ensure that work is on schedule and completed to the highest of standards. 
 
Your role will include, but is not limited to: 
• Monitoring and overseeing projects from site start though to practical completion. 
• Setting up site in line with the project Construction Phase Health & Safety Plan and site layout plan; and opening and locking site each day. 
• Planning works and ensuring they are completed to the highest of standards and in line with the construction phase programme. 
• Understanding and interpreting drawings, specifications and Bills of Quantities. 
• Being able to communicate well in a written and verbal manner, including inductions and explanation of work; working with all staff, from site workers to directors, in a professional and fair manner. 
• Monitoring project progress; ensuring materials are delivered to site and ensuring contractors attend site and complete works in line with the programme of works. 
• Arranging and taking Minutes of pre-commencement meetings and interim meetings with sub-contractors & suppliers. 
• Overseeing deliveries and recording of materials and plant delivered to site. 
• Resolving problems which arise during the duration of the works. 
• Working closely and maintaining a good working relationship with members of your site team at all times. 
• Liaising with architects, engineers, surveyors, clients, planners and other professionals and specialist consultants. 
• Ensuring that work completed complies with building regulations, health and safety legislation and other relevant legal requirements. 
• Keeping the construction team updated regularly on the progress of the work. You will be the first point of contact for members of the public and subcontractors. 
• Completing all relevant weekly paperwork associated with the site and projects 
• Attending monthly site meetings with client and design team. 
• Recording and requesting information on RFIs, CVIs and day work sheets 
• Working in line with the company’s ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System. 
• Responsibility for all health & safety aspects on site; you will carry out daily safety checks, along with completion of weekly safety report. 
• Checking risk assessments and method statements and ensuring they are fully complied with. 
• Reporting and recording site incidents, dangerous occurrences, accidents and near misses on site and reporting these to the contracts manager. 
 
Skills 
• A site manager should be able to plan work well, be well organised and prepared for responsibility and decision making. You will be highly numerate with good IT skills, as well as good at solving problems. 
• Good understanding and technical knowledge of the construction industry, including the ability to read and understand technical drawings and the construction process. 
• You will understand and implement building and health & safety regulations, as well as other legislation. 
• You will have strong people skills as you will be communicating with, managing and motivating people at all levels, from staff to subcontractor; you will work well as a team member and have initiative and enthusiasm. 
• IT skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook would be advantageous. 
 
Qualifications 
You will have a proven track record as a site manager, site foreman or skilled tradesman within the construction industry. 
An appropriate further/higher education qualification i.e. NVQ level 3 or above in construction / building management or other construction related qualification is desirable. Approved qualification in First Aid at work, Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS), Scaffolding Awareness and Asbestos Awareness would be advantageous; as well as a valid CSCS Managers card. 
A current valid driver’s licence is required to carry out this role. 
 
Salary 
A Competitive Salary is offered which will be based on the qualification and level of experience within the construction industry. 
Working hours and Environment 
A standard 40 hour working week is normal, working Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm, with two half hour breaks. On occasion you will be expected to work evenings and weekends to meet deadlines. You should expect to carry out work in all weather, although not at the expense of your safety or the safety of others. 
Contracts Manager 
General Description 
As Contracts Manager you will oversee and help manage multiple projects from start through to completion, including the defects period. You will ensure that all works are completed on time, budget and to the highest of standards. You will have good communication skills and be able to negotiate with clients, architects, structural engineers and all staff from site workers to directors, in a professional and fair manner. You will be the first point of contact for the client, design team, site managers, subcontractors, suppliers and the general public for as long as the contract lasts. Health & Safety issues will be a top priority in this role. 
You will have excellent verbal and written skills and work in line with the company’s ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System. 
 
As well as the above you will be expected to carry out the following: 
Your role will include: 
• Overseeing projects from pre-start through to completion, including defects period. 
• Production of programme of works for projects – including master programmes though to individual work task items. 
• Monitoring and overseeing the site manager and their project, this will include visiting all projects at least once a week. 
• Highlighting any potential problems and proposing solutions to the construction team as well as the design team, if required. 
• Production and presenting of progress reports to the design team and client at monthly progress meeting. 
• Compilation, review, distribution and recording of AIs, RFIs and RVIs issued on projects. 
• Arranging and chairing pre-let meetings with subcontractors and suppliers; recording and issuing minutes. 
• Checking and signing-off weekly paper work returned from site. 
• Issuing project related information to the design team, subcontractors, site manager, quantity surveyor, etc. and obtaining appropriate comments/approval as required. 
• Issuing, checking and chasing drawings and details sent for approval by subcontractors and suppliers. 
• Planning critical dates with site team for works on projects and organising appropriate labour. 
• Advising and guiding site managers, subcontractors, designers and operatives with work on projects. 
• Production and compilation of project Health & Safety plans, ensuring they are developed with the site manager throughout the life of a project in line with site requirements and current legislation. 
• Ensuring site managers have obtained appropriate H&S information from contractors prior to their works commencing. 
• Reviewing RAMS submitted by contractors and ensuring they comply with the site Construction Phase Health & Safety Plan. 
• Responsibility for agreeing extra works and helping to resolve any disputes which may arise by continual monitoring of subcontractors and suppliers. 
• Carrying out project reviews at the end of each project, with site managers and contracts director, including performance reviews of subcontractors and suppliers. 
• Reporting weekly progress of projects under your control to the Contracts Director. 
 
