Almost every construction project relies on data. With that in mind, construction needs number crunchers and no
-one understands numbers quite like analysts do.
Analysts not only know numbers but they can collect data and analyse it to recommend the best course of action in any situation. Their attention to detail means they never miss a thing.
Every culture has contributed to maths just as it has contributed to literature. It’s a universal language; numbers belong to everyone.”
- Daniel Tammet
A clerk of works inspects the workmanship, quality and safety of work on construction sites and reports back to senior managers and clients. As a clerk of work, you’d be conducting regular site inspections and checking that building plans are being followed correctly. You’d check that work is being carried out to the correct specifications and legal, safety and environmental standards.
Estimators calculate how much construction projects will cost, taking into account labour, material and equipment requirements. They will negotiate with suppliers and gain quotes from subcontractors and use this information to compile detailed cost proposals for a client.
A geo-technical engineer has an important job role in analysing soil, rock, groundwater, and other earth materials prior to major construction projects. This analysis can help determine what materials must be used in the structure’s foundation or overall design, or whether the project needs additional measures to ensure it is safe.
Hydrographic surveyors use state-of-the-art technology to produce detailed plans of seabeds, harbours and waterways. They measure and map underwater surfaces and study the construction of the seabed, showing the depth, shape and contours. They specialise in precise positioning, data acquisition and processing in onshore or offshore marine environments.
A land drilling operative is responsible for investigating land before drilling into it, to install structures such as tunnels or wells for gas or oil. As a land drilling operative, you’ll work closely with surveyors, geologists and geoscientists, and monitor the drilling progress, overseeing safety management and ensuring the surrounding environment is protected.
The job of a quality assurance manager is to ensure that all of a company’s services and activities meet and maintain set standards. As a quality assurance manager, you’ll carry out inspections and keep detailed records as evidence that work is of the highest possible quality.
Surveyors in remedial treatments inspect properties for defects. They visit sites to determine the level of any damage and advise on how best to fix it. They complete detailed reports, specifications and building surveys; identify defects and advise on repair, maintenance and restoration options.
Site inspectors monitor all work carried out on a construction site to ensure safety and quality standards are upheld. They make sure that building plans and specifications are being followed correctly and manage staff and subcontractors on building sites. They also attend site management meetings and help project managers to plan work.
Accounting and finance staff keep track of the money that comes in and goes out of a business. As an accountant, you could be preparing financial records to present for audit, overseeing tax and VAT submissions, and wages. Many accountants work across a range of different industries, whilst others specialise in a particular sector.
Economists study complex data and statistics and use their findings to provide financial advice to businesses. As an economist, you’d research and monitor economic trends, and create statistical models to predict future developments. Employers depend on economists to advise them on the potential impact of policies and investments.
A plant inspector is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the accounting and financial activities relating to a factory plant. As a plant inspector you’ll analyse data to assess the performance of the plant and deliver your findings to senior managers.
Accounts assistants help keep track of the money that comes in and goes out of a business. As an accounts assistant, you would be providing accounting and administrative support to accounting and finance staff to ensure customer and supplier accounts are accurate; receiving, processing and filing paperwork; and managing petty cash transactions.
A bid manager is responsible for preparing and writing the detailed commercial documents, such as pre-qualification questionnaires (PQQs) and tenders, that companies submit to win new contracts. It is a very important position within an organisation as it requires excellent organisational skills and is crucial for companies to win new contracts.
A land buyer is responsible for helping businesses and individuals to purchase land that is suitable for construction. As a land buyer, you’ll identify suitable sites for building projects, determine whether planning permission is required and establish whether there will be any constraints on what can be built.
Document controllers maintain project documents. They ensure that accurate information is distributed throughout an organisation, on time, to the people who need it. In the construction industry, document controllers work with technical documents like blueprints and reports. They sort and store electronic and hard copy documents for designers, surveyors, architects and other colleagues.
Asbestos surveyors inspect buildings and collect samples to determine the presence of asbestos. Asbestos is a mineral-based fibre which was once widely used for insulation, but is now banned due to health risks. Asbestos surveyors carry out tests and may recommend professional removal of dangerous materials before renovations or demolitions are carried out.
Land and property valuers give professional advice to individuals and businesses who buy, sell, and rent land and property. They estimate the market value of land, buildings, and real estate, to help their clients maximise their profit from a sale or rental agreement.