Vacancy – Estimator / Senior Estimator

Our client is looking for a newly qualified Estimator or highly experienced Estimator looking for their next challenge.

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SCM Limited is a highly regarded Building and Maintenance Company based in Oxfordshire. Proud of our achievements to date, we work with our specially selected partners to build, renovate and maintain properties to a high standard. Day in and day out, our dedicated teams work on projects of all sizes.

It’s an exciting time to join SCM as we are currently expanding due to winning new business, and have recently rebranded to better reflect the scope of services we provide.

As an “Estimator” you will be required to deliver tasks and responsibilities as listed below.

  • To review and assess the tender documentation and requirements
  • Identify labour, material and time requirements by a thorough study of the tender documents
  • Responsible for the preparation and negotiation of tender submissions
  • To produce accurate net estimates with full breakdowns for adjudication
  • Select suppliers / sub-contractors and obtain quotations and consult during the tender period
  • Prepare Budget Cost Plans and maintain the cost database
  • Ensure tenders take in to account health and safety, quality and environmental legislation as well as compliant with SCM Group policies and procedures
  • Manage handover to the delivery team.

To be considered for this role you must have:

  • Good estimating skill
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Particular regard to accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Understanding of construction process, desirable
  • IT competent to a high level
  • CAD training
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Good organisational skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • A valid driving licence

We offer a supportive environment, competitive remuneration package and development for people who want to build their career in this industry.

To apply to join our team or to find out more call Lee Simpson, Managing Director on 0845 533 3538 or email your CV with a covering letter (including your salary expectation) to Lee@scmgroup.org.uk.

 

Vacancy – Contracts Manager x 2

Our client is looking for Contracts Managers to take responsibility for the overall management of projects across The Home Counties.

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SCM Limited is a highly regarded Building and Maintenance Company based in Oxfordshire. Proud of our achievements to date, we work with our specially selected partners to build, renovate and maintain properties to a high standard. Day in and day out, our dedicated teams work on projects of all sizes.

It’s an exciting time to join SCM as we are currently expanding due to winning new business, and have recently rebranded to better reflect the scope of services we provide.

As a “Contractors Manager” you will be required to deliver tasks and responsibilities as listed below.

  • Liaising with clients to discuss development requirements
  • Developing budget and work time estimates
  • Responsibility of all costs/margin control on contracts
  • Creating an invoice detailing work conducted
  • Discussing any further structural development needed
  • Aiding in the planning process and briefing construction staff on their roles
  • Monitoring construction process and quashing any strife that may arise
  • Keeping details of construction work
  • Working with a variety of construction members
  • Working on construction sites
  • Manage Site Managers
  • Ensuring that the appointed Site Supervisor/Foreman is delivering the project to the required specification, on time and to budget
  • Implement any health and safety on site
  • Presenting a professional image and wearing supplied work wear at all times.
  • To show care and attention to customers premises, leaving areas clean & tidy at the end of working day

To be considered for this role you must have:

  • Good communication skills
  • Excellent mathematical skills
  • Understanding of building regulations and safety issues
  • Attention to detail and practical approach
  • Understanding of construction process including budget and warranties
  • Ability to comprehend technical construction plans
  • Ability to work on more than one project at a time
  • IT competent
  • Negotiation skills and ability to deliver ideas to others
  • Able to work to tight deadlines
  • Proven experience as a Contracts / Projects Manager
  • Experience working on Refurbishment projects
  • A valid driving licence

We offer a supportive environment, competitive remuneration package and development for people who want to build their career in this industry.

To apply to join our team or to find out more call Lee Simpson, Managing Director on 0845 533 3538 or email your CV with a covering letter (including your salary expectation) to Lee@scmgroup.org.uk.

Vacancy – Lettings/Operations Administrator – Oxford

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Shared parental leave to be extended to grandparents

As you will have heard in the news and seen in the press the Government is planning to extend shared parental leave to include grandparents.

The idea is for the mother to return to work, so ending her maternity leave and for the grandparent to be given the opportunity to share the rest of the leave entitlement, as set out in the recently introduced shared parental leave.

