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Name: Danielle Reid
Age: 22
From: Comrie, Perthshire
Job title: Graduate quantity surveyor at Dandara
Qualifications – First Class Honours in Quantity Surveying from Robert Gordon University


Since joining Dandara as a Graduate Quantity Surveyor, I have been heavily involved in the early procurement of sub-contractors for projects I am involved with. This includes the compiling and issuing of subcontractor tender packages and preparation of subcontractor documentation once appointed. Alongside this, I am responsible for liaising and coordinating with other departments regarding development works including designers, engineers, buyers, quality control and construction team including taking off and scheduling materials for buyers to order. Part of my forthcoming role also includes ensuring cost control on site through the initial stages to completion and assisting the site surveyor with preparation of information for the CVR process and monthly reporting of the project overall from a QS point of view


Being part of a multi-disciplinary team. At Dandara, all of the team work in-house, therefore in a single day you have the opportunity to speak to and work alongside project managers, architects and technicians and engineers. Information and knowledge is always available which for a graduate like myself is invaluable in my career development and personal learning. As well as the range of people, we are able to get involved in a huge range of projects from industrial to commercial to all types of housing. No day is ever the same and there is always something to get your teeth into.


The biggest challenge can also be the best part of the role in a way. Working with such a large team means that you have to communicate with a number of people about everything that you do. The project team must work closely together to make decisions allowing projects to go forward. This can be a challenge but rewarding when you take from everybody’s knowledge and experience and end up with the best solution and end product.


Be sure that you enjoy what you do. By enjoying what you do, you are willing to put more into your work and therefore achieve more. As a graduate, this is advice that I would also pass on to students – ensure that what you are doing is of interest as it will be hard to take anything from something you don’t enjoy or aren’t interested in.


My main aim is to progress through my career being involved in as many, and as great a variety of, projects as I can to ensure professional progression for myself into a management role. The first step in this is to get my APC and become a chartered surveyor.


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