Skills 
• Experience in managing others and good leadership / people management skills. 
• Good understanding and technical knowledge of the construction industry, including the ability to read architectural drawings and understand the construction process. 
• The ability to construct accurate and realistic construction programmes. 
• The ability to fit in well, work as a team member and have initiative and enthusiasm. 
• Good communication skills and good working attitude towards clients and architects. 
• You will be well organised and capable of meeting deadlines. 
• Good maths and IT skills are essential and a good working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook is desirable. 
• A good knowledge and understanding of the latest Health & Safety legislation and Building Regulations. 
• You should understand all aspects of the contracting process and contract law. 
• Good commercial sense is imperative. You will also be experienced in decision making. 
 
Qualifications 
You will have a proven track record as a contracts manager or as a manager within the construction industry; you will be commercially minded and adept at managing site managers and subcontractors in Traditional Build and Design & Build schemes. 
An appropriate further / higher education qualification (advanced NVQ, HND, degree etc.) in construction / building management, building engineering / studies, construction engineering management or civil / structural engineering is desirable. 
An approved qualification in First Aid at Work, Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS), Scaffolding Awareness and Asbestos Awareness is also advantageous. 
 
Salary 
A Competitive Salary is offered which will be based on the qualification and level of experience in the construction industry. 
Working hours and Environment 
Working hours are 8.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday with a one hour lunch break. You may be required to work the occasional late evening or weekend. Your place of work will be split between the office and site. You may also have to make regular client visits. You will be out in all weather. 
 
 
Site Operative 
As a construction operative you will work on a range of developments from housing though to commercial projects. Work will involve preparing the ground for building, marking out and digging shallow holes and trenches for foundations and drains, erecting hoardings, safety signs, barriers and site huts, dismantling ladders and scaffolding, preparing building materials such as cement and plaster, transporting, stacking and removing materials, laying drains, pipes, manhole covers and inspection chambers. 
 
Common tasks include: 
 
Form working - erecting and dismantling temporary wooden or metal structures used in molding liquid concrete; 
steel fixing and bar-bending - bending and fixing bars used to reinforce concrete structures; 
concreting - layering and smoothing concrete for foundations, floors and beams; 
steel / sheet piling - moving, inserting and removing interlocking steel sheets which form 
temporary retaining walls for excavation work; 
drain laying - guiding large sections of pipe into place as they are lowered by crane; 
roadworks - concreting, laying kerbs, paving and surfacing; 
Using a variety of hand and power tools including mechanical mixer; operating plant 
equipment, particularly for the movement of loads; working closely with other tradespeople, such as bricklayers, as part of a team. 
 
Skills 
To be a construction operative you should: 
 
be physically fit 
be familiar with construction or civil engineering terms, methods and materials 
have good practical ability 
be able to follow written and verbal instructions 
be comfortable working at heights 
be able to work as part of a team 
have an awareness of health and safety issues. 
 
Hours and Environment 
 
You will work a basic 40-hour week, often starting early in the morning. Overtime at weekends and evenings is required when deadlines need to be met. Seasonal work is quite common and working away from home for short and long periods may be necessary. 
Construction operatives work inside and outside in all weathers and often at heights. Protective clothing such as safety helmets, ear defenders, goggles and boots will be worn. The work is physically demanding, and involves using a range of tools and carrying heavy or awkward materials. 
 
Qualifications 
 
There are no set entry requirements, but a good basic education is desirable, including GCSE grades in maths, English and design and technology or equivalent vocational qualifications. 
 
Previous experience is desirable but not essential. However, a willingness to listen, take instruction and work as part of a team is essential. 
A valid UK driver’s licence is required. 
 
Training 
 
Training will be provided on the job with day or block release at a local college or training provider leading to an NVQ / SVQ qualification. You will work towards an NVQ / SVQ in Construction and Civil Engineering Services (Construction Operations) Levels 1 and 2. 
Remuneration 
 
A competitive salary is offered. 
 
 
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