A few points that have not been widely reported are that:

  • The aim is to introduce this in 2018
  • To be eligible the grandparent will need to be working.
  • There will be a consultation during 2016.

 

Mandy Brearley, MB HR Support

Vacancies – Multi Trade Operatives, Carpenters, Painters/Decorators, Kitchen and Bathroom Fitters.

Our client SCM Limited has great opportunities for Multi Trade Operatives, Carpenters, Painters/Decorators, Kitchen and Bathroom Fitters.

SCM Limited is the most recognised Building & Maintenance Company in Oxfordshire. Due to continued expansion we are currently looking to recruit Multi Trade Operatives, Carpenters, Painters/Decorators, Kitchen and Bathroom Fitters to be part of our team working across Oxon, Berks & Bucks.

We are looking for people who are trustworthy, responsible, have strong communication skills and high standards. In return we offer a supportive environment, competitive remuneration package and development for people who want to build their career in this industry.

You must have your own transport and CSCS card is desirable but not essential.

To apply or to find out more call Bryn Skrine on 0845 533 3538 or email your CV to info@scmgroup.org.uk

Dealing with employees who misuse social media at work

Social media is good for business.  It reinforces positive images of your company, but it has a downside….

When faced with an employee whom you suspect has misused social media, here is some practical advice for what you can do:

1.  Quickly understand the facts – what has been posted, when, where and how?  What are the actual and likely consequences?

2.  Take PR advice, if necessary.

3.  Be clear about the policy breach you believe the employee may have committed.  How serious is it?

4.  Check that the relevant policies have been communicated to the employee.  Some will be quick to plead ignorance.

5.  Meet with the employee to discuss the posting, and carry out any further investigations that prove necessary and reasonable.

6.  Deal with any underlying grievance or whistleblowing issues.

7.  Decide whether or not to discipline.

 

FREE Seminar – HR Basics for Line Managers at Pure Offices, Aylesbury

Mandy Brearley, HR Specialist, from MB HR Support is  holding a FREE seminar on HR basics for Line manager on Tuesday 28th April 2015, 12 noon to 2.30pm at Pure Offices, Aylesbury.

We will be giving advice and covering all HR queries including;

recruitment and hiring documentation, dealing with poor performance and misconduct issues, managing grievances and sickness absence and disabled employees (full agenda below).

A sandwich lunch is provided.

To book at place please contact Mandy on 07766665665 or email mandy@mbhrsupport.co.uk.

Full Agenda

Recruitment & hiring documentation
Adverts and job descriptions
Avoiding discrimination
Conducting the interview
Selecting the candidate
Making the offer of employment
Taking references and making checks
Induction
Probationary period
Dealing with poor performance and misconduct issues
Consequences of not address the issue
Informal action plan
Formal process

Managing sickness absence
Dealing with long term and short term absences
Keeping records
Return to work interviews
Obtaining medical advice
Taking formal action

Taking grievances seriously
What is a grievance?
The grievance process
Taking action

Dealing with a disabled employee
What is a disability?
Medical advice & reasonable adjustment

Data protection obligations

Free seminar on HR Basics for Line Managers – 19th November

I will be running a free seminar on HR Basics for Line Managers on 19th November 2014 at Pure Offices in Oxford.  I will be covering:

  • Recruitment & hiring documentation
  • Dealing with poor performance and misconduct issues
  • Managing sickness absence
  • Taking grievances seriously
  • Dealing with a disabled employee
  • Data protection obligations

If you would like to attend please let me know for catering numbers.

mandy@mbhrsupport.co.uk             Tel:  07766665665

National minimum wage increased from 1st October 2014

The national minimum wage increases from £6.31 to £6.50 with effect from 1 October 2014. The youth rate increases from £5.03 to £5.13 per hour.

New payments to employers employing military reservists

New regulations come into force on 1 October 2014 which will help employers employing military reservists. At the moment, when called up, military reservists are paid directly by the Ministry of Defence. Employers can claim expenses in respect of additional costs incurred whilst replacing the reservist (to a maximum of £110 per day).

However, from 1st October, small and medium sized employers will also be able to receive up to £500 per month for each full month a reservist is absent from work (reduced pro rata for parts of a month, or part-time workers).